Review: Legacy V2 by Jamie Badman and Colin Miller

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From the creators of Heirloom, one of the best-selling tricks of the last decade, comes a miracle that fits in your pocket.

Having been out of stock for years, we are thrilled to be offering the updated edition of this landmark trick. This new edition includes video instructions and brand-new performances, to give you the best learning experience possible. Plus, you get all of the gorgeous props, of course.

Legacy is the kind of trick we search for as magicians. It’s self-contained, can be carried with you at all times, and is engaging from start to finish. Your audience gets to know YOU and YOUR MAGIC during the effect.

The effect is simple: a story of your grandfather’s greatest magic trick, performed using his original props. You remove a poker hand from his old wallet and have someone think of one of the cards in the hand. You then show that even from the grave, your grandfather knew exactly which one the participant freely picked.

  • Easy to do
  • Self-working
  • Includes all props (including the custom leather wallet)

This is a blockbuster effect that you will be proud to carry with you.

Package includes wallet, cards, and video instructions.

REVIEW

It was about a decade ago when I first got the original Legacy wallet set that was quickly sold out. I was overseas for a gig when I lost it, regrettably along with other well-loved mentalism props… so I’m chuffed that the creators have decided to re-release this solid piece of kit.

If memory serves me well, the synthetic leather wallet in V1 didn’t have any metal embellishments on the corners while this new one in the V2 package does. While it’s not an aesthetic feature I’m especially crazy about, the metal edges do make m**king the h***er wallet an option for you, just in case.

You receive everything you need to start performing right away, and no matter which routine you decide on (the new one taught in the instructional video has an addition of a dollar bill is quite clever and I now use it instead of the original way), you’ll slay your audience no matter what. Besides the 13min long online vid, you also get a downloadable 18-page PDF as a sweet bonus, which has further ideas you can play with. UK mentalist Luke Jermay, one of the finest thinkers in our industry, has also made a contribution that’s well worth checking out.

Legacy V2 is a strong effect, with quality props. That said, the onus is on you the performer, to tell a convincing story and make the props work for you. This Asian woman is no Caucasian, so the suggested patter about this being dear old grandpa’s belongings won’t quite suit yours truly. I also don’t use the provided presentation of it being an antique because the wallet doesn’t look aged at all, and neither do the cards feel so. If I can’t be convinced, neither will my audience. And with mentalism, obviously, believability is crucial.

You might want to try what I’ve personally done with some of my tarot cards; crush it up tight and treat them with a soak of tepid tea and a brush of lemon juice before flattening up the paper stock and letting them dry in the sun before running an iron over to straighten out the creases. It takes effort of course, but your props will come out looking a lot more legit and not something store bought. Besides… shouldn’t your tools be an intimate extension of you and not something generic?

To conclude, Legacy V2 by Jamie Badman and Colin Miller makes a brilliant walkaround piece especially for corporate work where you want to come off as professional. It’s a surefire hit every time, and each revelation comes out impressively strong. I’ve had terrific milage from it, and while this comes across as a product made for the majority white cis male magician in mind, Legacy V2 is another first class quality product from Vanishing Inc that I’d recommend.

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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