Unfortunately, the creators seem to be proud of the degrading humor that they’re encouraging magicians to use. In the end, the publishers can be proud of a clever effect, but should be ashamed of their disrespectful humor that’s based on gross and negative stereotypes.
This routine comes with professionally designed and printed menus that are laminated and should prove to be durable. These menus look as if they are from real Chinese restaurants. There are also paper menus that are printed on thin paper and will not wear as well. At your discretion, you can control the effect so there’s a different outcome. As the ads state, the routine requires no forces, gimmicks or stooges. Also, there’s no pre-show work.
It's on the Menu
From a magic standpoint, the questionable jokes are written on the menus and are an immediate indication to any lay person that the menus probably aren’t real ones. If these jokes are so funny and magicians want to use them, can’t you simply publish and allow others to memorize them?
In Bad Taste
There are lots of people out there who hate magic. And I think a lot of these people were the victims of a humiliating magic routine or witnessed a magician who used his power as a boorish entertainer to embarrass others. It’s so easy to bring up a bald guy or overweight woman and make comments and insulting jokes (to bald guy, “place the card on your forehead”). Afterwards, the “entertainer” asks the audience to give the spectator a hand, as if this makes everything alright after he or she has been humiliated in front of a crowd.
What you say and joke about in private is up to you. But when you drag down magic entertainment with negligence and arrogance, I find this disappointing. And even if you like this effect and have no desire to use any of the questionable jokes, they’re printed on the menus that you hand to spectators. I find this stupid.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
MSRP: (US) $69.50
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