I have to admit that I nearly overlooked this one and I’m glad I took the time to watch the first rate routines and effects found within. “More iCandy” is a worthwhile title that comes in two volumes that are sold separately.
New Ideas for iPhone and Kornwinder
Mike Stoner’s Rover is something of a Kornwinder style location of a card with an object, in this case, a wind-up toy that moves on its own. You’ll have to purchase the device separately but it’s available off the shelf and is not a dealer item (I searched and easily found them from a well known vendor for under seven dollars - lowest price was just over five dollars). After a card is selected (it’s a free choice) and mixed back into the deck, the cards are spread on the table and the wind-up toy rolls across the cards and separates the spread at the point where a spectator’s card is residing. This one is very good.
Lee Smith’s Predicto Plus offers a card in the pocket with a back that’s different from the deck and whose identity is not shown. A card is selected and signed and after various steps, the different-backed card in the pocket is shown to be the spectators selected and signed card. This is a great effect that is reminiscent of Shaun Mc Cree’s “Dead Letter Card” on his excellent Mix N’ Mingle DVD (click here to read my review). I can attest to the power of this effect as I occasionally perform McCree’s version.
Slick offers James Brown's twist on the “oil and water.” plot. It’s not your ordinary “oil and water” as it’s all done in the hands - no table is necessary. And there’s a killer ending where the red and black cards meld. It’s a clever variation with gaffed cards.
The Biddle Trick is a powerful classic. I think that just about all magicians should learn a version of the Biddle trick and here’s a great place to learn Lee Smith’s version. Another classic that is taught is “Dr. Daley’s Last Trick” - here’s it’s called Dr. Daley's Aces. Gary Jones turns the trick into a two-phased routine. The second phase is a fake out where the magician appears to switch the cards but doesn’t and that results in good humor and interaction.
Kick Right Back Plus starts with a transposition between two red queens and two black queens, and it’s followed by a sequence that is similar to that of “Dr. Daley’s Last Trick” which is followed by a transposition. It’s a strong routine that benefits from combining elements of other effects. It’s a newer and better version of Lee Smith’s “Kick Right Back.”
Instant Sandwich is two-phased sandwichstyle effect. The first phase occurs on the deck and second on the table. The final effect, Gary Jones’ Two card Transpo offers a transposition effect with multiple phases.
”More iCandy Volume 1" is a great title by a group of accomplished and experienced magicians. Experienced pros will likely already have routines for the classics such as “Dr. Daley” “The Biddle Card Trick,” and a sandwich routine, but there are some good ideas to be found within.