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Push through SOLID STEEL only seconds after reading the easy to understand instructions. No switches, no palming, no sit-ups! Get applause, gain admiration, be a HERO. So easy, your neighbor could do it- only he doesn't know where to buy the secret! A magic trick from the mind that brought you the Anything Is Possible Bottle.
Packaging and Product Quality
I would love to jump right into the packaging, however, I must start prior to receiving the product before I can go any further. After I placed my order through SendWonder.com I received an email thanking me for my purchase. I make mention of this because the email wasn't your typical "thank you, here is your receipt" email, but instead, the email was very personable. It included a thank you message, information on how long it should take for my Industrial Revelation (known as, IR, for herein) to arrive, and some spoiler information. For those who are curious, the spoiler information was in form of tips and tricks that are most helpful when practicing and performing IR. A few days later I unexpectedly received a second email. This email, in what would be a series of three emails, included how to contact Jamie directly for any questions or concerns and also included some pictures of the IR being made. The third and final email was notification that the IR was shipped and included the last bit of information about IR plus one last teaser picture.
It took a little time for the package to arrive from Vancouver, Canada to the East Coast of America. Once the packaged arrived I was immediately impressed with the presentation. Tucked inside the shipment package was a black box which had been wrapped in a sleeve (similar to a coffee cup sleeve). The sleeve served it's purpose to keep the box closed, and included a coin bound to it by candle wax. The purpose of this coin is to arm the presenter with all the tools necessary to perform IR, however, this simple touch adds a sort of "show piece" to the IR when it is not in use and I will not be removing mine.
Sliding off the sleeve and opening the box reveals three objects. The first object you notice is the Bicycle box with the IR inside, followed by a mini black envelope, then lastly a card advertising Jamie's two major releases, "Anything is Possible Bottle", and of course, "IR".
The IR was placed in the box with care and was protected with some packaging material to ensure it didn't get banged around much during shipping. The Bicycle box that came with the IR was slightly dented in one of the corners, most likely caused by post office abuse. The IR itself was in perfect condition and truly looked beautiful. The craftsmanship was outstanding and for the first time, in a long time, I grinned with happiness knowing that everything was as advertised.
The mini black envelope was sealed shut with my initials. Opening the envelope revealed instructions on how use and maintain your IR along with an autograph from Jamie. The instructions are printed on poster quality paper and included not only text, but well illustrated images to guide you through the learning process.
The learning process is actually quite simple. The instructions are well written and easy to follow. Usually when I receive a new trick I spend a good deal of time practicing the mechanics of the it before performing. I do this so that any "moves" are fluent, and to train myself to do, whatever it is I am suppose to do, without thought. Strangely enough, I felt completely comfortable with IR and started performing it in "record time". There isn't much to the inner workings of the effect and if it became any simpler it would be self working. The hardest part of IR is developing patter that suits your style. (note: if you search YouTube there are videos of Jamie's performance along with some others to help you get started with some patter ideas.)
In the real world, you present a spectator a box of cards. (note: this box of cards never leaves the spectator's sight throughout the rest of the trick.) Holding the deck in one hand, you pass a coin, or other object of your choosing, directly through the box of cards with your other hand. Without any strange or sudden moves, you open the box and drop a steel bar onto their hands.
The magic is visual and leaves your guest questioning "how did that happen?"
Magi Notes: Can be performed surrounded, ends clean, all objects inspectable, resets in 15-20 seconds.
Advertisement & Performance Flaws
This is one of the most straight forward magic tricks that actually looks like the demo reel when you do it at home. Sadly enough, that seems to be a rarity in today's world - but the IR doesn't disappoint - nor should it at a price point of $125 US.
If I would nitpick on IR's marketing approach there are two "flaws":
I want to stress that these two "flaws" are the result of reaching out for something to be misleading. Personally, I like the marketing approach used by IR. I always like the way magic used to be advertised and Jamie's approach is reminiscent to the classic ads.
As for performance flaws, I have only experienced one. The flaw is not so much in the fault of the IR, but with the condition of my box before I preformed the effect. A piece caught onto the gimmick which left it revealed. I since fixed the problem and have put steps in place to prevent it from happening again. While this was easy to rectify, I mention this as a flaw because there was no warning of the possibilities of this happening. (If I missed this in one of your emails Jamie, I apologize.)
My only other comment is that certain lighting conditions can present a give-a-way; however, I do believe that this problem will naturally go away over time and use.
BONUS INFORMATION: When I first received my IR it needed a slight adjustment. Instructions were included on how to do so, but I decided to see if I could reach Jamie first for reassurance. It took about a week for us to connect due to juggling both party's busy schedules. When we finally connected, Jamie spent a decent portion of time to not only assist with the adjustment, but also offer some guidance and general magic talk.
I was very impressed when Jamie first agreed to meet via Skype for the assistance, yet his time spent after, going above and beyond, left an everlasting impression.
Additional note: Jamie advertises the he makes each IR himself. I can testify that I witnessed him tweaking multiple IR's while we had our Skype session. These are truly in the care of Jamie from start to finish which definitely shows in the final product.
As for my "final impression" of the IR, I feel that the concept and execution of this classic concept is extremely well done. While it's not 100% perfect, it's damn near close. Before I wrote this review I wanted to spend some time performing the effect to get a gauge of reactions. The reactions have been between speechless and a barrage of curse words (for the good). Only one person has caught on and that was due to the problem I listed above. IR is truly fun to perform and is a great opener.
Tip: It's a little heavy, which can become cumbersome when carrying around all day. I recommend using a cell phone holder to carry the IR on your belt to help relieve the weight in your pocket when you are not performing it. (I got this tip from Jamie after inquiring if he ever planed to make a belt clip to assist in carrying the IR around for long periods of time.)
Lastly, I really want to stress that the level of customer service before and after the purchase has been second to none. As a believer in customer service, this goes a long way for me and I am really glad to see such level of service being provided by an "online store". Prior to my order with SendWonder.com, I've only found this level of customer service through traditional brick and mortar stores. In this day in age, I feel that this goes a long way.
Usable, and will perform often.