At a retail price of $599.95, this is intended for professionals and it shows.
THE EFFECT: You walk out onstage and smoke your thumb! Without any visible means, you 'puff'' your thumb and smoke comes out of your mouth! On top of that, a pack of cigarettes is introduced. Upon opeing them, you pull out a beautiful 'No Smoking' silk and drape it over an empty wine glass. When the silk is removed, the glass is full of safe, non-toxic smoke!
WHAT YOU GET: The very special glass, the smoking gimmick, a 9 volt battery, the No Smoking Silk, special fluid, and a full instructional DVD.
DURABILITY: I travel a lot so having props that are well made is my primary concern. this stuff is built to LAST. Don't abuse it and it should last a lifetime. In other words, keep the props in the durable cardboard box when going from show to show in your prop case or roll-on table and you'll be fine. If you just toss the glass in with your other props, well, it deserves to be broken. This is high quality stuff that will last if you care for it.
ANGLES: Angles are extremely forgiving. As the ad copy states, about the only way you can get busted is if someone's right behind you. Very good, indeed.
DIFFICULTY: There is, as mentioned in the ad copy, really only one 'move' or grip. The rest is choreography, like learning dance steps. The video makes it look much harder than it really is, which is a credit to Puck. The sleight of hand is fairly minimal, and if put the work in, you'll be fine. The smoking wineglass is unbelievably easy to activate, as you're completely motivated in all that you do in the routine and your angles are completely covered as far as the glass is concerned. Like even the easiest, most self-working effects though, you'll need to rehearse...not because it's diffcult (it isn't) but because any magic effect deserves practice to do well and comfortably.
MARKETS: I believe this routine will play great for adult or college audiences and with some VERY careful scripting, family and/or school audiences. I've tested it, spoke to clients after the show, and yes, it will play in schools WITH proper scripting and most importantly, proper context. That's all I'm going to say on that, as it took me months to develop a routine I felt comfortable doing in schools, and even then only for upper grades.
INSTRUCTION: You may be tired of hearing this, but Bob Kohler produces, in my opinion, the BEST instructional DVDs in the entire market. Which reminds me...
Comes complete with plenty of safe smoke juice, No Smoking Silk, Battery, Special thumb smoking gimmick made for Puck, special non-tobacco cigarette for gimmick, lighter, syringe, DVD Instructions, very detailed, The Very Special Self-Contained Stem Glass, worth the money alone, and the special carry/storage case bought to hold this outfit.
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