Welcome to a new style Trick of the Month! The review pile has become so high that we will be devoting TOTM to a series of extra reviews in the next few months. And first up is Lolli Hero.
Steve Rowe – a great magic creator, and sweets – one of my favourite things – so did Lolli hero live up to its magical potential?
In a word, yes. This is such a commercial little trick. The idea is simple – using only your precision chewing you transform a lollipop into the shape of the head of a superhero chosen by your spectator. Bam! What a beautifully simple, straightforward effect.
What’s in the box
The ‘Sweet’ little box (!) contains the fake lollipops you need to perform the trick. They are made of a material which should last for a long time but looks just like a lollipop – and they really do! You also get a link to some online teaching which runs just over half an hour.
In this effect you’re not really paying for the secret but for the nicely made gimmicks which you couldn’t easily make yourself.
The video is well shot with jaunty background music. Steve explains everything very clearly and in an orderly way. He teaches several different techniques for the ‘mechanics’ of the effect and also talks about a cool different way of doing it if you want to go to a bit more trouble.
The superhero is forced (you’d guessed that, hadn’t you?!) and he teaches two or three different methods to do that. Unfortunately, they will all require the purchase of some extra things, but none of the extras are hard to get hold of or expensive – I’m just warning you so you know what to expect.
He also discusses the best way to wrap the lolly – since it does look rather odd taking an unwrapped lolly from your pocket!
This is a great release. It is easy to do, really visual and an engaging and entertaining routine. Superheroes are always topical – but never more so than at the moment. It takes up little pocket space. My only small quibble would be that if you use the wrapper (which looks much better) then it will take some time to reset. However, if you’re going to use it in your walkaround set, why not buy 2 or 3 copies so you have several gimmicks set?
Lolli Hero gets out highest recommendation. It is available from the Merchant of Magic for £33.50 (at the time of writing).
Review copy kindly provided by Murphys Magic to whom dealer enquiries should be directed.
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