Brix is a brilliant re-working of a Nick Trost idea (Quadraplex) with a superbly topical Lego theme. As a lifelong Lego fan as well as a magic nut you can imagine I couldn’t wait to review Brix!
A spectator shuffles a small pack of cards which are printed with different Lego minifigure body parts. The cards are then dealt on the table and according to the spectator’s choices ‘folded’ up into a packet of face up and face down cards. Nevertheless, your prediction about the number of cards face up and down is correct. You have also predicted the very (unusual!) combination of body parts which have shown up. And in a final kicker, the minifigure ‘pops’ off the card (which is now blank) and materialises in the spectators’ hands.
This is a really fun, quirky effect which would play for adults or children. Lego is always current, and the routine is both interactive and amusing.
Mr Pearl teaches two methods. The first will require you to think a little harder, but seems impossibly fair. The second is a simpler ‘procedure’ from your point of view, but gives the spectator somewhat less freedom (and requires a setup). But neither require what you would call sleights – so this is a very easy effect to perform.
To produce the minifigure will require a very easy bit of sleight of hand. But you have an enormous amount of cover since from the spectator’s perspective the trick is already over.
Explanations are clear – though if you are an English speaker like me you will need to follow the subtitles. There is also a live performance which is always a bonus.
Pros and Cons
As you will have gathered I like this effect a lot. The cards look like the sort of thing my children often play with and the Minifigure is perfect. If I had to be picky, the cards feel a little on the flimsy side, but you could laminate them if you were worried. Or just buy another set when they wear our since Brix is very reasonably priced. The whole thing takes up little room in your pocket and promises to be a great addition to your set.
We think Brix is a real worker. And I have no hesitation in saying it is the best trick I’ve looked at this year!
Brix is available from MagicShop.co.uk for £32.99 (at the time of writing).
Review copy kindly provided by Murphys Magic to whom dealer enquiries should be directed.
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