From the award-winning mind of Mathieu Bich comes eXile - the effect that kick started the latest David Blaine special with a bang. eXile takes place entirely on the spectator's own hand. Three small X's are drawn on someone's open palm. A quarter is placed in the center of their hand. + Featured on David Blaine's ABC television special "Dive of Death".
Slowly, you slide your finger over each X and it vanishes. No residue. No sign of ink to be seen. Nothing. When the quarter is lifted, there are three perfect X's directly in the center of their palm.
The effect is taught in depth by Dan White, senior magic producer for David Blaine. Shot on location in the office of David Blaine in New York City, USA. Comes with everything you need to learn it - and perform it.
eXile was performed across the country by David Blaine and his creative team in preparation for the Dive of Death special. It has been tested from coast to coast. From close-up performances in Paris, France by Mathieu Bich to the streets of New York - this is eXile
Exile by Mathieu Bich
From the award winning mind of Mathieu Bich comes Exile – the effect that kick started the latest David Blaine special with a bang. Exile takes place entirely on the spectator’s own hand. Three small X’s are drawn on someone’s open palm. A quarter is placed in the center of their hand. Slowly, you slide your fingers over each X – and they visually, instantly vanish. No sign of ink to be seen. Nothing. When the quarter is lifted, there are three perfect X’s directly in the center of their palm.
This is one incredible piece of magic that utilizes a quarter and X’s that are drawn on the surface of the spectators own hand. I normally don’t do a lot of magic effects that utilize money and/or coins, but Exile is an effect I absolutely love to perform. You are also able to perform different variations of Exile instead of just drawing three X’s on a spectator’s palm. The fact that this effect is very versatile makes me enjoy using and performing this effect a lot more often than just using it occasionally when I want to add a little variety when I am performing card magic. Dan White, who teaches you everything you need to know about creating the gimmick as well as different variations of the effect is truly something I love about this whole effect.
Here are some variations that are taught on the DVD.
X Through Hand: Much like Ash on Palms – you draw an X on the back of someone’s hand and then you then proceed to rub the X from the back of their causing it to vanish. You then have them open their hand and on their palm is an X.
There’s also another variation of Exile where you draw an X on your forearm – then proceed to pick the X up off your forearm and then have it appear on the same location on your spectators arm, this has also gotten me quite a few good reactions.
All in all, the sky is the limit with Exile and you can come up with all sorts of different variations that utilize Exile. So once you obtain a copy and start to play around with it, I’m sure you will also come up with something original, and no matter what type of effect you can use, they are all deceptively simple yet hit very hard.
As with all of the Theory 11 effects that are taught on DVD you are guaranteed very high quality picture and sound. One of the downsides I found on the DVD is that it is very short, and has a run time of about 15 minutes. Which gives Dan White just enough time to go over construction of the gimmick, which some claim to be time consuming, but I timed myself making the gimmick and it took me about 15 minutes. But once you have created the Exile gimmick you won’t need to make another one, unless you want to have one for back up in case you were to lose the original. As for all the other variations you can use Exile for, you will also need to construct the gimmick for those as well. But they don’t take nearly as long as it does when you create the original Exile gimmick with a quarter.
One other aspect that I wish was added to the instructions of the performance, would be for a way to both begin and end the effect clean. Since I already know pretty much the basic sleight of hand needed to perform the effect, as well as end clean, I had no problem at all performing the effect. Although a beginner just might have a little difficulty with starting the effect with no suspicion and end clean as well. But this can be easily fixed by purchasing J.B. Bobo’s book on coin sleight of hand. And all you really need to learn, if you were a beginner with no background in coin sleights, is to learn the very basics of coin sleight of hand to begin the effect and end clean. Other than that, you have a very visual, high impact coin effect that has really given me great reactions from all the spectators I have shown this too.
Quality of material (if it is a gimmick etc):
Everything that you need to create the gimmick comes with the purchase and they have even included some of the extra special something to make this effect work to its fullest potential. Although there are three items that you’ll need to make the Exile gimmick, and chances are you already have them laying around the house. In the slight chance you might not have one or two of the items, a quick trip to your local thrift store or even your local market has everything that you need. All of the material that comes with the Exile DVD are very good quality and I am still using one of the items that’s needed to make part of the magic happen, and has been working for over a month now, and that includes about 45-50 performances. On the slight chance that when you purchase this effect and the special something doesn’t work anymore, Theory 11 provides you with 3 back up items. But if you’re like me and want to be sure you have everything so that nothing hinders your performance, Theory 11 provides you with everything you need and all for a very reasonable price that practically everyone can aff
[5 of 5 Stars]
This is an amazing effect, if you can get it to work. They give you the items you need but you need to build them.
Also i have not been able to even do it successfully yet. I am doing what they tell you to do but it seems you need extra and to redo it before every vanish.
This may be because they do not provide you with the same equipment that they use in the instructional dvd.
I gave this three stars because I hope i can find a way to do it, and if i can i know this effect will kill
[3 of 5 Stars]
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 26 September, 2008.