Review by Steve Vaughn
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Review Date: October 8, 2005 (What follows is a transcript made
from that live radio review show)
Title: The Ungimmicked Egg
By: Jim Gerrish
Available from: www.magicnook.com
Medium: E-book - pdf file
Cost: $3 USD
Level: Professional performer, kids' shows, family shows
The Ungimmicked Egg-bag. Its kind of a misnomer. I
would have called it something else because the title implies it
is just about how to make an ungimmicked egg bag, one of your
basic run-of-the-mill how to conceal something in a
bag. What Jim has, is a basic kids routine, which is very
strong. It follows all the rules as far as what you would want to
do in a kids routine.
Jim gives you the instructions on how to handle a bag which fits
the routine, which is not a standard egg bag that could cost you
an arm and a leg. This routine is for a childs birthday
it really has no other outlet. You have to put
together quite a bit of material rather than going out and buying
it ready-made. But what he gives you is a lot of comedy, the
magician in trouble, its very detailed.
If you dont work childrens party shows, you probably
wont have much use for it.
I dont know where the title came from because its
more than just about an egg bag.
The egg bag aspect of it is not the regular egg bag trick, but
the one where you over burden the kids arms with eggs. It starts
out producing eggs. He gives you a method of concealing the eggs,
how to get the egg loads, how to give it to the kid so he
doesnt trash the house, it involves a paper tear that gives
you a chefs hat and apron
. eggs are produced and
youre trying to produce a magical birthday cake.
Its well thought out, has all the aspects of a kids show
routine, but thats the whole routine. It leads up to the
production of a giant inflatable birthday cake, and Jim gives you
a source of where to get this cake from.
Jim is obviously an experienced childs performer. This is
not something the hobbyist or someone who is just interested in
the egg bag is going to want to get hold of. If you do
run a childs professional birthday gig it may be of
interest to you, but limitations are you really have to work
where theres an electrical outlet nearby to inflate the
The skill level is for the professional childs performer.
Its not real difficult and wont require an
experienced professional to learn new moves. It takes a lot of
set up, but everything in the routine is logical through the
routine. Its a typical e-book routine, not like a complete
and ready-to-go magic shop item. Youre going to have to
make the signs, youre going to have to make the egg bag,
and everything else that goes with it.
Comparing it to the Seriously Silly Book, its
similar in that you have to make a lot of the stuff yourself.
Its well written, and for the professional childs
performer it does give a lot of ideas and Jim includes everything
you need to know to get yourself going.
Its pretty good. Im impressed. Jim gives some
alternate ideas for what you can use as egg bags. It would be an
excellent birthday routine; a good way to fill the show, because
you have a lot of fun. The kids would find it funny. At the
ending, little kids would kind of freak out
they love that
Its not really difficult. Theres a lot of guys out
there performing kids shows, whose weakness is that they
dont really routine well, so something like this would help
them out because it is fully routined. All they have to do is
just follow the instructions.
© 2005, Steve Vaughn and www.magicnook.com