If you want to deliver a proverbial poke in the eye to
the magicians of years past, and make your audience howl with
disgust as well as astonishment... then you need to seek out
the great new Gross Magic set from Drumond Park...
with me back in time, if you will dear reader, to a decade
was all the rage, when your mum used to make her own
jam and dad used to brew his own carrot wine... Soda Stream
was king (despite the fact it was actually cheaper to buy
bottles of carbonated drinks ready made from your local newsagent)
and the world was a better place (probably).
then kids were captivated by magic. Paul Daniels was the king
of Saturday nights and all children aspired to be magicians.
Actually, thinking about it now, how good a magician was Daniels?
Sure he could make us believe that he could turn water in
to wine, but why couldn't he make us believe that the rug
on his head was not his real hair?
remember buying loads of Paul Daniels tricks and cards and
impressing loads of people... well, the neighbours dog was
baffled by my flair for magic. And then, suddenly Daniels
married Debbie and they disappeared into obscurity and magic
the years David Copperfield and David Blaine have tried to
get us back into the magic of... er... magic, but they just
couldn't hold our interest the way that Daniels did when we
my anal ramblings above are trying to illustrate is that in
order to get kids interested in magic again there needs to
be a new angle to make magic appear cool once again. And the
Gross Magic kit from Drummond Park is just the thing
to rekindle a nations interest.
are two types of tricks for kids to learn in this collection.
The first type involves using the equipment provided to perform
disgusting magic, and the second offers even more ideas by
simply using household items - or things you can pick up easily
while you are out and about.
most effective of these is the bursting eyeball trick. Okay,
I'm going to break the magicians code here and tell you how
this one works... but keep it to yourself.
this trick you pretend to have something in your eye; you
bring one hand up to touch your eyelid, bring the other fist
up to rub the eye, and pop! your eyeball explodes in a gloopy
white mess. What you actually do is conceal one of those little
tubs of UHT milk you get in service stations inside your fist,
then pop your finger through the lid at the dramatic moment.
Argghhhhhhh! Now how sick is that? That's sure to make granny
lose her teeth.
are loads of great tricks using the equipment in the kit (which
include tons of stuff including snot,
slime, dandruff, toenail clippings, cockroaches, squashed
eyeballs, a mini bin and even a toilet full of poo).
a cockroach appear from an empty dustbin; liquidise
an eyeball and then eat its squished remains; strip the veins
out of your wrist then stuff them into your magic bin where
they turn to goo; oops runny nose? Get rid of that embarrassing
big green bogie that is hanging out of your nostril by snorting
it back up again; then prove to your victims... I mean audience
that they have bad breath. Get them to breath over a picture
of a flower and then gasp as the picture changes to show that
the flower has wilted under their breath.
are so many cool tricks here that you'll have hours of fun
learning them all. My only slight complaint is that the instructional
manual could have been a little clearer - the instructions
and illustrations are not as straight forward as they could
that's magic!" as one follicly challenged '80s magician
used to say.
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