SMM Review in MUM, by Marc DeSouza
Steve and I are honored to receive such a great review! See Marc's Review below.
Props by Steve Myers Magic
Available from Steve Meyers Magic
Prices start at $18.00
Leipzig’s Cigars from Purse is one of those “holy grail” effects tackled by many close-up and parlor magicians. Since John Rogers stopped making his wonderful wooden cigars, it has been difficult to obtain good quality cigars. Well, the wait is over. Steve Myers has produced a worthy successor. In fact, I think these look a bit more realistic. They are custom molded and cast in resin, then coated with polyurethane to protect the finish. These are very durable props and they even come with a cigar band, if you wish to apply it. They handle really well for Cigars in Purse as well as the Repeat Cigar Production in the hands, regardless of the technique you choose. Speaking of technique, that will determine which size you will want to order. The type of palming or hand position you use to conceal the cigar will be the criteria to consider. I have pretty big hands, but due to the position I like my cigars to be in, I went with the smaller cigar. In fact, I had Steve custom make a different size especially for me. He can do that for you too, at a very reasonable additional charge.
His standard cigars come lit or unlit and both look very realistic. They are also available in 3 standard sizes and all prices listed on his website include shipping and handling in the CONUS. There are optional felt sleeves available for purchase to further protect the cigars in your case and there will be other variations and add-ons available in the future. Steve is an amazing craftsman and has some other terrific stuff for sale on his website. Check out his woodwork and custom wands, but the best thing is his fake egg especially made for the Malini Egg Bag. At $20.00, it is one of the best investments you’ll ever make.
BTW, you are only purchasing the cigars here. You will need your own routine and purses. There are a number of different handlings and routines out there. You might look for Leipzig’s own routine, as well as John Rogers’ or John Carney’s. If you currently perform the Cigars From Purse or a similar routine or are considering tackling this effect, I cannot recommend these cigars highly enough. I bought extra sets because these are not going to be around forever.
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