If you are not
familiar with the Cyclops Effect this is what it is all about.
Anything placed in the box by a spectator can be divined by the performer
and he does not need to touch the box at all. One of the easiest
effects is as follows: A pack of cards is shuffled and placed in the
box. The top card is stared at by the spectator, remembered and the
lid of the box is closed. Instantly the performer knows the selected card.
The box does not work by radio control or anything like that and uses a
principle rarely used in magic. In fact I am not aware of any other
magic item that works using the same principle. The idea was inspired
by my love for model toy theatres as a child.
The box can be
used for a psychometry effect. Personal items are placed in inside and
the magician can say what the items are and who owns them. There are so many
uses for the box and a few are included in the instructions which are packed
with colour photographs. The instructions are almost a book with
nearly 5000 words on eleven A4 pages.
I do not like
to reveal how magic tricks or props work and it is hard for me to list the
several improvements that the Mini Cyclops Box offers. The Secret is used in
both boxes. In the larger box the Cyclops Principle starts when the
lid is opened or closed but in the Mini Cyclops the Cyclops Principle is
under greater control by the magician. Certain operations can be
started before the show starts or when the magician handles or the spectator
handles the box. Cyclops Box owners will know what I am talking about
i.e. more control and a couple more options. Now for the first time the box
can be handled or even held by the spectators.
Owners of the
original Cyclops Box have been generous with their comments:
“In 21 years
of travelling the world performing comedy Mentalism, this is one of the
smartest effects I’ve seen. I received it this morning; it’s in the
act tonight. Awesome job Martin.” Steve Legg.
received the Cyclops Box today and wanted to say ‘Thank you’ for a great
item! What a clever idea! There is so much you can do with this
box.” Mark Kiyabu, Hawaii
And from Ken Brooke’s
favourite student: "A fabulous new idea in magic with endless
possibilities, made even more practical with the smaller version. I now have
the full size box on my mantelpiece ready for an impromptu miracle. If you
can't come up with some mind-blowing magic with this prop you should trade
in your wand and become a juggler! "
Lewin, Las Vegas, USA
Steve Cook has
said it all so much better than I could ever do. Unlike me he is impartial
and has nothing to gain from praising the box. Here is his review.
My sincere thanks to Steve.
The Mini Cyclops Box
By Martin Breese
Reviewed by Steve Cook
Mini Cyclops Boxis
a close-up version of the original larger Cyclops Box invented and marketed
by Martin Breese. This smaller version is designed basically for
portability, with the close-up/table performer in mind, however, it could
still be used in a parlour or stage setting. Basically, anything which can
be placed comfortably inside the box by a spectator (and then the lid
closed) whilst the performer’s back is turned, can be instantly revealed
by the performer, even from across a room.
It does everything the larger Cyclops Box does but obviously on a smaller
scale. There are however, a few more advantages to this version. Besides the
portability asset, this model has some extra features not incorporated into
the larger version. Obviously, I cannot reveal them here; suffice to say
they are ‘gold dust’ to a working performer. In this version for instance,
the box can left in the spectator’s hands, before, during and after the
effect, there is nothing to see.
The box is beautifully made in exotic wood, has mirrors on all sides, and is
felt lined within. It looks just like a ladies jewellery box; in fact, that
is how I introduce it. The box is merely introduced as a means to an end:
somewhere to put your props and incidental in itself to the effect.
Myriad effects are possible, limited as they say, only by your imagination.
Psychometry effects become a ‘breeze’ (pardon the pun!) You can reveal
playing cards/ESP cards in a logical and totally baffling manner. Drawing
duplications are accomplished in the blink of an eye. Max Maven’s popular
Kurotsuke’ effect is simplicity itself with this box – totally ‘hands-off’,
cleaner than the Pope! How about 7 Keys to Baldpate - again, ‘hands-off’.
The mind boggles at the possibilities! I haven’t slept properly for months
thinking about the routines and possibilities with this box and, I’m sure
all those who purchase it, will have the same joyful dilemma!
The price for this mental masterpiece is £195-00 (post free) and, in my
opinion, it’s worth every damned penny! I can do no more than heartily
recommend this item to all discerning performers (and collectors) who
demand reliability, quality and beauty. Many thanks Martin for releasing
this uniquely, wonderful little treasure! Very few items seem to provide
the magician/mentalist with a genuine lifetime of pleasure: this one WILL!
END OF REVIEW