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Fair Play by Steve Haynes

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Fair Play

Steve Haynes
Available from your favourite Murphy’s Magic supplier, dealers contact www.murphysmagic.com
Price: £27.00 (approx)

Every so often, a new piece of magic is released that uses a brilliant, not seen before, principle. Fair Play by Steve Haynes is one such effect to hit the shelves/web in the past few weeks.

Based upon Deddy Corbusier’s brilliant ‘Free Will’ effect, Fair Play is a self contained gimmicked key fob which allows you to perform a ‘Free Will ‘type effect with ease (see video for performance). The prediction is sealed inside the plastic key fob and can be examined by a spectator should you wish.

The gimmick itself is brilliant, and does all the work for you. It’s one of those things that you will keep playing with over and over. It’s almost James Bond-esque in construction and you can’t help but smile when you see it in action.

On the DVD, Bro Gilbert does a good job running through the gimmick and how it works, along with teaching a basic handling of Fair play as well as Steve Haynes’ original handling. As a bonus, Andrew Gerrard offers his handling too which has some really nice touches.

There has been a bit of negativity on the forums regarding the wording of the original Fair Play gimmick. The word ‘Bill’ is used, which is a common name for paper currency in the USA, and some feel this doesn’t work as well in the UK as we call it a note not a bill. Personally I don’t see an issue with it, as I would just ask for a bill from a spectator. If they questioned what a bill was I would just say it is paper money (a note). Having said all that there is now a UK and a Japanese version of the gimmick to satisfy anyone who was not happy with the original. I think if the word ‘money’ had been used  in the original gimmick that would have covered all bases and would have also allowed you to perform the effect with coins too as well as paper money.

This is an effect which fits right onto your keys and you will carry with you at all times. The only negative point I can really make about it, and this is just me, is that all my regular keys stick to the gimmick when they have been in my pocket. A small point though as this really is a brilliant piece of magic.

The effect is easy to perform and there’s even a crib on the reverse of the key fob so you don’t even have to remember anything. This is one of the cleverest magic effects I have seen for quite a while. Highly recommended.