Just received this and have watched the instructional video. Tobias Dostal has put together a
brilliant, beautiful magical effect. The gimmick is extremely well-made and durable, and in the
hands of a skilled magician or puppeteer, the effect I'm sure will get fabulous reactions. Is it
worth the price? Yes, it would be worth it at twice the price--if you put the time and effort in to
perfect your performance of it: getting the handling right and making it into a powerful effect will
require real practice (like all strong magic).
I do however want to note some important
performance limitations for someone like me who has small hands and a LARGE LG/Android phone (3.5" x
5.74"). There is no way that I can see to do the animation efects, e.g. in which an empty hand
suddenly produces a card or rose. To be able to do that, the thumb of your hand holding the phone
MUST be able to reach to the other side of the phone. So if you want to know if you can perform
those particular effects, try gripping your phone and see if you can touch your thumb to your middle
finger. If you can't, then you cannot perform them. In my case, given my phone and hand size, I fall
short by a full 1" in making that connection.
It's always a bit disappointing when a new
gimmick comes out that hasn't been tested to see if everyone can use it (in this case, people with
smaller hands and/or larger phones). I understand that not every gimmick can be made to suit every
person's physiology, or every device. However, I feel that these limitations should at least have
been acknowledged in the instructions and appeared as a caveat in the advertising.
drawback aside, however, Silhouette is a truly astonishing effect, and I recommend it.