REIGN MAN REVIEWS!!
“Just a quick note that I’m massively impressed with Reign Man. Killer stuff!“
Nathan Coe Marsh
“Great concept Doc! I will use this.“
“Wanted to tell you that Reign Man killed last week. Big group of 100 dentists and techs. It got great reactions. My photographer, who’s seen my show before said, “that’s the one that floored me. Thank you for this!”
“Alright … I got in the Reign Man… just got through the instructions … and I tell you … THIS is a magic square routine that I will use. No more ‘look how great my math is with these ‘wonky numbers’. Not going to lie I was hesitant when I saw cards were involved BUT their use is logical and well thought out. PLUS I actually DO use playing cards as bookmarks when I’m reading! It’s a PERFECT message match. On top of that, I love having it all packaged together in a tidy travel case. Damn Dude I LOVE THIS!I went through a test run with my kiddo and at the end … right before I turned over the bookmark … he goes “no way !? is that the back of the king of clubs?“ And Booom! He was floored.
“Reign Man Rules! I love the story concept, scripting, and pro-tips. Way to go.
(The “instruction book” alone is worth the price!)“
“Thanks for an outstanding routine, I really like it!“
The magic square is a classic of stand up magic.
But like most classics, it is not without its challenges. Years ago when I began studying magic square routines there were several challenges inherent in other routines I wanted to — I needed to — eliminate.
It must have a definitive climax.
“Look the rows add up to 73…the columns add up to 73 …the diagonals add up to 73 …the four squares add up to 73 …” While the performer’s delivery can certainly signal that “this is the end, so clap now,” I’d like the structure of the routine to make that clear as well.
The Reign Man routine is 95% magic square. The other 5% is a card trick that frames the routine at the front and back. The trick: A freely named card is the bookmark that’s been sticking out of the book that’s been sitting on your table from the beginning of the routine.
It’s that powerful.
Reign Man has a strong, definitive climax.
NO funky looking square with a few overly large numbers.
For some magic square formulas, the audience sees 9-5-11-78-2-6-77-9 …you get the picture. It just looks a little jinky.
The Reign Man square is always unsuspicious. It’s the kind of magic square your mother wants you to date.
Gotta have a presentation hook
“Listen up, name a number, now look at this paper” isn’t cutting it for me.
The first lines of Reign Man begin with funny and generate interest.
Must. Be. Bulletproof.
Some shows I do after a delightfully healthy meal and a good night’s sleep of 8-9 hours.
But the other 99% of shows might have me performing on less than optimal sleep.
The ability to do math — even the very simple math in a magic square formula — can be challenging when you’re at less than optimum. And the typical magic square is very unforgiving. You miss a single number and — BOOM — you’re eating a dog’s breakfast.