Review: Cardio by Liam Montier

Reviewer: John Teo

“Cardio” is the video version of Liam Montier’s e-book of the same name which was published some 7 years ago.  This video contains many refinements over the written version.

Essentially, “Cardio” contains 7 card tricks that do not use any gimmicked cards.  You can perform all these effects with a borrowed deck of cards.  They are not self-working effects.  You need to know how to force a card and control a selected card to the top of the deck.  Liam teaches you his favourite method in the DVD.

There are many other sleights that are used, and also taught in the DVD.  They include the Gemini Count, Elmsely Count, Jordon Count, Diminishing Count, Jack Parker’s “Tumble Gem” switch, the flat palm, and a special control of 2 cards to the top of the deck.  These are not difficult to accomplish.  One or two of them may become your favourites that you may want to include in your own arsenal of card controls.

The DVD is well produced as can be expected from Bigblindmedia.  The 7 effects are:

  • Back Hand Slap

This is the classic “Slap” revelation updated.  A selected card is lost in the deck.  Performer shows a packet of 4 cards, none of which is the selected card.  With a slap, the selected card appears in the packet and then all the 5 cards transform into a royal flash in Ace!

  • Twisted

This starts with the classic “Twisting The Aces” and 2 selected cards lost in the deck.  One of the Aces invisibly travels into the performer’s pocket.  It then turns into one of the selected cards.  Magically the other 3 Aces become one card, the second selected card!

  • Reality Burp

2 selected cards are lost in the deck.  The spectator is hypnotized and 4 cards randomly taken from the deck all become the first selected card.  Then the same 4 cards become the second selected card.  When the spectator is de-hypnotized, the 4 cards are shown to be the 4 Kings.  Suddenly they become the 2 selected cards, and 2 random cards that were placed under the card case much earlier become the 4 Kings.

  • The Hof

Based on the “Hofzinser’s 4 Aces” trick, 4 Aces are eliminated until the last Ace, which coincides with the suit of the chosen card.  Magically, this card transforms into the selected card and the selected card changes into this Ace.

  • The Other Thing

Based on Richard Sander’s “King Thing”, 4 Kings are lost at various places in the deck.  A random card indicates the number of seconds the performer has to retrieve all the 4 Kings.  He only manages to locate one King.  However, the random card transforms into the second King, the third King is found underneath the card box, and the fourth King is found sandwiched between 2 Jokers isolated inside the card ox earlier.

  • Swing Of Things

A pendulum is shown to be able to divine the identity of a random card.  Magically, this random card changes into the selected card what was lost in the deck earlier on.

  • Pop-Hof

Another variation of the “Hofzinser’s 4 Aces” trick.  The Ace with the suit of the selected card vanishes and reappears on top of the deck.  The other 3 Aces change into the selected card.

“Cardio” is a collection of innovative card effects that you can perform with a borrowed deck.  Some of these effects and some of the card moves taught will find their way into your card performing repertoire.  

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(9 / 10)

Cardio by Liam Montier

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