Review: GPS Pack Nav by Oliver Meech

Reviewer: John Teo

Oliver Meech is a truly creative magician.  He has written several books on magic, all with some novel twists and plots in them.  His books are “The Plot Thickens”, “Plot Twists”, and three “5 For £5” booklets.  He has also come up with an interactive magic “Drawn In”.

I believe this “GPS Pack Nav” trick is his first commercially released effect to the magic community.

This is a novel way of revealing a signed card.  It involves the car GPS navigation system plot to discover the selected card.

In actual effect, a spectator selects a card and marks on its face the postcode/zip code of her address.  This is equivalent to signing a chosen card.  Let us say the selected card is the 6 of hearts.  The deck is split into 2 halves and this signed (marked) 6 of hearts is slipped into the stack held by the spectator.

The performer then introduces a stack of GPS instructional cards.  The spectator takes these cards and the performer takes over the stack of playing cards held by the spectator.  The first instruction is “Calculating”.  The GPS is calculating the shortest routine to reach its destination.

The next instruction is “After 4 cards, turn right”.  The performer counts the top 4 cards and turn them face upwards.  The next instruction reads “Queues ahead”.  The face card of the stack in the performer’s hand shows a Queen.  He turns over the next 3 cards and there are the 3 Queens.  It becomes clear that “Queues ahead” refers “Q’s ahead”!

The next instructional card reads “You have reached your destination”.  The next card in the stack is turned over.  It is not the selected card, but the Joker.  The performer looks crest-fallen.  He quickly looks for the next instruction.  The card says “Take the exit”, and the performer exits from the performing area!  He returns soon after and asks for the next instruction card.  This card says “Turn around when possible”.  The performer turns the Joker over and then picks up the same card.  The performer asks if her selected card is a red 6.  The spectator answers in the affirmative.  The performer turns the card around and, instead of the Joker, it becomes the 6 of diamonds.

The spectator takes out the next instruction card.  It again reads “You have reached your destination”.  When the spectator turns this card around, it is her signed (marked) selected card, the 6 of hearts printed on the back of this instruction card!  This card is then given to the spectator as a souvenir of having participated in this wonderful performance.

You receive 6 specially instructions cards plus the title card, and 20 “You have reached your destination” cards, with 10 of them having the same playing card printed on their backs and the other 10 with a different playing card printed on the backs.  Therefore, you can give away 18 “Destination” cards as souvenir cards, leaving the 2 different “Destination” cards to be used with the 7 core instructions cards.  You also receive an instructional DVD.  In the DVD, Oliver Meech teaches an alternative method where you do not have to give away the “Destination” card each time you performed, and yet you can have the selected card signed/marked.

The benefits of this effect are:

  • A novel card revelation (or a signed card to impossible location) using a topical presentation such as a vehicle GPS system.
  • The core GPS cards are printed in poker sized cards and can be used with any poker-sized deck with any back designs.
  • The 7 core cards can be rearranged to give you your own customized GPS directions to discover the selected card.
  • The spectator gets to keep the special signed card as a souvenir.
  • It is not difficult to perform and it resets quite quickly.
  • It can be performed both as a close-up and parlour effect.

Note that Roddy McGhie has a similar but different GPS type card effect in his Penguin live lecture.

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8 Stars (8 / 10)

GPS Pack Nav by Oliver Meech

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