Reviewer: John Teo
Jorge Garcia is a talented mentalist from Argentina. He performs under the stage name “The Jack”.
He is a suave and thinking performer. This is evident in the way he dresses up his presentation for his effects such as “A Think & Stop” and “Mind Track”. He is able to take a simple prop such as the haunted key and evoke the entire audience’s emotion, as in his effect “Haunted Key”.
Not satisfied with the usual presentations of classic effects such as “One Ahead” (his effect “One Head”) and “Pegasus Page” (his effect “To Lovecraft”), he adds in an unexpected ending that makes great sense to the audience. For the “One Head” effect, he ensures that each revelation seems more impossible than the previous one.
You receive a well produced DVD that features 8 mental routines. Jorge performs each routine before a live audience. He then explains each effect at the Alakazam Magic studio together with Peter Nardi. As a bonus, the DVD also provides an e-book describing 7 of the 8 routines. They are taken from his published book “7 Mysteries of Mentalism”. The e-book gives additional ideas on psychometry for using the gimmicked employed in his effect “Project Fear”, including a version of Larry Becker’s “Sneak Thief”.
For those of you who want to get an idea of how each of the 8 effects looks like before you decide to purchase the DVD, here is a concise description of each routine.
What an interesting name for the “One Ahead” prediction effect! Jorge invites a spectator on stage. He uses a writing pad and makes 3 predictions on 3 different topics. Each time he makes a prediction, he writes the name of the topic down on the writing pad and shows it to the spectator. Then he turns away, writes his prediction, tears the sheet out of the pad and crumples it and puts it onto the spectator’s hand. In the end, he opens all the 3 screwed-up balls of paper in the spectator’s hands, and gets all the 3 predictions correct. Jorge also provides an unexpected ending in which an earlier mistake he makes turns out to be an additional information for the last prediction!
This is Jorge’s take on the Pegasus Page effect. A member of the audience selects a page from a horror book, and a spectator selects a word from that page. The performer has predicted this word in advance. Finally, the entire page vanishes from the book. In Jorge’s version, the torn page is found in another envelope and the entire book is given as a souvenir to the spectator. Jorge uses an interesting gimmick to force the selected page.
This is a very good version of “Scissors, Paper, Stone”. It is taken from Robert Neale’s “My First Trick” from his book “Tricks Of The Imagination”. 3 spectators each sit on a chair and given a large card. On each of the 3 cards are written, separately, Scissors, Paper and Stone. The performer has his back on the 3 spectators and cannot see what is going on with the 3 people. The 3 spectators can exchange cards or move to a different chair. Yet, when given the names of any 2 spectators, the performer can tell immediately who will win. As a climax, the performer has a prediction which states in turn exactly who will win against which spectator.
Several spectators write their phobia on small cards. A spectator is invited on stage and he writes his phobia on a blank card. This is mixed with the other phobia cards and placed inside an envelope. The performer offers some money if he fails to uncover the spectator’s phobia. Needless to say, the performer gets to keep his money.
A Think & Stop
An impromptu effect that does not require any sleight-of-hand. A spectator chooses a card and loses it in the deck. He and another person name a number each and they form a total. The performer counts to the total in the deck and finds the selected card. It is based on an old card location principle from “Greater Magic” with a lot of subtleties thrown in by Jorge.
This is a multi-phase blindfold act based on Al Koran’s Miracle Blindfold Act. There is no gimmicked blindfold used and there is no sleight-of-hand involved. With his eyes blindfolded, the performer can locate a selected card simply by spreading the cards face upwards. A second spectator chooses and loses his card in the deck. The performer can locate the chosen card, this time, by spreading the deck face downwards. A third spectator chooses a card and the performer can name it. Finally, a small packet of cards is used. A card is selected from this packet and placed inside an empty card case. A fourth card is chosen from the remainder of the deck and mixed up with this packet of cards. The performer finds the fourth selected card as well as names the unknown card inside the card case.
A spectator sub-consciously memorises a deck of cards. He randomly takes out a card unseen and puts it aside. He then does an automatic writing and scribbles something on a writing pad. Sub-consciously, he conveys the identity of his chosen card in his drawing. This is an exciting principle that is capable of diverse applications.
With just a simple prop like the haunted key, Jorge is able to make it into a magical moment for a spectator. Her emotions than spill onto the audience and everybody then experience the magical moment of the key turning over in the performer’s palm. The performer even gets a hug and a kiss from the spectator when she reads his prediction silently to herself.
It is often said that if you get just one good effect from your purchase, you get your money’s worth. For the working mentalist, not only do you get more than one effect you can add to your performing repertoire, you can to learn a lot from Jorge’s thinking and presentation of each effect.
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