Review: Mutate by Arnel Renegado

Reviewer: Adeline Ng


This torn and restored card is quite unique in the sense that it is one straight tear in the middle of the card that restores itself.

Check out the trailer video – the core effect is pretty much presented as it is in the trailer. However, the clean up is not shown and I personally feel it is a little misleading in showing the way the card is handed out.

I should say I went through a phase where I was quite head over heels with the torn and restored card plot. During the time, I explored different versions with Axel Hecklau’s One:Twist being still my all-time favourite.


The video and sound was clear. Instructions were well produced, however camera work for explanations can be very much improved. Chris Webb moves his hands a lot during the explanations and the tight bobbing shots left me giddy. Although, admittedly I’m way more sensitive to this than most people… I get dizzy even watching The Hunger Games.


The effect is visual and easy to do. I like the clean up of the gimmick. Even though the trailer did not show the clean up, this was one I was willing to let slide because of the effectiveness and ease of it.

The gimmick is cheap and easy to make… You will not need any heavy sleight of hand to achieve this.


This feels very much like a one-phase effect. With the gimmick in place, you’re pretty much limited to showing this as one trick immediately. While visual, there’s no build up or much routining involved.

It would probably be better if you are able to rig in the gimmick and make this effect part of a longer set that makes sense.


One:Twist remains king to me, and while I’m probably not being fair since that One:Twist a way more involved routine, the basic plot of the effect still has me comparing both tricks. As it is, I felt the idea remains more of an idea than a polished routine, but it would probably be nice as a part of a bigger set. Priced at US$25, I felt the end effect was not very justified with the pricing.

This will not be going into my corporate repertoire. However, the visualness of this does give it lots of merits. Possibly something to add on to the ‘easy-to-do’, visual single effect great for videos and instagrams.

Please support intellectual property. Only buy original. Available from all reputable Murphy’s Magic dealers.

(6 / 10)

Mutate (Gimmicks and Online Instructions) by Arnel Renegado

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