Reviewer: John Teo
Many magicians are weary of self-working card magic.
They feel that spectators can easily figure out the method. Also, since the majority are based on mathematical principles, the performance tends to be long-winded and draggy. Many of them require special arrangement or stacking of the cards, and cannot be performed impromptu with a borrowed deck of cards.
Well, they have not seen cleverly constructed and well performed self-working card magic. They are card effects that can hit hard – very hard – on the audience.
Here are ten self-working card effects to be performed with any borrowed and shuffled deck of cards. These are the bases for this project – every one of the ten card effects is self-working and can be performed impromptu with a borrowed and shuffled deck of cards. They are created and compiled by the very creative Liam Montier.
You receive a DVD containing the ten card effects. Each of them is first performed live by Liam and then he explains the methodology and gives extra comments. The ten effects are:
Interstellar OOTW – this is Liam’s take on Paul Curry’s classic OOTW. He has cunningly crafted the routine such that you can arrange the entire deck without arousing suspicion from the spectators. He has also come out with a handling that allows the smooth swapping of the red and black cards half-way through the revelation. A classic self-working trick that usually cannot be performed impromptu can now be done so. Liam’s presentation gives an entertaining twist to the effect.
Mates – instead of merely producing a four-of-a-kind, Liam has a card selected and then finds the other three mates in a comedic presentation.
Gemini Location – a clever application of Karl Fulves’ Gemini principle for multiple card revelations.
Silly Questions – based on the plunger principle, Liam performs a variation of John Carey’s “Bluff Lie Detector” effect. A bunch of cards is pushed through a small packet of cards. Each time the cards come through the packet, a card is eliminated. Finally, one card emerges and it is the chosen card. The entire routine is fun to perform because the questions asked are truly silly! Liam has the second last phase performed with the cards face upwards and this accentuates the final revelation of the selected card.
Wheel Of Fortune – from a shuffled deck, a spectator forms a circle (wheel) with any number of cards she wishes. She names a number at random. This number is used to count to a card on the wheel. Her fortune on the past is read with this card. She then counts backwards around the wheel to arrive at another card. This card tells her future. The performer has somehow predicted these two cards in advance. An interesting theme on fortune reading and the second phase helps to hide the clever mathematical principle involved.
Jack’s Poker – a spectator takes any 5 cards to form a poker hand. She is asked to merely think of a card that will improve her hand. She cuts to this very card in the deck.
Salto Triumph – the usual do-as-I-do effect that gets a triumph effect as a climax. Do-as-I-do effects get great involvement from the audience.
Last To Turn Up – a chosen card is buried in the middle of a small packet of cards. The packet is dealt alternatively face up and face down and this procedure continues until the last card is reached, which happens to be the selected card. Liam mentions a variation of this effect by Ken de Courcy which involves a couple, and this makes it an intimate effect for the two participants.
Invisible Dice – a clever application of the prophesy move combined with the Vernon “out” principle. A spectator used an imaginary die to select a card. The card is lost in the deck and the performer is able to find it, using his own imaginary die.
One Over The Eight – eight cards are taken out and distributed among several spectators. Cards are dealt from the remainder of the deck according to the cards received by each spectator to arrive at a random card. This card is already predicted by the performer. A very simple mathematical effect cleverly disguised by the presentation.
The ten effects cover numerous themes: from gambling to fortune telling to mind reading to pure nonsense and fun! If you cannot get more than one effect to add to your repertoire of card tricks, you are a tough customer indeed. My favourite effects are “Wheel Of Fortune”, “Jack’s Poker” and “Invisible Dice”. What you will also learn from Liam’s examples is how to structure the presentation to disguise the obvious method used.
Many people pay much more for just one effect – here you get ten. Although they are not earth shattering magic, many of them give great impact to the audience, yet they are easy to perform. This DVD is a very good investment.
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