Review: Skymember Presents Nova by Avi Yap

Reviewer: John Teo

Nova is a sleight-of-hand move with playing cards based on the Shreko Howard’s “Pop-Out Move”.  This pop-out move causes a card to pop out and protrude from the center of the deck.  Avi Yap, a magician from Singapore, has discovered that if a card is already protruding from the center of the deck, the Shreko Howard’s Pop-Out Move can align another card so quickly onto this card that the move is almost imperceptible.  This was how Nova was conceived.  Rightfully, Nova is an application of Shreko Howard’s Pop-Out Move.  However, this application in turn opens up so many useful moves for the card magician that it justifies a completely new name – and in this case, it is Nova.

You receive a well-produced DVD from Skymember Presents.  Avi Yap himself takes you through its history, the move, applications, and complete routines.  The move itself is not easy to master.  You have to put in a lot of hard work.  When you master it, you have a most visual effect with playing cards done without the need of any cover.  To help you learn more efficiently, there is a “walkthrough” or summary of what to do at each section of the DVD.  Avi is left-handed – to help those who are right-handed, the entire video is flipped-over in the second part of the DVD so that you can see how the cards are handed by a right-handed magician.

The most obvious applications for Nova are a colour change and double-lift.  Both of these moves are carried out while the card is in the center of the deck!  Avi explains both of these applications, and then described 5 complete routines.

Colour Change

A card is selected and lost in the deck.  Another card is touched – it is turned over face upwards – unfortunately, it is not the selected card.  It is left protruding in the middle of the deck.  This card visually changes into the selected card.

Torn & Restored

A card is selected and signed, and a small piece is torn from its corner.  This piece magically become invisible.  The torn card is lost in the middle of the deck.  It is taken out and left protruding from the middle of the deck.  The spectator mimes throwing the invisible piece onto the torn card.  Visually, the torn corner is restored.  It is taken out of the deck and shown to be the signed selection.

Marked Card

This follows the same effect as the first part of Torn & Restored, except that the torn corner is physically held in safe keeping by the spectator.  The torn card visibly changes the colour of its back while it is still protruding from the middle of the deck.  The changed card is turned over and verified to be the signed selection.  The mysterious part is that the torn corner retained by the spectator fits exactly this card, except that it still has the original colour back!  If you wish, even the back of this torn piece can change to match the new colour back of the selected card.

Spark

One card is taken from a red back deck of cards.  It is placed protruding in the middle of the deck.  Visually, it becomes a blank card.  This card is then placed on top of the deck and then the entire deck is spread to show that every card in the deck is now blank on both sides – the cards have no faces and no backs!

Spark 2.0

This is similar to Torn & Restored with the invisible torn corner piece.  When the signed selected card is restored, suddenly every card in the deck becomes blank on both sides!

Finally, Avi gives some practical tips and ideas on Nova.  Since Nova utilizes the pressure of the pop-out card, it is important that the cards have certain “springiness” in them.  Therefore be careful to use only good quality and fairly new deck of cards.  A noticeable sound is also produced when the move takes place.  Avi gives some good advice on how to mitigate this sound.

If you are willing to put in much effort to learn Nova, this DVD comes highly recommended.  You will learn a sleight that parallels real magic.

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9 Stars (9 / 10)

Skymember Presents Nova by Avi Yap

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