Review: Sublime Self Working Card Tricks by John Carey

Reviewer: John Teo

John Carey is known for coming up with straight-forward card tricks that pack a great punch to a lay audience.  Most of them use well-known principles that are cleverly disguised by cunning patter or handling of the cards.  This DVD contains 10 of these types of effects.  Actually, one of them is not a card trick, it is a coin effect.  

As usual, BIgblindmedia, the producer of this product, does a good job on the DVD.  It has an easy-to-maneuver menu.  It is easy to access the performance as well as the explanation segments of each of the 10 effects.

The title says that the effects are self-working card tricks – this means they are all easy to do.  They are almost sleight-free, leaving you to concentrate on working out entertaining presentations to your audience.

The 10 effects on the DVD are:

  1. Opening Time – the performer names a particular card.  Spectator freely names a number, and deals a mixed-up deck of cards face upwards to that number.  Every card can be seen to be different.  The performer’s card is exactly at this number.
  2. Think As I Think – spectator does the same with her deck just like what the performer does to his deck.  Because of this, even though both of them shuffled their own deck, each happens to pick the same card.
  3. One Hand And One Card – after mixing up a deck of cards, a spectator chooses one card and then loses it back into the deck.  The performer all this time has one hand inside his pocket.  With the other hand, he deals the cards, one at a time face upwards.  The chosen card has vanished.  When he brings his hand out from his pocket, he is holding the spectator’s chosen card.
  4. Yes You CAAN – instead of a deck of cards, the performer hands to a spectator a card listing all the 52 different cards in a deck of cards, each card against a number from 1 to 52.  Spectator does a quick simple mental calculation and arrives at a number.  She checks the identity of the card at this number from the card list.  It matches exactly a prediction card the performer has placed inside an envelope before the start of the performance.
  5. Scattered – a deck is cut and mixed.  Spectator selects a four of a kind, say, the 4 queens.  Each of these 4 queens are found as the top card, and the bottom card of the deck, the 3rd queen is inside the card case, and the 4th queen is inside the performer’s pocket.
  6. A La Goldman – the usual “do-as-I-do” card trick using 2 decks of cards, except the method involves a subtlety that does not depend on the use of a key card.
  7. Dice CAAN – a deck is mixed up.  Spectator throws 3 dice and obtains a total number.  The deck is counted to this number.  The card at this number is already predicted by the performer in advance.
  8. Sync – spectator selects a card but only remembers its value.  She then freely thinks of a suit.  Together with the value of the chosen card, this forms a new card.  Performer is able to locate this card or find its mate.
  9. Make Believe – this one is not a card trick.  3 imaginary and different coins are placed on the table.  Spectator freely places one in each of her hand, and the third coin in the performer’s hand.  That particular coin in the performer’s hand materializes into a real coin.
  10. Redford Unplugged – 3 spectators are involved in this effect.  One chooses a card and hides in his pocket, one shuffles the remainder of the cards, and the third one places the shuffled deck inside the card case.  Performer is able to divine who does what even though his head was turned all this while.  He can also tell what card is in the first spectator’s pocket.

Do not dismiss all these 10 effects because they are simple to do.  They are all cunningly deceptive.  My favourites are Opening Time, Redford Unplugged and Make Believe.  Properly performed, all of them have a devastating effect on lay audiences.  

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8 Stars (8 / 10)

Sublime Self Working Card Tricks by John Carey

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