Reviewer: Madame Curator
Over lunch earlier this week, a good friend asked me what my all-time favourite card trick was… and as a writer who firmly believes in the adage of “show not tell”, I placed my salad fork down and reached for the deck of cards in my purse to give a quick demonstration of some mind-blowing magic.
My personal presentation for Christoph Borer’s GET SHARKY is quite different from the one you just watched in the video above by European magician/ magic creator Christian Schenk (truly one of the nicest guys in magic).
However, just like his spin on it, the effect also played so well that not only was my lunch companion completely amazed… our waiter begged me to do the same card trick again, with him selecting the card this time around!
Typically I always heed the age old advice of never performing the same trick twice, but with Get Sharky, you definitely can (although I wouldn’t recommend any more than twice!) so I did… and to cut a long story short, we received complementary dessert later when we asked our waiter for the bill 🙂
Get Sharky came out several years ago, back in 2010, and definitely isn’t one of those over-hyped pre-sale products that all too often become a dud flash-in-the-pan, which many of the typically boasted “latest and greatest” fall into.
This awesome effect (which can also be a magician’s fooler) has never been inside my cabinet of sad rejects… oh you know, the one similar to yours that is stuffed with expensive geeky magic contraptions that tragically cannot be used in real life.
Christoph Borer’s Get Sharky truly is my favourite close-up card trick; perfect for walk-around situations and even for stage (‘live’ feed from a video camera on stage would be highly recommended).
It’s completely up to you how you’d like to play it… Is it a mentalism/ mental magic piece or are you some kind of amazing skilled card shark who moves so fast that nobody can even catch you?
The magician/ mentalist/ mystery performer essentially allows the spectator(s) to get involved in handling the deck, and everything looks amazingly clean and impossible. No dodgy moves. This is what real magic should look like!
The ad copy rings true too… No sleights are needed, and in the right hands, you can definitely be remembered for this reputation maker. Even though this falls under the “self working trick” category, you still need to have adequate experience in audience management besides taking the time prior, in crafting a performance style and presentation that best suits you.
I’d wished they had included a video of the creator performing his effect, or perhaps even some performance videos of Max Maven doing his own version, but on hindsight I suppose this is actually for the better… it forces you think up of something completely original that is 100% you 🙂
To be honest, I’m quite pleased that Card Shark decided to market this creation at US$80, keeping out the mere curious. In the package, you receive a deck of customised cards that’s extremely well-made, along with an instructional sheet which also contains an eloquent history of this effect, with kudos to the ever-wonderful Max Maven who as usual did a fantastic job of fact finding and historic research.
Besides the Invisible Deck which I use all the time (although, I do utilize a different system from the standard stack), Get Sharky is really way up there sharing the same glittering pedestal! This is REALLY GOOD and I almost didn’t want to share this review with you, but that would have been awfully selfish of me.
Trust me, you need to check this out. I promise you that you’ll be one happy duck, as this is well worth every saved penny and you will 100% appreciate the genius of this brilliant effect that goes hand-in-hand with a professionally made pack of cards. Full marks, this one!
Please support intellectual property. Only buy original. Available directly from Card-Shark.de(10 / 10)