Reviewer: John Teo
This is an unusual card trick.
Most card magic that requires a “pick-a-card” effect has a spectator select a card. This is then shuffled back and lost in the deck. The performer then attempts to find the chosen card and reveals it.
“Spell-O-Matic” is quite different. It has a spectator name any card in the deck. The performer then spells to that card and locates it at the end of the spelling!
There is no restriction to the spectator naming any card in the deck. The same effect can also be repeated ad infintum with different cards! Now, this makes it an impossible card trick!
The clever principle for this effect was originated by Hen Fetch way back in 1947. It was then called “Magic Spell”. More than 30 years later, England’s Ken de Courcy brought this effect back and added in some variations. It was published by the now defunct Supreme Magic Company in a booklet called “Super Spell”.
Liam Montier revives this effect and makes it available to the present generation of magicians. He added in a few subtleties, especially in gimmicking the cards, and created a routine that consists of 3 phases.
In effect, a deck of cards is mixed up. A spectator is asked to name any one of the 52 cards. The performer merely spells to this card by moving one card for each letter spelt. The spelt-to card is found exactly at the end of the spelling. Another spectator is asked to name a different card. Again, the performer is able to spell to this randomly named card.
This constitutes the first phase. In the second phase, one spectator names a suit and the other spectator specifies a value. Together, this forms a random card. Once again, the performer, by spelling to its name, is able to locate this very card at the completion of the spelling.
For the final phase, a spectator takes any card from the deck. The suit of this card is noted. Another spectator takes another card and notes its value. The deck sits on the table and is untouched by the performer. Once again, the suit and the value determines another random card. This card is spelt to in the deck!
You receive the special deck and a small long folded sheet of printed instructions. You are also given an internet link and a password to download a video instructions. The printed instructions have quite small fonts against a colourful background. This makes reading it quite difficult. However, the video instructions will suffice. It is well produced and Liam does a good job teaching the effect.
Although the deck is gimmicked, the doctoring of the cards are cleverly done such that the gimmicked cards are not noticeable by the audience. This deck can therefore be used for any follow-up effects requiring a deck of non-gimmicked printed cards.
The entire effect is performed in the hands and without the need of any table. It is easy to do, and can be performed surrounded. It also resets itself quite instantly. All these make “Spell-O-Matic” ideal for walk-around performance. Liam has built in a 3-phase routine that transforms this simple revelation of a named card into a little card act. It also makes the effect more mystifying.
You will want to include this in your performing repertoire.
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