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Review: The Mene Tekel Deck Project with Liam Montier

One deck, unlimited possibilities!

Liam Montier, along with Bigblindmedia, offers you the ultimate resource for unlocking the full potential of the Mene Tekel Deck!

Despite being more powerful than a stripper deck and more versatile than a svengali deck, the Mene Tekel Deck continues to be one of the most underutilized trick decks in the world of magic. With the Mene Tekel Project, Liam will help you turn this incredible gaffed deck into your greatest ally.

The Mene Tekel deck allows you to perform miracles that are impossible to duplicate using only sleight of hand. You can discover the identity of a freely selected card, have a chosen card easily appear in an impossible location and so much more!

The Mene Tekel Project takes a deep dive into the ingenious construction of this trick deck and how to best use it to your advantage, including naturally handling it during all displays, shuffles and selection procedures. It also showcases a variety of amazing magic tricks that use ZERO sleight of hand, ranging from simple routines to complete showstoppers for professional magicians.

While you absolutely DON’T NEED ANY SLEIGHT OF HAND to use the Mene Tekel Deck, Liam will also discuss how you can use just a bit of basic sleight of hand to take things to the next level.

Each set Mene Tekel Project comes with a Bicycle Brand Mene Tekel Deck (in either Red or Blue) and access to a 1-hour comprehensive magic download.

Contents

Using the Mene Tekel Deck

  • Basic Handling
  • Displays
  • Shuffles
  • Selections

Quick Tricks

  • Ambitious
  • Mindreading
  • Card To Pocket
  • Selfshifting Pack
  • Rising Card

Showpieces

  • Pocket Pick
  • Card At Number
  • Coincidence

With Added Sleights

  • Sandwich
  • Faro Display
  • Collectors
  • Twins

REVIEW

It was way back in 2011 when I first knew about this very clever, very diabolical deck, thanks to magician/ magic creator Nathan Kranzo. I never quite understood why the Mene Tekel deck never reached the same cult status as the classic Svengali deck or Stripper deck. IMHO it’s got to be one of the “best kept secrets” in card magic, truly. The fine guys behind Bigblindmedia have constantly released top quality products over the years, and their latest offering The Mene Tekel Deck Project is another clear winner.

As you can see in their promo trailer above, the project is presented by the very eloquent UK magician Liam Montier, recognised for having created many modern day magical miracles. You receive the special Mene Tekel deck (either Red or Blue backed Bicycle USPCC cards) along with the download video which runs about an hour long on an interface that looks clean and is very easy to use. Obviously, you’ll need a computer or device that’s hooked up to the internet to access the platform for the first time. But I much prefer this to the former DVD formats that BBM used to push out.

There are a total of 14 chapters which can be either streamed or downloaded to watch at your convenience. I personally find it annoying when presenters (usually the project creator) toot their own horn, name drop, go off point, or ramble during the tutorial. But no worries here because Liam is very experienced in teaching and it shows; every chapter of The Mene Tekel Deck Project is short and succinct, the longest being 9 minutes and the shortest falling just under 2 minutes.

The official marketing copy above is accurate: you learn about a dozen tricks, ranging from mentalism/ mental magic miracles where you seeming read your spectator’s mind, to a clever card to pocket effect, what looks like a ACR sans sleight of hand, and more. The tutorials are evenly paced, and broken down nicely so you can follow along.

No worries here if you’re new to card magic or don’t have much experience with sleight of hand. There are effects shared that don’t require any fancy movies and trust me, this is definitely within the realm of anyone young and old. There’s something for everybody. You’d be all up and roaring to go once you’ve finished The Mene Tekel Deck Project video tutorial!

I’m really glad BBM released this. It’s evident that much thought and research went into this project. And as with all their other DVDs, the production value for this magic download is high: clear sound and professional camera angles, all edited very well.

TL;DR

Though it came out over a hundred years ago, the Mene Tekel deck is such a great concept; even in the hands of an amateur magician, miracles will be made because it’s just so easy to handle. This latest offering from Bigblindmedia shows you how. The download video certainly makes an excellent introduction and I cannot recommend it enough, although I would recommend purchasing an extra Mene Tekel deck (I’ve used these for years and they are my personal favourites because they last longer than standard USPCC stock) or two to practise with, or make your own if you have the resources.

Highly recommended!

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PS: This review goes ‘live’ the weekend before Black Friday. In case you aren’t aware, Vanishing Inc is having a mega sale starting this weekend till December 3rd (or until supplies last) so you might want to take advantage of the awesome discounts and giveaways they have, besides the free shipping deal they offer. Good luck!

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