FLASH FORWARD by Jason Palter

Written by John Teo

One of the greatest gimmicked decks to be invented is Burling Hull’s Svengali Deck. Unfortunately, it is readily available in shopping malls and most magicians shun its use. This is quite unfortunate because a well-crafted routine using the Svengali Deck can effectively disguise the methodology and truly wow the audience.

Jason Palter has come out with a Svengali Deck using flash cards that are used to teach young children in kindergartens and schools. These cards consist of simple pictures and words. Somehow, by not using playing cards, the Svengali principle is not suspect, even for those in the know.

Such cards are, of course, ideal for performing for children. Because of the pictures, it is also suitable for use in mentalism effects with adults. The use of children’s flash cards makes the prop look like an everyday object.

You receive 2 decks of flash cards. One is the Svengali Deck, and the other is an ordinary deck for you to switch out for. It also comes with 4 pages of well-written instructions. Jason adequately explains the handling of the Svengali Deck and describes an interesting kids routine.

Creative Magic also produces a similar type of Svengali flash cards. However, they are the same size as the poker playing cards. Flash Forward uses the actual-sized children’s flash cards. These cards are larger and therefore more showy, however, they handle quite well as a Svengali deck. The thickness of the cards is just right and this also makes them suitable for use as a Svengali deck.

The possibilities of effects that you can churn out using the Svengali principle are only limited by your imagination. If you wish to incorporate a card effect in your children shows, Flash Forward is a good investment. (9/10 stars rating.)