LIGHTPAINT by Mathieu Bich

Written by John Teo

LightPaint is a novel way of revealing a chosen card.  Here is the full effect:

A semi-transparent card, the same size as a playing card, is shown to a spectator.  She holds onto this card while the performer takes a picture of her using her own mobile phone.

The performer introduces a deck of card and the spectator selects one.  The card is then returned and lost in the deck.  The spectator holds the semi-transparent card in-between her 2 palms.  The performer claims to transfer the identity of her chosen card onto the semi-transparent card, but he fails.  The semi-transparent card held by the spectator remains the same.  The performer then realises that her card has transformed into the identity of her chosen card about 2 minutes ago.  To prove this, the spectator looks at the photograph taken by the performer on her mobile phone.  It indeed has her holding the semi-transparent card that now has the identity of her chosen card imprinted on it.  The spectator can now take pictures of the semi-transparent card and nothing will show on it in the photograph.

This special magical moment is captured in her personal cell phone as a souvenir of having seen the performer’s magical power!  She can post this in her social media for all her friends to see.  A great promotion for the performer.

These are 2 great benefits for the performer.  Other benefits are:

  • It is a novel way of revealing a chosen card.
  • It uses the latest technology – a cell phone.
  • It uses the spectator’s phone, a borrowed phone – therefore, it does not depend on any app.
  • It is easy to do.

You receive 3 special semi-transparent cards.  2 are gimmicked to reveal the “Ace of Clubs” and the “Seven of Hearts” respectively.  One is non-gimmicked for you to switch with the gimmicked ones.  You are also given a link and password to access a video instruction from the internet.  The video features the creator Mathieu Bich.

Here are some points of concern, all of which are addressed by Mathieu Bich:

  • The revelation depends on the lighting of the environment – you need to experiment with different ambient lightings to determine how far away from the spectator you need to take the photograph.
  • The special ink can be rubbed away. Mathieu teaches you how to properly maintain the cards so that they will last a long time.

Mathieu also discusses:

  • How to adhere the special card to a reward type card so as not to make it looks like a magician’s card.
  • How to reveal not one but 2 selected cards, so that the effect becomes like a routine.

You may want to know that prior to releasing LightPaint, Mathieu has used this principle to create an effect known as “Ghost Camera” for the Japanese magic company Tenyo.  In this product, a handkerchief, instead of a special semi-transparent card is used for the revelation, using a borrowed cell phone.

If you like all the benefits for LightPaint as mentioned here, you will love this product.  (7/10 star rating)