Magic Products Review

COLOUR-CHANGING DECK

Written by John Teo

Surprises are what make a magic trick effective.  To have the backs of every card in a deck in which the performer is using to perform his magic change colour from, say, blue to red, is truly surprising because no one suspects this to happen.  This is why the colour changing deck is a classic in card magic.

There are many versions of colour changing decks.  To enable the cards to change colour, something additional is obviously needed.  Some colour changing decks have the entire deck gaffed.  Others require the use of an additional something.  This second method is the secert of this month’s offering. You receive that special something to be added to your own deck of cards.  The gaff is made of bicycle card.  You need to supply your own deck of either blue or red back bicycle playing cards.  

Your gaff card comes in a small plastic wallet which can be used to keep your packet card tricks.  You also receive a DVD featuring Rudy Hunter.  The DVD is well produced and Rudy’s teaching is concise and clear.  You are also provided with a link to a web tutorial that is the same as the contents of the DVD.

The effect is as follows:  the performer shuffles a blue deck face upwards so that the audience can see that every card is different.  A spectator stops the shuffling at any time and the card stopped at is the freely slected card.  This card chosen from the blue deck is shown to have a red back.  The back of this card is brushed against the deck and now the backs of the entire deck of cards change from blue to red.  The deck can then be used to perform other card tricks.  This is a straight-forward and easy method of performing the colour changing deck.  You are also taught the proper way of doing the hindu shuffle.

With the special gaff, you can perform other interesting card effects.  4 bonus effects are taught in the DVD.

Chicago Opener – this is one of Frank Garcia’s popular effects.  A spectator freely selects a card from a blue back deck.  It is then buried back in the deck.  The performer makes a magical gesture and spreads the deck face downwards.  A red back card makes an appearance in the blue deck.  This red back card is taken out and turned over to show that it is the selected card.  Another magical gesture is made – the chosen card is turned over and its back reverts back to blue colour.


Mine – this is a variation of Chicago Opener.  By adding the word “MINE” on the red colour back, a different presentation can be obtained.  The spectator’s freely selected card turns out to be the performer’s personal card because it has a red colour back with the word “MINE” (performer’s) printed on it.  The performer says that the spectator cannot have “his” (performer’s) card.  Things are put right when the back of the chosen card revert back to blue colour and the word “MINE” has also vanished.

Mental Prediction –  this is an Al Baker’s effect.  A spectator’s freely selected card turns out to be the performer’s predicted card because it is the only red back card in the blue deck.  This red back card can be freely handled.

Imaginery Card In Wallet – this effect contains a little of each of the 3 bonus tricks described above.  A spectator freely selects a card, signs her name on the face, and loses it back into the deck.  A small plastic wallet is shown to contain a prediction card taken from a different colour deck.  When this card is turned over, it is actually the spectator’s signed card.  Just as the audience is trying to recover from this shock, the back of the signed card reverts back to its original back, causing another impossibility to occur in the audience’s eyes.  

At less than $20, this product is an excellent purchase because:

  • You get an easy version of the classic colour changing deck effect.
  • It requires only a special gaff, which is supplied. You do not have to carry an entire gaffed deck to accomplish the colour changing deck effect.
  • The supplied gaff enables you to perform other astounding effects, of which 4 are taught.

Highly recommended!

ANOTHER by Hiroki Tanaka

Written by John Teo

“Another” is a novel 4way revelation of playing cards.

A deck of cards is shown to contain 52 different playing cards.  2 black prediction cards with cut-outs in them are placed at 2 different locations determined by a spectator in the deck.

The cards next to each of the 2 black cards are taken out as 2 randomly selected cards.

The first black prediction card has a cut out of an 8 and a heart.  The card selected by this prediction card is turned over and it is the 8 of hearts.  The second black card has a cut out of a 3 and a spade.  The card selected by this card is turned over to reveal it is also the 3 of spades.

The performer offers to do it one more time.  Once again, the 2 black cards are placed at 2 different locations in the deck.  The cards next to each of the 2 cards are taken out as the second set of randomly selected cards.

Everyone is waiting to see how the magician is able to predict these 2 newly selected cards, since the previous 2 cards have been taken out of play.

The performer places one prediction card on top of the other prediction card, and the cut out through these 2 cards now show a 6 and a diamond.  One of the selected card is turned over and it is indeed the 6 of diamonds. 

By flipping one prediction card over the other, a new cut out is formed and it shows a 7 and a club.  The second card is turned over and it is indeed the 7 of clubs.

The performer is successful in predicting 4 randomly selected cards by using only 2 prediction cards with cut outs.

You receive the 2 specially punched-out black colour prediction hole cards and 2 pages of illustrated instructions.

It is easy to do and does not require any sleight-of-hand.  Novelty magic such as this one never fails to cause a smile across the faces of your audience.  (Rated 4.5/5 stars)

3 ROPE (JUMBO) CARD TRICK by Shigeo Futagawa

Written by John Teo

This effect first appeared as a packet card trick using 3 pokersized cards.

This version works exactly like the earlier version but uses jumbosized cards.

Each card measures 7 1/4” X 10 1/8” and is large enough for stage performance.

In effect, the performer displays 3 large cards.  Each card has a picture of different parts of ropes on their faces and a nice back design.

The 3 cards are placed side by side to show a picture of 3 ropes of very different lengths: one is a short piece, one a medium length piece, and one a very long piece of rope.

The 3 cards are gathered up and shown faces and backs.  When they are placed side by side, they now show 3 pieces of equal lengths of rope.

Again the performer gathers up the 3 cards, and shows their faces and backs.  When they are placed side by side, the picture that now greets the audience is one of a very long piece of rope.

The performer has transformed 3 different lengths of ropes into 3 ropes of equal lengths, and then fused them to become one very long piece of rope.  Magicians will recognise that this is the popular “Professor’s Nightmare” rope trick done with 3 cards.  This effect is still great when performed with cards instead of with actual pieces of ropes.

You receive the 3 well printed and laminated jumbo-sized cards together with 5 pages of illustrated instructions.  You need to provide your own stand for the 3 cards.

The secret is based on the very cleverly designed cards by Shigeo Futagawa, and well thought-out handling of the cards.  It does not need other items such as magnets or sticky tapes.

You will enjoy performing 3 Rope (Jumbo) Card Trick.  (Rated 4.5/5 stars)

EASY FRAME by Igamaru

Written by John Teo

“Easy Frame” is selected card inside a picture frame, or selected card to impossible location.

There are many versions available, from the very complicated to the very simple.  This employs the easy method and hence its name “Easy Frame”.  Not only is it easy to perform, the picture frame can be freely examined afterwards.

You receive the picture frame, measuring 4.25 X 5.75 inches.  It has a wooden frame and a glass panel.  The picture inside the frame is that of a tower.  This picture can of course be changed to a picture or photograph of your choice.  You also receive a specially made gimmick and printed instructions.  You need to supply your own blue back bicycle deck of cards.

In effect, the performer displays a small wooden picture frame with a picture of a tower.  The picture inside the frame can only be accessed through its back panel, like the usual picture frame.  The audience can see that the back panel is locked by 4 small levers.

A spectator is enlisted to help out.  She chooses a playing card which is then shuffled back into the deck.  Her card is lost in the deck.  The performer springs the deck of cards onto the picture frame.  The cards bounce off the picture frame and land on in a pool of cards on the table.  Magically, the chosen card is seen trapped inside the glass frame.  The picture frame can be handed to the spectator to examine at this stage.  The spectator has to undo the 4 levers at the back panel of the frame in order to be able to take out her selected card.

The effect is easy to perform and has little performing angle to worry about.  It is suitable for parlour magic and is quite visual.

When you first receive the product, you may think that the method will never fool an audience.  You need to try it out in an acutal performance to see that it is really effective and easy to do.

It is possible to have the selected card signed.  This is also taught in the instructions.  However, this version requires you to specially prepare the frame and have some audience management in terms of performing angle.  The frame will not be shown at the beginning, but only after the card is selcted and lost in the deck.  When the frame is first shown to the audience, it already has the signed selected card inside it.  However, it is still a mystery as the card can only be acessed by unlocking the back panel of the frame.    

The recommended version is the easy version.  This allows you to concentrate fully on your presentation.  It is also more visual.  The audience sees the picture frame and it is the same frame that suddenly has the selected card trapped inside it when the deck of cards is sprung onto the glass panel.  (Rated 5/5 stars)

“THREE CARD MONTE” & “CROSS- TOWN PADDLE”

Written by John Teo

Manufactured by: Redefine Magic

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This month, we review 2 close-up effects. Each of them retails for $15. Special discount is available for Ring 115 members at our meeting.

THREE CARD MONTE ($15)

The “Three Card Monte” has become a classical effect in close-up magic for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it takes up very little space in your pocket as it uses only 3 playing cards. Secondly, it is very visual: a lot of magic is happening within a short period of time.

Sometimes known as “Find The Lady”, it originated as a con game played by skillful sleight-of-hand artistes in the streets. Unsuspecting spectators bet to find the “odd” card among only 3 cards, but they always lose.

Michael Skinner first came up with this effect for magicians. Using specially printed cards, it eliminates sleight-of-hand with cards. So long as you can pick up a card placed on the table, you can perform this effect. This became so popular that many variations are available.

In this version, 3 playing cards are shown to consist of an ace of diamonds, a 2 of clubs and a 3 of clubs. The ace is the obvious odd card as it is the only red card among the 2 black cards. The spectator’s job is to find the odd card or the red ace.

The performer mixes the 3 cards face downwards slowly on the table so that the spectator can follow the movement of the red card. When the supposed red card is turned over, it is one of the 2 black cards, and the ace is found in one of the other 2 cards.

The performer plays another round. This time, he places one of the 2 black cards on the table. He also shows that the red ace is in one of the 2 cards left in his hand. Yet, when the tabled card is turned over, it is shown to be the red ace, and the 2 cards in the performer’s hand are turned over to show they are the 2 black cards.

Saying that 3 cards may be a little too many cards for the spectator to follow, the performer places one of the 2 black cards aside. He mixes the 2 cards in his hand, yet the spectator fails to find the red ace. It is finally revealed that there is no red ace in the 2 cards. The ace is revealed to be the black card that was segregated earlier.

You receive the 3 specially printed cards, and a link to Jeremy Pei’s personal magic coach tutorial video. There are only 3 cards, and the cards can be shown quite convincingly each time. It has a very strong impact on the spectators. As mentioned, if you can pick up a card from the table, you can perform this trick.

Cross Town Paddle ($15)

Effects with a paddle stick are highly visual. Again, a lot of magic is happening in a very short period of time.

In this efffect, a black paddle has 4 gemstones embeded in it. The performer commences by showing a red stone at one end of a row of stones on the stick. The stick is turned over to show the same situation on the other side.

With a magical gesture, the red stone is seen to have climbed up to the second position. Again both sides of the stick are shown to have the same situation. One more gesture and the red stone moves up to the third position. Finally, the red stone magically reaches the top position.

You receive the special paddle stick with the 4 embedded genstones on both sides. This paddle is unlike other paddles available in the market. This stick has ribs at both ends which makes it easier to grip. You are provided with a link to Jeremy Pei’s tutorial video. There is one master move called the “Paddle Move” that you need to learn. This is taught by Jeremy in the video. There are other moves taught, but they are more of a magical gesture than a move.

In the video, Jeremy also teaches another effect using the same stick. This time, you show 3 gemstones only and the red one is at one end of the row. The red stone magically jumps from one end to the other end of the row. When the spectators suspect that the stick is simply turned around to enable this to happen, the red stone then magically moves to the centre of the row.

Jeremy teaches you how to hand out the stick for examination. Learning the “Paddle Move” itself will enable you to perform other types of paddle effects which you can purchased from magic deals. As mentioned, paddle tricks have a great impact on the spectators as they enable a lot of magic to take place in a short period of time.

Both effects are highly recommended!

THIS, THAT & NOTHING by Wayne Dobson

Written by John Teo

When Deddy Corbuzier created the “Free Will” principle, it took the world of mentalism by storm. Many magicians came up with different effects using this clever idea.

Mark Chandaue wrote an entire 176-page tome on tricks using the “Free Will” plot. “This, That & Nothing” is an effect from by Wayne Dobson.

3 small cards with the words “THIS”, “THAT” and “NOTHING” are shown. A prediction is placed face downwards on the table.

A spectator mixes the 3 cards face downwards. He then takes any one of the cards into his own hand, hands one to the performer, and tucks the third card under his trouser belt.

The prediction is turned over and it reads “You have this, I have that, and I have nothing down my trousers.” It is a typical Wayne Dobson presentation with much witty and entertainment.

You receive the 3 small cards with the words and back design attractively printed against a black background, and a link to download a 6-page printed instructions. You need to prepare the prediction yourself.

As with most of Wayne Dobson’s tricks, this one is easy to do and has no performing angle to worry about.

It packs small and fits into a shirt pocket and yet plays big in terms of entertainment value.

 

(Rated 5/5 stars)