Wednesday March 12, 2014
In this take on mentalism, Modern ESP offers an effect with cards where a spectator is somehow able to correctly determine an outcome. In this case, it's the order of a series of cards. Instead of classic ESP style cards (circle, square...etc), this effect uses images that effectively convey feelings to increase the emotional connection.
You bring out five cards, show images on them (smiley face, flower, heart, wavy lines and a house) and lay them face down on the table. You give the spectator five similar cards with different back colors and invite him to shuffle and then lay the cards face down on top of the ones on the table. At the end, the images on the cards are shown to match.
Well Known Method
This one is easy to learn and perform and it's based on a well known method. As a result, this one is great for beginners.
I'm actually not certain about how this will play. The cards are gimmicked and can't be examined and the display of the matching cards isn't completely straightforward. At the end of the trick, you'll want to quickly put the cards away before anyone takes a look at them. My gut feel is that the trick will work in a good number of instances but that a small percentage of audiences will see through it.
The cards look great and the ads state that the card back color and style may vary. The box features a cool solid-colored back that I like. The set that I received consists of red and blue-backed Bicycle cards. While I always welcome gimmicked Bicycle style cards for magic effects, I think that their use here suggests playing card trickery whereas the solid-colored backs would not. Perhaps it's just me.
So even if I'm unsure about this one, it's up to me to try it out for real audiences. Wait to see an update in the near future.
Review of Prospect by SansMinds
Review of Unwritten by SansMinds
Review of Change by SansMinds
Review of OCD Deck by Andrew Gerard and SansMinds
Sunday March 9, 2014
This DVD teaches a single card technique: Michael Brewer's REL Change, a card color change. It's a visual and fast change of one playing card into another. There are no gimmicks and one card seems to change into another one in a blink of an eye.
In Brewer's hands, it's gorgeous. The DVD does a great job of teaching the change. While the ads state that this one is not "overly difficult," I think that this one will take lots of work. Another plus, the change can work with other small objects that include: business cards, bills and more.
There are angle issues, but as long as most of your audience is in front and not the sides, you'll be fine. Learn this move and you'll have an amazing color change.
The Multiple Revelation Project by Andi Gladwin, Rob James and Vanishing Inc
Review of "The Cooler" by Christian Engblom
Review - Magic: The Complete Course by Joshua Jay
Friday March 7, 2014
I just came up with this idea and will perform it at my restaurants this weekend. It's a take on John Travolta's mispronunciation of "Idina Menzel" at last weekend's Oscars.
You can watch the video here.
Magicians, if you like the idea, feel free to use and perform it. I think this is going to be hot for maybe another week.
A&E Debuts Don't Trust Andrew Mayne
Commentary on David Blaine Real or Magic
Thursday March 6, 2014
This effect offers a gimmicked playing card that visually changes. It's a flashy and fast transformation from one square image that's "drawn" on a card's back to another image, and the card with the changed back may be given away as a souvenir.
In the basic effect, you ask a spectator to select a card and then you draw a empty black rectangle on it with a marker. In the blink of an eye, the rectangle changes to reveal a chosen playing card, a prediction or any image that you wish that you can draw in the rectangle.
Make Your Own
The gimmicked card will wear out but the kit comes with materials to construct your own cards and the system offers lots of possibilities. The card is easy to handle and use and the change is convincing and surprising. There are no angle issues and reset is fast. This gimmick is one that you may use to enhance your own card tricks.
I like this one and can recommend it. But when it comes to a changing card, I think that Business Card Cardiographic, with it's Martin Lewis-inspired slow motion "Cardiographic" change, is really hard to beat (you can read my review here).
Review: Cardiograph by Wayne Dobson
Review: Snapped by Cameron Francis
Review: The Changer by Mark Southworth
Review: Colour Burn by David Forrest