As the ads state, the trick is easy to learn and perform for anyone with card handling skills. And the procedure is straight-forward and easy to recall. A few counts and lifts and that’s about it. The trick comes with the necessary (non-Bicycle backed) cards and clear instructions. At the end, you’re left completely clean.
In execution on lay audiences, “Red Herring” plays much like the well known “Color Monte”. There are a couple of “where is the different card” segments and then a fun kicker at the end.
I think that “Red Herring” has as much impact as “Color Monte,” but magicians will probably favor the basic handling of “Red Herring” over that of “Color Monte,” although the “find the different card” segments may be slightly stronger in “Color Monte.” And interestingly, with a slight change of patter, you could remove one card and perform “Red Herring” and use the “Color Monte” handling.
If you’re looking for a fun packet trick that almost guarantees a laugh at its end, check out “Red Herring.” As the name implies, it will probably lead your audiences astray, as well as leave them pleasantly surprised.