This trick relies on a heavily and cleverly gimmicked card, but it takes work to make the gimmick pass the scrutiny of close-up crowds. And in the end, most of what you can do with the gaff can be accomplished with sleight of hand.
Blue to Red and Back
In the second phase, the selected card's back changes from blue to red in phases, the card is shown at one point to be half red and blue, and then transforms into a single color at the end. After the trick, you can give out the card as a souvenir.
One side of the gimmick looks like a normal card when shown resting on the top of the deck. However, the other side, the side that transforms, looks suspicious. From three feet away, I can clearly see the layers and I think lay spectators will see them too. Furthermore, the gimmick is delicate and will wear out with repeated use.
Gaff Versus Sleight
While the end effects aren't the same, I think spectators will be equally entertained.
The instructions are decent. The trick takes about thirty seconds to reset, which you will have to perform in private. Also, you can add the gimmick to a standard deck to perform the trick. You can watch a grainy video that's provided by the trick's publisher to see the effect for yourself. However, I'm not convinced after seeing the gimmick in real life. For me, I'd rather stick with sleights and the traditional card routine.
I have better places to spend $30.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
MSRP: (US) $30
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