Talk to Me
Since the secret is already in the trick’s name, we can discuss it. With “Talking Deck,” you receive a playing card that’s gimmicked with a compact electronic device that plays two different voice recordings at your command. Because it’s integrated with a playing card, the gimmick can be hidden with a deck of cards. If you use the given routine, you will record the names of two different cards (your choice) that you secretly play back into the second spectator’s ear.
Look Who's Talking?
And once a spectator concludes that there’s some type of voice recorder at play, it’s far too easy for them to assume that a magician can simply choose and play a recording that reveals each of the 52 cards. While this is not the case here, it’s well within the capabilities of even a rudimentary electronic device.
If you don’t want the second spectator to react in a big way, you’ll have to prepare the spectator ahead of time by telling him that he’ll hear the name of the card. But if you’re going to do this, there are far easier ways to communicate a known card to a second spectator than using an electronic gizmo and you won’t have to spend $50 to do it. For example, if you’re going to take the time to turn a spectator into a stooge, you can simply tell him the “chosen” card ahead of time.
For now, “Talking Deck” features a cool technology that is still looking for a great magic trick. Personally, I’d rather rely on sleight of hand than electronics for this particular effect and spend my 50 dollars elsewhere.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
MSRP: (US) $49.95
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