Standing or Sitting
On the downside, the table hook-up means that you must be sitting down at a table, although it could probably be adapted to a taller table to allow you to stand.
The standing hook-up is entirely on you and doesn’t require you to walk up to a table and create an anchor. I like the freedom that this offers and compared to other setups that I’ve worked with, I found the Cloak to be relatively out of the way, which allowed to perform my usual table routines.
Also, because the hook-up is on my body, I didn’t have to remember to un-anchor my IT. I’m not proud to admit that I have often forgotten to un-anchor my setups, which has resulted in breakage.
Of course, the standing hook-up isn’t as out of the way as a loop around your wrist. One advantage over loops is that you don’t have to load the card into the deck to accomplish either the rising or haunted pack effects - a spectator can do this for you - and you can stand further away from the pack. Loops only give you so much distance.
Haunting and Rising
The rising card is impressive. Once the cards are placed into the wineglass, you don’t touch them again until after the card rises. Also, the spectator can hold the wine glass as the card lifts itself from the deck. With the table hook-up, spectators can actually wave their hands over the glass to verify that there are no threads pulling the card up.
At the end, the reset is almost instantaneous. You can pretty much perform the effect and immediately hand out the cards and wineglass for careful examination. There’s nothing for spectators to find on the objects.
There’s lots to like with the Cloak. If you’ve been frustrated with the down sides of traditional IT work, definitely check out this DVD for some fresh approaches.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
MSRP: (US) $30
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