It’s too bad that the DVD doesn’t provide the required gimmick card. You’re on your own to find and purchase the gimmick, although it shouldn’t be overly difficult to find one. Also, if you want to regularly perform this effect, you’ll be destroying two of the same playing cards each time.
For this reason, this one is not real practical for walkaround, unless you’re purchasing specific one-way decks to continually feed the trick. But this one would be great for a TV show.
The glaring difference here is that there are no threads or hook-ups. This one may fool magicians who are assuming that the trick is performed by the usual method. I’m not sure how it will play to lay spectators but I’m guessing that it should be strong. In the routine, Rorrison follows the effect with a rising card effect and another where the card shoots itself from the deck.
(Rorrison says on the DVD he doesn’t know the origin of the move in the trick’s second phase. I have seen this same move taught by Gary Norsigian on his “Tricks That Will Get You Paid” DVD (click here to read our review). On his DVD, Norsigian called this trick “S.W. Elevator.”)
No Way is something of a twisting effect where a packet of four jokers turn face down one by one. The twist here is that at the end, the jokers turn into the four aces. The effect relies on the usual slight of hand involved in “twisters” but requires no gaffs.
242 is an involved affair where a selected card changes position in the deck, turns face up and changes into other cards. I like the way that Rorrison varies the happenings. Interestingly, Joshua Jay has a trick of the same name that is completely unrelated and has to do with poker in his “Talk About Tricks” DVD (click here to read our review).
The effects are sleight-heavy and you’ll need a strong foundation in card moves to even begin to understand the effects on this DVD. I like the way that Rorrison has taken classics and enhanced them. If you’ve seen too many of the same card tricks on the latest DVDs, you may find something different here.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
MSRP: (US) $25
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