Among the most stunning and memorable effects in card magic is Martin Lewis’ astounding Card-iographic. In the original stage effect, the magician causes a card to rise from a drawn picture of a deck of cards, which turns out to be the spectator’s chosen card. In the same vein, Business Card Card-iographic creates a similar effect for close-up using your business card. And at the end, you can give your magically altered business card to a spectator so he can always recall your magical feat and contact you in the future.
A spectator selects a card and returns it to the deck. You show your business card which has an image of a deck of cards drawn on it. Slowly, and in full view, a drawing of the spectator’s card slowly rises from it. After the rise, you peel off the card and give it to the spectator. ]
And unlike the stage version of the trick, the reset is very fast - something that you can accomplish in less than a second, and if you're slick, as you're putting your cards away.
I already tried this one out this past weekend and it’s a stunner and crowd pleaser. It’s perhaps the best thing I’ve ever reviewed. And after a test run this past week, I’ll definitely be using this one in the future.
Before I watched the explanation, I tried to come up with my own method, which turned out to be a lot more complicated than that by Brian Curry. His method is efficient, relatively easy to make and because it's simple, is reliable. I made my gimmicks up within an hour and was ready to perform the trick. You can hand draw gimmicks or use your computer, which is how I made mine.
The instructional DVD offers excellent and thorough instructions and Martin Lewis offers a variation that will open your mind to lots of possibilities. While I didn’t use them, the disc comes with artwork that you can use to create your own gimmicks.
So to recap... the effect is stunning and surprising and you not only let spectators examine the changed card, but they get to keep it as a souvenir. And they keep your contact information so they can call you later for shows. It doesn’t get much better than this.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
MSRP: (US) $30
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