Great for "Blizzard"
In execution, you simply rest the deck of cards on top of the card box. Lift the box and cards and the switch seamlessly occurs. It’s smooth and while you’ll still want some misdirection to support you, even a spectator looking directly at the switch and burning your hands will probably not see it.
As the ads state, the switch happens in plain sight, is self-contained in the card box, and may be executed while standing or sitting. And it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing as you won’t need a jacket or sleeves. While the in-the-hands switch is good, I think the table switch is stronger and more natural. The switch itself is not difficult to learn and perform but will take practice.
Before you can use the gimmick, there’s some necessary work to adapt it to your card box. It can be used with any poker-size deck which will more than likely allow you to adapt it with your favorite deck. For the process, you’ll need two card boxes that you will destroy. The effort is minimal and fairly fast and you should be able to accomplish the necessary work in less than half an hour. The only tools you’ll need are scissors and double-stick tape. Over time, you may need to redo the work with the card box, but the gimmick itself should be reusable.
The accompanying DVD offers good instructions and explanations. It also teaches a couple of great tricks that employ the gimmick.
Making the Switch
The second switch I’ve relied on is a table-based gimmick that is fairly well known. (I have performed “Blizzard” using this gimmick.) I do have one issue with the way that Engblom describes the down sides of using this gimmick. I have used it numerous times and have never been caught, and my handling is different and more efficient than that described by Engblom on the DVD. However, this doesn’t not detract from the strength of his “Cooler.”
In all, this game changer is good, really good, and it offers lots of possibilities for card workers.