Up The Ante, by Martyn Smith
Have any of you tried this yet? It is an amazing trick with a gambling theme that draws the audience into a series of bets that become more and more impossible. When I say impossible, how many card effects out there allow the magician the leeway of showing the deck in a face up spread before giving the deck to the spectator to cut, deal and shuffle - and then to retain the cards all the way throughout the effect? To your customer, this is how a card trick should play....
The instructions are very clear and well thought out with lots of additional ideas thrown in. I have seen video clips on various sites, all of which do not do this effect any justice whatsoever. I nearly didn't go for this based on that but, in the end, bit the bullet - and was I impressed! First time I tried it, instructions in hand, I thought 'no-way is this going to work'; incredibly it did. I still have a big smile on my face everytime the deck is shuffled. This is a self-worker with one heck of a punch. Everything is there and all is required is a normal deck of cards, nothing else. No gaffes, no sleights, no mem-work....nothing. Really allows you to concentrate on the presentation. SOme extremely clever thinking here.
Highly recommended. On the other hand, don't buy it....don't want to be sharing the impact!!!