THE NUTSHELL: It’s only saving grace is the incredible reactions it has brought me.
THE REVIEW: This trick is just a pain. I had a feeling of what I was getting into when I purchased it. I knew there couldn’t be an easy way to make this effect happen, especially as a downloadable magic video, and my suspicions were confirmed. Let me first talk about the effect and method, and then vent on the setup.
The effect is not only ingenious, but so effective that reactions from Color Fusion have rivaled any reactions I’ve ever received from a magic trick before. No exaggerations here, guys. This effect breaks the mold of traditional magic and contains so many impossible elements. Plus, there are so many compliments to it, like the fact that the card is signed, and the fact that everything is examined, etc. If I am in a “magic slump,” or my ego is feeling kind of low, or I just have someone who I want to remember me forever, I turn trustfully to Color Fusion.
For those of you who don’t know, here’s what happens. A card is signed on the face of a blue playing card, all over. A corner is ripped out and handed back to the spectator as a receipt. Part of the signature can be seen on the face of this blue corner. The rest of the card is then handled by the magician as quarter by quarter, the card turns red. The effect, being like nothing else you’ve ever seen, is hard to comprehend. But the blue corner fits, the signature matches, and everything can be examined.
The other possible effect, for magicians who don’t want to put in the extra practice, is for the corner to be ripped off and held by one spectator in their fist. The rest of the card is folded up and placed in their other fist. By squeezing on the card, the corner stays blue and the rest of the card turns blue. WHAT? I know how weird these effects sound, yet I have described them with unbiased accuracy.
Now let’s talk method. Once you’ve made your gaff, it’s a pretty smooth road. The first effect I described, where the colors change visually, one quarter of the card at a time, is a bit of a pain. Eric James mentioned in the video that it was the harder yet superior method. It didn’t seem too hard to me, but when I put it all together, I realized that I was wrong. This is actually a very difficult thing to pull off, great reactions or not. I’ve practiced it enough so it’s close to perfection, but just for the sake of practicality, I usually do the easier effect.
...The easier effect is about three times as easy. It’s nearly self-working. Of course, without the proper presentation, it could just look like you have no life. And if you flub up on some simple mechanics, you lose a great trick. Other than that though, I find that the reactions nearly equal the other effect, and it’s a nice ride.
So how come this review starts out so negatively, proceeds to praise the effect, then praises the method? I’m now going to tell you in one word why I use Color Fusion no more than three times a month:
Never before have I come across such a pain-in-the-butt trick. It takes forever to build the gimmick, and to top it off, you don’t even get it every time. I went through about a hundred cards and several days, only to come out with about five good looking gimmicks. Then, when you perform it, the card is given away. AH! Yes, you have to do this terrible setup every single time you want to do Color Fusion.
Eric James promises his consumers that it gets easier with practice. Not so. I would know, having wasted hours getting it right, and still coming short. The beauty of this effect and of the method is burned by the setup.
Let’s sum this up. Color Fusion is like a really good bottle of wine. You don’t want to open it until you are sure the moment is right, and when you finally drink it, it’s gone forever. However, the wine is so perfect that it was worth it to spend all that money and time waiting. I do recommend Color Fusion to an extent, because you will get reactions like you have never seen. It is a seriously magical effect. But since I don’t get too much use out of it, I have to give it nothing more than a 5.5.
(Tomorrow’s Review: Grafitti)
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