When I first saw this demo'd, my immediate thought was that ok, it's some sort of gaffed deck... let
me figure out exactly what it is. Naturally, I felt foolish when I discovered that there was no
gaff at all. The two decks of cards are completely normal.
The basis for the effect is a
brilliantly deceptive force that is undetectable... plus a routine built around it that is
excellent. This is so easy to do, and yet it is so baffling to the spectator. You end completely
clean, and both decks are completely examinable. What more could you possibly want in an effect?
Dan Paulus is a perfectionist and this comes across in this DVD. I have had the material since it
was in VHS and love the effect and would recomend it to anyone. You will have some wonderful
reactions if you use these tricks. Not to mention at this price it is a real bargain.
This DVD teaches two effects, the first one is one I turn to time and time again. After learning
this, it went straight into my working repertoire. After five years, it's still there. Not much
more to say than that. Performance is incredibly easy. It's great for close-up and resets very
quickly. The second effect is also very good and it teaches the zarrow shuffle, which if you don't
already know, is an invaluable tool. Highly recommended.
Too bad his first name isn't Paul... How cool would it be to have a name like Paul Paulus?! Dan
happens to be a friend of mine, but that won't stop me from giving an honest review. Hopefully you
guys have seen that by now. While this DVD is a definite GEM, there are some considerations that
we'll need to address. We'll get there in a minute.
The Effect: Two decks of cards (one
red and one blue) are introduced. Spectator chooses one - Let's say red (no force). He then puts the
deck behind his back and reverses any card in the deck that he wants.
He then spreads his
red deck on the table as the magician (or the spectator) spreads the blue deck on the table. It
turns out that there is a card reversed in the deck the spectator did NOT choose. It matches the one
the spectator turned over. On top of that, when the cards are turned over it is seen that the
spectator's (red) deck actually has the blue card from the magician's deck and vice versa.
Production Quality: This is one of those things that I said we'd have to address. The video,
lighting and sound are pretty rough. Definitely a home movie feel to it. Luckily the effect is
straight forward and simple enough to perform and teach that it doesn't hurt too bad, and you don't
miss any critical pieces of information.
This effect is brilliant, and requires pretty much
no skill, and has a pretty quick reset for table hoppers. Again, no forces are used. The spectator
pretty much does all of the handling of the cards, and it works 100% of the time.
get: A DVD with 2 tricks and an explanation of the Zarrow Shuffle.
Second Effect - Pure
Skill: This is any card at any number. This is one of the best methods I've seen for accomplishing
this. It's very simple and very sneaky. GEM!
Bonus - Zarro Shuffle [sic]: Here Dan takes a
moment to go over the Zarrow Shuffle, and is quite detailed. He performs the move well and is good
at breaking it down and explaining it. Gem.
Final Thoughts: Both effects are simple to do
and can be added to your arsenal practically minutes after learning them. Each effect is very
powerful and gets an incredible reaction from your audience. Frankly even considering the poor
production quality, it's only $20.00 bucks, and it's worth the risk to find out if I'm right
about how good these effects are. David Regal said that "Blind Luck is a trick that should be in
evry [sic] magician's repertoire!" I couldn't agree more. GEM!
I didn't get this from Penguin, i got it from the man himself! He used to work at a magic shop out
in Utah, but its closed now. He did it very well. I hope the product is still being bought and is
not just lost in 7000 other tricks.
add to cart
After watching this for a while and playing with my own cards, I was able to figure it out.I can't
believe how slick this trick is. It will work everytime and there are NO gimmicks!!! Any two decks
can be used!
Set up is easy and quick.
One of the best mentalism tricks on penguin!
GUYS!!!!!!! GET THIS TRICK IMMEDIATELY DONT EVEN HESITATE ITS THE COOLEST TRICK IN THE WORLD AND DAN
PAULOS EXPLAINS IT REALLY GOOD. ADD TO CART PRONTO. YOU CANT GO WRONG WITH THIS TRICK. NO ONE WILL
EVER FIGURE IT OUT EITHER ITS JUST AMAZING AND FUN TO PERFORM. SPECTATORS REACTIONS ARE PRICELESS =)
It is totally worth the money. This effect is the strongest of mentalism out there! No joke. And it
works every time. (In the movie the spectator was not doing anything corny behind his back, it was
exactly as he said). Anyone reading these reviews also probably knows there is a set-up, the whole
set-up in itself takes the time it takes to tie your shoe. If you perform mentalism, your not a
mentalist until you get this...Trust me...
ADD TO CART - You won't regret it...
If you don't know how he did this, get this video. The moves used are excellent ones and can be used
in any performance. Awsome stuff.
THE BEST CARD TRICK this has to be the best card tricks on penguin. it doesnt use forces or finger
booking. just a quick 2 min. set up in the beginning and your set for the amazing finish. I was
performing this trick 15 min. after i saw the dvd. ADD TO CART !!!!!!!