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Destiny's Child by Cameron Francis (Instant Download) They'll never guess what happens next in this multi-phase masterpiece, each phase more surprising than the last.
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Destiny's Child is more than just a great pop band, it might just be your new favorite card trick. This trick plays really big. There are multiple phases, everything is impossible and the plot is very unique.

Spectator cuts the deck as much as they want. She then cuts to any card she wants and places that card under her hand. No one knows the identity of this card including you. A prediction is made to guess the identity of the card and she places the mystery card anywhere in the deck face down. When you turn the card face up it is found that your prediction was correct. Not only that but she placed her card exactly where it would be in new deck order. Then you end the effect with an impossible transposition.

Destiny's Child can be performed over and over and it is not the same card every time. The effect is easy to do and takes very little prep.

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3.75 Stars - Almost Bootylicious Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 1st, 2018
Sorry. I couldn't resist. I had to make some sort of Destiny's Child song reference. I so much wanted to say that this was bootylicious... but it's not quite. Close... But not quite.

Please don't get me wrong... it's still a good trick. In fact, I like it a lot! I am glad I got it. I will give it a try. And as usual, Cameron's skills as a magician are quite obvious as he teaches. He does a good job teaching.

However, I do see a couple things that make me, when spectating, wonder... As a spectator, when I cut the cards, to see Cameron show after this that everything is in order... I would be like "wait a minute... shouldn't they be at least a little mixed up? i mean we did like 6 cuts." Mind you... I understand. But it might be just enough to make a spectator think and get a little distracted. So that's a little sticking point for me. I don't know a way to explain out of that one.

The other thing I noticed is that all the reactions he had to the tricked seemed to be a little lackluster. Some chuckles etc. to the point that he had to kinda basically say "no need to applause"... because they weren't. Truthfully, I don't understand why, because for me, it really is a great trick. But something gets lost along the way. I can't quite figure out why spectators aren't impressed. I certainly was. I mean, to guess the card and then place it in the proper order and then do the switch. Honestly, it's a great trick! But still... if it doesn't blow the spectator's minds, well, then unfortunately it's kinda a dud. I hate to say that because I love everything Cameron does, including this one. But I'm just trying to be honest.

It's not a trick for the drawer though... it has potential. I just have to figure out what isn't working for ME. The patter is not my style. I think I'd like them to look at the card and then I'd figure out the card by "reading their body language", ask random questions, etc., much like how Derren Brown does it. That would be more impressive than simply guessing or holding your hand over theirs and feeling it. There's a kinda cheesy feel when you do it that way (my personal opinion). That's just me though. That second card transpo also seemed a little rushed/over simplified. I think the patter Cameron used doesn't do that move justice.

LIke I said, I think this is a good, even great trick. I just feel the presentation needs to be tweaked some. Again, just my own opinion for ME.

I will say that there were some nice moves here... anyone entering the world of sleight of hand should check this trick out. Good stuff. I liked the variations... one exceptionally bold. The variations really were like bonuses on their own.

The trick itself is a strong 4. The ease of executing this trick is a 5 - perfect for beginners. The teaching is a strong 4. The presentation itself I'd say is about a 3.5 or so.

Cameron, please don't view this as a negative review. Just trying to be honest and constructive. I really did like the trick and I think it's definitely worth the buy. I actually have no hesitation in recommending this trick. It's almost a 4 and I rarely give a 5 out unless it's really visual (read: "magical"). I just think that tweaking the presentation is necessary to do this great trick some justice.

(By the way, I always try to be honest and straightforward in my reviews, while being respectful to the magician. If you appreciate my reviews, can you please click the "Yes" button below beside the question, "Did this review help you?" It's not like I actually benefit in any way by your clicking it... but it would be nice to see if my reviews are helpful or not. I hope they are. If you ever have suggestions or comments or questions about my reviews, please feel free to leave me a constructive comment. I'm just trying to be helpful. I love the Penguin community and hope that I can someday contribute my own product. :-) Thanks for reading and for any (hopefully positive, but either way, at least kind) feedback!)

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 31st, 2018
This is a very nice and quick bit of visual magic. This is a great alternative (at a fraction of the cost) to the fabulous Destiny Deck (available elsewhere). There are a few trade-offs to be had with this version, but it's definitely worth a look if you like the effect. Personally, I think both options have their pros and cons and have similar reactions.

The instruction is very well done with good use of an over-the-shoulder camera angle. All the pertinent moves and sleights are covered and none are particularly knuckle-busting. He also provides some alternate presentations to round out the teaching.

I found myself using the first alternate presentation (which he describes, aptly, as "bold") more often with greater success and response.

Pros:
- Uses any regular deck
- Visual
- Instant reset
- Good Use of Over-the-Shoulder camera for instruction
- Cost

Cons:
- Second phase is not as "impossible" as the Destiny Deck
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Great effect for those watching closely Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 31st, 2018
We've all been there, its the fourth hour of a walk-around gig and you have hit every group. There is always that one group that loves magic and pays careful attention to what you are doing.
This is the effect to pull out for those times. It's not that it can't be used at other times. It is a great effect, instant reset, and no difficult moves (in fact no real moves at all).
I highly recommend this for anyone who works tables or walk-around gigs. It won't work for the drunk table, but for those who really want to see more this is a great piece. A real worker with several climaxes. Take a few minutes to learn this, keep it in your back pocket (figuratively), and use it to kill some time and kill the group who will appreciate it.
Highly recommended.
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So easy! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 30th, 2018
I was really expecting this to have a couple knuckle busting moves involved. But there are NONE!
Anyone can do this effect. Beginner? No worries. Seasoned pro? Even better. You can write a nice original patter.

The only reason I'm not giving 5 stars is because of the patter. It's boring and needs to be spiced up.

However, the effect and method are GREAT!
And at an excellent price. Very affordable for such a neat little routine.
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Wow! Easy and Mystifying! Great combo:) Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 31st, 2018
One small issue with having to use a stack instead of a FASDIU situation. Small price to pay for three miraculous events (two of them done by your spectators) and a quick, nearly automatic set-up for the next table. No troublesome moves (yes, even I can do it) and no tricky misdirection needed.

Best of all, the video is EXACTLY what the spectator sees. No cheating, no secrets. The couple of moves (of COURSE there are moves) are so natural no one will even notice! (probably even magicians!) I had to do one of them five or six times just to convince myself anything was actually happening!

Worth the bucks? I wouldn't say it if it weren't true. Worth carrying a prepared deck around? Hey! You have one anyway :) Worth showing to your friends? Absolutely!

My Prediction? You'll love it!
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It's ok Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 5th, 2018
I know there are a lot of positive reviews here but quite frankly I found the whole thing to be pointless. This is just a matter of taste, I love a lot Cameron's stuff I just don't feel this effect is very practical, at least not for the magic I do.
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Great trick, narration weak Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 5th, 2018
This is a simple, almost self-working trick and anyone can partake even beginners. What I found incredibly annoying and borderline unprofessional is that Cameron Francis would repeatedly bring up points and then not be sure if they were correct or not. C'mom, retake the shot and edit it in. There were at least three times this happened.

Trick 5, Cam 2.
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Charming Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 3rd, 2018
A fun and easy to do trick. The quality of the teaching video isn't great; it could use to be edited, but the instruction is clear and there are some nice variations. Requires a dedicated deck set-up, but no gaffe.
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nice and easy to do Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 2nd, 2018
nice trick, the deck must be in order that's the negative point , but it is obvious on the trailer
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Bonus material makes this worth getting Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 1st, 2018
I do like Cameron’s work, but this isn’t one of my favorites. The primary method seems pretty obvious when watching it and is even explained as part of the patter. The second phase, does have a card transposition which is definitely nice, but doesn’t take the overall effect High enough for me personally. If you watch the two performances, you’ll see very little reaction from either audience. No gasping and no applause. I do believe, with the right presentation this could be more powerful than the demo shows it.

On the positive side, as usual, Cameron does a great job of explaining things at a good pace using good camera angles and has a lot of nice touches coverd.

Also, for me personally, all the bonus material and alternate handlings are actually better than the original routine. So if you like the presentation and showed, definitely get it. If you’re a bit on the fence, you might find the bonus material makes it worth your wild.
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