Just watching the demo video gives you an idea of how incredibly visual this appears to be. It
really does happen as the video shows.
You have a spectator select a card and put it back
into the deck, then you spring the cards into the air and grab their card out of mid air in the
midst of the fluttering cards. It's not a bad effect, but you definitely need to be prepared ahead
of time for it.
First of all, you have to be wearing a jacket. The spectator needs to be
back a little way from you. You cannot let them examine the card you have plucked from the air. You
cannot do this with a signed card. You must be able to do a card force, and for safety's sake you
must be able to control the card and palm it from the deck before you spring it into the air
(otherwise it could land face up at your feet while you're supposedly holding the one they chose).
You cannot repeat this trick with another card (unless you have very roomy sleeves and two
gimmicks). Once finished, you must walk away to get rid of the "caught" card because you can't lose
it in front of the spectator. If you've got all that covered, you are ready to perform "Catch!".
The gimmick takes a few minutes to put together, but it's nothing major. Once it's done
it'll last you quite a few times if you are careful. I have to give this two stars simply because it
is indeed very visual. Done in a stage environment this would be an excellent closer. In a street
magic scenario it's not as practical because you have 51 cards scattered to the wind around you,
leaving you with a lot of cleanup after the payoff.
The DVD is very well done and the
effect is taught clearly. Creation of the gimmick is also very carefully explained and easy to do.
This isn't for everyone, but for the right magician in the right environment it can make you look
5 of 6 magicians found this helpful.
I agree with all other reviewers here. Setup is far too complicated. However, having said that, Some
of the other handling and ideas are actually quite nice and fairly practical. A little pricey, but
Ben does do a fantastic job teaching and spending the time going over everything.
2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
The trick is definitely worth it. Might take you twenty minutes to make the gimmick, but once you
make it you'll always have it. I got the trick because I plan on performing it at a stage show. A
card deck costs a couple bucks. The reaction to this trick is definitely worth the couple bucks your
throwing away, unless you want to go pick them afterward ;)
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
When I first saw this trick, I knew I had to buy it. Once I bought it, I was really not that
pleased. The effect and method is very clever and is pretty hard to figure out. But the set up takes
wayyy too long (plus cleaning up the cards would be a drag). It is definitely worth a stage closer
(that is what I used for and it was an instant success). You will not be using this for close up, or
even street magic (unless you're willing to sacrifice a deck of cards getting dirty when they are
thrown on the ground). Previous reviews have already said this, but it's so much work! I also don't
think it is worth the price. But does the trick really look that clean as shown in the trailer? Yes,
it definitely does, hence 3 stars.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
Overall, it is a very clever effect and method, but it isn't exactly practical. The set-up takes way
too long. If you're looking for a decent card catch, check out the one on Jim Pace's Visu-Antics.
Ben Seidman is an outstanding teacher and performer, but his other effects are much better than this
Beatifull trick... i love watching it performed...but way way way way too much work for me. He
teaches several versions of this trick, but the original "catch" takes a lot of work and is in no
way close to impromptu. But if you work on it, for a stage performance, you could turn it into