Hi fellow Penguins! I posted a previous review of this great product that was apparently removed for
being "inaccurate." There appears to be an ongoing debate as to whether or not a Phoenix deck is
required for use with Prism . . .
While you can absolutely perform SOME of the included
effects in Prism with a Bicycle deck, there are a FEW that you CANNOT!
I have addressed
this issue with Penguin Magic and have now e-mailed Joshua Jay. Let me be clear (again): PRISM IS A
GREAT EFFECT! The deck is awesome, Josh's instructions are well explained and easy to understand (as
usual), the DVD production is superior (as is always the case with Josh).
But I STRONGLY
feel that a Phoenix deck should be included, or at the very least, recommended!
Rick Calamia, Jr.
New Orleans, LA
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Beautifully crafted deck of cards and it has a number of uses but cards are missing.... I can't say
what they are here but if you want to perform the trick just as it were in the demo or teachings
then these cards are a must!!! you can use any deck, true! but it changes the routine toward the end
slightly that my spectators were able to point out. This is why your hearing that you need an extra
phoenix deck, those cards needed to perform this trick exactly as Joshua did on the demo or dvd can
only be found in a regular phoenix deck.....Maybe Im just being anal because I can use my bicycle
cards but the pips are clearly different and that bothers me.......Everything else on this dvd
though is pure gold, I knocked it one star for the missing cards... Great buy, I would definitely
buy another prism deck when the one I have gets tired and old....
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I really really wanted to like this deck. I love color changing deck routines, especially with a
rainbow deck finish. I was excited to add this to my arsenal, but I am now returning it to Penguin.
First, the pros. The routining is killer. Joshua has built a great routine that includes
several tricks, all of which serve to build strong conviction for the audience that the deck is
normal. Thus, when the change to a rainbow deck happens, its extremely magical. Joshua has also
combined the color-changing deck effect with a four ace production and triumph effect, which makes
the effect into a great closer. This is as strong as card magic gets. The instruction, as expected,
The LOOK of the deck is great too. For years, I have wanted a rainbow deck
that looks like this, with a combination of regular backs, casino backs, tourist and dollar store
type backs, etc. The design of the backs is really great looking. And some of the backs are useful
for doing other tricks.
Now, the cons. According to the manufacturer, the Phoenix Deck is
available in two finishes - a "professional" quality, which is on bicycle stock with an air-cushion
finish, and a "traditional" quality, which is on a proprietary stock with a smooth glide finish.
For some reason I can't understand, the Prism deck was printed on a "traditional" quality Phoenix
deck. This deck is of noticeably lower quality than a bicycle deck. Handling the deck for sleight
of hand is significantly harder, and the deck is more likely to warp and buckle. In my case, the
Prism deck I purchased buckled almost immediately after opening, so the deck "clicks" when I bend it
up and down. Having used other decks with a "smooth glide" finish before, I also know that these
decks become sticky and hard to handle more quickly that better quality decks.
the Prism deck does not include all of the cards necessary to do the effect advertised. If you want
to do the effect with aces, you will need at least one other Phoenix deck. Actually, two more
Phoenix decks, so you have the right number of jokers. You can, technically, add cards from
non-Phoenix decks. However, if you add cards from non-Phoenix decks, you will not be able to use
the aces, and the handling may be tougher, because you will be using cards with two different
finishes. There's also a chance that a perceptive spectator may feel the difference between the
Joshua refers to the color-changing deck effect with four aces his "core routine."
The decision to use a low-quality card stock is perplexing, but the decision not to include all the
necessary cards to do the core routine is in my opinion unacceptable. I expect that if I'm buying an
effect, I'll receive the necessary props to perform that effect.
It's a shame, because I
love the color-changing deck effect, and I really wanted to like this version. If you don't know a
color changing deck effect, this might be worth buying to gain access to Joshua's routining for the
effect. For me, however, I'll be returning this to Penguin for a refund.
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Unfortunately the last two reviewers have not really payed attention to the instructions shown on
the DVD. An extra Phoenix Deck is absolutely NOT necessary. You can use any card deck of your
choice. This is one of the beautiful things about the PRISM. This is a MUST have. Perfectly
manufactured Deck and GREAT DVD. Well done Joshua!
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The new run of the prism deck is now printed at USPC, in best possible Phoenix Master quality.
8 of 9 magicians found this helpful.
Joshua did a fantastic job teaching the basic handeling for the Prism Deck on the instructional DVD.
The trick and deck is a very well thought out strong piece of magic.I love the effect. There are
also several additional effects that can be perfromed with the the additional cards provided that
are not only appreciated but make this deck an added benefit for walk around. That is not to say
there is not disappointments with this package. There are two major strikes with this package. My
feedback will seem to parrot a few similar complaints already posted. The first complaint is that
it was made to look like a Phoenix deck and you need additional cards (not included). You need
additional cards if you want the Phoenix cards and you need twice as many if you substitute them for
say, bicycle. If you want to state that you do not need them, you are correct however, you would
need to at the very least substitute even the provided cards with cards from another deck (the
aces).Don't forget that would also leave the other bonus cards like the Kiss print cards and color
changing cards worthless if you do not use a phoenix deck. No biggie? I disagree completely. The
buyer should absolutely beware. You will absolutely want to either purchase another red backed
Phoenix deck or be prepared to have a double set of Aces from whatever deck you do have/will
purchase as well as knowing that a few of the bonus cards cannot be used. My second disapointment.
Quality of the card stock. The cards I received buckled. They are not flat. I would never use a deck
like this in my walk around because the cards do not stay uniformed. They pop when you riffle them
and stay bowed. Terrible. Is this because they are lower quality cards or did this happen because of
shipping? Either way, extremely disappointed. They seem thinner than bicycle. Over all I do love
the possibilities of this effect. The effect is field tested by Josh for 4 years. It is a worker.
The content is killer. However the package should have included everything needed and possibly been
better quality. I stated this before...add a recommended warning (whatever else is needed) to the
boxes like they do with batteries.
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The PRISM deck is amazing, and an epic effect. The only reason you would need a Phoenix deck is to
do the ROR-Shock effect, but otherwise you can use any other card deck. I wouldn't suggest this to
beginners to magic and card tricks, due to the slight of hand. Though if you are up to the challenge
it is really amazing! Contrary to other reviews, it comes with everything you need, though there was
a scratch on the DVD when it came. I'm sure if whoever is reading this orders the PRISM deck, the
disk most likely won't have the scratch. It is overall a spectacular deck and I highly suggest it,
the PRISM deck works great on all audiences and doesn't involve a table. It is convenient and easy
to understand, I highly suggest it.
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the Prism deck is a fantastic and well made deck. It is truly the best color changing deck. But what
really excites me is that there is so many cards that can do their own trick if u want to see each
card in detail check out this link:
Also there is so many routines that can be done with
the PRISM deck or a regular deck. He has given you a whole act if not 2 whole acts. There is about
22 routines. Definitely check it out if u want a new color changing deck or if u just want to see
some really good 4 or 5 routines not using the PRISM deck, or using his handling to do your own
color changing deck with your own deck.
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The deck is great, and as always Joshua Jay is an expert teacher. I have nothing bad to say about
the deck, as it is of excellent quality and very unique. I love the marking system, as well as the
versatility of the deck itself. The only thing I don't like is that a lot of the tricks Joshua Jay
teaches, requires a lot of extra cards from the Phoenix deck. Personally I think a Phoenix deck
should have been included, because if I knew I'd have bought one of those as well. Other than that,
absolutely nothing bad to say about this deck.
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...and probably my favourite to perform. Josh is a great teacher and the dvd goes through many
different approaches for those aren't comfortable with sleight of hand. Even though you can perform
a lot of the tricks without sleight of hand, I recommend learning it from Josh, he makes it look
easy; it gives it that extra edge.
I would also consider investing in a Spectrum Deck
because if like me you use this trick a lot; wear and tear on the deck can be annoying. I hope Josh
and Vanishing Inc. decide to sell the deck without the dvd, because that would be useful; I'd like
multiple decks without having a million copies of the dvd.
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