Spectator Cuts and Counts Down to The Aces (4 out of 5):
In the explanation, you learn two
excellent false shuffles which is always a bonus. On the downside, this requires a full deck stack.
However, I think it just might be worth it. The impact is pretty darn solid. This is one of the
effects that fooled me twice as mentioned above.
One Handed Control (4/5)
This is a
beautiful thing to watch. It's surely a magician fooler, and the best part is that it uses a
technique that isn't seen much these days. Yet another one that nailed me twice. The effect is a
one-handed ace cutting sequence that looks absolutely impossible, especially when you consider that
the spectators get to put one of the aces in the deck and cut it. It's an excellent display and, as
I mentioned, beautiful to watch.
One Shuffle Eddie (3/5)
This is one that he did not
perform for an audience. It was only shown in the explanation section . . . for good reason, I
think. It was a little fishy looking. However it is a decent effect, and with a fair bit of
practice, I think the fishy-ness can be overcome. You learn two versions. The effect is that you
clearly shuffle face up into face down (think Triumph); then suddenly all the cards are face down
except the four aces. It's not the greatest effect on the planet, but it does look pretty impossible
even with the fishy shuffle.
Super Clean Ace Assembly (3/5)
As the name implies, it's a
super clean ace assembly. However, even though it's clean, it's a little quick and a little
unpractical in the sense that you have to be seated if you know what I mean Slydini. You do learn a
nice add-on move, but as far as the effect goes, I'm not sure the extra work is worth the extra
cleanliness of effect you get.
Casino Countdown (2/5)
In my less-than-humble opinion,
this is not that great of an effect. It requires a set up and is too much work for the effect. In
fairness, the set up can easily be done in front of the spectators. However, I still think the
effect isn't worth the work.
A Twick as Lovely as a Twee (3/5)
I'll be you didn't know
that Marlo invented the "Tree of Hearts." I had no idea. Maybe I'm the only one who didn't know.
Anyway, this is (I believe) Don Alan's effect using this little invention of Marlo's. It's a cutesy
little effect with a fun little surprise, and you end clean.
Interlaced Vanish (3/5)
This is a clever utility vanish with many possible uses. The effect is a little Movey and a
little without meaning, but the move may be worth learning for other applications.
This is a very clean effect. You tell the spectator what card she's going to
pick. Then she picks it. The downside - you end slightly dirty, and during the performance, he
flashed. No I don't mean he showed us his boobs (that's in volume 3). I mean you get an inadvertent
peak at the method.
Elevator Passengers/Penetration (4/5)
I love the elevator plot.
This one is fun and visual and has gone right into my casual repertoire. You start clean, end clean
and don't need any set ups. There was one little thing that was sort of funny that seemed like it
shouldn't happen. He used a classic Marlo move (The Sunrise Production) and didn't credit it as a
Marlo move. I got the impression (maybe mistakenly) that he wasn't sure whose move it was. It's a
minor point, but on a video studying Marlo, I thought it could've been avoided. You also, during the
explanation, get a bonus explanation of another elevator effect. The bonus version is not as good as
the "non-bonus" version. Either way, this one's a keeper.
Touch Turn Poker (4/5)
this the first NFW? The effect is similar but a bit more logical than NFW. Malone's performance was
a bit too fast-paced and not very presentationally rich. This effect, by its nature, has a lot of
presentational potential. It's a bit more technically demanding, but I think it's worth the effort.
Marlo On The Memorized Deck Idea #1 (4/5)
This is basically a Card Calling effect. If
you don't already do memorized deck stuff, this effect might be worth diving into learning a stack.
Malone highly recommends the Aronson stack. However, other stacks will work as well. The nice thing
about this effect, unlike Idea #2 below, is that even though the spectators shuffle the cards, it is
instantly reset right under their noses.
Marlo On The Memorized Deck Idea #2 (4/5)
Although the stack is ruined at the end of this effect, it might be a better effect. It's a very
clean four-people-think-of-a-card-and-you-know-what-it-is-without-asking-questions routine. Plus
there's a fun kicker at the end that adds a magical and somewhat visual element to the effect.
Between Boris Wild and the Marlo ideas I'm beginning to convince myself that I need to learn a
stack. Personally, I think I'll learn Boris Wild's, however, from what I've heard, the Aronson stack
is killer as well.
The Vanishing Card Trick (5/5)
Dang it! He fooled me again! This is
another one that fooled me twice. It's the complete vanish of a card from the deck and a
reappearance in an impossible location (Malone's addition). I love the vanish even though in the
kind of work I do, I would likely not be able to use it. It's a super clever vanish that Malone
Miracle Ace Cutting (5/5)
This effect has been in my casual
repertoire for quite some time, and it is amazing. You've got to be able to do a faro (not a perfect
one) to do this, but it's a simple faro of only a few cards. Other than that, the effect is super
simple, and you'll fool yourself when you do it. You actually do what you claim. You really do cut
to the Aces with no breaks and no crimps etc. It can be done with a borrowed, un-tampered-with deck.
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