Rick Lax is really giving Paul Harris a run for his money as the greatest living magic trick
inventor. Over the past few years I've purchased a number of Rick's effects (at incredibly
reasonable prices!) and have yet to be disappointed. The thing I love about Rick, and Paul Harris
as well, is that they are less concerned about the method and more about the emotional connection
with the spectator. It's powerful stuff.
Any knowledgeable magician should be able to
figure out this trick's basic method by watching the trailer but it is worth the price for the
wonderful subtleties that Rick has clearly spent a long time honing, let alone the beautiful Tarot
Deck that comes with the purchase. He's thought of everything, from setup, to a clever "cheat
sheet" for the Tarot read, to a very fast reset that can be done in front of the spectators. Just
The one caveat I would give, and this is no criticism of the effect, is that I
would make sure to only use positive interpretations when doing the Tarot reading. I've preformed
Paul Harris' "Dr. Fun", which is similar to this in that the reaction of the spectator can be
surprisingly emotional and learned early on not to go "negative"-no dead relatives, pets, etc. Keep
it all upbeat.
Just a great effect. Simple, easy, effective. Well done, Mr. Lax!
8 of 8 magicians found this helpful.
This is straightforward, not difficult, persuasive, and lots of fun. The cards are handsome and
eye-catching. First rate overall!
7 of 7 magicians found this helpful.
This is a great trick. Thanks u so much Rick!!! It is very easy to do and gets great reactions. The
video instruction is also very helpful and detailed. The only reason I kind of took away half a star
is because I am afraid that it may not last very long after the gimmick wears out. I hope penguin
sells refill decks for this. I will definitely get them.
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Great magic should connect with people and this trick does that in spades. If anyone wants a piece
of magic with a unique captivating story line and makes a strong emotional connection this trick is
for you. Bravo Mr. Lax, you have another winner!!!
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I'm very glad with this effect. The Method is very clever and I like the fact that the three cards
you put on the table can be inspected. Also the method can be used in any other deck for your own
effects as it is easy to reproduce.
I do not have the cards yet, I just saw the video but I
already try the method with a regular deck. I will try to review the product again when I get the
7 of 11 magicians found this helpful.
Guys, this is amazing!
Totally new. You will be surprised. Rick, you really are a genius.
love the simplicity and the beauty of the trick.
Remember: simplicity is the key.
of hands, no difficult moves.
I am waiting to receive the cards and start enjoying them!
Just buy it, this is something new and cool.
4 of 5 magicians found this helpful.
Well made, attractive, unique and clever, are just a few of the accolades which you can bestow upon
"Past, Present and Future" by Rick Lax. If you don't mind carrying around an extra deck of cards to
present something special, I would highly recommend this. Due to the nature of the presentation, it
cannot be repeated for the same crowd but that shouldn't deter you from using this. The premise is
different and engaging. The only thing I would recommend is to study another source of tarot card
interpretations because the "revelations" that are provided don't exactly sync up with traditional
interpretations, and should you come across someone who is familiar with them, they may call you out
on your "reading".
3 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
This is not just an amazing trick, it's also an absolutely diabolical reading tool!
Lax is an AWESOME teacher! No stone is unturned in his instruction.
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Obviously from the demo you can tell that this is a powerful trick to perform. This is a trick that
can be so powerful when presented to certain people that they might actually believe you have
special powers. This is powerful knowledge and should not be abused. If you use this trick to
"prove" your psychic abilities and you genuinely try to convince people that you have real psychic
powers, then you need to reconsider your life. All in all, this is a top notch, very powerful trick
that needs to be presented with care.
4 of 6 magicians found this helpful.
Just bought this along with a few other goodies.. Must say great job all around Rick. I watched the
demo and loved it right away. I do know how it is done and it is a work of art my man !! Tutorial
covers everything head to toe and then some.. mades me want to go grab some oldies and revamp them
... keep up the good work Rick !! May your Christmas be Magical .
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