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Smiling Assassin A wild routine that makes people scream.
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This is a wonderfully entertaining card routine that always gets a great reaction. You display deck of cards with smiling faces on its back. One of the cards is selected by a spectator and lost in the deck. The spectator is handed a small gun. The gun is aimed at the deck and the trigger is pulled. The gun goes off with a loud bang. The cards are then dealt face down on the table until you come to one card with a frown on its face, a hole through its head and blood splattered all over its face. The card is turned over and it proves to be the selected card. Everything is examinable. Very easy to do.
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Big Laughs Trick ROCKS Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 24th, 2008
This Trick is awsome
its soooo easy but very effective
its great for people of all ages
The Only problem i had is the caps were not firing
But Still a Great Trick
i cant belive your still reading this
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Fun to Perform!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
TITLE: Smiling Assassin by Meir Yedid
Effect: A spectator picks a card from a deck with smiley faces on it's back. The card is then placed into the center of the deck. The magician then hands a small gun to the spectator and tells them to take aim at the smiley face and pull the trigger. A loud bang goes off. The magician then goes through the cards and it turns out that one card is different...it's no longer smiling, but instead is frowning with "x" marks for it's eyes. It also has what looks like a bloody hole in the center of it's forehead.
Teaching: This trick is VERY simple to learn and perform. You could create more advanced handling yourself with different shuffles, cuts, and forces, but the basic version that is taught in the instructions seems to work really well. The instructions that come with the trick are well written and illustrated. I was performing the trick in no time after going through the written instructions. There is also a Penguin learning video that you get access to if you buy it from Penguin. Oz teaches you a slightly different version of the trick that I personally don't like quite as much, but it's still good teaching. Overall, I think the trick is really easy to learn and the teaching aids provided via video and printed material are great.
Quality of materials: The quality of the product is great. The deck looks really cool with the smiley faces, and they fit really well with the patter that they suggest about how some people really just don't like smiley faces. The cards with the hole in them are VERY nice. There are four of them, so you can do the trick a few times without really having to worry about someone possibly seeing the same card again. Not only are the backs perfectly printed, the hole on the card actually has some burn marks around it to make it seem even more like a bullet penetrated the card. The small cap gun that is included is actually pretty nice looking, as well. From reading the PO forum, there are three different versions of the gun that you can get. I got one that looks like an old flintlock pistol from a pirate movie. I think it actually looks pretty good, and it gets good laughs when you pull it out and hand it to someone. The ONLY problem with the overall quality of the product is the caps that are supplied aren't very nice. I couldn't get them to fire on the gun, however, when I purchase some other caps from the store they worked fine....so it's not the gun, just the caps. I even like the box that the cards come in. It has a clear front so you can clearly see the smiley face deck.
Difficulty: As I stated earlier, the trick is EXTREMELY easy to do. With a basic force just about anyone could do it, however, it would also be able to be done with any number of forces, so if you have some false shuffles and some more eye pleasing forces, then you could obviously do those as well. I've performed the trick a few times and I only use the very basic handling given in the written instructions, and it's very easy to do that way. But it still gets good reactions.
Applications: This would be a great trick for most close up work. I think if you modified it slightly it would be good for restaurant work. You wouldn't want to use the caps for restaurant work, but you could just use the gun without the caps, or if you didn't feel comfortable using the gun at all you could always just have the specs use their fingers as a gun. Being a card trick it's obviously not set up well for stage work without some kind of video system, but I would think that it would go over well with a large audience so if you have that type of system so that an audience can watch a card trick, I think it would work well. It's a good trick to put into a routine where you are doing some comedy, because it seems to make people laugh.
In Closing: I really like this trick. It's one of those tricks that when I saw the demo video on Penguin I knew instantly how it was done but I was still really entertained by it. I like performing it because it's a trick that can get your specs involved and it also seems to generate some really good laughs. People seem to really get a kick out of it. Overall, I've been really happy with the effect.
It's OK Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 6th, 2010
This trick on it's own is ok, but can be done with a regular deck. It is nice to have the little smily faces but you are pretty much only confined to this trick. The idea is nice and you might get some good reactions but overall, this trick isn't for me. That is why I gave it thumbs down but that's just me. You may love this trick and if you do then for sure buy it. As for the handling, the trick is pretty simple to do so beginners can do it and it doesn't require a lot of practice.
Good Reactions and Easy to use! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 26th, 2011
I brought the Smiling Assassin about two months ago and when it arrived i said "is that it?" as it had one of the simplest secrets behind it. when ever i use this Deck i get awesome Reactions. i would recommend it for any one and everyone as it is a very effective trick and also very easy to use.
it's an ok trick Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 24th, 2003
Well, I used to do this trick a few years ago.... I was about 13 at that time. I mean I got great reactions, and the effect wasn't that difficult. It's like a cardtoon sort of effect... but a little more gruesome. But besides that, this trick is great. I wouldn't have it in my routine, because there are many similar effects on the market, but still this is an awesome trick and good to own.
Its pretty good Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 31st, 2003
Its a pretty good effect, its a little expensive, but it's a good attention grabber because it's visual and has a loud BANG! from the toy gun. I would say if you need a good attention grabber get this.
simple, nice trick Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 4th, 2004
This is a simple to do, and fun to watch trick, even for audiences who can figure this out. It'll bring a smile on the faces of those watching and taking part in it.
Only down side in my opinion is that a cap is being used up after each performance.. and I dunno where to get replacements.
So Great! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 8th, 2004
I got this trick years ago from a magic store in Colorado Springs and, although my toy gun broke relatively quick, I just got a regular cap gun, which is not as cool, but often easier for the audience to use. The trick is easy as pie to perform, and your audience will smile. The only thing that I have to say negative about it is that I remember paying MUCH less for it when I purchased it. This trick would go great with The Web!
start with a bang Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 25th, 2004
What a fun little trick. If you like the smilin cards get this one. I made my own and bought my own little gun and when I saw it on Penguin I thought that it was great. If you want to have a fun and entertaining trick than this is the one for you.
Fun trick! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 1st, 2004
This is a trick where the presentation plays a bigger part than the trick itself... A smart spectator can sort of figure how it works, but will nevertheless bring a smile to him/her. But if you manage to fool your audience, then it'll be a really cool trick!!
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