Demo video makes it seem like a drawn card falls off a notebook into your hands.
reality doesn't come close.
Gimmick is incredibly thick, with a blatant crease that they
try to hide with a thick marker line.
MAYBE you can get away with it in a small theater,
where the closest audience member is several feet away, but even that is questionable. But you'll
never fool anyone at typical card-trick distance. It'd be like trying to make someone believe a
thick fridge magnet is flush with the surface of the refrigerator.
transformation from gimmick to card is much slower than the promo video would have you believe. The
promo video is stunning, the reality is you can see it as it transforms, and the mystery is lost.
And it's not because I haven't practiced it -- the instructional video suffers from the
same problem. I watched the video before examining the gimmick and was surprised that I was
actually able to see the gimmick do its thing. If the inventor can't make it look good in the
instructional video, there's no amount of practice that will overcome this poorly built trick.
Concept is interesting, but they need to put some R&D into the gimmick and make it actually
flat. Wait for version 2.0, see if they fix it. In the meantime, stay away.
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I am very disappointed in SKETCH. First, the gimmick I received isn't lined up correctly, which
could easily expose the method. Second, no matter how I squeezed, the gimmick did absolutely
nothing, except tilt slightly. which would also expose the method. Third, this drawing looks great
in the video, but I do not believe it would pass muster in a close-up situation.
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First this trick's promo made me think, "Take my money! I've got to have it!" The trick handles well
and presents a visually stunning transformation as seen in the promo video.
I do want to
mention some issues I had with the instructions. They were on a website that made me hunt for the
link. I suppose that's OK since it was a "hidden area." I found the link but then the user interface
was so dimly constructed that I could hardly find the text box to enter the secret code unless I
angled my laptop just right. (Maybe, again, that's part of making it secret?)
instructions were fairly simple and straightforward but I missed some things the first time around
due to their heavy accents (and my own aging hearing) and their brief teaching. In my opinion the
instructions were too fast and did not cover some of the finer points of handling. After watching it
three or four times I finally figured out what I was missing.
This trick could have earned
four stars if the instructions did not make me work so hard. I like the trick but I would have liked
a little more effort and detail to the finer points of handling.
3 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
Trust those that only gave it a few stars. Not a newbie here by any stretch of the imagination.
Gimmick broke just during setup, if I can't fix it then will contact Penguin about a replacement but
being in Japan, I don't expect a speedy delivery(I paid FedEx International Express). In addition
the pad is big, bulky and does not really work as shown in the tutorial. Maybe if you had big hands
with good strong fingers.
All in all a very poorly made effect. Without even practicing I can
tell that this will not play well close up, if it even works! I would say a good 7-10 ft away
otherwise you will get busted!! Sorry one of the few products which I had to say something about.
Savey your money!
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I must say at first I wasnt sure if THIS was just A good trick for the camera or what,but I soon
found out that this looks as good in real life as on camera ,once you learn the sweet spot for the
gimmick you should be able to perform it just as well as in the video.
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The gimmick breaks so easily, I've had 3 replacement gimmicks and they all broke within a span of a
week. This is a terrible trick to do close up, the gimmick is thick. If you are thinking about
getting this, don't. It's a waste of money. By the way, I got this from my local magic shop that's
why it doesn't say that I am a confirmed buyer.
Here's what I want when I buy gimmicked magic.
Quality and durable gimmick made and ready to
Easy no nonsense instructional video.
Non deceptive advertising.
This effect fits
the criteria exactly. I 'm a full time professional magician. I spend hundreds of dollars on magic
every month. So rarely these days do you get a quality gimmick and one thats ALREADY MADE! This is
worth every penny, simple and eye popping magic.
I personally love the effect.
If the gimmick was 100% reliable, this thing would be Gold.
The gimmick that it comes with is OK... you need to work it in a bit.
The effect though is
outstanding when everything is functioning properly.
First Of All...This effect is two shades this side of real magic. There is an ink drawing of a
card..Then there is no ink drawing and a real card changes places with the drawing. Right before
your eyes. It then leaps off of the note book into you hands. This effect is so amazing that it
makes your audience wonder if reality is real.
I love it and have many more good things to say,
but honestly, JUST GET IT. Peter Turner
The visual effect on this is awesome, and you get exactly what you see in the promo video.
Unfortunately I was hoping this might be a bit more versatile, with the ability to use other flat
printed items or even other cards or other back designs/colors, but none of that is included or
possible. You have to use the gimmick supplied, with the specific card and back design. It's also
limited by how close you can be to the audience--If you're right up close, it's quite easy to see
the gimmick, especially in bright light. That being said, the visual is, as I said, shockingly
good. I will use this, but HOW I use it will be somewhat limited.