This is literally a one-trick pony. You can "vanish" a card box and have the deck appear, then have
the box reappear if you'd like. Unfortunately, the deck cannot be used for a trick itself as the
sides are marked too much for use. Garrett does a good job of showing how to ditch the deck for one
you can move into with your act, but you'll need to be wearing a jacket in order for this to be
effective (deck switch only as he shows it...you can do the disappearance of the box without it). It
seems a little limiting for a card trick like this.
The follow up using the other included
deck isn't much more impressive, though in its defense it is an effect you can slip into your
routine as a closer (since the entire deck has the card box's face on it). You could use the deck
for any other trick after the "transformation" though, because the backs are identical even if they
are different from what the spectator is used to seeing.
There are two things I don't like
about this. First, the price is far too steep for something like this. While you do get two decks
and a DVD, I feel this could easily have gone for $20-$25 and been more in line. Second, the
performance on the DVD is less than impressive. At one point he's going to vanish the deck into a
hat and have it switch places with the box. Unfortunately, while he's holding the box and deck in
the same hand he's got it positioned so it plainly shows the marks of the deck parallel with the box
(making it painfully obvious to the spectator and us what's going on). Likewise, his performance
with the other deck is unimpressive. He does the effects with two different audiences, and the two
ladies he chose to use in the pool hall are completely under-whelmed at everything. They look like
they know they're supposed to be acting impressed, but are either too nervous to act natural or just
aren't impressed with what's going on. I'm not asking for some Criss Angel crowd screaming and
fainting here, but he might have done better using a more enthusiastic pair.
This isn't the
worst effect I've bought this year, but it's definitely not one I'd feel comfortable performing.
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This effect is great. The only type of person who wouldn't love this effect is the type who tries to
perform this only using the techniques shown in the DVD. Garrett gives an introduction to the idea,
but leaves a lot of the imagination part up to you.
This idea is great. Inspired by a
different gimmick created by Paul Harris, this gimmick is just so clean that it blew me away. The
only real skill that you will need to perform this effect is a side steal. With that you can make a
box cleanly vanish off of the cards allowing you to show the cards from literally any angle while
spread or fanned. On the DVD you are taught one basic way to make the box vanish, and one way to
switch out the gimmicked deck for a regular one. There are still so many effects possible with this
gimmick (one of my personal creations being a card box through suitcase). With a little bit of
imagination and previous knowledge, this effect kills as a full effect or an opener to another
Paul Harris's box backed deck (box back design on every card) is an entirely
different story and probable could have been sold separately.This effect is just plain great aswell
and is a little more developed on the DVD (he shows you a little more to do with it). It's a great
deal seeing as these box back gimmicks were never meant to be released and only for Paul Harris's