So I'm back to add to my earlier review. I should have known that fate would fall ill upon me and
this gimmick yet again because after leaving my last review of the FDS2.0 I went to go and play
around with it some more and it BROKE! The el@st!c snapped mid-switch! ALMOST 3 days old, LESS than
50 switches, and it is now broken. Not only that, but due to the method of it's attachment that I
discussed in my earlier review, I do not see a way of repairing it properly without destroying the
gimmick. I attempted to try and peel off some of the glue (which appears to be super glue, not hot
glue as I had originally guessed) holding it to the gimmick and it began to peel the graphics from
the gimmick. My gimmick is now broken AND disfigured and I am in awe of the fact that anyone would
try peddling a product with this much lack of craftsmanship to the general public not only once, but
twice. I guess the old saying is true; fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Well,
I certainly AM ashamed that i fell for this a second time, I just hope Mr. Lim is too, although I
doubt it since he already has my money.
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The only reason I am not super mad about this flash 2.0 is I figured out a better way to make the
gimmick 10 times as strong and more effective than this one. When I watched the video and he said
his gimmick was about 2 months old and still in great shape I could tell he was lying. Never will I
support this mans crap again. I came up with the simple but time consuming fix in moments after
practicing with it. One. I have a way to make the box more integral,and it still feels and looks
like a normal box. Two I have figured out a better system involving the rest of it. I don't know why
this creator didn't do what was needed to make this stronger. Oh wait I do know.....he is a scam
artist. Ill adapt my methods and make it better. Shim if you want some advice call me. You should
be ashamed. I am not mad about the money it cost me,just mad that he is misleading people. Oh and
those other reviews with 5 stars...hahhaa probably his people or him rating it. Your gimmick is a
piece of crap.
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I have never been a fan of blue bicycle cards. I never ever use them when performing unless an
effect requires the use of a contrasting backed card or deck along with the red decks I typically
use. I just find them… repulsive...
I own the original FDS and have never used it; for
several reasons, but that was always the main one - the gimmick was blue. Therefore, I was happy
when I saw that the FDS2.0 was being manufactured in red. Even without seeing or having handled the
new gimmick, that, to me, was an enormous improvement over the old version. Even with all of the
short-comings of the original FDS, I would have gladly found ways to work around them if it had been
made in red and not blue. Unfortunately, they didn't just stop there, and upon receiving my gimmick
and playing around with it for a couple days, I will go on record and say that, in my opinion, that
is where the list of improvements ends.
Most of the aspects of the original gimmick that I
found problematic and/or suspicious that made it unfit for performance are still present in the new
one: the gimmick STILL has a very hard time housing a full deck of cards and the h*l3s for the
el@st!c thr3@ds are STILL plain as day and can be seen from a mile away.
There are also two
new problems that I have noticed with this second version of the gimmick. The first, I will admit,
is a bit nit-picky: the "thicker" and "more robust" material that the gimmick is now made from has a
very shiny, almost vinyl-looking finish that, depending on lighting, would raise some suspicion
about the gimmick passing as a normal box if left in the spectators view (which I would not
recommend under any circumstances due to the previously mentioned h*l3s in the gimmick).
The second problem with the new gimmick, however, I find pretty unforgivable: One of the things
I found MOST frustrating about the original gimmick is that, in the instructions, the section on
repairing the el@st!cs on the gimmick taught a very poorly thought-out method of doing so. Not only
was the way in which Shim recommended you repair the FDS gimmick if/when the el@st!c broke not even
close to the way it came manufactured originally, but left the gimmick looking ten times more
suspicious that it already did (again, h*l3s). Those of you who have the original probably know what
I'm talking about and if you don't, I recomend you re-watch that portion of the DVD to have a better
understanding of what I am referring to if you're interested in the FDS2.0 because with this new
version, the "repair" method of attaching the el@st!cs is how the gimmick now comes standard - Right
out of the box. I bought two of them and it is this way on BOTH of the FDS2.0 that I received; A
huge glob of hot glue(?) holding a trail of el@st!c thr3@d down both sides of both gimmicks.
Again, I could have lived with the faults of the original FDS if it had been in red and not blue
(Especially since the method on how to alter the original FDS gimmick was nearly as infuriating as
the method of repairing it, which is why I never bothered). Unfortunately, the change in color to
the FDS2.0 is, in my opinion, the only real improvement here.
I will say this; I DO
maintain that the thought behind the gimmick, and the effects possible with it are still very
valuable and highly creative and although both the gimmick and the routines I intend to use it for
may require a fair amount of tweaking on my part, I will at least be attempting to put the FDS2.0 to
good use. Have Shin and Piccone redeemed themselves with this new version? Absolutely not. However,
I do find a bit of solace in the fact that this version of the gimmick may eventually be worthy of a
performance that isn't in front of my workshop mirror, even if it IS due largely to it's color.
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so if you see the trailer to this trick, you will be amazed. i my self was amazed and purchased this
trick despite some negative reviews. it came in a nice looking case and when i watched the
instructional video i thought to myself, this is a great idea. i watched the whole video and decided
to play with my gimmick for the first time. after doing 3 switches, part of my gimmick broke. i was
extremely disappointed and tried to fix it as shim lim has taught me in the instructional video. he
provided me with maybe 4 inches of extra material to fix my gimmick. it is just not enough to fix
both sides. the gimmick is very fragile and i suggest you guys to purchase the cooler. this might be
a good idea, but the gimmick quality is just not good. this could be just me not being careful
enough (i even washed my hands before touching the gimmick and was very careful trust me) or my
gimmick not coming in the perfect condition but i suggest you to save your money and purchase
something else! sorry for the bad words about your product shim but this is just my honest review.
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I know that sometimes people buy things with ridiculously high expectations. I usually have a very
open mind when purchasing items knowing that there is usually a lot of sleight of hand or concealing
necessary to make different items work. However, having said that this gimmick is just way too
fragile I watched the entire 1 hour video before ever even touching my gimmick so that I would know
exactly how to handle it without breaking it. In spite of the fact that I did everything that I was
instructed to do with the upmost respect for the gimmick and a very gentle hand my gimmick broke
within 2 minutes of use. I repaired it and again was very delicate while breaking it in and had the
string on the opposite side of the box break. I don't think that the gimmick is very well concealed
I can see it from across the room. I also found the handling of the cards while trying to use the
gimmick to be quite difficult and just outright unpractical. The truth of the whole thing is it's a
pretty good idea but I feel that it is very overpriced for the quality and practicality of the item.
You could make this gimmick yourself after having purchased a few inexpensive items off the
internet. I personally would rather have had an instant download with instructions on how to create
this gimmick myself. In other words, reduce the price to $12 and give instructions on how to make it
and I would have given you a better rating.
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I see a lot of negative reviews about this product on the review page and I understand that people
are disappointed. They feel the new trick and how its not much better than the old one, but as a
first time owner of a flash deck switch gimmick myself (having not bought the first version) I must
say I'm actually rather happy with it. The gimmick is not perfect but I felt the instructional
material provided was actually pretty high quality and if you don't mind arts and crafts you can
definitely make your own gimmick or repair the one provided without too much work if the original
breaks. All you need is spare card boxes adhesive of your choice and e*****c t****d something almost
anyone who has worked with card gimmicks that have movement to them probably already owns.
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The Gimmick works as promised and it is a very nice concept, with practice it is undetectable. The
only problem I see with it is the Th... on the Corners, I am quite sure there should be better ways
of setting this up or some other materials than the one used...mine broke immediately after a couple
of tries and the you have to orther refills from somewhere online because you don´t get much either.
I am sure this can be improved.
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It's a good idea, but the gimmick is too easily broken and then difficult to repair.
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My first version worked fine! But bought this to get in red and this gimmick is even better!!!! Love
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Without going into too much detail as to why this is not worth your time or money just know that it
is virtually impossible to do a switch with a full deck of cards. So what's the point? The
advertising is super misleading and Shin Lim is sullying his good name as a talented performer. The
company should refund everybody who bought this product.