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Chris Philpott's French Postcards is a wildly entertaining version of Paul Curry's Out of this World.

"A brilliant Out of this World experience! When Chris did this for me I had one of those "*^%$@ why didn't I think of that?" moments. Presentational gold!" -Steve Valentine

A study out of Cornell University recently made headlines: subjects could predict if a picture was going to appear on the left or right side of a computer screen but only when they used erotic pictures!

To test the theory, you show 12 postcards from various destinations and 12 French postcards (these are vintage nudes -- elegant, sepia-toned, upper-body nudity). The cards are mixed; then, without looking, a spectator sorts them by sensing if a card has sexual energy or not. The results are perfect!

The effect includes 24 custom-made postcards, written instructions and links to video instructions, updates, extra effects and a bonus comedy script by professional comic and magician, Bruce Gold. Also includes Jon Armstrong's "Out of this Blah Blah Blah," the cleanest OOTW handling ever!

"Finally, a reason to do Out of this World, that holds attention from start to finish. With French Postcards, they'll never forget you!"
-Steve Valentine

French Postcards Key Selling Points:

Paul Curry's Out of this World (released in 1942) is justly revered as one of the greatest of all card tricks. The plot is clear and seems utterly impossible: a spectator uses intuition to separate the red cards from the black cards. It's powerful, empowering and easy-to-do...

And yet, it is far from a perfect trick. What exactly does the audience see in performance? They see someone sort 52 pieces of paper into two piles. That's not magic, it's filing!

While there have been hundreds of methodological variations on OOTW, most don't address the core problem of making it entertaining: how do you add emotional stakes to someone dealing out cards, trying to separate red from black?

By moving from playing cards, French Postcards accomplishes several important things:

- More entertaining. In "French Postcards", the volunteer is not sensing if the card is red or black - he or she is sensing if it feels sexy or not. Instantly, this becomes more interesting, engaging and funnier. You don't have to tell a single joke - the situation itself is funny (but if you want to tell jokes, the script by Bruce Gold is excellent).

- More real. Because the premise is based on a real study, it makes the effect more believable and relevant - this is an effect that can make spectator's cry as well as laugh (you can see both in the trailer).

- Better visibility: the postcards are larger and can be seen better by your audience. The two types of cards are oriented two different ways (vertically and horizontally) and veer toward two different color-palettes (reddish versus blue-ish) to further increase visibility. The cards are visually more interesting than playing cards.

- More fooling. The size of the postcards seems to preclude sleight of hand, cutting off one possible explanation for how the trick is done.

And yet with all these advantages, French Postcards is no more difficult than the original effect.

QUOTES:

"Love these! What a fun, creative spin on a classic!"
- Charlie Frye

"Chris Philpott's French Postcards is the best presentation of Out of this World I have ever seen, and the most "magic for the buck" I have ever purchased!"
- Bob Meigs

(Five Stars) "This is a wonderful update to the classic Paul Curry plot, Out of This World. I very highly recommend this product!"
- Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz, My Lovely Assistant

"Great, great, great reimagining of Out of This World! I love this routine!"
- Andy Hofer

"With French Postcards, Chris tells a compelling story in just a few sentences. Once interest has been generated, he then puts the participant INTO the tale. This is a brilliant combination and, along with being a retelling of a classic, is why the effect garners such strong reactions."
- Bill Cushman

"French Postcards has a great hook, a justification, a clever prop, and an intriguing involvement of the spectator."
- Simon Aronson

"It looked to me just how the real thing it might look and that's not something I see that often."
- Sean Giles

"I've just used French Postcards at a gig tonight during that: "show us something different moment". WOW what great reactions! Can't thank you enough!"
- Graham Lowery

"They're friggin fantastic! It takes an amazing effect with a boring premise, flips it, makes it interesting and can engage a lot more people. An incredible effect!"
- Mystery Arts Inc.

"What a practical and brilliant idea to elevate a great effect even higher."
- Tom Jorgenson

"The best version of the best card effect ever!"
- Rob Maron

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 15th, 2015
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Classic effect, well made props, clean and easy handling. What's not to love? If you are looking for something that is fun and will amaze your spectator, something that doesn't scream "I just bought this at a magic shop, get this. I love the connection to a real ESP study and the attention to detail. I can't recommend this highly enough.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 29th, 2017
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A beautiful version of this classic effect!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 23rd, 2016
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VERY COOL...GIVES THE TRICK A LITTLE....BUST..ER BOOST...
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 4th, 2016
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LOVE THE SHIPPING VIDEO...QUALITY MERCHANDISE....
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 25th, 2015
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Another brilliant offering from Chris. The cards are great, the routine is great and the handling is great.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 16th, 2015
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I just love this version of the classic card trick. It does take a bit of practice and there is a sequence that has to be followed but it is very easy to do.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 11th, 2015
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I purchased the product from Penguin. Rightly described.Its presentation Gold.
You get 24 postcards. 12 with photos of tourist destinations. 12 with classic top nudes. I think the top nudes are very safe to perform for any adult audience.You can put some great one liners into this connected to sex. Its clean guys and its great. Organic stuff. strongly recommended. Thanx Chris and thanx Penguin
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 30th, 2015
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The postcards provided are top quality! and the pattern they give is hilarious!
This is a worker, i would totally use this
i totally love this effect
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 10th, 2015
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I learned the original version of Out of this world nearly 30 years ago. I only preformed it twice, although I loved the trick it seemed too boring for other spectators and kind of lengthy using a whole deck. I have explored many different versions of this trick hoping to find a version that would be interesting and fun to preform. At last comes Chris Philpott's rendition using French Post Cards, Bravo! I am very happy with this version, although it may not be for everyone because of the risqué content. I believe in the right venue this trick could kill. I highly recommend this trick for the proper environment.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 26th, 2015
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Wow, what a great trick :)
I love it, it's easy to do and have a great impact!
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