I feel like an idiot for buying this.
1. I don't like that you have to have things set up
beforehand, and ends dirty. That alone makes it not appealing to me.
2. Secondly, you really
need the conditions to be perfect:
a. cards to be perfectly shaped to line stack up right
b. Dark performing environment
c. Spectators that are as dumb as I was in real life as
I was watching the trailer. I mean come on, it's so obvious that most anyone would dismiss the
method as foolishness. And they may make some people argue that this is a strength of a trick which
allows it to get by spectators when performed correctly. But don't take my word for it, go ahead and
buy the dumb trick and feel the need to kick your own butt as I now do too.
d. This is pure
speculation, but I wonder if creators of tricks get all their brothers, sisters, cousins, parents
and grandparents and aunts and uncles to write positive reviews for them so their crappy tricks
appear to gain favorable impressions. Or maybe get the whole staff at Alakazaam to write a positive
3. I should've known better. This trick sucks and I am a dumbass for buying it.
I tend to set this up in front of a spectator about as quickly as just turning in place. I cover this action with the paper-thin excuse to look around and a spectator hasn't ever caught it, even when they've seen the trick on other days before. I've performed it under many, many lighting conditions and, in fact, I prefer nice, bright lighting because it makes the spots look darker when you hold the card up and spectators are certain that they must have seen everything. I've performed it for other magicians as well as lay people. If you stand there and shove the deck in their face after the vanish then sure, they might catch it. ...but if you do as little as keep the deck moving even slightly (to show that the vanished card isn't on top anymore, to go find the signed card, etc.) then there's no way for them to see anything.