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CARDBOARD The Book by Patrick G. Redford - Book

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As a follow up to Patrick G. Redford's best-selling magic book, Applesauce, comes Cardboard.

Patrick explores over a dozen effects and techniques with a shuffled deck to create powerful and memorable magic. Featuring "Double Thought," in which two cards are thought of and two numbers are thought of, and both cards later appear at those exact numbers. It's an impossible hands-off card miracle that will slay your audience. You'll learn several impossible card controls including the star effect, "Haystack," where a card is thought of from a small shuffled group of cards and mixed back into the deck. The deck is then made into ten piles and the performer not only identifies which pile the thought-of card is in, but also the exact card and its location in the small stack - all without ever looking through any faces of the cards! This one has fooled the best of the best and will quickly become one of your working favorites. There's so much packed into this booklet you'll find yourself reading and re-reading it over and over again -- always coming away with something new.

Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, perform impossible card locations, become a human scale with pinpoint accuracy, and learn how to exhibit complete shuffle tracking control over a deck of cards. Cardboard is yet another book of easy-to-do, professional card magic from the fertile mind of Patrick G. Redford.

Full Contents Include:

  • Stop, Stop. (An Introduction)
  • Double Thought (A.C.A.A.N.)
  • I.D.I.M
  • Zombie Collectors
  • Haystack
  • Ternion Unplugged
  • The Super Card
  • The Decurtait Controls
  • Stack Safe Decurtait Control
  • Decurtait Applications
  • Prophesy Placement
  • What's the Catch?
  • Fishman's No Lap Cover Switch
  • Four Card Monte
  • Poker Triumph
  • Weight, Weight...Don't Tell Me!
  • King Kong Syndrome
103 pages in 6 x 9 perfect bound format.

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A good book but you'll probably not refer to it often Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 22nd, 2020
I know doing honest review is difficult, cos no inventor/creator like critical review. However, as the person who reviews the product, I think I bare the responsibility to make the most honest review to the readers.
I have more than thousand of book and thousand of video and products, thus I hope my opinion can help you to make a better judgement.
I will only judge based on what my real feeling about the product, but not consider whether it is made by famous magician.

You will get a 103 pages in 6 x 9 perfect bound format. The book comes with 58 black & white pictures.
The book is not those large magic books we’ve seen these days. Instead, it’s relatively small and thin.

The book quality per se is not particular impressing. As I said above, it’s a small book.
There are some obvious layout problems but it doesn’t affect reading.

8 tricks + 1 hidden trick are included. 1 move with 2 variations. And a control which takes up 20 pages of the book. And a 2-page article about theory
3 of the tricks need table to perform and others can be done in-hand.

Patrick Redford is an accomplished magician and creator. As a result, his materials do not disappoint me.
The tricks in the book are easy-to-do and practical. In fact, all effects could be done with real audience.
There is no pip dream or difficult moves to master.

To judge a book or a trick, I usually count on the fact that if there is something surprising for me. In other words, they could be clever move, or subtlety which I can employ in other tricks.
In that sense, there are 3 places in the book which I smile upon reading it. But to be honest, the tricks in the book are not super super super magical. Well, there are some great tricks of course, but they don't go beyond my expectation (maybe I set a too high standard for Mr. Redford’s material).

Mr. Redford has provided some interesting presentation in the book, which I value much.

Now, I will rate the things individually.

* Stop, Stop. (An Introduction): 8/10
* Double Thought (A.C.A.A.N.): 8/10
* I.D.I.M: 8/10
* Zombie Collectors: 8/10
* Haystack: 6/10
* Ternion Unplugged: 6/10
* The Super Card: 9/10
* The Decurtait Controls: 5/10
* Stack Safe Decurtait Control: 5/10
* Decurtait Applications: 3/10
* Prophesy Placement: 7/10
* What's the Catch?: 7/10
* Fishman's No Lap Cover Switch: 9/10
* Four Card Monte: 9/10
* Poker Triumph: 6/10
* Weight, Weight...Don't Tell Me!: 7/10
* King Kong Syndrome: 7/10

1. Clear credits are given. So readers can easily refer to other material.
2. Full scripts are given
3. Effects are practical and easy. Most of them are impromptu.

1. Some parts of the book are hard-to-read.
2. Some mistakes in the book.
3. A particular control (and not impressing one, in my opinion) takes 20 pages (1/5 of the book!)

If you are a card guy, you can find something interesting for sure. The tricks are decent and I can see they can draw huge reaction if done right.
I will re-read some tricks of the book, but as an avid reader of magic books, I don’t see I will refer to this book often. That being said, it doesn’t mean it’s not an interesting book in itself.
Here is my final verdict of the book.

Book Quality: 5/10
Effectiveness of Tricks: 7/10
Practical: 9/10
Creativity: 6/10
Cost Performance: 5/10
Final Score: 6.5/10
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