A big hurdle for beginner magicians is adding tricks that require sleight of hand. Doing
self-working tricks or depending on gimmicks that do everything for you become a crutch and an
obstacle to growing as an artist.
At the same time, when one tries to break free from that
limitation, finding a trick that can produces satisfying results with just a simple sleight to start
may be a challenge unless you have a mentor to recommend a trick for your first trick requiring any
This trick isn’t NOT a sleight of hand trick. Let me be clear of that. This trick
is pretty darn simple (dare I say practically self working). But it does require one move. That’s
all. For a beginner ready but scared to tackle a trick requiring one or more moves, this is a very
nice trick to start with.
The move itself is simple and doable, practically immediately.
But you’ll want to practice. This is your first sleight. Why not embrace it? This is the perfect
time for new habits... practice it. Master it.
This trick is definitely a keeper. When you
are finally the master of sleights, this is a trick you’ll possibly still use in your repertoire.
Tricks don’t have to be hard to be good. This is one of those.
Ready to grow? Get this
Here is a quick Q and A:
- Simple? Yes. But you’ll want to make sure you’ve got
it down... especially the script or at least the logic behind the script. If you don’t practice,
this trick is one of those you can easily flub up or at least make look suspiciously unnatural if
you have to “think” too much. In other words, if I haven’t said this yet, practice. If you’re
intermediate (or an experienced beginner), this trick will be a cinch as you are likely already
familiar with the move and method.
- Arts & Crafts? No. But you’ll have to buy blanks if you
don’t already own them.
- Preparation/Set-Up? Super quick. Simple. Like a matter of arranging
the packet in the right order. Only preparation is, if I didn’t mention this already... practice.
- Angle sensitive? No. Perform 360. No worries here. Just make sure you practice so you’re
comfortable with the move.
- As good as the demo? Yes. What you see is what you get.
Repertoire worthy? Yes. It may be a boring or stupidly simple to perform, but it’s very impressive
to the layman. Even if this trick is a little meh for you, it’s at least not a junk-drawer trick.
I’m happy with it.
- Teaching quality? John, as usual, does a great job as a teacher.
Priced right? Yes and no. This is really the only negative I have. It’s a good trick, so I’m ok with
the current price. But to be honest, I feel that, for the $9.95 price, John really should have
included the blanks. Since I’m writing this review with beginners in mind, I’m thinking many
beginners might not have blanks (let alone in two colors).
Overall, I award this trick a
3.5 stars out of 5. Usually, I save my 5 star ratings for extremely visual mind-altering tricks.
This, in my opinion ,is a 4-star trick, which is the top of the charts for this sort of trick. But I
do ding the trick a half star for the price verses what you get (or rather, don’t get). Great job,
John! If you’re a beginner, get this trick. (More experienced ones will probably know how this trick
works... if that’s you, save your money for a different, more advanced John Bannon trick. (I
personally figured it out on my first viewing of the demo.) honestly, though, I’m still very pleased
with the purchase as I always like to hear the explanations for different tricks. Even with tricks I
know, there are always little tidbits, style notes, convincers, etc. to pick up from the various
talented artists, even on the same trick. So I’m happy.)
By the way, I always try to be
honest and straightforward in my reviews, while being respectful to the magician. If you appreciate
my reviews, can you please click the "Yes" button below beside the question, "Did this review help
you?" It's not like I actually benefit in any way by your clicking it... but it would be nice to see
if my reviews are helpful or not. I hope they are. If you ever have suggestions or comments or
questions about my reviews, please feel free to leave me a constructive comment. I'm just trying to
be helpful. I love the Penguin community and hope that I can someday contribute my own product. :-)
Thanks for reading and for any (hopefully positive, but either way, at least kind) feedback.
16 of 17 magicians found this helpful.
This one bent my mind and after watching the trailer, it had me fooled. Imagine what this one will
do to your spectators. There are only 8 cards used, no gaffed cards, nothing to make, add or take
away. Yes, you will need to buy some blank cards if you don’t already own any. There is no reset,
you can perform this again right way but not for the same audience.
How is it then
possible? Well obviously I can’t tell you, but I can tell you that there is a very simple move that
you probably already know or do and some slight of mouth. Great for strolling in any venue
especially if you are performing table to table in a restaurant or bar. It can be done with out the
use of a flat top surface, use a spectators hands as a table top.
This effect and move is
very simple to learn, John does a great job of teaching this, it won’t take you long. This move if
you don’t already know it is invaluable and very versatile, you can and will use and apply it to
other card effects you will perform. I have to admit that the description is very accurate but if
you saw the whole uncut performance you will probably figure it out or at least have a good idea.
That being the case, I think that it is a little over priced at $9.95, maybe half the price would be
suitable. The effect itself is worth 5 stars but gave it only 4 due to the price.
8 of 10 magicians found this helpful.
First, this is a download so no cards are provided, you need to provide your own 6 blank-faced
cards. In a pinch you can use contrasting cards, say the J-Q-K of Diamonds and a black ace for each
hand. It's still a surprise.
Second, there is one card move that is one of the first moves
most of us learn. If you don't know it, it is taught very well here and you will use it a lot. If
you do know it you should watch Mr Bannon's teaching of it anyway as he has some good tips.
Third, you have a little sleight of mouth to do which is also taught well.
provides a great effect for a minimum amount of work. It seems a bit pricey but anything by John
Bannon under 10 bucks is a good deal.
7 of 9 magicians found this helpful.
The interesting thing about Bannon's Duplicity is it how it borrows from so many familiar routines,
yet somehow this still retains its own "look".
It's that Bannon fella, I'm sure. His
presentation is so low key its mesmerizing, and his explanation vid is equally subdued. Yet what
Duplicity brings together is a culmination of stuff you may have seen before, though done in a way
that pushes seemingly all choice on the spectator.
This is a John Bannon release. Just get
it and thank me later.
Love it - can't wait to perform this.
NOTE: Priced at 9.95
this is an 'instant download', and does NOT include the cards you need to perform this routine. You
may already own them - or you may not. So - if you don't then an additional purchase will be
4 of 5 magicians found this helpful.
Super powerful magic trick which now ends completely clean! If you have ever hesitated doing
Twisted Sisters because it doesn’t end clean, then this is 100% for you!
John Bannon’s card
work is always deceptive and always a solid foundation on which to build a routine. That is front
and center here as a perfect example. You end clean AND you end in highly visual, highly magical
manner which you can color any way you want. Maybe you made the rest of the aces vanish. Maybe they
were never there to begin with. OR, maybe there are other cards which play into your presentation.
This is a great routine for inspiring anyone to learn and perfect two very solid
fundamental techniques in card magic. The payoff is eyepopping memorable magic.
4 of 5 magicians found this helpful.
I am a huge fan of Twisted Sisters. It was one of the first things I ever learned and I still
perform it today. This is a very similar effect performed in a very different way and I love it. You
could even borrow a red deck and blue deck from somebody and do this effect with their cards (with
some prep of course). I can't wait to perform this.
3 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
John Bannon has created an updated version of his Twisted Sisters trick using 8 ungimmicked cards
that can be completely examined at the end. What more could you want?
To perform this as
shown you will need 6 blank cards, but you can use 6 Jokers instead (as in Twisted Sisters.)
John does a great job teaching the easy move required. If you don't already know it, you will
definitely want to learn this move. It is used in many great packet tricks.
2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
All the elements you and your audience will love in one trick!
In the hands, yours and the
Instant reset CHECK
Great for walk-around CHECK
Simple to carry CHECK
Multiple climaxes CHECK
Simple workings CHECK
Well taught CHECK
understanding of core magical concepts CHECK
Great plot CHECK
Highly recommended CHECK
Get it! CHECK
3 of 5 magicians found this helpful.
If you like B'Wave or Twisted Sisters, this is a very clean approach to a similar effect. Simple to
do, easy to reset, good for walk-around, and fully examinable. For those reasons, I am giving it 5
stars. Worth the price.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
A great thinker and magic creator. I love this routine. There are sometimes tradeoffs with using
gaffs versus not. In this case, you get a really strong, and clean, routine.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.