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Bipolar by Ram Cohen (Bicycle Rider Back)

A breakthrough in visual magic. No bad angles. The most visual card change of all time. The front AND BACK of a card change in full view. EACH ONE HAND-MADE. LIMITED SUPPLY.
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A visual color change is one of the strongest reactions you can get in card magic. This brand new gimmick not only allows you to transform a card with just a toss, but it transforms on both sides. Turn a blue-backed joker into a red-backed queen. A precision built card gimmick that looks like trick photography.

Bipolar includes three routines; a transformation effect taught by Nick Popa, a visual mid air card split by Nick Locapo, and a transposition effect taught by Erik Tait. These highly visual routines are just a few of the many applications of this fantastic gimmick. Bipolar creates visual eye-candy perfect for your Instagram and Youtube videos but is still sturdy enough to perform in the real world. The double change of both the front and the back happens at the same time enabling you to perform it while completely surrounded. Other flap cards have been seen before, but nothing like this has ever been available to the magic community until now. This is Bipolar.

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A really fun trick Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 16th, 2020
I have a "magic" family that refuses to believe I have any powers whatsoever. This one surprised them. The transformation is actually really fun to perform. Grabbing the spinning card out of the air is not easy, but the missed grabs are good laugh for everyone. There is a flutter sound during the transformation, but the audience does not notice it. The gimmick is extremely well engineered, which is what you expect from Penguin. It is a winner.
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There's a Drawback Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 27th, 2020
Let's start with the positive, the trick is very easy to do. The only part that is even a bit challenging is catching the card from the air. The double impact of back color and face change is impressive. There is also a well taught tutorial segment on how to switch out the gimmicked card that can certainly be employed with other card illusions as well as this one.

On the minus side, and maybe it is just the one I received as these are hand-made, but the "stuff" that makes the Bipolar trick work may be obvious to anyone with a keen eye. Some of the visual tells can be hidden through manipulation, but not all.

The trick loses a couple of stars because of this drawback.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 14th, 2020
super easy no practice needed works itself you just have to b s a little, fun to do , nice
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Lighting is important Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 2nd, 2020
This is an amazing effect. The visual impact is stunning and the only skill you will need to practice is catching the card. Just don't expect to perform this up close in direct sunlight. If you're in a bar, dimly lit restaurant, or on the street at night you're all set. The gimmick is brilliant but it does tend to glare in certain places.
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Nice but noisy Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 27th, 2020
I love the visual of this, but it is noisy, make sure you're in a place with background noise because you can hear the cards talking when the change is made.

Some nice ideas for routines in the tutorial.
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Great Concept Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2020
This is a terrific concept and could be a killer at a little distance. It is really well made and the action is quick and effective. It's fairly easy to learn, after a little practice in tossing and catching a card.

After rehearsing it and feeling that I had a good feel for it, I gave it the infamous wife-test. At a distance of about four feet, she noticed two key, VISUAL issues about it that I'm sure some non-wife-spectators would notice as well. It is also a little louder than I expected.

I bought this for restaurant work and cannot recommend it for that venue because of the points I mentioned above. Additionally, it's a one-trick-pony, unless one makes up several - which the EXCELLENT instruction video teaches.

I won't use it but I'm quite sure that it will suit those working at a slightly farther distance than table-hopping and those who can find work-arounds for the problems I found. Still a fantastic concept, though.
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Almost perfect Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 1st, 2020
The card itself is really awesome - it does the job, and it transforms to another card as expected.
There are 2 issues that prevents it from being perfect :
1. When the card "transforms" in midair, it does noise... so it's a bit visible that it changes...it's not as perect as smooth as seen in Penguin video.
2. Because of the transformation in the air - the card changes route when you spin it... so it's a lot harder to catch , as if you do with a normal card.
I did the flip with a normal card - and caught it 9 out of 10 times. With this card , it was 1 out of 10 times... so it's a LOT harder to catch in mid air.
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Fun, effective Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 18th, 2020
While Tornado remains my favorite, this great. It should be used at the beginning of another trick. Like pull out a red deck, and realize they gave you the wrong color joker. You fix it quickly. FUN..
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Fantastic Highly Visual Trick!!! Must get!!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 30th, 2020
Let's start with the positive. Very easy to do (minus the catching of the card [or "2 cards" if you want to do the one card into two cards trick] in your hand which does take practice). Very easy to learn! VERY VISUAL card change even when the magician is doing it. Great product, each one is handmade (so each one you buy will have a different face card. Not sure if you could ask for a certain face card but I just got a random face card and I'm happy with it anyway) and it's fun to do.
Now for the negative. The more and more you perform the trick, the more and more chance you have to break it. But right out of the box, I kept performing it like 15 times over and over, back to back and it never broke. I just think that if you perform this trick every hour of every day at a gig, it'll eventually break (which makes perfect sense if you know the secret to this) But it's super durable so you don't have to spend more money to buy another one! But once you buy the "special item" (online?) to fix it, it's super super super easy to fix (and they teach you at the end of the tutorial video how to fix it so it'll last for years)! You have to either have low lighting or keep flipping the card over and over or the "secret" will flash. And good luck trying to figure it out in the trailer because you can't 😎. That's how awesome and sneaky this trick is. What you see in the trailer is EXACTLY what it's like in person! So awesome! Once I got the trick and found out what the secret was, I was blown away and was like "Dude that's awesome! That's so freaking clever!". It definitely was NOT what I thought it was. It was genius! Pure genius! In conclusion, this trick is definitely worth the money, definitely worth performing in every show and definitely something you can perform either in person or on social media! Highly recommend!
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Very impressive Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 4th, 2020
If you want to establish very quickly that you are magician who can do do eye-popping magic, then this the effect for you. Requires very little skill.
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