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Backfire by R. Paul Wilson (CARDS INCLUDED)

Cards switch one-by-one, until the brain-snapping finale. Paul Wilson's masterpiece, better than ever. The ingenious cards do ALL the work. IN STOCK. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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"With Backfire, Paul Wilson has created an eye-popping routine that provides maximum effect while requiring minimal digital effort. I love that he devised a simple way to end clean. This is a trick you can do for real people in real-world situations." - Michael Close

"Great thinking, great handling, great surprise!" - Daniel Garcia

"R. Paul Wilson is one of our greatest magicians and thinkers. And yet with his new effect Backfire he has outdone himself.... An effect where people couldn’t get closer to the magic, they can actually feel it happen. Brilliant!" - Laura London

"This is the type of magic people love to see up close and tell everyone they know about. Simple, clear and powerful. A rare piece of magic that is visual and easy so you can focus 100% on the presentation." - Mahdi Gilbert

"Beautiful, every moment of this routine feels magical." - Jason Latimer

"Paul just created one of the most beautiful permutations. Can be done as a cocktail, table to table or with friends. there is nothing to add and it is very easy to do." - Yves Carbonnier

"I've always loved the eyepopping gasp-inducing finale of Paul's 'Ricochet'. In 'Backfire' Paul have made the effect virtually sleight-free and even cleaner." - Tom Stone

"Paul has structured a super clean transposition that is a workers dream. Add in the backfire and you have a sure fire crowd pleaser." - Alan Rorrison

"I've seen Paul storm with this routine for many years, and the reactions are always the same. The amount of amazement you get in relation to the effort required is off the charts. Truly a modern classic, and suitable for every skill level." - Ian Kendall

"This is super visual, very magical and really surprising! A delight for the eyes." - Chris Rawlins

"It's angle proof and it kills. The perfect walk around effect." - Ali Cook

"Hightly visual, very clever, and perfect for all close-up situations. As usual with Paul, this is another gem." - Jean-Jacques Sanvert

"Paul has taken Ricochet, one of my favourite tricks of his, and actually made it practical and even more magical. He's done the impossible!" - Harapan Ong


R. Paul Wilson has created a transposition so visual your audience will start questioning their own eyes. Four aces and four kings change places one at a time and then change back in a blink of an eye. This is R. Paul Wilson’s Backfire.

Here’s what happens:
The magician has their audience members hold a cloth at the corners like a small stage. Then the magician extracts the kings and the aces from a deck of cards, and openly places the aces face down on the cloth. One at a time, and with no visible moves, the kings and the aces change places. Once all four aces and kings have transposed, they instantly switch back. Then the magician can hand out the cards for examination.

Backfire includes custom printed cards from the United States Playing Card Company that do all the work for you. There’s almost no sleight of hand, and so easy that anyone can perform it. Thanks to the clever routining from R Paul Wilson, the change happens so fast that your audiences will swear it looks like real magic. Taking cues from his hit effect Ricochet, this elevates the reset plot to a whole new level of astonishment. There’s nothing else quite like Backfire.

Penguin Magic Awards 2020, Nominee P3 Product of the Year Penguin Magic Awards 2020

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Awesome trick became even better Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 21st, 2020
When I saw online, for the first time, the Ricochet, I was fooled. Unfortunately, by that time the trick was already out of stock so I could not buy it. I saw her the performance of Oz, and after like 10 re-watches I finally saw the move done to accomplish the trick and started to learn it jus from the spectators' point of view. That time I also did not know the name of the move and who was its author. Later on, I found the move somewhere and bought the instructional video, finding the finesses, that made that move invisible. Unfortunately, the cards needed for the Ricochet (understand, with the same properties) are not just some gaff cards you can buy in a gaff deck. You have to either buy the trick (unfortunately unavailable by that time) or try to make your own set. I am not that good in gaff making, and I didn´t know about anybody to make them for me in Czech Republic.
Then I have contacted Mr. Wilson and asked if there is still some possibility to buy somewhere the trick or just the cards. From him, I knew (from June) that Penguin is going to release this effect, changer in a way that no sleight is needed. I was looking forward to the release date a lot.
When I saw the change done to the trick for the first time I was a bit disappointed. but only until the end of the instructional video. Then I saw it couple of times more and now I am more than enthusiastic about receiving the props for the trick.
Regarding the video, the instruction is really clear.
and I know that this effect will be killer, especially for those, wh know the ricochet. because this handling is really moveless.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 19th, 2020
The clean up alone is amazing in both its simplicity and effectiveness. This is a REAL magic trick.
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Easy and Blow Away Show Stopper Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 18th, 2020
This is as good as it gets. Easy, visual, elegant. Include in any other 4 ace or king routine and it's the finale! Love it! Cannot make these cards yourself and they do all the work. End clean. Great motivation and thinking. So good! ALSO - you can do this with a borrowed deck!
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An excellent card trick. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 23rd, 2020
I've been a magician for going over 40 years now, and I'v been semi retired now for 2, and it's thanks to my son that's gotten my interest peaked back into magic. That being said, the only thing missing from my repertoire was card tricks. I just never had the dexterity in my fingers, but this trick you don't need to worry about doing anything too fancy, so that's right up my alley. This is an awesome card trick, and very easy to do. Sometimes less is more, and this hits the nail right on the head. Two very big thumbs way up.
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Very Clever and Easy To Perform Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 3rd, 2020
Great if someone is holding a cover over the cards while you are doing the effect.Only reason I gave it a 4 instead of 5. Also,it is not for a beginner due to couple of hand movements.I will be using this effect
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Close to perfect Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 25th, 2020
This is a terrific fooler that is simple to do and surprisingly is slight free. Simple timing creates amazing surprise. This is something you, all of you, will do. Paul has this routined perfectly. I'm of a mind that the very best tricks at least as foolers combine sleight of hand with a gaff so the method is impenetrable. Well this effect I don't believe can be improved with sleights. It is straightforward, moves quickly, creates a completely unexpected climax and is easily cleaned up at the end. Buy it.
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Pack small, play big ! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 11th, 2021
Great small deck of cards trick!
Easy to perform, huge impact on the audience.
The video is very well explained and the movements well detailed. I highly recommend for those who want to perform this kind of trick !
Pack small, play big ! Thank You Penguin ! Thank you R. Paul !!!
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Great trick - incredible reactions Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 11th, 2020
This trick is sooo simple, but well thought out. You get great reactions from the spectators and with the last "move" (which is also sooo simple) you are able to show all aces AND kings. And this blows your spectaors away!

I only think it is a bit overprized, at last there are only some gaff cards. But because of the great routine, I give it 5 stars anyway!

Thanks Paul for this great trick, I will definitely use it!
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Devious thinking! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 10th, 2020
Exceptional!

I don't do card magic, but Backfire isn't a card trick, except for the cards. It is a stunner.

It's easy, but it's NOT.

Like all of the R. Paul Wilson tricks I've purchased, the effect relies on timing and subtleties. That makes it challenging for the first 100 performances. After that, you're home free.
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Looks as good as it sounds Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 3rd, 2020
Ha, the title is an inside joke when you purchase the trick and watch the tutorial. This is such a beautiful looking trick and so easy to master. Also one of the easiest ways to end clean right under their noses. I feel like the misdirection is naturally built into the trick and there is lots of cover with every single move justified. Great thinking on this one. One of my fave transpo!
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