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The Frog by Manuel Llaser (Instant Download)

The most entertaining, most fooling card to impossible location we've seen. A cute origami frog hops and finds chosen cards, then literally changes into one.
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This might be the absolute most bonkers, fooling, and jaw-dropping trick we’ve ever released. An origami frog a spectator has been holding onto for the entire trick transforms into a signed playing card another spectator lost in the deck. This is the kind of miracle that shouldn’t be possible. This is the kind of magic that only the legendary Manuel Llaser could create. This is The Frog.

Here’s what happens:

A blue playing card that has been folded into an adorable origami frog is introduced. The spectators can pet its back and make it hop. A red deck of playing cards is brought out. Two different spectators sign selected cards which are then lost into the deck. The deck is cut into many packets that are spread all over the table. The frog is placed on each of the piles by the magician until it jumps. The top card of the packet is turned over, and it is discovered to be the first spectator’s selection. Now the spectator begins to eliminate packets by placing the origami on anyone they choose. Once they are down to a single packet, the cards from that packet are spread over the table, and the spectator places the frog on a card of their choice. All of the other cards are turned over to reveal that the second signed selection is not amongst them. The final card is turned over, but mysteriously the selection is not there. The spectator then unfolds the frog that they have been holding for the entire trick, and they discover that the frog has transformed into the signed selection.

The Frog is an absolute show stopper of an effect. You will learn the entire routine, with all of the performance nuances, that will allow you to stun your audiences. The Frog requires a small setup that you can carry with you in your everyday deck. Once you have practiced the innovative magic that makes this possible, your audiences will never forget what an absolute miracle this trick is. This is more than just a card trick. This is The Frog by Manuel Llaser.

Manuel Llaser would like to thank Robert Neale and Michael Close for their inspiration in this effect.

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An outstanding routine and effect. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 15th, 2021
This is an absolutely outstanding routine, and the final effect of the frog turning into the selected card is the type of miracle you won't often find in magic. And for the ridiculouly cheap price of $10, this is an absolute must.

Now, on the specifics. There are two main components to this effect -- the card controls/reveals, and the whole "frog business". Let's start with the frog business -this will involve a bit of practice in folding the frog on the fly, and doing the bit of "dirty business" for the final reveal, but this just involves a bit of time sitting at your crafts desk and then practicing. No difficult sleight of hand. Anyone can do this.

Next is the card handling/controls/reveals. This is a tad complex, but not difficult. It's complex due to the fact that everything in the two phases is carefully structured to pave the way for the miracle at the end. So, the handlings are a bit less direct than you would normally use just to control/reveal a selection. Intermediate card workers will be able to do everything very quickly. Less advanced card workers will need some practice.

Don't let the above discourage anyone -- again -- nothing is difficult, there's just a lot of structure/handling to learn and become familiar with-- that's due to the fact that this is a nice long routine with two full phases, with two cards selected/found, and then a final miracle at the end.

It is very rare that you will find a piece that is so accessible to all skill levels, uses nothing more than playing cards, and yet delivers a miracle you can build a reputation/career on (not to mention so inexpensive). Get this now.

(One last note, to Penguin. Please don't ever again film your demos with spectators who are 6 drinks in. It's extremely annoying to watch).
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Good Thinking; Great Plot Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 29th, 2021
Ever since Michael Close (well-credited by Manuel Llaser) published "Frog Prince", many magicians have thought "how could I make a signed card turn into that frog?" It is no trivial matter. Kudos to Llaser for turning this into a reality.

That's the "up side". The "down side" is that the "structural misdirection" goes deep. You need to be committed to a Llaser/Tamariz "wild whimsy" kind of performing, where many of the actions seem to derive from the playful whims of the performer.

If you are willing to go that route, more power to you! (you will have a miracle in your repertoire) If you are a more thoughtful performer, you will need to develop this a lot more, and may be unsuccessful.

Bottom line: this is a worthy investment if you are curious about the potential of this entertaining plot. But while the $-price is right, the performance-price might be too steep for many.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 20th, 2021
I like this little gem. The only reason for 4 stars is the arts and craft work. But other than that, it is clever and the handling is easy and logical. Presentation will be the key here, too. All this is clear from the directions in the video.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 20th, 2021
Howdy guys. To begin, this review is not a reflection of Penguin Magic. I got the parts of this trick that I was interested in, but as far as his teaching and explanation of the rest of the performance, it was tedious and confusing. I will still use Penguin as my main source for magic, but may shy away from this particular performer. Thanks, Matt.
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This is a true gem Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 18th, 2021
For this to be only 10 bucks is unbelievable! You get a lot of material and a fantastic routine. Don't sleep on this one.
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Great routine - explanation could have been better Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 25th, 2021
The explanation for this effect is over 1 hour long, which in this case is appropriate because there’s a lot going on. Nonetheless, there are a few moments that could have been explained better, such as “bring this bottom card to the top,” which Llaser demonstrates by doing it openly, with no cover. Well obviously that’s not the best way to do it. There are methods for accomplishing that that are deceptive, but he doesn’t address them in the download. There’s another section where he gets the wrong card on top of a packet, and again “fixes” it openly. That should have been refilmed and edited, IMO, or an explanation offered as to why that happened. Also, he keeps saying that his method of folding the frog can be done one handed. But then when he demonstrates it, he uses two hands all the way through.

Still four stars, IMO, because it’s a great effect. But the explanation could use some tweaking.
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Great routine for formal close-up Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 11th, 2021
Congrats to Manuel for creating a practical handling for such an impossible effect! In the tradition of Michael Close's original version, this routine is a real "worker."
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Let's hop to it Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 27th, 2021
Cute effect. Nice twist on Michael Close's Frog effect in his worker series. Makes for a nice give away.
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Way too much work Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 20th, 2021
This effect, while very powerful, takes an inordinate amount of time to reset and the magician is left with a ton of work to prepare the "gimmick". Way too much work! 'Nuff said
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Good, but too long of a routine Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 22nd, 2021
This is good and the payoff is great. But I think the routine as shown is way too long. I'm going to try to modify it as spectators will lose interest (as seen in the performance section). However, it looks like you may need the long routine to do all the dirty work for the ending. I will have to test this on real audiences first.
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