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Picturesque by John Guastaferro & David Regal

One of the best tricks of all time, now better than ever. Four aces disappear and reunite. IN FULL VIEW. Plus 2 bonus tricks! ORDER TODAY GET FREE SHIPPING.
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"Picturesque is magnifique!" - Larry Wilmore

"A superb routine. Clear, concise, baffling." - Raj Madhok

"Such a significant leap in overall clarity. The 'one degree' here truly is GOLD !" - Shannon Clark

"Picturesque delivers sublime, symmetrical satisfaction." - Jack Carpenter

McDonald’s Aces is a classic in magic. Aces are distributed into four separate packets of cards, and with a magical gesture, the aces are transported to the leader packet. The effect is clear, and the gimmicks make the effect absolutely impossible. John Guastaferro and David Regal have joined forces to create one of the most elegant and magical solutions to McDonald’s Aces. This is Picturesque by John Guastaferro & David Regal.

The core routine of the project is John Guastaferro’s effect Picturesque. This unique handling of the McDonald’s Ace Assembly is beautiful, fooling, and in a word; Picturesque. John has reworked the classic classic routine into a masterpiece that incorporates the twelve court cards with the Aces. This distinctive approach makes the routine more elegant, meaningful, and beautiful to watch. The switches, displays, and counts are all motivated and choreographed to make the effect almost a ballet of card magic. The best part is that it’s easy to perform for magicians of all skill levels.

You also receive two additional routines:

Vino Royale: a parlor version of the Picturesque effect using wine glasses where the magic happens with the clink of a glass.

Royal Gathering: David Regal’s approach to Picturesque where not only do the aces assemble, but the court cards also gather into their own discrete packets even though they have been thoroughly mixed.

Along with all three routines, you learn brand new vanishes that you can apply to your own McDonald’s Aces routine. The gimmicks are included for all three routines, as well as a gorgeous vegan leather wallet that is perfectly sized to protect your gimmicks and serve as an elegant case to produce your trick from in performance. If you’ve never performed an ace assembly before, this is the perfect entrance to one of the best card tricks in magic. If you already perform McDonald’s Aces, you will learn to turn a trick into art that is, in a word, Picturesque.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 21st, 2022
Whenever John or David come out with new stuff, I usually jump right on it. This is no exception. What is offered here are some wonderful ideas, tips on handling and different methods of vanishing and revealing the cards in this time proven card act. McDonald Aces is really not a card "trick". I consider it to be one of the most surprising Ace assemblies that can be performed. I'm sure that magicians that are familiar with McDonald's Aces are scarfing this one up. If you are not familiar with this amazing card routine or are just beginning your journey into magic, get this. Then, after you have become knowledgeable of the moves and the choreography of the effect, you will have something that you will always be proud to perform. It's also very easy to do! And the fact that it comes with a fresh set of the required cards and a groovy little wallet makes this a no-brainer. Get this, you won't be sorry.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 31st, 2022
I gave it four stars, not because of the trick, it's great, and I know the people that worked on it did a great job. The instructions are excellent, the packaging is amazing.... So why four stars, the price and what you get. I personally don't care about the box or the wallet you get with your purchase. If that was left out there maybe ten dollars worth of trick, and that's generous. I get it the time and energy it takes sould count, but come on, a couple double facers, and a few court cards doesn't justify the cost, seems more was put into the packaging and extra wallet then the trick. I'm not disappointed and glad I bought it, and would recommend it, seems the cost with out the fluff should have been half what I paid.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 2nd, 2022
I am not a professional magician and my sleight of hand ability is just OK.

There are a number of different moves that make up Picturesque, but no single sleight that I could not do with just a couple of attempts after viewing the instructions. The method is clearly taught and the variation and bonus stuff is a nice plus.

I found the most difficult part of getting the performance down was remembering and putting all the steps together…but that’s why we practice, practice, practice.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 2nd, 2022
I really liked the visual of court cards within the context of McDonald’s Aces, so I picked this up, knowing exactly what I was getting, and I’m not disappointed. The reason for 4 stars rather than 5 has to do with the teaching. While thorough, I could see it as being quite hurried for a novice. If you haven’t played with McDonald’s Aces before or the core method, you’re probably going to have to backtrack the video a few times to pick up on what’s going on. I felt the same about Regal’s Letter Perfect, so maybe that’s a conscious choice he makes with his work or just a personality thing — it’s a bit rushed. The other frustrating thing is that there’s a microphone and mic stand right in the middle of the action throughout most of the training. That really should have been on a boom stand out of frame. This product is a somewhat premium price point in terms of the gimmicks, and I don’t think the framing of the tutorial quite lives up to the price point.

However, the moves are delightful. I especially like the switch at the outset and all of the different vanish choices. There are some interesting ideas to play with, especially cause I’ve never been a fan of “look, it turned face down… look again, it changed” in McDonald’s Aces. I always found the turning facedown part really odd and incongruent with the simplicity of the plot. The extra vanishes give you a lot of value here. The wine glass routine is also really nice! It’s not quite as beautiful as the table displays with the wonderful subtleties to (apparently) show all the backs, but I could see a lot of people really latching onto the wine glass version of the routine.

All in all, I think most people would be happy with their purchase of this routine. I definitely didn’t need another packet trick wallet, but I would have paid this price for just the 6 gaffs that you can’t get elsewhere plus the training. It would be nice if they offered replacement gaffs at a discount cause when these get scrubby, it’s going to be hard to justify full price again. If replacements aren’t offered, I’ll probably get my own printed, even if that means having to change the Ace of Spades to a non-Bicycle design.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 28th, 2022
Well done version of ace assembly!Bravo!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 19th, 2022
If you have time on your hands to learn this method and its handlings (which are not that difficult) and have confidence in performing it, you can really do some REAL MAGIC.
5 stars easy...
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 22nd, 2022
One of the strongest card magic tricks I've performed. Thank You John and David and the team at Penguin Magic!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 14th, 2022
The most elegant effect I have come across. Still Practicing this lovely item.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 9th, 2022
One of the best routines I’ve seen. Beautiful.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 7th, 2022
This trick has been around a long time! I first saw this trick in The New Stars of Magic Pamphlet by Frank Garcia. What a great trick. I have used it for years and this variation on this trick is even better.
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