Anyone who performs magic knows Rick Lax has some real gems, and this is no exception. For those of
you who think this is just another classic routine or "French Kiss" variation you are mistaken.
Along with the obvious routine Rick covers everything from angles, patter, misdirection, and even
gives his 2 cents on why a larger sharpie is better, along with a few tips to make any routine
better. This routine is ready to perform anytime anywhere. There are no duplicate cards, no forces,
and no gimmicks to make. It can be done right away from a borrowed shuffled deck with zero set up.
Rick also teaches what I agree with to be a new sleight that can be applied to almost all
your card magic to raise it to a new level. There is not a lot of routines like this that you end
clean, and are virtually angle proof. This routine will be going straight to my strolling show.
Another home run Rick, thanks for the commitment you have to providing all of us beginners,
and advanced magicians with what appears to be truly impromptu and organic magic.Keep up the good
work and congratulations on Penn and Teller Fool US
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It's a great trick and a really new cool move, which you can not only use for this trick but for
most of other card stuff.
Really terrific idea :)
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Loved this effect, the promo video doesn't leave a lot out like some do meaning what you see is what
you get, no let down when you can't do it as well as the editted video.
instructions, but come on its Ricky so cant expect anything else
-can use any deck at any time
no set up
- not locked in to a script or routine
-learned moves can be used to improve or
create other effects. So bonus :)
-fairly clean the entire way through and ends clean
signatures means big reveal
-Hard hitting effect for $10 when others are dearer and not as
-no mat needed but right table/venue not essential but helps
- some parts
could be cleaner although when performed I had no problems I just get magicians guilt I guess
does destroy 2 cards per performance, so used borrow deck might cause problems lol
This is a great effect to perform if you have the right conditions. would be a good start for a
beginner to start with as it has a lot of transferable skills learned, although even intermediate
magician's will love this for its clean and crisp moves and fantastic impossibld ending
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Rick Lax has done it again. This is pure gold and will be going in my set immediately! Perfect for
bar magic, walk-around or any party. I highly suggest getting this because the benefits are
limitless. Rick explains with great detail every move and as I was watching my mind started racing
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Caveat: I received a complimentary copy in exchange for a review.
extremely proficient in closeup work.
The basic premise of this effect is very good. Rick
worked to figure out a simplified way to switch two signed cards. There are other effects out there
(some that do even more, but require more - thinking about Justin Miller's "Autograph") but this is
hard to beat in simplicity.
After watching once, I could immediately perform the effect.
Rip & Fold is completely impromptu which makes me love it for walk around gigs. I think the premise
of the trick is fine, but could be reworked to be even better in presentation. But again, the stock
presentation works just fine.
Here's what's great:
1) Simple in execution
Simple in plot - if presented correctly
3) Two signed cards not only switch places, they appear
to switch places AFTER being ripped and folded.
6) No reset
Here's what I didn't like:
1) I didn't like the video tutorial much. Rick is a good
teacher, but for the professionals, it's much nicer to just explain the effect immediately in the
first 5 minutes and THEN expound on the various handlings, switches, etc. I want to get the idea
quick and stop watching. If I want to know more, THEN I will keep watching and look deeper. Instead,
I found myself trying to skip over sections to just see the couple switches WITHOUT listening to the
details. I didn't need them.
2) The choice of audience was not my favorite. Others will disagree
with this, but I wanted to watch the effect and found the girls distracting. Want to watch this at
work? I certainly wouldn't recommend that...and if you can't watch it at work, I don't really think
it should be in the video in the first place. That's my opinion. I had a really hard time following
the trick - and that's NOT what you want in teaching and selling magic, IMO. It's a basic rule of
performing - don't let the assistants upstage you.
All in all, great idea and I especially
love that it's impromptu. I'll try this out in real-world tomorrow night at a corporate strolling
gig. I'm sure it will work well.
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Initially when I heard of this I was so excited. I love the plot. Any anything Rick puts out is rock
solid workers and this is also one of them. And it really is a miracle. What I like about it is its
impromptu. It's visual. The switches alone are worth the price of the download. And there's great
tips from Rick that really make it work.
What I didn't like about it. The cards have to be
signed, so if you don't have a Sharpie with you, can't be done. It relys 100% on a table. You cannot
do this in the hands, which is a big flaw for me. So it can't be done anytime anywhere really.
Would have liked more ways for second switch. I think the trick can maybe confuse spectatators
originally when done.
Overall is a great trick, love the concept, Rick is great but I
probably won't perform this.
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Again Rick Lax proves that he is one of the great thinkers in magic.
The effect is great the
method is worth the price of admission.
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How come you guys are not paying Rick more?
And charging us more?
This is a sweet move that
will have other applications
I am sure.
Rick is great at explaining the method.
illusion is really good and a great surprise for
As always a wonderful
"RickLax Illusion" that is worth
3 times the price at least.
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10 stars. Even a mentalist will think of many ways to use this
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I'm a fan of Rick Lax. His tutorials are great. He's a natural teacher.
This is a very
clever and devious effect but without any knuckle busting.
Great tips for presentation and
Tutorial has great angles and explanations.
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