One can like or dislike this trick according to one’s own tastes. The problem is, the trailer for
the trick gives a misleading view of what the trick is, and so it is not possible for a potential
buyer to get a true sense of the “personality” of the trick — what happens in actual performance. As
for me, upon discovering this “personality,” I was deeply disappointed.
promises: “What if I told you that right now, you could name any card, and I would have that one
card here, in my wallet?”
Assuming that the clunky and all-but-impossible solution of
having 52 cards hidden in the wallet (and a way of getting to each one) is NOT the method (or
somewhat less clunky, having several wallets), this is a very powerful statement, promising a very
powerful piece of mentalism.
The problem is, the statement is not true in a majority of
instances. In fact, two out of every three times the trick is performed, the performer WON’T have
that card in his wallet. While it’s true that in all cases there will be some sort of happy reaction
at the end, the trailer misleadingly shows only those reactions that occur either when there’s a
direct hit (the minority of instances), or when the “wrong” card is turned into (relative) success.
In the latter circumstance — again, the majority of the time — the subdued and somewhat confused and
deflated reaction of the spectator in not seeing his chosen card revealed in the wallet is not
Some may argue that the “magician-getting-out-of-trouble” gambit, to bring the
effect to a successful conclusion, is more satisfying. This of course can be true in many
situations. But not in this case, where two-thirds of the time an essentially powerful and serious
effect must be saved by what many would consider a cheesy joke.
Penguin, to its credit,
allows readers to ask questions before purchasing a trick. The problem is, while we don’t expect the
advertising for a trick to be revealing, we at least expect it to be truthful. This guides us to the
right questions to ask.
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I have bought numerous things from penguin and have been practicing magic for 18 years. This trick
is extremely disappointing and not at all what is depicted in the trailer. As a top magic site
penguin should not allow this type of false advertising.
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I have to say I am not as angry as I would be had I purchased this at full price. But the ad
straight up lies to you. nick says "what if I told you you could name any card and I would have that
card in my wallet" that is most definitely not the case. The trick uses a well know out that I
personally dislike. I thought this would not be the case because of the performance they show in the
trailer and the aforementioned quote by nick. Don't get me wrong the trick technically works, even
they way they show in the trailer, but it's not as ground breaking as the trailer seems to be. There
are so any other prediction effects that do not need outs that I will never use this. If you like it
that's cool but all it would have taken is showing one of the other performances for me to save my
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Once again I feel conned by the edited video if I had seen the complete trick with the alternative
ending I would not have bought this I'm glad i didn't pay the full price. Yes if it worked every
time as the demo video it's a great trick but be aware this isn't going to be the case every time
you perform and I feel the alternative ending which isn't shown on the demo and it will happen if
they don't pick the correct card is very week and no where near the wow factor as on the demo.
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I don't believe this trick was accurately depicted in your advertisement of this trick.
other words, it was not a good as advertised.
7 of 7 magicians found this helpful.
The video is deceptive and doesn't show accurately how the trick unfolds. Dont bother with this one.
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Be prepared for hecklers with this one...
No you don't have 52 cards hidden away somewhere.
The method is actually pretty clever, but the trailer is deceiving. Like most of the things here on
Penguin, you have to ask yourselves, why are there always cut away shots or shots that begin half
way into the effect?? In this case, they only show you the best case scenarios in the trailer. They
show you the full uncut trailer after you purchase it and I was confused at first because I thought
it was a different effect. Until I saw the explanation. In fact, they say in the description 'After
having them name their card, you can easily prove that you have correctly read their mind..' Not
true, in most cases you do not read their mind. The chances of hitting the exact predicted card is
33%. Otherwise, you have to use one of the outs which they do not show you in the trailer. My guess
is because you may be able to backtrack the method and also it simply just doesn't look as strong as
a 100% hit.
I can't address the elephant in the room on this effect because it will give
the method away. But, I will say that in most scenarios you do not end clean leaving you with
audience management issues and hecklers that want to examine things they just can't examine. So
audience management will be a key skill with this effect.
All in all, I think I would
return this if penguin allowed returns. Don't get me wrong.. It's an amazing effect! It just
disappoints me when I see deceiving trailers and deceptively worded descriptions. This is just
something I won't perform in it's current form. However, I have came up with my own method for a
100% hit while finishing clean. So if I perform ever end up performing this, I will be doing that
6 of 6 magicians found this helpful.
This is an OK trick. However, the trailer is misleading, to say the least. Nick says in the demo,
"What would you say if I told you that you could name any card and that I would have THAT ONE CARD
in my wallet." NOT TRUE. I don't want to give anything away, but the trailer shows only the hits.
Another "tricky" trailer. But, as I said, it's an OK trick
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First, the video promo is misleading -- from Nick's opening question (What if I told you...) -- in
fact, it's ore than misleading -- if you listen to what he really is saying, it's a lie. The
selection of performance moments also suggests that there are no outcomes other than direct hits.
The instructional video works hard to convince the viewer that the alternative endings are actually
even stronger (although they don't show this strong stuff in the promo).
truly like this trick, so it's not all bad. Personally I have to do some creative thinking before
I'm to comfortable with it. Mostly I'm deeply disappointed in Penguin's sales tactics on this one.
5 of 6 magicians found this helpful.
So I don't think I ever gave a bad review but this trick is just worth it because the way the video
I will give an example - let's say I show a video of me guessing the exact animal
people are thinking about - I ask them think about ANY animal - and I guess it... with 3 different
people I meet in the street.
Would that be impressive ? you'd buy it... right ?
Now , the
truth is I just guessed 100 people and I luckily hit 3 people so those are in my video.. the other
97 I guessed wrong... but I didn't show it in the video.
Wouldn't that be a SCAM ? EXACTLY
what I felt here...
Because in the learning video you see other people he did that and there he
did not guess their card ... exactly... but once I saw that I immediately knew how the trick is
done....YET - they purposely did NOT show those clips to us. They only showed the ones he was right.
And I always say - if you're selling a trick online - you MUST show the entire video - from
all types of results you can get , or else you are SCAMMING people.
For example- if I
invent a trick that creates a balloon out of thin air... but sometimes it's RED balloon and
sometimes it's BLUE - for the sake of fairness I must show BOTH in my video.
This is NOT the
IF I saw the entire video - like it should be - I would have NEVER bought this
trick... that's the honest truth. I feel scammed.
I do NOT recommend any tricks that showing us
only the "good" aspect of their trick... show BOTH - or don't show at all !!
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