This is a fantastic trick! These have got to be some of the best routines you could possibly show a
spectator. Its taught really well. You'll especially appreciate his tips on card to pocket and the
timed cut force. Its also really easy. Its so easy, you can easily be performing this trick within 5
minutes of learning it. You could make the gimmick the first time in under a minute and cut that
time in half by the third or fourth time, although each gimmick should last you hundreds of
performances (with just an occasional 2 second touch up every hundred performances.
said, Dave tried too hard to make this a new gimmick. The current gimmick is sort of reminiscent of
a Piff the Magic Dragon idea, although a hundred times easier to make). He could've left out ALL of
the cutting and the trick would have been identical, making the gimmick would take under 2 seconds,
it would be far less detectable assuming the cards were in good condition (and even if they were in
bad condition it would still not be more detectable as the routine prevents issues so well) etc. The
only reason I could guess why he didn't is to make pretend he had invented a new gimmick when in
reality the core idea for the gimmick is about four hundred years old if I remember my magic history
That one gripe aside, these tricks really are phenomenal, every one of them. I really
like the idea for the smoke mark appearing on the back of the card that they signed and saw the back
You will need to figure out how to SUBTLY make sure they lock in their head that they saw
the back of the card before it changes otherwise you might as well be doing the original version.
The card to mouth idea he did in performance is a great way of doing that. Although it wasn't taught
in the explanation, if you know it you should probably do it.
I was worried about this trick
making a lot of noise in my pocket during performance. I've tried it a couple of times, its not
noticeable and in the versions where he does the move in the open he explains how to cover the tiny
amount of noise.
Pros: Very, very strong magic
Multiple great tricks
Utility prop, so no limit to number of tricks that can be done with it.
Easy to make
Easy to perform
Virtually no angle issues
End completely clean (standard
2 second reset
Not a new gimmick
Will probably not fool
magicians as advertised.
Being as those two cons don't actually matter in the big picture
I say "Buy this trick, you'll love it, and more importantly, you'll use it."
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This looks like real magic to the spectator!
Dave has a very likeable personality and he
performs and explains this effect faultlessly. This includes how to construct a simple gimmick that
makes several different effects possible. I say "Not for the beginner" because a sophisticated
sleight, a far from easy force and some nifty card handling are necessary, as well as the gimmick.
I am not a card specialist, but I suspect that there are easier ways to get effects which are close
enough to what Dave achieves here, to impress most spectators.
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I'm not a card guy so I can't be certain, but I've never seen this gimmick used before. It is simple
to make and use, but provides a great effect.
The base effect is you show a red backed card
and place it in your back pocket. Then from a blue backed deck have a card "freely" selected and
signed. They see the front and back of their card. It is replaced in the deck, you immediately go to
your back pocket and remove the red backed card. It is turned over and not only matches their card
it has their signature. You can leave the card with them and be reset in 2 seconds.
as that is, and you can see it several times in the trailer, there are 3 variations taught that I
think are all stronger than that effect. Since the inventors didn't show it I won't give anything
away, but can state that if you buy this because you like the trailer you will be extra happy when
you get the download.
And for all of you red back only users, yes, you can make the gimmick
out of either red or blue. Bikes work best, Bee might be tougher, other backs may work, you'll know
right away what characteristic you need and if your favorite deck will work or not. But don't sweat
it, buy it and give it a try.
There are a couple of sleights needed but they are taught on
the video and you probably know them already. And you don't need one of them for 2 of the bonus
effects so even if you get scared off in the beginning stick through it until the end.
There is also a little bit of arts and crafts required, but you probably have what you need and
can do it in under 2 minutes (probably even under a minute once you've done it a couple times.)
It's 10 bucks. If you do anything with cards you can't go wrong. And I'll bet if you think about
it you'll come up with your own variations with this gimmick
(I was given a copy of this
for an honest review. And that's all I write - honest reviews from my viewpoint. YMMV)
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When I viewed the video I *thought* something looked, um, flashy. Sure enough I stopped the play at
the proper moment and there it was. Won't go into detail, but this should be a 'heads up' that
there are some vulnerable angles, even for an expert pro like Dave.
As well, I found myself
asking, "Why is cutting down the gimmick necessary when everything could be done with no trim at
all?" There is some 'handling' that Dave's gimmick allows however it is equally simple to perform
with a full size gaffus.
With all the caveats aside, the signed-card-in-pocket is clever,
easy, and it kills. Still a good investment for a worker.
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What Dave has done with this simple but very, very ingenuous gimick, is just brilliant..
When you buy this, and you should buy this. You are given a great instructional video, well
shot with live performances and different routines.
Being in Australia we have different stock
here to what most of you might have, but with a bit of careful looking around at a major stationary
store, I was able to buy the necessary stuff to make the gimick work well.
I have played around
with it, and have put it in to my ambitious card routine and have also used Dave's opener routine
with great responses, and thats what we want! my magic friends.
So with all that in mind I have
really enjoyed toying with this effect and highly recommend it.
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This reminds me of Fax by Loki Kross, except it's all legitimate!
The participant can keep the
card at the end and the gimmick is easy to make.
I think some of the routining could be a bit
stronger (e.g. asking someone to think of any card, not naming it, then having them pick one from a
deck...) but you get a few different ones and a nice force too.
For the money this is great.
I like to have a quick card magic set that can mostly be done with a normal deck (minimal
gimmicks) and this fits right in.
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Call me old school, but I'm not a huge fan of over-proving or magician fooling. Don't get me wrong
now, it's just that, I don't get hired to do paid shows for magicians. When I booked to perform,
it's usually for groups that haven't seen magic before. It's for groups that don't know the
difference between a gimmick that took ten minutes to make, or a double lift.
Eclipse is a
neat gimmick, that will take about ten minutes to make. But honestly, you could accomplish the same
thing with some pretty basic sleight of hand.
That's not to say that the gimmick isn't
clever... it is. And it will do it's job well. But you may not want to be bothered to make a
gimmick and add it to your deck for a gig if you're able to pull off the same effect (basically)
without it. With that said, there are probably some magicians that could really benefit by using
1. If you're just starting out in sleight of hand, and don't have a solid double
lift and/or color change under your belt, you can use Eclipse to do some pretty cool things without
a ton of practice (but keep in mind, you'll still need to know a basic sleight used in most card to
pocket type effects).
2. If you are known as the no-gimmicks move monkey at your magic
club, and you want to use a gimmick to take the room by surprise, Eclipse will work. The gimmick
gives you the ability to do an extra show of the signed card that would be very difficult (but not
impossible) to do with sleight of hand. This extra-clean show may throw magicians off the trail.
However, as I noted above, I doubt very much that a lay audience would pick up on the difference.
I did find Mr Loosley's thinking on the Anniversary Waltz interesting and novel; but again,
probably nothing I would bother using. His use of the Eclipse gimmick here cleans up a moment that
has never given me problems.
I agree with Vernon that you should never stop thinking
about how to improve an effect. However, I also believe that you have to consider the efficiency of
method in relation to the added impact that method provides.
In short, Eclipse is a
wonderful solution to a problem that doesn't really exist. A fun toy, and a way to fool your
magician friends, but not a worker.
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The gimmick alone is worth more than the price of the trick. I can think of a dozen ways to use the
gimmick. Nice part is that it is so easy to make. There's a couple of easy slights involved but
Dave's explanation in the video leaves nothing out. Every move is explained in detail. The effect of
this trick is a jaw dropper just like the trailer shows. There are two more variations of the basic
trick also explained in the video. This one goes to the top of my stack.
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A super versatile, many applications/possibilities, easy to make, can always stay with you, can be
performed anytime - even with a borrowed deck, can be performed surrounded, no angle issues, and can
be for any skill level. Nevertheless, it is such a powerful effect that it floors the audiences.
Just don't wait another second to BUY it. Go, and blow their minds.
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I found the video very well constructed and easy to follow with effective and optional endings to
it to make it impressive. As a bar magician in a hotel I get the chance to try this out on my
customers with great results and I get plenty of reviews about my performance. The gimmick is easy
to make but I do have difficulty in making it stick effectively to the selected card.
tried the scotch restickable glue but I have to source this via Amazon.com and being a British
citizen I cannot seem to source this in this country. Is there a product i can source in the uk that
will do an effective job of is there an alternative I can use. I would appreciate some feedback on
Overall I am pleased with the purchase and have added this to my Arsenal of tricks to do
at work and parties / gigs I am asked to do . Cheers and keep the magic alive . Adrian stead aka the
Ade of spades 😜
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