This trick is practical, easy to do, packs small, and plays big. The method is incredibly clever,
yet simple enough to make you wonder why you didn't think of it yourself.
However, there is
something you should know -- the trailer description claims that there are "no moves" involved.
That's not exactly right; in order to perform this trick, you'll need to accomplish a beginner level
sleight. It's a very easy move, but it is a move. Furthermore, if you wish to reset the trick in
front of your spectator, you'll need to perform another (equally easy) beginner level sleight.
None of these moves make the trick look any less clean than what you see in the trailer. From
the spectator's point of view, their selected card goes in the middle of the deck, they place the
Jokers on top of the pack, and then boom -- with no funny moves, their card instantly materializes
between the Jokers.
In short, I'm very satisfied with my purchase; Monkey in the Middle
easily earns 5 stars.
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Not mentioned here, but if you forgo having them sign the card, (my favorite) you can instantly
reverse it and make the selection VANISH, and reappear in your pocket, your wallet, or an envelope,
or literally wherever you wish. Cleanest card to wallet in existence!
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Like the title says, the concept of the trick is great... but the jokers that were included with the
trick were absolutely, positively useless. I don't think they were anything other than standard
jokers out of a just-opened deck of bicycle cards! I had to go out and purchase the necessary
"stuff" to make the cards work. They should cut the price in half and sell it as a simple
download... that's basically what I got anyway. :(
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I am a 82 year old amateur amateur with arthritis and carpel tunnel in both hands. I love the MitM
but have not demonstrated it yet. I have difficulty lifting the top card so as to slide the "signed"
card in, making it look like its going into the middle of the deck however, I am certain I will get
the hang of it with a little more practice.
I would not do more than 2 or 3 demo's for the same
group. It becomes obvious (to me) that when showing the top and bottom card is not the signed card,
the top card doesn't go back on top.
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I purchased this a week ago. Love the trick. I used it several times on people and got amazing
reactions. Easy to handle and the set up is simple. Magick Balay does a great job explaining the
handling. you can use this anywhere anytime. You don't have to be a great card handler to do this
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First of all the idea is great and most magicians might know what it is all about. Great reactions
too and if you know how to handle the audience you can end let's say kind of clean. I don't think
the audience would "feel" if there is a difference between the cards.
The reason i ordered
it is, because for the price i expected at least a few more gimmicks, not just one. For that price
you could create it yourself multiple times.
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A very visual effect. A signed card is seemingly placed in the middle of the deck (manipulation for
this is not hard to master) and then immediately the two jokers placed on the top of the deck are
spread apart and the signed card is found between them.
The video instructions found at
Penguin's web site are clear and complete.
My only issue is [redacted to protect secret]
But that aside, this is a winner!
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It is a great trick, looks clean, no funny moves, it happens right in front of their eyes. I will
definitely be using this trick in my routines. Only reason I gave it a 3 star, is that you could
make the props yourself for a few dollars, not difficult. A little overprices for what you get.
5 of 7 magicians found this helpful.
This is a wonderful explanation of Monkey in the Middle. The effect has been around for a long time,
but this explanation does an excellent job of covering the basics in handling the cards. It is a
very strong effect with very little effort and it is almost a reset for the next performance.
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I like the effect looks great, definitely will use it. reason for the four star it is a bit
overpriced for what you get.
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