The method for this effect is blatantly obvious for the spectators, would most certainly not
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Let me begin by saying I am no Magician you have ever heard of; BEING a Magician never paid bills;
DOING Magic paid the bills for several years. I say all that to say this – Rick Lax is my new
favorite Magician because of this little gem right here. That, and the power this effect gives the
intelligent, thinking Magician make it THE effect to purchase this year, IMHO...
Masterpiece is a Magic geeks beautiful little dream, not because of the Illusion itself, but
because of the geek-deep level of instruction included with your purchase. Rick Lax covers stuff you
wouldn’t know needed covering until you had performed this effect yourself publically at least 500
times. Mr. Lax goes off the deep end of effect explanation, all to the benefit of the purchaser.
Spend time with Rick and his instruction...it is worth far more than the asking price on the effect.
Finally, Masterpiece enabled me to successfully complete an effect I have seen no less than
75 times in public performance by that same number of performers, and had included in my shows due
to Jeff Hobson’s usage of it in his performance for a Magic convention. Basically a throw-away
effect, the Magician produces one card, asks a random audience member to name one card, and then,
indicating that the cards DON’T match, mutters something about how cool that would be if it ever
actually worked; put Masterpiece on the end of it, and it does work, to brilliant and amazing
I performed this effect 5 minutes out of the box, a professionals no-no, and
fooled the pants off of my wife. It answers her three requirements of any effect I perform – ‘why
did you do it?’ ‘Is it stupid?’, and, ‘Can I hold it?’ Masterpiece went immediately into all my
close-up and parlor work; I now await the Jumbo Deck version, Rick...
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When I saw it I suspected how it was done and this time I was right. I just wonder how many other
people will figure it out as well. I suspect most people will not think you have a gaft card but I
don't know. My 12 year old son figured it out but 1) he is really smart, and 2) I do tricks for him
all the time. So I kind doubt this will blow people away.
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Okay first off let me start by saying I do not hate this trick. It has potential but when I watched
the demo I thought wow I know how this is done but it can't be that simple... but it was that
simple. The first person I showed this to, told me how it was done and they were correct. They were
not even surprised at what had happened. The second person I did it to thought it was "cute" but
they guessed correctly how it was done as well. Refills for this trick are available now and let me
just say I will not be buying them. I love Penguin Magic I really do but this trick just is not for
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Even with the heavily edited performance. it is INCREDIBLY obvious how this is done. You can't show
the other pieces of the card, and for some reason the index and pip (which are ALWAYS on a corner of
the card) are in the middle side of the card and not a corner, no where near where they would be in
a normal card.
This doesn't pass an initial thought process of 'how did they do that?'.
The first thing a spectator thinks is the actual way this was done.
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I do not not mean any disrespect, but I performed this trick for 5th graders at a school where I am
a noon hour supervisor, and they figured out how the trick was done. I was surprised that although I
performed Masterpiece exactly as shown on the tutorial, they took no time at all to burn me. I can't
figure out how this happened.
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When I opened the box I instantly loved what was inside. The product itself is top notch in terms of
quality (like all Rick's products are) and tutorial that comes with it is outstanding and VERY
detailed! Typically I am skeptical of things you have buy refills for but this one is well worth it.
So far the reactions I've gotten from it are FANTASTIC and in my opinion the best part about this
effect is that if you routine it correctly, it can be either the perfect opener OR closer in your
close up routines!
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The single card prediction is a holy grail to be sought after. Rick Lax gives his solution in his
creation, Master Piece. One card is in play, they name a card initially your prediction doesn’t
match. The magician then tears up the card and hands the participant a piece. That piece then
changes in the hands of the participant.
This is very easy to do and only one card is in
play. You will need a way to dispose of the pieces but other than that you could perform this
without anything else. A card is destroyed in each performance so refills will be required. The deck
you receive has 52 gaffs anyways, that will last quite a while for most.
This is an
excellent easy to do piece of magic! Great job Rick!
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One of my favorite magic releases in modern times is "Tornado" by Rick Lax. This release is right up
there with Tornado. I will be carying this in my wallet from now on. It's too good not to. The trick
is simple to follow and easy to do. Those are always two very important factors. I will be trying
this out very soon, but I know it will be a big hit. The only down side to this is that 1/2 the time
there will be a slight discrepancy at the end, but unless you're performing for magicians or
professional poker players, it will go unknoticed. Overall, this is another hit. I'm sure I'll be
buying a refill pack very soon.
Great work yet again, Rick!
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I like this as something I can easily carry around with me. It is also going to be great for my
table hopping gigs.
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