If you're new to card magic, you'll enjoy this trick. The moves are simple, few, and require
virtually no previous skill (as long as you practice). This is the type of trick you perform in a
relaxed environment, especially with couples, for obvious reasons. I can see myself doing this at a
More advanced magicians won't necessarily find anything new here, but
there is a nice little basic shuffle force that beginners will find easy to learn and handy to use.
Paul, as usual, does a great job teaching. What I like about him is that he doesn't just
blow through it. He takes his time and doesn't skip any moves or assume you know things.
for the trick itself, as I mentioned in my title, it's cute. It's one of those "awwww" tricks that
the ladies like. For me personally, I like tricks where people go "wow!" or "whooooaaahhhh!" or
"what the fudgcicles?!!!" (Well, you know...) This isn't one of those. It's just cute.
you know what? Everyone needs a cute trick... something to give your spectators a little breather
from all the "what the fudgcicles?!!!" tricks. In the right setting, for example for a table where a
couple is celebrating an anniversary, this trick is more likely to woo them and net you a better tip
than something fancy shmancy. It just seems more "appropriate" for that kind of situation, which I
think even the spectators will appreciate. A trick like this has its place in just about anyone's
repertoire. Will I use it often? No. Will I use it on special occasions? Yes.
is, if you are new to magic, get this trick. It's simple, has a nice story, and you can't go wrong
with learning from a great such as Paul Harris. If you're advanced and think you know how this trick
works, this trick may be a little too simple for you. Of course, again, it IS Paul Harris, so even
an advanced magician may take away a point or two from this.
I'm happy I got this. I'm not
blown away, but this is a nice little trick.
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Thanks for reading and for any (hopefully positive, but either way, at least kind) feedback!)
14 of 16 magicians found this helpful.
Nice trick that gets several people involved. Easy for the spectators to follow and it packs a great
ending. This trick is not hard at all to perform. If you can spread cards, shuffle, cut and move
cards this trick will be easy for you. No clean up, also every card in the deck and the deck box can
be examined after the trick. Paul does a good job teaching on the video and explains everything.
12 of 12 magicians found this helpful.
If you can master a few basic sleights, you'll have no problem with this charming and romantic
trick. This trick is good for small crowds and close-up and is 90% angle-proof. I was going to
give it four stars because I thought you couldn't repeat it, but Paul tackles that issue at the very
end of the video -- so 5 stars it is!
10 of 10 magicians found this helpful.
This is fantastic, very strong magic and principles that I feel could be used for amazing new
tricks. The presentation for it is genius and great for weddings or other romantic occasions. Get
6 of 7 magicians found this helpful.
The video is about 16 minutes long and, and the teaching is good, easy to understand. This trick is
not very sleight-y, and is appropriate for beginners. There's a little setup needed before the show
Downside? I'm not sure I will perform this, and if I do, under fairly
specific circumstances — for an anniversary couple, or newlyweds, and so on. Have two strangers as
spectators? It might be a bit awkward, but it could also be very funny, depending on your
presentation and the audience. So, if you like the plot, it's a solid routine, but you may need to
search for the right opportunities.
One variable that seems very tricky to me: watch the
trailer, and the two participants follow instructions and have their sandwiched effect revealed at
just about the same time. This is the ideal outcome, but I can't imagine it works that way very
often. One spectator is bound to reveal the torn out heart first, or the other way around. This may
or may not be an issue for you, but you'd want to consider how you manage it. The video doesn't
offer any suggestions to encourage a simultaneous reveal, or what to say if the spectators don't
have a coordinated reveal. I'm sure I'm being nitpicky, but consider this for yourself.
in all, a solid effect with limited (to me, anyway) applications. Where it can be applied, it looks
like it works great.
4 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
need to practice to make it look good. tearing out the heart without damaging the card is
reallyhard to do
3 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
When I was doing regular shows I wish I had this one in my bag of tricks. It's sensible, well
planned, beautiful, and when used with a "couple" an unforgettable experience. Bar magic? You must
get this. Now, I do occasional stuff - and having it set up just to carry around is not practical.
Unless I know friends getting married and want them to remember me for life!
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
I love the line “you stole her heart” at the end of the trick. Very romantic. I would rather use a
heart hole punch instead of ripping it. Great trick!
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
The teaching on this trick is fantastic. R. Paul Wilson makes it every clear how to do everything.
It's also a very solid trick that laymen will have no chance of busting. Also, this is not the type
of trick people are going to want to bust because you've made the magic all about their love. The
angles on it are fantastic.
This is not a trick you're going to do at every table, bit
this is a trick that when the right opportunity arises for you to perform it you're going to be
super glad you own it.
While you can get into this from the deck you're working with
that's not taught and intermediate magicians should not expect to be able to do it. Even getting
into position in the middle of a set once you find out it's a couple's anniversary is difficult. R.
Paul Wilson sort of assumes you'll walk up to the table in position to do this trick, although
another option is taught that is fiddly and would require you to switch decks. On Valentine's day
I'd totally do that. The rest of the year, I'm not so sure.
Wilson only teaches how to set
up on the fly. While I appreciate that I'm not sure it's a the best idea. You still need to be
somewhere private to do that. If I'm working in private I'd much rather use an exacto knife or
pocket knife to get a cleaner heart.
Bottom line, if it's likely that you'll do
walk-around on Valentine's day or if you consider yourself advanced enough to be able to load
everything necessary you should buy this trick and you'll love it.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
I love R. Paul Wilson, but this is one of the weaker ones. I'd just recommend Killers. This is a
longer trick with less payoff than others.
I like it, but I don't like these modified card
effects, or packet tricks. I'd rather to borrowed deck material instead and save on the pocket space
and arts and crafts. It's a transpo with a weird kicker that doesn't really work for me.