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Mash Pack by Garrett Thomas - DVD

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Garrett's Mash Pack is a radical re-invention of our beloved bicycle deck. It's a one-of-a-kind conceptual breakthrough that mashes a pack and it's box into a singularly wondrous magical object.

What they see: You're holding a solid bicycle card case. The case instantly and visibly morphs into 52 single cards! (We use the words "Instantly and Visibly" in their truest, most Instant and Visible sense). As you square these single loose cards they Instantly and Visibly morph back into a solid case!

What you see: You look down and see a solid card case in your hand, just your basic bicycle card case. Your fingers "spread" the card case...and the case automatically transforms into a spread of 52 single cards, No flaps, No moves, Just the rare experience of being the performer and the audience at the same time.

Garrett entertains himself by doing Mash Pack transformations over and over for his smart magician buddies. They always have the same conversation: "Where's the flap?" "There is no flap." Where's the ditch?" "There is no ditch." "Then where does the box go?"... This cycle repeats until his magic buddies are completely mashed and unable to make any more sounds.

  • Instantly resets
  • A great opener
  • No flaps. No extra pieces.
  • Completely self-contained
  • Very easy to do.
  • Includes routines that leave you with a normal ungaffed deck and case.
  • Designed for use with a red Rider Back bicycle deck.

AND FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY (until they run out) A FREE BONUS DECK! Paul Harris has allowed Garrett to include the PH Box-Back Deck. This free second custom deck is a completely different animal that opens up yet another brave new world of deck and case Astonishments! USPC will not re-print this very special Bicycle Rider Back deck ever again...so get it while you can.

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 26th, 2010
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This is literally a one-trick pony. You can "vanish" a card box and have the deck appear, then have the box reappear if you'd like. Unfortunately, the deck cannot be used for a trick itself as the sides are marked too much for use. Garrett does a good job of showing how to ditch the deck for one you can move into with your act, but you'll need to be wearing a jacket in order for this to be effective (deck switch only as he shows it...you can do the disappearance of the box without it). It seems a little limiting for a card trick like this.

The follow up using the other included deck isn't much more impressive, though in its defense it is an effect you can slip into your routine as a closer (since the entire deck has the card box's face on it). You could use the deck for any other trick after the "transformation" though, because the backs are identical even if they are different from what the spectator is used to seeing.

There are two things I don't like about this. First, the price is far too steep for something like this. While you do get two decks and a DVD, I feel this could easily have gone for $20-$25 and been more in line. Second, the performance on the DVD is less than impressive. At one point he's going to vanish the deck into a hat and have it switch places with the box. Unfortunately, while he's holding the box and deck in the same hand he's got it positioned so it plainly shows the marks of the deck parallel with the box (making it painfully obvious to the spectator and us what's going on). Likewise, his performance with the other deck is unimpressive. He does the effects with two different audiences, and the two ladies he chose to use in the pool hall are completely under-whelmed at everything. They look like they know they're supposed to be acting impressed, but are either too nervous to act natural or just aren't impressed with what's going on. I'm not asking for some Criss Angel crowd screaming and fainting here, but he might have done better using a more enthusiastic pair.

This isn't the worst effect I've bought this year, but it's definitely not one I'd feel comfortable performing.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 5th, 2010
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This effect is great. The only type of person who wouldn't love this effect is the type who tries to perform this only using the techniques shown in the DVD. Garrett gives an introduction to the idea, but leaves a lot of the imagination part up to you.

This idea is great. Inspired by a different gimmick created by Paul Harris, this gimmick is just so clean that it blew me away. The only real skill that you will need to perform this effect is a side steal. With that you can make a box cleanly vanish off of the cards allowing you to show the cards from literally any angle while spread or fanned. On the DVD you are taught one basic way to make the box vanish, and one way to switch out the gimmicked deck for a regular one. There are still so many effects possible with this gimmick (one of my personal creations being a card box through suitcase). With a little bit of imagination and previous knowledge, this effect kills as a full effect or an opener to another routine.

Paul Harris's box backed deck (box back design on every card) is an entirely different story and probable could have been sold separately.This effect is just plain great aswell and is a little more developed on the DVD (he shows you a little more to do with it). It's a great deal seeing as these box back gimmicks were never meant to be released and only for Paul Harris's personal use.
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