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Influence (Red) by Mickael Chatelain

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Can we or can we not influence things, events, or decisions?
After participating in this demonstration, your spectators will no doubt have their answer...

A red-backed card is placed face down in the middle of the table. A spectator will be invited to turn over the card at the end of your demonstration. You will not touch the card again.
Now take out a blue-backed deck, show it back and front. It's a regular deck in which all the cards are different.
Give it to the spectators to shuffle, cut and examine freely.

At this stage, point out that it is absolutely impossible to know the order of the cards since the deck has been passed from spectator to spectator, each of whom gave the deck a shuffle.

Explain that you are not going to manipulate the cards and that the order of the cards will stay as dictated by chance. To avoid any and all manipulation, the entire deck is immediately replaced in its case.

As things now stand, no one, not even you, knows the order of the cards.

Hold the deck and its case at the tips of the fingers and take out the cards one by one in order. Whenever he likes, a spectator tells you, "STOP!"

As soon as everything is set, you begin:

Take the first card out at the tips of the fingers, then the second, etc...

As slowly as possible the cards are removed from the case. At any time the spectator tells you, "STOP!"

As with the others, the card is removed. It's the Queen of Spades, for example.

Take out a few more cards to show that one second later, the card would have been completely different. But fate determined that the spectator would stop on the Queen of Spades. Take the rest of the deck and show it. No duplicates, no other Queens of Spades!

If the prediction card in view since the beginning is identical to the card you have just removed from the deck, let's admit that we're witnessing a veritable miracle since:

- No manipulation was possible
- The deck is ordinary and shuffled by the spectators
- The spectator said STOP whenever he wished
- We said MIRACLE, didn't we?

Invite the spectator to turn over the prediction card himself.

Incredible! The word doesn't do justice, as in fact, the prediction card is the Queen of Spades! How is this possible?

Read the strong points. You'll be convinced that INFLUENCE is truly exceptional!

Strong points:
* You use YOUR ordinary deck!
* The spectator shuffles the deck himself!
* The cards are immediately replaced in the case without changing their order.
* Once the cards are in the case, no manipulation is possible.
* You take out the cards one by one in the order they appear.
* NO forcing! That seems crazy, but is however true! The spectator has a FREE CHOICE of when to say, "STOP!"
* The prediction is not switched.
* Quick reset.
* No manipulation. An incredible gimmick takes care of everything, leaving you to concentrate on presentation.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 3rd, 2016
Being a hobbyist more than a performer I have to say I love gimmicked tricks. This trick uses a gimmick as you know. The gimmick in this trick is made well enough but in a real world situation im not exactly confident flashing it around. You definitely cannot let the spectator touch the card that comes out of the box either.

There is also a bit of a knack to working the gimmick properly as to make its function undetectable. It can get stuck if too much pressure is put on the box.

The video instruction download that comes with the trick is brief and covers the essentials on how to work the gimmick and do the tiny bit of arts and crafts you may want to do, in my opinion the little bit of extra arts and crafts are not necessary.

The trick is simple and clear which is what makes it nice but dude didn't really offer any patter ideas to justify putting the cards back in the box etc etc so you will have to think of something on your own, which is probably better anyway.

Also this is just a personal thing for me. I can appreciate a French accent but this guys voice is obnoxious and frankly he is not great at doing tutorials. He seams more interested in stroking his own ego about how great is gimmick is than creating a fully fleshed out routine.

Considering what this costs a lot more should be provided, possibly other uses for the gimmick.

The good thing about this is the effect itself if executed smoothly and presented properly it looks totally impossible.

Since its essentially a clever gimmicked way of forcing a card, the prediction revelation can be done in any number of ways. Which leaves plenty of room for creativity.

If you ditch the gimmicks the cards and box will be totally clean and could be used for other effects which is also nice.

So in closing,the effect is a fooler. Deck can be used for other tricks. The gimmick is nothing revolutionary. Not a lot of info is included, just the basics of the trick. The value doesn't seam to be there in my opinion. I feel like a similar looking trick would be better executed with a gimmicked box perhaps so the card that comes out is clean. 3.5 out of 10
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 9th, 2017
Almost everything that is created by him is great! He thinks out of the box. I think this trick is very good and practical.
I love it
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 8th, 2016
Very good. Our bicycle card cases in Canada don't match the ones he uses in video but that is only a minor obstacle. What an ingenious mind.
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