This is a great, amazing trick that makes sense. David works REALLY hard to make sure that
EVERYTHING he does means something to the spectators; has something that they relate to. THIS trick
is based on the premise of "Wanting to kill someone" which is something that EVERYONE has wanted to
do at one point or another.
I really, really like the fairness to this trick, and the
instructions that come with this effect explain the mechanics exceptionally well. With basic magical
knowledge, you could perform this the same day.
This is a quality, fantastic effect for
less than 20 bucks that people relate too. I think this is a goal that most magicians lose sight of,
but David Regal LIVES by.
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David gave this to me as a gift for attending a lecture and I was a pit skeptical because I don't
usually perform packet effects but I opened it up and loved it,I use it as my closer now...HIGHLY
Off With His Head is from the mind on David Regal. Regal's routines have a strong premise and this
packet trick is no different. This packet trick takes almost no technical skills to perform.
However, you do need to be able to smoothly tell the story that accompanies this trick. This trick
is for females mainly. It asks "have you ever wanted to kill a guy?" This is the emotional hook
that sucks the spectator in.
The spectator makes all of the decisions. In the end, she
gets to say "off with his head!" Amazingly, the card she names has the head literally missing from
the card. The trick comes with the gaffed cards on Bicycle stock. Highly recommended.
If "Entourage" didn't exist, I would probably like this even more. As it is, they feel like very
similar effects, except in one case, the spectator is choosing one of the 4 queens, and in other
other, they're choosing one of the 4 kings.
There are reasons why you might like this one
better... the finish, with the card missing a head is pretty surprising... however, such an unusual
reveal is probably going to make the spectator want to handle the card... but they can't. Not that
they can handle the cards in Entourage either, but this effect feels like it gives them more reason
to want to.
The other reason I prefer Entourage is that the choice there is a 1 in 4
completely free choice. In this effect, there's is a bit of a force involved, so it's not a
completely free 1 in 4 choice.
Still, I do think this is a worthwhile effect... it's just
that if forced to choose, I'd prefer Entourage.
I like the concept. However, there is a major flaw. The effect consists of four Kings. He
presents a patter that is based on talking to a woman and she is playing the part of the queen. In
the patter, the Kings are servants to the Queen. It's just awkward. I don't think of Kings as
being servants to Queens, or Queens as being servants to Kings. I would have really liked it much
more if the cards were four Jacks and the patter is these Jacks are servants to either a King or a
Queen. By the way, he doesn't present any patter when presenting it to a male. It could have been
a really good little packet trick routine, but I have to figure out some patter and story line that
I feel comfortable with and that makes sense. Also, while many people know the Elmsley count, some
do not. He refers to the Elmsley count, but doesn't explain it. In other packet tricks, when they
refer to a particular move, they also explain how to do the move. This could have been a much
better effect if it was thought out better.
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