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Topic: Svengali Deck reborn? Not this way!
Message: Posted by: sethb (Feb 26, 2008 11:44AM)
Do you wonder if the Svengali Deck principle is still viable after its invention over 100 years ago? After all there was the 1960's television marketing blitz of "TV Magic Cards" by Marshall Brodien, the deck's inclusion in almost every children's magic set, and a pitch of the deck at just about every state, county and local fair.

And then I see an ad on the Café from US Toy for a "Jurassic Park" deck, click [url=http://www.ustmagic.com/cgi-bin/ustmagic_cgi.sh/WService=ustmagic/ustmagic.com/magic/product.htm?stateInfo=lddiccveljciPiCi4457|3&dept_id=851&pf_id=MG2277&parent_id=0]HERE[/url] to view. This looks suspiciously like a cheap Svengali Deck dressed up with an expensive cross-licensing agreement and a "card prediction" (not that this is a good combination, far from it).

In my humble opinion, anybody who pays $40 for this mishmash needs to have their head examined. Or better yet, come around to my pitch table and I'll sell you a REAL Svengali Deck for $10, one that you can actually do some impressive tricks with. SETH
Message: Posted by: Jon-O the Great (Feb 26, 2008 12:46PM)
You are certainly right. Sounds like a Svengali deck without face cards, only movie names. But FORTY SMACKERS???? Man!! He's an entre-manure!

Message: Posted by: SeasideShowman (Feb 26, 2008 05:55PM)
In reading the description to me it sounds like a "Mental Photography" or Blank Deck with names of movies on them rather than a Svengali. Especially since it mentions 'spreading' the deck rather than some other move. Yes ... No ?

I'm also curious as to legal agreements in terms of licensing in order to use the logo and title "Jurassic Park" ... but that's not for me to worry about ...

Cap'n Mike
Message: Posted by: TKD27 (Feb 27, 2008 08:40AM)
Yeah, it sounds like it's also roughed on the backs. Plus there's some kind of change on the box, so it may be that $40 is a fair price.
Message: Posted by: sion (Feb 27, 2008 09:59AM)
Seth, The deck that we sell here at us toy is called "Jurassic Deck" not Jurassic Park. The deck is also not a Svengali deck. Check the link below for a review of the effect.

Message: Posted by: sethb (Feb 27, 2008 12:24PM)
Well, put a little crow on my plate and I'll eat it -- looks like it's not a Sven deck after all, but possibly a R-&-S situation. And if there's an extra kicker with the box, that's worth something, too, I'm sure.

My apologies, I'll slink back to my pitch table now! SETH
Message: Posted by: Corey Harris (Feb 27, 2008 06:18PM)
Hey Seth, that's no problem. There is also no R&S either, When I got my hands on the a copy of it when we first got it in at the shop, I was really surprised. It takes a few different things and meshes them together. If you havent seen the demo, there is a video of Peter performing the effect on Youtube, Just search Jurassic Deck.

From me, Even though I do sell it at the shop I work for at US Toy. I would say it is worth the 40 Bucks, But I am also willing to spend a decent amount of money on a good workers commercial effect. But that's just me.
Message: Posted by: hoodrat (Feb 29, 2008 06:10PM)
This effect looks like a remake of "Pineapple Surprise." The deck used there is comprised of cards that are t*****r than o******y p****** c****. "Jurassic Deck" looks to be the same. "Pineapple Surprise" retails for only $15 at Hocus-Pocus' website. The only thing "Pineapple Surprise" doesn't do is change the appearance of the card box like "Jurassic Deck" claims to do.
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Mar 4, 2008 05:10PM)
I'm glad it says Jurassic deck and, working at Universal, I intend to buy one before the lawsuit begins :) Regardless of the word DECK instead of Park ... the logo is almost identical :)