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On Jul 7, 2016, BAGWIZ wrote:
I've performed this effect now a few dozen times and I can't say it "kills" but it does get a solid reaction. It's not quite as strong a reaction as what you might see with an in-the-hand effect like the sponge balls, but people do seem to like it. I like that it takes up very little room, can be done under just about any conditions, resets quickly, can be replaced with little effort or expense and it isn't exactly another card trick. Yes it is done with cards, but I like that it can be more about making something vanish than just a straight-up card effect. Very nice job Rick, at polishing up an old concept and making it new (and fun) again!


I definitely agree, that the reactions are very solid. I like the effect because the ending is unexpected and the fact that it happens in their hands. Rick has done a great job in taking this concept and putting a different spin on it. Nice job...
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As for the trailer, IMHO it is hard for me to understand why people get so jacked-up about what is shown or not shown. The object f the trailer, as we all well know, is to get us to buy the trick. If the trailer "works" we buy it. If not, we don't. In this case, I bought. So have many others on this thread. Using that as a metric, I'd have to say the trailer was pretty good.

I get it that some trailers are misleading and that sometimes leaves us feeling disappointed, ****ed or both when we don't get what we hoped we were getting. But such is life, as Lennart Green says! Heck, I remember as a kid reading through the Tannen's catalogue, how excited I was to buy certain tricks based on the written description, only to learn a few important factoids had been cleverly omitted. As my dad used to always say, "If it seems to good to be true, it probably is ... even in magic,"


Very true, all we have to go on are the trailers and good reviews on the Café...
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Here is a gag trick with a prop I have had for years. Once the person has the single card in his hand, tell him that most magicians make the card vanish but you are going further than that. Tell them to think of any card and that card will be on the card in their hand. Have them tell you the card and then open their hands. Inside their hands is a 52 on 1 card.
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On Jul 8, 2016, pegasus wrote:
It's all in the presentation Bagwiz. I've gotten great reactions personally.


Couldn't agree more, Pegasus! Eraser gets great reactions. It's just not something I've yet found to achieve an "over the top" jaw-dropping, visceral reaction like we sometimes see on promo videos where folks obviously know they are on camera and their reactions determine what gets shown or dumped on the cutting room floor. And for me at least, that's perfectly ok. I need solid workers like this, which hit hard but don't completely fry an audience.

What I particularly like about Rick's work, though, is that he seems to invest a lot of time and effort into breathing new life into tricks we've perhaps all forgotten or set aside. "Whitewash" and "Quarterly Report" are two other examples. I really like Rick's thinking and even if I don't use all his material that I've purchased (and I don't) his work inspires me to look deeper at the many items I've amassed over the years to find overlooked gems and breathe new life into them.
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Couldn't agree more my friend.
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I thought I was wrong once, but it turned out I was wrong. I was right.


Now THAT'S funny!
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I have been working on a more suitable presentation and I found that this works pretty well for great reactions:

I explain to the spectator if they ever wondered how magicians vanish cards and that I will show them. I explain that I have a couple of cards and to hold them sandwiched in their hand. I then explain that I will vanish a card but in slow motion. I then go through the motion of pulling a card out explaining that the hand is faster than the eye and Magicians know how to use very fast sleight of hand. As I pull the card out very slowly showing it then put it away in my pocket. I then explain that I will vanish the card still remaining in their hand at lightning speed or something to that affect. I then make a magic gesture and indicate that the card has vanished. Obviously they indicate that the card is still in their hand, but when they open it, the card is now blank on both sides and has indeed vanished. I like to use a KH or JH for the card that remains in their hand so they remember it.

Regards...
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On Jul 8, 2016, Harry2665 wrote:
Here is a gag trick with a prop I have had for years. Once the person has the single card in his hand, tell him that most magicians make the card vanish but you are going further than that. Tell them to think of any card and that card will be on the card in their hand. Have them tell you the card and then open their hands. Inside their hands is a 52 on 1 card.


Nice idea..I like it. Adds a little comedy and magic. Thanks for sharing.
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I have been working on a more suitable presentation and I found that this works pretty well for great reactions:

I explain to the spectator if they ever wondered how magicians vanish cards and that I will show them. I explain that I have a couple of cards and to hold them sandwiched in their hand. I then explain that I will vanish a card but in slow motion. I then go through the motion of pulling a card out explaining that the hand is faster than the eye and Magicians know how to use very fast sleight of hand. As I pull the card out very slowly showing it then put it away in my pocket. I then explain that I will vanish the card still remaining in their hand at lightning speed or something to that affect. I then make a magic gesture and indicate that the card has vanished. Obviously they indicate that the card is still in their hand, but when they open it, the card is now blank on both sides and has indeed vanished. I like to use a KH or JH for the card that remains in their hand so they remember it.

Regards...
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I'm confused because you've just described the exact routine Rick Lax teaches on the video.
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On Jul 8, 2016, Harry2665 wrote:
Here is a gag trick with a prop I have had for years. Once the person has the single card in his hand, tell him that most magicians make the card vanish but you are going further than that. Tell them to think of any card and that card will be on the card in their hand. Have them tell you the card and then open their hands. Inside their hands is a 52 on 1 card.


Nice idea..I like it. Adds a little comedy and magic. Thanks for sharing.


Nice twist on the effect. Thx
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Rick's full routine is never actually shown on the video. Whatever he teaches of his "routine" is done in a choppy disjointed manner as he mentions some of what he says as he is going through the handling.

Some of what Mike posted and what I posted is similar to how Rick does it, but there are subtle differences. I wish I could make a more direct comparison, but Rick never actually teaches or shows his full routine on the video so we can't really know.

Incidentally, I finally got the chance to do this trick for my wife and it went over very well. Very surprised look on her face when she saw that the card was blank, then she turned it over and saw it was blank on both sides and that definitely threw her. No big OMG reaction, but definitely hit her hard.

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I have been working on a more suitable presentation and I found that this works pretty well for great reactions:

I explain to the spectator if they ever wondered how magicians vanish cards and that I will show them. I explain that I have a couple of cards and to hold them sandwiched in their hand. I then explain that I will vanish a card but in slow motion. I then go through the motion of pulling a card out explaining that the hand is faster than the eye and Magicians know how to use very fast sleight of hand. As I pull the card out very slowly showing it then put it away in my pocket. I then explain that I will vanish the card still remaining in their hand at lightning speed or something to that affect. I then make a magic gesture and indicate that the card has vanished. Obviously they indicate that the card is still in their hand, but when they open it, the card is now blank on both sides and has indeed vanished. I like to use a KH or JH for the card that remains in their hand so they remember it.

Regards...
HD


I'm confused because you've just described the exact routine Rick Lax teaches on the video.
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I have been working on a more suitable presentation and I found that this works pretty well for great reactions:

I explain to the spectator if they ever wondered how magicians vanish cards and that I will show them. I explain that I have a couple of cards and to hold them sandwiched in their hand. I then explain that I will vanish a card but in slow motion. I then go through the motion of pulling a card out explaining that the hand is faster than the eye and Magicians know how to use very fast sleight of hand. As I pull the card out very slowly showing it then put it away in my pocket. I then explain that I will vanish the card still remaining in their hand at lightning speed or something to that affect. I then make a magic gesture and indicate that the card has vanished. Obviously they indicate that the card is still in their hand, but when they open it, the card is now blank on both sides and has indeed vanished. I like to use a KH or JH for the card that remains in their hand so they remember it.

Regards...
HD


I'm confused because you've just described the exact routine Rick Lax teaches on the video.


I guess it is pretty close, but I just some differences in the patter that is more comfortable for me. Thx for pointing that out.
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Rick's full routine is never actually shown on the video. Whatever he teaches of his "routine" is done in a choppy disjointed manner as he mentions some of what he says as he is going through the handling.

Some of what Mike posted and what I posted is similar to how Rick does it, but there are subtle differences. I wish I could make a more direct comparison, but Rick never actually teaches or shows his full routine on the video so we can't really know.

Incidentally, I finally got the chance to do this trick for my wife and it went over very well. Very surprised look on her face when she saw that the card was blank, then she turned it over and saw it was blank on both sides and that definitely threw her. No big OMG reaction, but definitely hit her hard.

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I have been working on a more suitable presentation and I found that this works pretty well for great reactions:

I explain to the spectator if they ever wondered how magicians vanish cards and that I will show them. I explain that I have a couple of cards and to hold them sandwiched in their hand. I then explain that I will vanish a card but in slow motion. I then go through the motion of pulling a card out explaining that the hand is faster than the eye and Magicians know how to use very fast sleight of hand. As I pull the card out very slowly showing it then put it away in my pocket. I then explain that I will vanish the card still remaining in their hand at lightning speed or something to that affect. I then make a magic gesture and indicate that the card has vanished. Obviously they indicate that the card is still in their hand, but when they open it, the card is now blank on both sides and has indeed vanished. I like to use a KH or JH for the card that remains in their hand so they remember it.

Regards...
HD


I'm confused because you've just described the exact routine Rick Lax teaches on the video.


Thx Kaliix, Correct, I was just trying to add something for fluent and understanding.
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This is not really a reply but a comment.
When the trick is done, sign the card and let
them keep it. Not only will the card remind them of the trick, but they also have your name.
The more people who know your name the better it can be. Mike
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I usually love rick lax tricks.... but this one is a step behind his other creations.
Don't want to be misunderstood, it s a good trick anyway but in my opinion nothing outstanding.
Plus could be cheaper just selling out the download.... the "gimmick" if you want call it gimmick is something all of us for sure has in our drawer.
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I prefer to use the gaff with a bicycle back so that I can avoid any chance of flashing when removing the first card later on.
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So far every time I've used this effect it has gone over really well

Good magic to all


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I agree with both prior posts. I also use it with bicycle back, I think it is more natural. I get good reactions with this.
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I haven't purchased this yet but I am tempted. I currently perform Imagine by G somewhat often. Do those of you that own this think it could or would be a good idea to do this trick first as a way of bringing a blank into play then have them sign the card and change it into a different one all together using imagine? Or is this overkill?
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Using the blanks both sides is better as it's impossible to flash if performed correctly which is basically a self working effect anyhow . No way to back track if the card is blank both sides where as if a rider back etc is in play it is pretty obvious what the removed card was imo . Anyway not one of Ricks best collaborations with Penguin imho Tarik 😊
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