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DavidKenney
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@simplymagicweb .... wow I am a Cafť member, I posted a review on page 2

.... feelings


.... hurt


... must


... sit under a tree and sulk now
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LOL David - thanks for your review. I guess I should have changed the wording slightly!

Iím really interested to hear from Cafť members and purchasers of the effect and how they have used it in their shows. Apologies in advance if you have purchased the effect for yourself - I couldnít bear to think that youíd be under anther tree!
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I finally got around to playing with this today and I like it very much! Like others have said before, it's satisfyingly clever. I'm going to use mine in conjunction with Bob Cassidy's 'Chronologue'. Switch-a-lope is ideal for this application because you'll have this BIG window envelope in full-view on an easel or suspended from the ceiling BEFORE the card is named by the spectator. IMO this is much better than pulling a large jumbo card from your pocket (how many does he have hidden in there?).

The handling itself is not difficult at all. I spent maybe 20-minutes of mirror practice and got the one simple move down pat. My only complaint is that I wish that the protective carton that it was shipped in didn't have printing on it because it's absolutely perfect for protecting it during transport. Also, the magnet "stoppers" (I won't say too much here) should have either been either larger or had covers attached. What I mean by "covers" is a tag or label that you could write on that would indicate which force is in the specific compartment. This way, during the heat of the moment you won't accidentally retrieve the wrong out by mistake.

If you need a 4-way out solution for stage or parlor this is definately worthy of your consideration.
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Thanks Jared for the feedback and the improvement suggestions!

All the best!!!!

Arnaud
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By the way... another feedback post from a happy customer:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......orum=109
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I received this yesterday and after reviewing the online instructions and running through it a few times I have to say this is one of the best purchases I've made. It's not for everyone. But if you are in a venue where this will work for you, it's a must have. The possibilities are endless.

I'm going to enjoy working with this.
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On Aug 17, 2018, EVILDAN wrote:
I received this yesterday and after reviewing the online instructions and running through it a few times I have to say this is one of the best purchases I've made. It's not for everyone. But if you are in a venue where this will work for you, it's a must have. The possibilities are endless.

I'm going to enjoy working with this.


Thanks Dan! Am sure this will bring you lots of joy!!! Itís rewarding to read such nice comments!!
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Rick Carruth on his facebook group "Magic Trick Reviews wrote:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/17557822......0456933/

I see many magic products. I get to handle, first-hand, many different creations. Switch-A-Lope by Arnaud is one of my favorite reviews as, although it is slightly higher priced than most products I review, it performs exactly as describes. Since it is designed for parlour and stage, not close up, the price is not only justified, but extremely affordable. In a time when quality props are often hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars, Switch-A-Lope is a steal.

A friend brought one to our last magic meeting.. and left with almost everyone, whether they could actually use one or not, wanting one. That is perhaps my strongest recommendation - I've seen the glimmer in their eyes and the covetousness in their heart when presented the opportunity to handle Switch-A-Lope.

It has my total recommendation, and will have you awake at nights devising new uses for this very creative magical tool.
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Switch-A-Lope Ė Arnaud Van Rietschoten

Product description: Iíve always been a huge fan of envelopes, especially gimmicked ones because there is something to a gaff envelope I canít really explain. Switch-A-Lope is a fully gimmicked envelope which contains one envelope inside will allow you to produce 4 outs. itís clever, itís big, itís designed for stage work only, I canít see myself using this in close-up. The smallest envelope is made out of a very bright colored paper while the big one is made out of white cardboard. Is this something which is worth your time and money ? Letís find out !

Price and where to buy it: This is sold at $59.95 and you can find it in nearly every Murphy's magic partner !

What you get: You get a very nice packaging which is a rigid cardboard sleeve for the enveloppe, so inside youíll find the big envelope with inside the small envelope as well as all the gaffs needed for you to perform the effect. You need to provide 4 A4 sheet and write anything you want to reveal on them. The gimmicked envelope is really really well made, it works flawlessly and I really like the method behind it. You also get a link in order to watch an explanatory video online, itís well made but I really hate the background music, itís so annoying ! Anyway, you learn how to use the envelope, which kind of paper you need to provide in case you want to change the small envelope (for a different colored one for example) and also which kind of ďgaffĒ is used so really, itís an exhaustive video. Overall, if you like what you see in the trailer, that you want a 4 outs envelopes for stage, I donít think you will be disappointed by Switch-A-Lope, especially for the price.

Teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfoD-G_kR5o

The pros and the cons: Here is the core of my review, let's begin with the cons, as I will usually be doing, I prefer to keep the good things for the end.

THE CONS:
- This is angle sensitive, and itís why it should be used on stage. I think 150 to 160 degrees is the most you can get out of it.
- You canít hand out the envelope, they can ďlookĒ inside to check itís empty but not too much because they may find something.

THE PROS:
- As I said, itís really well made, the quality of the gimmick is outstanding.
- You get everything ready to go out of the box, nothing to cut, glue or fold, you can start performing immediately with this prop.
- I like how big it plays, the colored envelope can be seen from really far away so itís perfect for stage and I think you will come up with your own routines to use with it.
- The predictions are made on A4 paper so they can also be seen in big rooms.
- The handling, when you master it, is quite clean and I think it will fly by people because the envelope never leave their sight.

Overall rating: I like this a lot, I think it may be one of the cleanest and strongest 4 ways out envelope for stage work ! Unfortunately, as a close-up worker, I wonít be using it, 3/4 hearts.

As for the difficulty level, 25% of the time, it will be really clean, the other 75%, you need to practice the move but itís not really difficult, 2/5 stars.

Similar products: Iím using a Paul Romany envelope, which is also 4 ways out but designed for close-up work.

If you liked this review, make sure to check all my other ones on my website: http://lesavisdalexis.wixsite.com/reviews
Get yourself the Flap Cards guide : http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/4435

Make sure to check my review Channel, new reviews coming every week ! http://www.youtube.com/c/alexisreviews
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Thanks Alex!
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Saturn Magic did a great deal on this, so I bought it!

Very clever. Well made and highly visual. Looks very clean. I like that the spec can remove the prediction too compared to the multiple out envelope previously discussed. It is however more angley so a little more audience management required but no big deal really.
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How did you get yours so quickly?

Alright I went for free post.... but still you seem to have got it very fast

Iím hoping a simpleton like me can use it easily... currently I have an idea that has three outs... so I have a spare out.... luxury eh?
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Yeah I'll use this for a three out situation too, but not for my chair routine. Yes you'll be fine!!!
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I've finally got round to playing with this, and like it. I found it a little fiddly initially but with surprisingly little practise it seemed to flow more naturally. A good idea for the stage performer. As I mention briefly in my review, I'm not sure I'd use it for a chair test - since there would be a minor handling discrepancy on each chair (if you had an envelope per chair) - but a good release. Full review here: https://www.bicycle-cards.co.uk/2019/02/......-review/
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Arnaud
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Thanks for the nice review Philip!

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If anyone wants this, it is 57% off here for the next hour:

https://www.magicandsuch.com/product/swi......schoten/
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Can you do this with 4 jumbo cards? A jumbo card coming out of the envelope that was in full view?
Arnaud
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Hello,

You are limited to the size of the envelope. It is size DL 220x110mm or 8.25x3.9".

Just now don't have the jumbo size handy, but if they are too big the phoenix parkour I will conclude size cards would work for sure.

Arnaud
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On Jul 21, 2018, dscanning wrote:
I love the demo. But I also find the marketing interesting. I mean, it is a paper product so I can't imagine it being very expensive to produce, or too labor intensive. I only mention this because of the $59 price tag...plus shipping. At the end of the day, it is just a 4 way out. I like it but not enough to pay $65 plus, especially not knowing how long a paper product like this will stand up to heavy use. It just started me to thinking...would you rather sell 200 at $59 or 2000 at $30? It just seems to be priced too high to me. But I can be completely wrong, of course. But it is interesting from a marketing viewpoint.


If it's as good as people say, I'd prefer he sold 50 at $236 Smile
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Magiccollector, if you ask nicely I'm sure he'd be willing to charge you that.
Please check regularly if you are becoming the type of magician Jerry Seinfeld jokes about. (This applies to mentalists as well.)
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