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252life
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The card that matters...your credit card.
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Has anyone received the cards for this? I've had the tutorial since October, but not the cards.
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This is a weird one. I started the thread long time ago, and it has been out of stock since day 1. It's weird that Penguin doesn't say anything about it. Guess this trick should be called "The trick that cannot be explained" Smile

Harley, does the video show that you actually get some cards from Penguin?
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The cards are cleverly gaffed. It looks like a great trick.
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Kind of weird, not a peep from Penguin or Rick Lax about this. I wonder if it’s another case of someone else’s idea and they had to pull it?
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If they pull it out, shouldn't it say this product is discontinued or something instead of out of stock?
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I just received an email from Penguin that this will ship Tuesday.
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It's finally out after more than a year!!
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In the video demo a spectator was looking at a slip of paper that had on it: "HIGHER BY ONE"
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I don't own this, but I can clearly see what's going on here. It is somewhat restrictive and employees the "off by one" approach to streamline the number of choices. Of course, you cannot name an ace and nothing can be examined.

This seems well-suited for hobbyists (not that there's anything wrong with that) to have tucked away in their wallets to amaze people on the spot. It's a quick "show me" effect that should baffle most laypersons albeit with the beforementioned restrictions.
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Thank You, Jared!

This effect seems intriguing at first but the more I look in to it the more put off I am. I don't know about portability without wearing a jacket- Who carries an envelope in their wallet?

This is a part of a review on Penguin-
"...it's not exactly true that the audience has a "free choice" of card selection — but they virtually do. So much so that I hesitate to mention this at all. I think what Rick Lax means to say is this effect is NOT achieved by a force. Watching the trailer, I thought it was a forced card; it is not, and that is one of the great things about this routine.

Second, and this is more consequential: you are not going to get a clean hit every time. Maybe as much as 50% of the time, the named card will be "wrong." How this is handled is part of the effect, and it is well-thought out and taught. However, whether this goes over well with your spectator is going to come down to your presentation skills. ..."

Lot's of cons for this effect.

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I generally like Rick's stuff. But for a "named card face up" effect with many more moments of magic that ends clean and examinable, my all time favorite packet trick is John Bannon's B'rainiac.
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Thanks for the update - this looks interesting and I love Rick's stuff. For those who have seen the full routine, how does it play when you need the higher by one? does it flow naturally or is it a cop-out?
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Quote:
On Oct 17, 2019, Tom Cutts wrote:
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On Oct 16, 2019, pegasus wrote:
Any card named from a restriction of 6 cards probably. There’s no way 52 are replicated on that thin slice of cards unless it’s real magic, of course. Smile

Ah, but there is a way. Smile


Ah, but there isn’t, is there?

More rubbish from Penguin.
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Not sure AT ALL how Rick can say this is the best trick he has ever come up with.
How many magicians does it take to change a lightbulb? Regardless, for magicians darkness is a time for d'lite.
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I think he says that 90% of the time.
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Another case of powerful video marketing... just remember though... Don't believe the hype! Like so many magic trailers nowadays they claim it does this and that, but in reality it can only do this and that 90% of the time (oh and not forgetting the various outs!).
In simple terms, are you trying to say: You have just 5 cards in an envelope that is a poker hand made up of say these cards, 5,6,7,8,9 of diamonds, please name one of these, then as I spread the fan your card is reversed and has a different back color! Here's the other cards in the fan (as you turn them over!).

Is that what the trick does, just a simple yes or no would be great. Why do magic trailers tell us nothing. If I see another trailer with shots of people laughing, screaming, looking amazed... followed by a slow motion of the inventor walking through the sunset, flashy titles and dramatic music... and explaining NOTHING about the *** trick!

Take a leaf out of Mark Leveridge Magic, his demos are LIVE full routine filmed, no special FX no fancy music.. Just the effect! As magicians we can then decide if the trick is suitable for us.
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I purchased this, and I haven't received the props yet, but I really like it. I wouldn't carry it in my wallet, it just wouldn't last long. I would carry it in my shirt pocket, and only to specifically perform this. I think it is a great walk-around trick. I think it does lend itself to pros and hobbyists. I like to think of it as a really nice version of Kolossal Killer. I also have KK, and I prefer this one. Personally, I plan on performing this without using the "note" unless really needed, I think this can all be done in the presentation, but it's a nice option.

Obviously it is not examinable, but after watching the entire explanation, I was dissappointed that he didn't cover some obvious audience management issues. It seems obvious that people are going to ask to see the poker hand. He does talk about how he addresses this by talking about "the only card that matters", but that doesn't keep people from asking. ONe thing that I have noticed from Rick Lax is that his audiences seem to be a group of friends who seem to "know the drill". They remind me of people who are trying out to get on a game show. They have all the right emotions and reactions, but don't seem to ever ask any of the questions "normal" audiences do.

I can't think of a good immediate answer to a question about the rest of the poker hand. I would have liked to hear the thoughts of a creator who, hopefully, has performed this for many different types of audiences.

I can think of a couple ways to go, perhaps some of you have thoughts on this obvious audience manageent issue that is likely to arise.

One would be to put the cards back in my shirt pocket and have, for example, another envelope with four blue backed cards and any red backed card. Then talk about a memorable poker game and in the middle of the explanation, take the other envelope out and show just the opposite side of the blue backed cards, then maybe be prepared to do something with three of the cards.

Another idea is to put the envelope away and take out a deck of cards and do a poker routine if they want to see more.

The one thing that I see most developers fail to cover thoroughly are the handling tips that every magician, pro or hobbyist need to know, like tips on carrying it, getting into it, getting out of potential problems, ending the routine, what to do after, etc.

Some developers who obviously have performed a lot for audiences that include total strangers do a much better job of this. I'm thinking of people like Jay Sankey, David Williamson, Mel Mellers, etc.

KJ
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I just had a brain pop on the audience management issue. If you had, for example, another envelope with four blue back cards that could work with any of the selections and a blank face red backed card, the blank face card could be an "explanation" for how they just thought they saw the card they wanted to see. It sort of creates a second effect in the process of audience management. You could even use a bit of "the kings new clothing" psychology during the presentation. i.e. "When I do this at Mensa meetings, they ALWAYS either get it or the card is just one higher... you seem smart, I think you will do so as well." I might try that.
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I don't have this, but why not script around the issue at the start? You can introduce it by saying of course in poker, you never show your hand. But you and I are so connected, I can tell you already know one of my cards. You go ahead and name it. I'll show you one card and only one card, because it is the only card that matters... blah blah. That is probably what I would do anyway, if I get this.
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