Over the last 33 years I have performed and handled many, many paddle effects – probably in the 100’s. The Red, White, Blue Paddle from Joe Porper is most certainly my favorite.
I find the mechanics to work flawlessly and you are left perfectly clean. In addition, performing the paddle move is easy and you are in the wonderful position where you start clean being able to show for real both sides of the paddle, and you end clean being able to hand the paddle out for examination. Nothing is added or taken away.
If you are familiar with the wonderful Ju Ju Stick routine it is pretty easy to adapt parts of that hiliarous routine to use with this, with cleaner changes and easier moves.
Joe Porper has a lot of paddle effects on the market – some good, some bad – but this one clearly beats them all.
The effect of asking for any suit to be named and having it be the only reversed and/or odd card is very popular and there are many methods and routines. For my money this is by far the cleanest and simplest. There are only 4 cards, no flaps or rough-and smooth and you can show the backs and fronts of the other 3 cards to all be non-Jacks (in this case).
If you start with an Elmsley count you are even cleaner. This is just a wonderful quickie that leaves them very perplexed!
So this is the classic brainwave effect, that of course we all love! But it has the added ruse that allows you to show the card box as red or blue when you remove it from your pocket instead of having a blank box or no box.
This is a great idea and adds a very nice touch to an already wonderful effect!
Jim Zee makes some very fine coin boxes indeed and they are priced very reasonably. When it comes to coin boxes the size and weight really make a difference. These babies just look and feel perfect!
If you have ever wanted to learn to do some really cool coin effects with the Okito box not only are the Jim Zee boxes the best they come with a 40 page illustrated booklet by Robert Bengal all for a paltry $64!
At first glance I didn’t think this was going to be a good trick. After I got my hands on one and played around with it I realized it’s potential. It uses a very seldom seen method. There are no threads, magnets, wires, etc. It is fairly easy to perofrm with some practice. All in all a great little close up trick.
Just when you think you’ve seen all the trick decks out there, along comes X-Deck! This is almost a total home run. It is a very clean way to show that you had predicted what card they would mentally think of from all 52 cards in the deck. They can think of any one and you show that you had marked it with an X and with an alternate back.
It is better and easier to use than the Brainwave Deck because you can freely show the backs and fronts of the deck. However, the only problem I have with it is that they have made the deck look pretty obviously prearranged by the choice of cards that you can see when you fan the deck. With a little thought and some simple calcuations I’m sure there is a better way. I’m going to play with a deck myself to see. Once you remove this slightly annoying limitation then you truly do have a great idea that is simpler, faster and cleaner than Brainwave and then something that you will just start using all over the place!
This is similar to the FA-KO Deck and comes with an impressive selection of gimmicked cards factory printed on Bicycle stock. It doesn’t come with as many routines as the FA-KO Deck, but there are certainly some usuable routines here.
Plus it gives you some cool new cards to play with to invent other new routines!
Ok so when you first recieve this box you are going to be looking for some cool gimmick. You initially will be dissappointed as the box is totally ungimmicked.
However, it is designed very well and has some very specific properties that allow you to basically do what you can do with John Kennedy’s marvellous Mystery Box and quite a lot more. Because it is ungimmicked you can’t be quite as clean as the Mystery Box allows, however if you can handle the Mystery box I don’t think that will be a problem for you. And there are three big pluses over the Mystery box: you can use it for any playing card, business card or other billet like slip, it requires no reset and it is half the price. John Kennedy does provide Money Mystery Box and the Prediction Mystery Box but now you need 3 boxes to do each effect. With the Tibetan Wishing Box – you just need the one.
I am a big fan of the Mystery Box and have performed it for years. I won’t give up using it either – in fact I do a routine with 3 boxes and it kills! However, because of the benefits this box has I could see myself using it initially for various other effects and might even find myself doing it in place of the Mystery Box over time.
It comes with a good set of detailed and photo illustrated instructions too.