The Autograph Materialization by Jon Racherbaumer(c. 2010) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)
An amazing routine for W.O.W! I love this routine! Jon Racherbaumer really has come up with a great routine for Mazuda’s W.O.W. gimmick and if you already have the gimmick then the routine is freely available on Joe Stevens site. What is neat about the routine is that the gimmick appears to change the card twice: first from a joker to the Spectator’s card and second the spectator’s signature visually appears on the card right in plain view. It looks startling and takes away any heat from the gimmick.
Effect: The fanatical, frenzied flurry of ideas regarding the W.O.W. gimmick has apparently died down. Mike Powers suggested that a compilation of ideas would make a nice booklet; however, this has not yet materialized. In the meantime, Stevens Magic Emporium still sells this great utility. If you already have one in a drawer, you might take it out and try this application. The germ of this idea came from my French friend, Marc Serin, which dramatically alters how the W.O.W. trick is interpreted. If you do not have the gimmick, order one from Stevens Magic.
The W.O.W. gimmick is primarily used to create an effect where one card visually changes into another card. This is obviously a strong, visual effect, especially since a logical assumption (by most lay people) is that all card changes require two cards. If the transformation occurs in an opaque box or envelope, then there must be a flap, partition, or some kind of secret mechanism. How else? However, if the envelope is transparent and only one card is seen before and after the transformation, the two-card solution is out the window.
Serin’s approach is novel. The effect is that a Joker changes into an unsigned duplicate of a signed selection. Then he causes the signature on the selection to appear on the duplicate!
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