Diablo by Peter Duffie

(c. 2004) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Effect: Try to keep the truth unseen. but you’ll never beat the lie machine.

Effect: A card is selected from the deck. You introduce an occult board – a plastic laminated card with a grid printed on it. You ask the spectator four questions about his card to which he can LIE or tell the TRUTH. No matter how he responds,the board exposes the truth every time. Finally, the card is fully revealed in an unexpected finish.

  • No Skill Required!
  • Comes with full apparatus!
  • Use any deck!
  • Repeat with a different card!

Peter Duffie is one of magic’s premier creators of (to use Steve Beam’s term) semi-automatic card tricks. These effects require a minimal amount of technical ability, yet they are commercial and pack a good punch. Two of Peter’s recent offerings are Dead Reckoning and Diablo. Dead Reckoning is an easy spirit writing effect that uses four laminated cards. The cards spell the word D-E-A-D on one side and T-E-S-T on the other. Even though the cards are cleanly shown on both sides, spirit writing appears revealing the identities of two selected cards. Diablo is a very unusual Lie Detector effect using a large card with a 4 x 4 grid marked on it. The grid is filled with the words YES or NO. A spectator is asked questions about the identity of a chosen card, and the answers to the questions are spelled out by moving along the grid. Curiously, the grid always knows whether the spectator is lying or telling the truth. At the end the name of the card is revealed in a surprising way. Both of these effects are very clever and are worth checking out.

(Michael Close – Magic Magazine, May 2004)
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Approx. Price: $14.95 (2005) ***

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