Although the ad copy for Make Your Choice doesn’t name the effect that it is a close-up version of, it is most likely Prestige, as they look basically the same to the audience, but use very different methods. Make Your Choice works well and there is nothing to break or go wrong, but it does require a simple move whereas Prestige is automatic. However, you need to have a little more distance to perform Prestige whereas you can be much closer with Make Your Choice. The gimmick for Prestige is a little more interesting and novel, but Make Your Choice still works fine as described.
In his review video David Dellman provides a useful product comparison of the two items. Thanks David!
This is another rare Jack Hughes classic and is a great way to finish Card Go.
It is a great idea, but I found this a little tricky to do smoothly but we’ll see how it looks in the video after I’ve had some more practice. It could easily be the age of the unit (almost 80 years!).
This Mental Die is well made with very fine tolerances, but has no frills and is stripped down to work perfectly every time. It easy to do and comes with an extra effect in the instructions that most people miss called Spectral Control which is a great way of performing the effect with some extra magic instead of simply determining the top number on the die.
This is based upon Bob Ostin’s Dice Prediction c. 1953. And is quite similar to Nelson’s Mental Gimic. However, the difference between Bob Koch’s version and both the original and Nelson’s is that it uses gravity instead of a spring or rubber band. This makes is less likely to break, but also means that it can make more of a sound and is less versatile.
The unit is the most solid of all the versions I have seen and is very easy to switch out for other items such as billets, notes, and bills.
This is a remake of Heath’s Mystic Tappit – not sure why Jay Leslie spelt “Tappit” incorrectly when he released this but it should have two p’s.
This is a functional version and Jay has included an extra phase which works well too. But to my mind it is not necessary and just repeating the standard effect two or three times in a row is really enough to blow their minds. This is one of the few effects that gets better with repetition. And unlike the original bakelite tiles these colors will not fade 🙂
This is a variation of R.W. Hull’s Pop-Eyed Eye-Popper Deck which allows you to force up to four cards instead of just one. I’m not sure how useful this is because you lose the easy of forcing which you are used to with the traditional version.
These are made by Steven Perry who is a professional card mechanic and does an amazing job for just a few dollars more. These are not bulk manufactured, each deck is made by hand with meticulous attention to quality control and precision.
This is U.F. Grant’s wonderful and overlooked Improved Proxy Substitution Chest. The original version released c. 1946 used just a single chest, but an improved version was introduced c. 1966 using two chests. This is the latter kind. It doesn’t look very much when you get it but it is a very convincing transposition that is embarrassingly easy to do. The basic plot is that two items borrowed from the audience, an item from a lady and an item from a man, change places in a very clean manner.
I thought it would it would be perfect for a Batman and Superman ultimate Smackdown contest …
The chests have plenty of cosmetic marks and scratches but they work perfectly. If I was to perform this regularly I would probably repaint them in blacks and browns to represent buildings or maybe green and red for Kryptonite, but as they are they work perfectly too. Of course you don’t have to use Batman and Superman – any two small items under about 6″ would work.
I knew Paul Clive. I have always been amused that he never did any card tricks himself yet managed to write this classic book! A friend of his told me, “I have known Paul for over 30 years and have never seen him do a card trick even once!”
It is indeed a wonderful book. It seems that Paul ran around with a notebook asking magicians he knew to contribute a card trick and eventually he had a great book. Naturally he sold the book in his own magic shop but was very reluctant to let customers know he wrote it. His wife would give the game away though so he would be reluctantly forced to sign his autograph within it!
Mr. Magic is a low-price creator of magic from India. I’m not sure who is actually behind the operation but they sell a lot of magic through their main distributor: Murphy’s Magic. You won’t find much from Mr. Magic on my site, but recently for a great routine for the ABC blocks by Duane Lafin I needed a cheap and simple forcing bag and for $6 this was perfect. Looks good and is very deceptive. The construction would probably not hold up under duress but for this effect I could not find a better looking bag.
You have to supply your own cards or forcing items, I’m using A, B, C letters for the ABC effect.
Dominique Duvivier created this effect c. 1997 and it was also known as Les Jokers Translucides. It was released by Jeff Busby shortly after as Translucent Jokers and Jeff wrote very detailed instructions for it. It is not a difficult routine to master but it will take some time and practice to do it well.
In 2020 Airship Magic released this version in a Limited Edition of 24 sets. It remains faithful to the original with a nice quality Himber wallet included. The only issue I had with the wallet was that things were a little snug, but I’m guessing that would improve quite quickly over time if you perform (or practice) the effect.
A very different and visual routine that slips into your pocket and is ready to go to amaze and amuse them all. Airship include the Jeff Busby instructions – a full 13 page spread.
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