Monday, September 21, 2009

51 for Two - My Review

This is my first review on David Gemmell's "51 for Two" ebook. To be honest, I really have no idea about his work as this is my first time to come across his work. But, I would like to say I'm impress of his work. This effect is a solution for the classic Open Prediction (Paul Curry) / 51 Faces North (Steward James) effect.

This is a 6-page ebook, the document is well-laid out as well as credits and sources are provided very detail I would say. For those of you who think that this routine is achieved by using palming or awkward sleights, well, I have a good news for you as this is not a knuckle-busting effect. However, it does involve some clever use of forces to achieve this effect.

I was really surprised of the simplicity of this effect which two spectators do all the work. Another strength for this effect is that, it works 100% on an incomplete deck. You can even perform this effect using a borrowed deck. Best of all, you never even touch the cards throughout the process. Or did I mention that you don't even need to pre-set the deck? Without doubt, this is a very strong effect and only will work when an effective presentation is incoprated in this routine.

Well, his work doesn't end here which I believe he has other excellent card magic ebooks on sales and I have read many rave reviews about his work particularly his "Lecture Book 2009" and others. I really look forward to reading his other ebooks.

All in all, I would say this is an excellent version of the above mentioned plot. If you are like me, sometime I like my hands to rest for a while during my act, I would recommend you this effect as I said, all the work is done by the spectators. So, just concentrate your presentation and let the miracle happens in their hands.

Highly recommended!

Andrew Loh

Friday, September 18, 2009

Turbulence - My Review

Let me start off by reviewing this excellent "Turbulence" routine by Peter Duffie and Cameron Francis. 2 brilliant minds are actually working here as they had come up a truly marvellous piece of card magic. Don't believe me? Just visit Peter's site at www.peterduffie.com and view the performance clip.

One particular thing that I like about this routine is each of the phases involved. For instance, the first phase where the Kings trap the 3 selections and just in a few seconds, the selections seem to have vanished. I really like the disappearance of the 3 selections here.

The next phase is using the "coincidence of luck spelling" in locating those 3 selections. I am really impress this phase I mean from a layman's perspective, it seems very magical the performer produces the 3 selections by just merely spelling out the value of the cards. Again, this phase really caught my attention. Then for the ending phase, transposition takes place between the Kings packet and 3 selections which is very magical. All in all, this is an excellent routine.

Since the format is a video clip, it's very easy to learn and you can see how's the effect looked like during in the performance section.

However, this is not an impromptu routine which you are required to use special cards which I believe most of you will have at home. As you know, being as an ardent lover of impromptu card magic, I really don't hesitate to perform this effect in my act because I think this is a truly wonderful routine which plays very well to laymen. I just cannot wait to try out this effect to my circle of friends.

Highly recommended!

Andrew Loh

Thursday, September 10, 2009

New Columns for my Upcoming Homepage...

Just recently, I redesigned my whole personal site and I realised I should at least try to add value by including some useful information such as history of cards moves, credits, and the like. However, I do know that having a personal site is not an easy task which you have to maintain them from time to time.

I hope my this idea at least can help some magicians out there in terms of expanding their horizons of knowledge such as history of card moves, plots, presentation, ideas and many other interesting things.

I look forward to hearing some feedback regarding my this idea and hope it would be a fruitful effort.

Thanks!

Andrew Loh