Creator: Brian Kennedy
Publisher: World Magic Shop
MSRP: $ 38
Skill Level: beginner/intermediate
DVD Run time: 42 minutes
Type of effect: Sawing a card in half
Manufacturer's Write Up:
A freely selected card is signed and then placed into a card case.
Two other cards are used as blades and used to divide the card case in half.
In a moment of pure close up theater the box is parted leaving a visual work of art for your spectators to take in.
The card is signed and inside the box throughout!
Everything can be immediately examined.
How accurate is the ad copy?
I have seen where it says "gimmick included." And that's not fair. This is more of a prop than a gimmick, second you need to build the prop yourself, and third you have to purchase more materials to build the prop. When you say "gimmick included" it feels like everything comes ready to go.
What's in the box?
42 minute DVD and some of the materials you will need to build the prop
After the effect, everything can be examined - prop box, and signed card, no switching and no ditching.
How are the production values:
Moderate - live performances filmed in a bar, studio performances filmed at Brian's flat? Low light levels, some good close up shots. 20 minutes of the DVD is solely devoted to building the prop.
Is it well made:
You build the prop, so it's as "well made" as you make it.
Is it well taught:
Brian does go over all of the handling and you get to see his patter in the live performances.
My thoughts (what I personally liked/disliked):
I liked that Brian took a traditional stage effect and brought it down to the spectator's field of view. This kinda reminded me of a Jay Sankey effect "the folding deck"
Storage? Does it "pack flat?"
It's a card box with a few embellishments, that's all there is.
Does it "play big?"
I think it's a good puzzle to see live and will certainly leave your spectator's scratching their heads.
How practical is this in the real world?
I felt the handling (or maybe it's the construction) was a little "clumsy" even Brian fumbles with it in the live performances.
How original is this idea?
Granted it's a classic stage illusion, and yes there are other "split" or "halved" decks on the market - but Brian has done a good job creating a neat effect with a lot of surprise value built in.
Overall score: 8/10
+ If you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas you can visit this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZosQ2_HmaF4