Creator: Jamie Dawes
MSRP: $ 27
Skill Level: all
DVD Run time: 20 minutes
Type of effect: "Do As I do" card trick
Manufacturer's Write Up:
An exploration of what is humanly possible. A separation of the living and the dead.
A chance for your spectators to experience something they have not nor will ever experience again.
At 8PM 10 people sat down to dinner, by 10PM 8 of them were dead.
Each guest murdered by two sadistic serial killers in one of the most disturbing cases of cannibalism ever reported.
As you explain this horrific story, an envelope is handed to your spectator to hold. Next, 10 photos are introduced. It is explained that the killers are lost amongst the victims and it is down to your spectator to separate the living from the dead. 5 photos are handed to your spectator and 5 are kept by the performer. The spectator is instructed to hold the photos behind their back and slide one photo from the top to the bottom. They must keep doing this until they get a feeling, whatever feeling that may be.
Once they are satisfied, they are to remove the top photo and hold it behind their back being sure never to let go of it. The performer does the exact same behind his back. The remaining photos are exchanged between the performer and spectator. She is then instructed to place her photo in so that it is faced the opposite way to the other pictures and to mix them. Again, the performer also does this. Both stacks of photos are brought out and both the performer and spectator have one single photo turned, sight unseen the other way.
The envelope is brought back into play and the spectator tips out what is inside. Two photos that of a man and a woman. The killers. And although the spectator did not let go of their selection for a single second, and they have an undeniable account of what has happened, they slide their selection from their stack of photos and reveal it to be the same killer found in the envelope. The performer then does the same and is found to have selected the second killer.
But if all of this is true, then we would need evidence that those in the envelope really were the killers. At this time, the photos from the envelope are turned over to reveal the words KILLER scratched in blood red on the back of them. And every other photo? They have DEAD etched in blood on the back of them. Everything is examinable and the reset is instant.
This is the deceased.
How accurate is the ad copy? The backs are in fact blank, so that you can include whatever you want.
What's in the box? Comes Complete with old looking Photographs (printed on thick card stock) , Plus the Photographs are supplied blank on the back so you can write whatever you desire. You will also get a black Envelope & Full Instructional DVD
Key points: no gaffs or anything to find, it can all be examined, no stooge work and nothing written down. This is a very easy trick
How are the production values: Alakazam makes great videos, everything is well shot and well mic'd. Much like other Alakazam videos in your collection,
Is it well made: The photographs are on quality board stiff card stock - these will last you a long time
Is it well taught: Yes, every nuance is explored and all is explained very well.
My thoughts (what I personally liked/disliked): I liked that this took a classic card trick (What a Turn Up from Kaymar Magic) and gave it a spooky twist.
Storage? Does it "pack flat?" this is a packet trick of 12 cards and an envelope easily carried in a pocket.
Does it "play big?" Haunted effects can play super big with the right story
Difficulty / Skill level required: as presented this is a very simple routine. You will learn Jamie's handling right away. No skill or sleights involved. In fact this will work better - the better story you tell.
How much arts and crafts are involved? zero (although my envelope had come undone in the mail but a little DS tape fixed it right up)
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Totally, this would be great for Halloween or if your magic character had a more spooky slant.
Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.
X Very Satisfied
_____ Somewhat Satisfied
_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
_____ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion
I think one of the strengths of this effect is that the cards are NOT gaffed or written on so in truth this trick can become stronger in your hands with your own presentation.
+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1HMnxeM9vo