Creator: Oliver Meech
Publisher: self published
MSRP: $ 40
Skill Level: all
DVD Run time: 23 minutes
Type of effect: Sam the bellhop routine with a "GPS" coat of paint
Manufacturer's Write Up: GPS PackNav is a signed-card-to-impossible-location routine with a surprising modern twist.
A spectator selects a card and marks it on the face with their postcode/zip code. Now you bring out a 'GPS Pack Nav' - like an in-car navigation device but for playing cards. The spectator holds the GPS Pack Nav cards and reads out the directions, while you follow along with the deck to try and locate their card.
After a series of entertaining twists and turns, you turn over one card and... it's not theirs. Now for the genuinely surprising ending: the spectator turns over the 'You Have Reached Your Destination' card that they've been holding for most of the trick, and it's their marked card. They can keep the card as a souvenir, and you can continue on to the next stop of your magical mystifying tour.
Flexible props - cards can be arranged in different ways
Can be used with poker decks of almost any back design
Includes alternate chest-height handling and further ideas
N.B. Roddy McGhie, creator of the similar-but-different 'Card Nav 2000' is aware of this release and is happy for the tricks to co-exist.
How accurate is the ad copy? No deception
What's in the box? Comes with the 7 core GPS Pack Nav cards, 20 Destination cards, (trick can be given away as a souvenir 20 times if needed) and DVD instructions
Engaging presentational hook
Built-in time misdirection
Option to re-use selected cards
No palming required
No need for a table
Can be repeated with a different card
How are the production values: Self published, plain backdrop, well mi'cd and filmed, Oliver gives you ideas and presentation ideas as well as details about the routine.
Is it well made: Cards custom-printed on Bicycle stock by USPCC
Is it well taught: Oliver is a patient teacher and gives you both a studio performance as well as a "step by step" breakdown of the entire routine.
My thoughts (what I personally liked/disliked): this trick was just "ok" for me. It's not really my style of effect, nothing against Oliver's creation.
Storage? Does it "pack flat?" this is a deck stack, so it needs to be "pre stacked" into your deck before beginning.
Does it "play big?" similar to Sam the Bellhop in that as the cards are revealed they tell a story.
Difficulty / Skill level required: double lift / riffle force
How much arts and crafts are involved? zero
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Yes this is a fun routine.
Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.
_____ Somewhat Satisfied
X Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
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Since Oliver is British the trick does have a slant towards driving in the U.K. We here in the USA do not refer to our GPS as "nav" which "Pack Nav" is a play on words for Satellite Navigation. Also one of the cards is titled "cues ahead" which is another British term. In America we say that we are "in line" for something, we don't stand in "cues"
+ 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=uKsJRqACb-E