Creator: Other Brothers
Publisher: Vanishing Inc.
MSRP: $ 25
Skill Level: all
DVD Run time: 22 mins
Type of effect: Card prediction
Manufacturer's Write Up:
In this intriguing routine, you predict two cards, one thought-of and one freely cut to! This is clean, direct magic at its best.
The Other Brothers have devised an ingenious deck of cards that facilitates the cleanest possible approach to this effect and you can reveal the predictions in your pocket, a wallet, or just about anywhere. The subtly-prepared pack allows the spectator to simply think of any card she sees, and a second spectator to cut absolutely anywhere she likes. This is the kind of trick that cannot be contained in a written description. In the trailer watch how casual, fair, and amazing the sequence looks in the performance.
How accurate is the ad copy? no deception
What's in the box? A cleverly full gimmicked deck which allows you to perform this incredible routine. Access to an instructional video which teaches everything in depth as well as bonus handlings! (it's a VIMEO file that you can't download)
Key points: this is a classic mentalism principle combined with a classic card magic deck - married and giving birth to this wonderful idea
How are the production values: This is well shot and well mic'd, but it's all a studio instruction. Daryl and Darryl teach you everything from the studio there are no live performances. The camera follows the action (not a steady cam) and you will get a table cam as well as a waist high shot. Yes, there are some "studio" performances, but with 6 effects taught, plus a gimmicked envelope construction, plus a deck set up instruction in only 22 minutes, they can't take the time to hold your hand through everything.
Is it well made: this is a Bicycle made prop. Yes you "could" make your own from local magic store parts, but at $25 it's cheaper to get it from Vanishing Inc.
Is it well taught: Yes, Daryl and Darryl even teach you all necessary sleights. Smooth Prediction can be the 2 card to pockets effect you see in the trailer, or it can be modified to a 1 card to pocket (obviously) You can also adapt this to your favorite card to wallet or card to envelope, but if you don't have a favorite the brothers will teach you one. You will also learn a card to tuck case and a card to "spectator's underfoot"
My thoughts (what I personally liked/disliked): I love how powerful this is as mentalism and yet how easy this is to the Magician of all skill levels.
Storage? Does it "pack flat?" It is an entirely gimmicked deck, there are no cribs or indexes, but you will need the full deck for performance and the deck is not "good" for anything else.
Does it "play big?" This deck kicks booty
Difficulty / Skill level required: Easy - any magician at any skill level should be able to pick this up and adapt it to their routine.
How much arts and crafts are involved? One time "set up" that involves your own handwriting. The prediction cards come blank and so you will be able to write the prediction (or picture) that fits your style.
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) this is a real world worker - I'm keeping mine! This will not see the bottom of a drawer.
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 can't think of a single negative with the "product" - I do wish the video was allowed to be downloaded. If I "purchase" a product I should be allowed to own it and take it with me if need be, Oh and I hate my own handwriting. So be very patient with your prediction writing, you don't want to ruin any of your cards with a typo.
+ 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=RSURFk7ZCBo