Creator: Sid Lorraine
Publisher: Devin Knight
MSRP: $ 20
Skill Level: all
Type of effect: Prediction effect
Manufacturer's Write Up:
This was one of Sid Lorraine's most popular tricks. It has been off the market for more than 40 years. Devin Knight obtained permission from the Abbott Magic Company to release this again and to update the original directions. How good is this effect? Well, it was one of the late Doug Henning's favorite tricks and was personally taught to him by Sid. Doug Henning used it everywhere, including in some of his touring stage shows, showing it on a big screen behind him.
A playing card is selected and kept a secret from the performer. The performer shows five small white cards blank on both sides, the size is roughly 1.5 x 2.5. He cleanly removes a card and shows it to be blank on both sides (no double-lift).
The performer shows there is nothing on his thumb and presses it against the blank card, when he lifts his thumb, there is seen to be a black thumbprint with a small replica of the chosen card inside the thumbprint. One of the most novel and commercial card revelations ever invented and a favorite of many professional magicians. Everything can be examined. You can repeat the effect later and have a different card appear. Appeals to all ages. You are not limited to playing cards, you can make numbers, ESP symbols or even the person's initials appear within the thumbprint. You can leave the thumbprint with the spectator to show to others.
This effect comes with Sid's complete directions updated by Devin Knight. A highly sought after effect by collectors that is now available again. The effect looks so good you will almost fool yourself. Learn to do it in five minutes.
- NO CHEMICALS USED
- NO GIMMICKS USED
- NO SLEIGHTS NEEDED
- NO FUSS, NO MESS
- CAN BE REPEATED WITH DIFFERENT RESULTS
- EASY TO DO
How accurate is the ad copy? The ad copy is pretty spot on, although it isn't to say that this isn't a self-working effect. You may not need to do a sleight, but there is still misdirection and movement that has to be learned (I call that a sleight). Plus the addition of needing to be able to force a card would also suggest that knowing how to do card work is a huge benefit. In fact, this trick would probably be greatly improved with an elmsely count.
What's in the box? This trick is sold in a very vintage format. Any "old schoolers" out there will be taken back to the glory days of ordering magic from Hank Lee and Magicsmith when you receive your zip-lock bag with it's printed instructions sheets and handmade paper gimmicks.
How are the production values / Is it well made: this effect would probably be better suited as a digital download. A simple pdf accompanied by a few prediction sheets for printing. Perhaps why it is done this way was so that the publishers made sure you had a nice strong cardstock for your cards. But a good printer, a sharp pair of scissors and some cardstock would have been all you needed. Then the effect could have come with ESP symbols, shapes and a whole host of mental outcomes.
Is it well taught: The two page instructions include hand drawn illustrations and patter - everything you need to perform this effect
Storage? Does it "pack flat?" All of your cards easily fit in a card wallet or your topmost shirt or breast pocket - in addition you'll need a deck of cards.
Does it "play big?" At it's core this is a prediction effect - the "fingerprint" image is clearly a computer generated printed image. The "magic moment" will be in how the image got on the paper, but I don't think the spectator will believe that it was magic. I am sure this could be an all ages effect, but this is probably a stronger effect for kids.
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Absolutely, this is a fun little walk around packet trick.
Overall score: 7/10
+ 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=58lnNTFuyzc