A new card effect!
A clever young guy by the name of Jordan Cotler visited Michael and shared with him this fun card trick he came up with. The effect is the best kind: Simple and straight-forward:
Any spectator names any card, and every other card instantly turns blank. It immediately resets for a repeat performance!
"Point Blank. Let me sum this up with a few BULLET points. Sorry, I couldn't resist, and if you didn't get the joke, stop reading right now, and go back to practicing your faro shuffle so you can achieve that all to important life-long goal of yours to perform "The Gun Trick" by Ken Krenzel flawlessly.
Okey dokey. I have no idea what I just said there, so on with the review.
Spectator sees a full deck of cards and names any card
The rest of the faces of the deck vanish
Then the face of the selected card vanishes
No Deck Switches
It's a pretty sweet effect. If you can do a half-pass, you can do this effect. A couple of things to consider, however.
The pack cannot be examined
You pretty much have to dedicate this deck to this effect and nothing else
I've never been a fan of dedicating a deck to one trick especially as a guy who mostly works without a table strolling through the crowds. In a set piece, I'd be very tempted to include this in my act. Michael Ammar has a pretty decent presentation that would work well in a corporate/training type of a setting, or maybe even a motivational type of setting.
For those of you familiar with Paul Richards' Effect White Bikes, this has a very similar effect.
Point Blank, for $20 bucks, includes the gaffed deck and printed instructions sealed in a plastic bag-like container. It's definitely a reasonable price. If you are a restaurant worker, I'd probably pass on this for your professional work, but it would still be cool to have kicking around the house for more casual non-restaurant performances.
If you are doing more parlor-style standup-ish work and you like card tricks, this is a good closer. Also, because of the construction of the routine and timing, you could easily switch the deck for an examine-able deck (not included).
Overall, it's a good effect, and if you don't mind dedicating an entire deck to one trick, then you'd probably do well to pick this up."
Jeff Stone, MyLovelyAssistant 2/24/2009