Review: Amazink by Sebastien Calbry

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]There are numerous ink animation effects on playing cards.  “Amazink” is another one. Its predecessor is “Off Set”, also by the same creator, Sebastian Calbry.  “Off Set” is the instant appearance of inked messages or drawings on the card box.

“Amazink” is the instant appearance and transformation of an inked message or drawing on the back of a playing card placed inside a see-through conference or seminar badge wound around the neck of the performer by a lanyard.

In a basic effect, the performer wears a conference badge with the back of a playing card showing through the badge.  A card is selected from a deck of cards.  The performer turns his badge around to show the face of the playing card.  Unfortunately, it is not the same identity as that of the selected card.  The performer turns the badge around so that the back is visible again.  He makes a sharp jerk with his badge and the correct initials of the selected card suddenly appears in bold ink on the back of the playing card!  The appearance is very fast and visual.

An alternative way of making any information appears on the card is by swiping a card box over the badge.

Instead of a card’s identity, a message can also be made to appear.  The message can be the performer’s name, a congratulatory message, a prediction, or “The End”.

You receive everything necessary for you to start performing, except you have to print your message or drawing on the gimmick piece.  2 blank gimmick pieces are supplied so that you can make 2 different presentations.  The badge and the lanyard plus a specially constructed card to receive your written gimmick piece are also supplied.  All the gimmicks are very well constructed.

You are given a link to an instructional video.  Sebastian Calbry appears in the video and he speaks in the French language.  However there are subtitles in the English language.

Other routines taught in the video include:

  • A card is selected and lost back in the deck.  The performer wears a badge with his name card showing.  He turns the badge around to show a back of a playing card with a number, say, “12”, printed on it.  The spectator counts to the 12th card in the deck.  It is indeed her selected card, say the 4H.  The performer then magically transforms the “12” on the card to “4H”!
  • A card is selected, say 4H, and lost in the deck.  The performer’s badge shows the drawing of a heart.  This implies that the selected card has a hearts suit.  Magically, the heart on the badge becomes a broken half heart!  The deck is spread face downwards and there is now a card with the other broken half heart printed on its back.  When this card is turned around, it is the selected card 4H!

A different way of using “Amazink” is to show a “$” sign printed on the card in the badge.  The badge is shaken and the $ sign vanishes and a folded piece of dollar bill suddenly falls from the badge onto a spectator’s waiting palms.

Since the badge uses a clear plastic, drawings or massages can be drawn onto the badge itself using a dry marker.  This opens up more possibilities of using “Amazink”.  For example, a drawing of a deck of cards can be drawn on the badge.  Suddenly a card is seen to have risen from the deck.  Its identity matches exactly that of the chosen card!   

The main impact of “Amazink” is its very fast appearance of a message of drawing.  The fact that the card is inside a badge deters the audience from asking for the card to be examined.  This is a versatile prop that can make information appear, transform or vanish.  Its use is only limited by your imagination.  

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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