The lecture starts with Andi performing his version of Heist by Jack Wise. After this we get a detailed explanation of this effect. This is a really nice opener to show to your audience in a quick way that you have skills. Andi explains how you ‘COULD’ make these props yourself in all honesty if you want this trick you should just buy it. I think it is a bit too timeconsuming and difficult to make it yourself.
After this we get a 3 fase routine where 3 spectators select 3 things, one spectator selects a card the other one selects a time from a watch and the last one thinks of a word in a book. After Andi reveals the 3 selections the spectators turn over the card, watch and open the book and see that everything is gone. This is such a nice effect you could put into your own repertoire, if you have time and effort to make it youreself.
I saw Andi do this live 2 times to me when i went to his lectures in Holland and Belgium and fooled the hell out of me. The presentation is also really nice and structured. The only problem with this effect is you have to buy a certain item and make a book yourself. The thing I learned from this effect, is not to copy this act but find a story and create something youreself where multiple reveals appear that will astonish the audience in different ways.
Some magicians will be angry that the first 2 effects that are great you will have to buy or make yourself, but do not see it this way. Here is a little bit of my theory before we get back to the review:
What have i learned from this effect Heist? Your opening should always set your character up for the audience. The trick which is in my humble opinion the least important part. When you introduce yourself to the audience you need have a quick trick that sets up an archetype (character your are playing) so the audience will understand who you are.
For people who are looking for certain archetypes, read this article. Here you will find different types of characters you could use for your own benefit. Just think what would the magician be like if he is this certain character. But I am getting of course this is something for another time; back to the review.
After this nice effect we get allot of card moves and some card effects.
These card moves are quickly taught, so you need to rewatch them. But i am certain everybody will find certain uses for this. I will use them certainly, during these card moves Greg brings up an Asian guy and he makes a remark about Asian magicians which i didn’t found funny. I know that Greg is sometimes a bit to fast to have a good punchline so he probably didn’t mean it.
At the end Andi perfomed his version of Magic Square, also a marketed effect from Vanishing Inc. called Magic Squared (I wonder how much thought went into coming up with this title ;)) which is also a really nice effect that you could buy or make yourself as Andi suggested. I liked that there are many reveals and you are always so far ahead of the audience.
This effect is well made and Andi has put a lot of thought into making the performance as easy for you as a performer. I really like the ‘thing’ he did with the cards to make the adding up more easier for you. The explanation was done fast, you should buy this trick if you like it.
Overall this a good score, the only thing i did not like is that certain explanations are a bit rushed.
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.