Review: Contrast by Victor Sanz and SansMinds

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]“Contrast” by Victor Sanz is a signed and torn card colour change.

In effect, a card is selected and creased into quarters.  The spectator who chooses the card then signs her name across its face.  The performer tears one quarter of the signed card and puts it into the spectator’s closed hand for safe keeping.  The performer causes the back of the three-quarter card to change colour.  If the selected card comes from a red deck, its back now changes to blue.  The change is quite instantaneous.  The spectator opens her hand, and the torn corner that she is holding also has its back changed from red to blue!   When this piece is placed together with the three-quarter card, the signature matches exactly.  It is the same selected card except that its back has magically changed from red to blue!  The 2 pieces can be handed to the spectator for examination and for keep.

You receive a hand-made card gimmick very well made in bicycle stock, and an instructional DVD.  The DVD is also well produced and the instructions are clear and easy to follow.

The gimmick can be used over and over again.  The same gimmick can be used for both red and blue bicycle cards.  If properly handled and stored, it should last for a very long time.

You need to prepare a card that the spectator will select.  Since this card will be signed and torn, it cannot be used again for another performance.  There are 2 alternative endings of this effect.  The original ending has both the backs of the three-quarter card as well as the torn corner changed colour.  The second option is that the back of only the three-quarter card changes colour, while the back of the torn corner retains its original colour.  For the first ending, the preparation involves splitting a playing card and some precision handiwork.  The effect is so startling that most magician would not mind spending some time in preparing this card.  You can prepare several cards in one seating.     

The colour change is super visual.  You will sure to hear gasps from the audience.  You need to practice the move with the gimmick until you get the knack of it so that with just a sharp movement of your hand, the colour of the card changes.  The changed card and its torn corner can be handed out for examination.  The spectator can keep these 2 pieces as a reminder of a little miracle that she has just witnessed and participated!

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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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