Review: CRAZY HOLE by Mickael Chatelain

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]This is another one of a “crazy” effect from the slightly demented mind of Mickael Chatelain. 

A blue back playing card is shown pre-folded in half along its length, with a small hole punched through both thicknesses of the card at the center near to the folded edge.  See the diagram here. It is unfolded and shown on both sides. Its identity is irrelevant to the effect.

A red back card has a similar hole punched near the bottom of its short edge.  It is shown on both sides. Its identity is also irrelevant to the effect.

The blue card is folded in half once again and the red card is inserted in-between the folds of the blue card so that all the 3 holes are realigned.  

A short drinking straw is shown and inserted through the 3 holes, locking the red card onto the blue folded card.  See the diagram here. A spectator can try to pull the red card directly away from the folded end of the blue card.  She will find that it is not possible to do so.

The performer then begins to slide the “trapped” red card along the folded edge to one side of the folded blue card.  One edge of the red card can be seen protruding out of the folded card. See the diagram here which depicts Mickael performing Crazy Hole with a red folded card and a blue sliding card – the colours of the backs are reversed in this picture.  The unfolded card is then slid to the other end of the folded card. As though this is not “crazy” enough, the performer makes a magical gesture, and the unfolded card moves by itself to the center of the folded card. This is indeed a weird thing to see!

The straw is removed, and both cards can again be shown on both sides.  

Since one of the cards is gimmicked, it makes no sense to hand only one card (the non-gimmicked one) for examination.  It is better that both cards are not given out for inspection.

In the video

a red deck and a hole is punched near its bottom.  A blue back card is folded in half lengthwise and a hole is punched through both thicknesses of the folded card.  The Crazy Hole effect is performed with the 2 hole cards, and then they can both be handed out for examination. This seemingly “unprepared” method lifts Crazy Card to a whole new miraculous level.

You receive the very well hand-made gimmicked card and the non-gimmicked cards.  Both cards have the holes already punched out in them, ready for actual performance.  The supplied cards are in bicycle backs. The explanation video is provided by both the QR-code and an online link with the password.  Included are also an accessory to repair the gimmicked card if it breaks down, and a short drinking straw for the performance.

No hole puncher is needed if you perform the short version.  For the longer presentation, you need to supply your own red deck of cards, a commonly obtainable gaffed card, and the hole puncher.  Mickael gives the exact size of the hole puncher and where it can be purchased. You need to know some basic handling with cards in order to be able to switch out the gimmicked card for an un-gimmicked one.  

When ordering, you have to advise whether you want the gimmicked card in red or blue bicycle back.  The non-gimmicked card will be supplied in the other colour.

A novelty effect that is visual and easy to follow and is sure to bring smiles to the spectators.  

Please support intellectual property. Only buy original. Available from all reputable Murphy’s Magic dealers.

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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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