Review: Dave Forrest’s REM

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]REM is a close-up version of his parlour mentalism effect entitled “The Man Who Paints The Future” which Dave Forrest first released 7 years ago in his “Radio Rental” DVD.  Apparently this effect has been well received by the magic community.

In this close up effect, the performer recounts his dream, and the audience gets to decide what happens in each stage of his dream.  In the end, the performer produces a photograph of the items used in his dream, and they are exactly as stated by the audience!

Here is a description of what happens in the effect so that you can decide if this is suitable for you.

The performer recounts his dream to the audience.  He brings out a cased blue deck of bicycle cards.  In his dream, a stack of cards was offered to him and he picks out the card with the largest value.  The cards are taken out of the case and shuffled.  A spectator cuts the deck and a bunch of cards is taken out to show to the spectator.  She then decides on the largest value card there.  Let us assume it is the King of Diamonds.  The deck is cut in half again by the spectator, and the card cut to denotes the number of cards the performer was playing with in his dreams.  It is the nine of spades.  The performer was deemed to be playing with only 9 cards in his dream.  

In his dream, the performer kept his cards in a case of a different colour.  The performer displays 6 cards with different colours being printed on each card with a different colour ink.  A card is chosen by the spectator.  It is the word Green written in a Purple colour ink.  This denotes that the performer was using 9 playing cards with purple backs and they are kept inside a green colour case.

Among the 9 cards are 4 Jacks.  In the performer’s dream, the 4 Jacks were able to stand on their edges on the table.  The spectator gets to name the Jack of Clubs as the only Jack with its face turned around.

Finally, the performer reveals a photograph taken of the items in his dream.  It shows 8 cards with purple backs – 3 of them are standing on the table and the only card that has its face captured by the camera is the Jack of Clubs.  There is a green colour card case in the photograph.  Unfortunately, there is a corner of the photograph being torn out as the performer tore open the envelope in which the photograph came with.  The performer retrieves the torn corner from the envelope.  It contains his selected card, the King of Diamonds.  The spectator is correct by naming a total of 9 cards with the selected card being the King of Diamonds.

You receive only an instructional DVD.  The DVD is well produced.  Dave uses various known classic principles of magic to bring about the choices made by the spectator.  One of them is a clever application of the cross-cut force used exclusively by Dave.  This is one of the highlights in the DVD.  The DVD also provides pdf files of the photograph so that you can reproduce it in full colour.  The only items you need to supply are an envelope, and the 6 colour cards which you have to make.

Dave provides an alternative handling in forcing the number 9 onto the spectator.  It uses the psychological stop force described in Jean Hugard’s “Expert Card Technique”.  Here is another worthwhile subtlety to learn from the DVD.

Dave also gives an alternative ending climax to the photograph.  Instead of the torn corner, the 9th card is shown with its back facing the photograph.  When the photograph is turn over, on the back is printed a large eye-ball of the performer where the King of Diamonds’ image is reflected in the performer’s iris!  Again, the pdf files for both the face and back of this photograph are included in the DVD.

If you enjoy story-telling type effect with unusual props and an unexpected ending, you will truly enjoy Dave Forrest’s “REM”.  

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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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