Review: Error 404 by Les French Twins

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]In computer network communications, an error 404 is a HTTP standard response code to indicate that the client was able to communicate with a given server, but the server could not find what was requested.

In this card trick by The French Twins, the performer rights a wrong card in a very visual and instant manner.  

The actual effect is as follows.  A card is selected and then lost in the deck.  The performer attempts to find the chosen card but gets a wrong card instead.  In exasperation, he tears this card up into quarters.  He hands one of the torn quarters to a spectator to hold in her closed hand.  The performer tosses his 3 other torn pieces onto a table.  As soon as they hit the table, the 3 torn pieces immediately transform into 3 torn pieces of the correct chosen card.  The spectator throws the card in her hand onto the table.  It, too, instantly changes into the correct card.  The performer gathers all the 4 torn pieces and places them into the spectator hand.  The spectator closes her hand over the torn pieces.  After a magical gesture, the spectator opens her hand and finds that the 4 pieces have been fully restored into a whole card!

The magic is in 2 phases.  The 4 torn pieces of a wrong card visually change into 4 pieces of the correct chosen card.  The 4 pieces then restore into a whole card inside the spectator’s hand.

The transformation of the 4 torn pieces is instantaneous and visual.  It is also easy to do.  The gimmicked pieces do all the work for you.  All you need to do is to throw or drop them onto a surface.  No magnets are used, so you do not have the sound problem when the cards transform.

You receive the full set of 4 gimmicked pieces of card ready for immediate use.  It features one card to be transformed into another card.  When ordering, you should state whether you want the gimmicks to be in red or blue bicycle back.  You also receive a good supply of the necessary gimmick to make your own cards which can be from playing cards, business cards or other types of card.  You are provided with a password to download an online video instruction.

Although you are supplied with the gimmicks, you are also taught step-by-step how to construct your own gimmicks in case you need replacements or want to have your own customized gimmicks.

Various uses of the gimmicks are also discussed.  In one variation, one corner (quarter) of a wrong card is torn off.  It immediately changes into the correct card.  Then the remaining three-quarters of the card also changes into the correct card.  In another variation, you can also have both the face changed into a different card as well as the back changed into a different colour or design.  

It will be good if included in the video is a live performance of Error 404.

Here are further comments that can help you decide whether you should invest in this effect:

  • The gimmicks look very good – they are very well made.  There is no worry of anyone seeing how the cards are gimmicked just by looking at them.  The transformation can also take place in the spectator’s hands.  But the cards cannot be left to the spectator for examination.  In any case, the first routine ends up with a folded restored card which can be given to a spectator as a souvenir.  
  • Each time you perform, you will use up one playing card.
  • The chosen card is forced.

The instantaneous change of the 4 torn pieces of card is the wow factor of Error 404.  The routine ends with a restored folded card which can be given as a souvenir to the spectator.  You end clean.  This is another plus factor of Error 404.


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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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