Review: The Experiment by Vinny Sagoo

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]The Experiment is a straight-forward effect involving ESP cards.  It has 3 phases and is a well-structured routine.  It has a nice ending which is quite surprising and entertaining.

In effect, the performer explains about the work of Dr Rhine and the use and history of the ESP cards.  The audience is told that the 5 ESP cards are the Circle, Cross, Triangle, Square and Wavy Lines.

A small wallet is brought out.  Inside it contains 2 sets of the 5 ESP cards.  They are all face downwards.  One set of ESP cards is given to a spectator and the performer takes the other set of cards.

Both the spectator and the performer bring their packet behind their back and mix up the cards.  One card is taken out at random and exchange with the other person.  This card is then turned over and inserted back into their own packet.  Both bring out their packet behind their back and spread the cards out.

It is found that in each packet, the only card face upwards is, say, the Wavy Lines.  Apparently, both persons have selected and exchanged the same design card.  This constitutes Phase 1.

In Phase 2, this is proved to be more than a coincidence.  The small wallet is turned over and it is seen that the same Wavy Lines design is printed on its back.  This has to be ESP!

At this stage, the audience may think that the cards in both packets are all of the same design – the Wavy Lines.  The rest of the cards are turned over and they are shown to be indeed all the same – they are blank cards!  No one could have chosen any of these cards.  This comes quite unexpectedly!  Once again, it shows that both the spectator and the performer are destined to select the Wavy Lines cards.  This is the third and last Phase.  At this stage, the surprising look as well as smiles from the audience are invaluable to the performer!

The effect has a great climax, it is easy to do, has no sleight-of-hand, the cards are examinable at the end, and the trick is resettable in an instant.  These are all the hallmarks of a good trick.


You receive all the necessary cards (in bicycle backs) and the specially printed and attractive vinyl carrying wallet.  The instructions are in the form of a single printed sheet.  A password is provided so that you can watch the performance as well as the explanation in a video in the internet.

What sells the effect is the patter story and the structure of the trick.  So script your patter well, especially on why the mixing of the cards should be carried out behind the back.  What requires a little audience management is to ensure that nobody is behind both your and the spectator’s back when both of you are mixing up the cards.  

A powerful trick with professionally produced cards and wallet.

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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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