Review: FADEAWAY by Chris Philpott

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Imagine a deck of cards S-L-O-W-L-Y fading from normal to totally blank!

Ralph W. Hull’s Mental Photography Deck is considered one of, if not THE greatest tricks decks of all time. Now Chris Philpott (creator of The 100th Monkey) has modernized it to create a slow-motion, hyper – visual transformation from a normal to a blank deck!

There are a number of different routines, such as starting with a blank deck, starting with a real one and even finding a wrong card (Error 404: Card Not Found) which causes the deck to crash, leaving only their chosen card!

Easy to do!

No sleight of hand needed!

Detailed video instructions.

Bonus: short videos that teach some easy-to-learn sleights that you can add to the routine, taught by Steve Valentine, Apollo Robbins, Paul Green, Michael Rangel and Tom Frank.

“The classic version of this trick was one of my favorites. Chris has given me a reason to do it again with new thinking and new effects that could never have been done before. And it’s no longer the one trick you get out of the box – Chris has developed even more effects that you can do with this one deck of cards. Where was this when I was a kid? I’m glad it’s here now!”
– Johnathan Levit

“You’ve just taken the best trick deck in the world and made it better!”
– David Regal

“I absolutely love this! It’s fantastic! Amazing!”
– Steve Valentine

“Fresh and visual! Chris has created a serious piece of eye candy. I imagine that, for the first hour or so, you’ll do the trick for yourself over and over – and amaze yourself over and over.”
– John Bannon

“Looks super cool!”
– Jon Armstrong


Chris Philpott, brilliant creator of the bestselling mentalism effect 100th Monkey, has done it again with Fadeaway. A smart modern update of the classic Mental Photography deck, the Fadeaway Deck basically shows your audience a hyper visual slow-mo transformation of a regular deck of cards gradually changing into a blank one as you simply riffle through the pack! It certainly looks like eye-popping camera tricks IRL 🙂

The instructional video hosted on Murphys Magic is just over an hour long, teaching different versions of the riffle (the super easy handling and then the not so easy). While not necessary, you can use some sleight of hand like a colour change to enhance the effect. The tutorial is great, with many visual variations.

As with all of Chris Philpott’s releases, the Fadeaway Deck is very well thought out and you receive everything to start performing this self-working card effect. I especially love the specially printed “Error 404: Card Not Found” gaff card included. It makes for a fun, unexpected surprise in your presentation. Your spectators will definitely crack up about your deck “crashing”, making it a great choice for a quick card opener if you’re a worker.

Super visual, easy to do, priced right… the Fadeaway Deck comes well recommended! Personally, I can’t wait to see what Chris has up his sleeve next 😉


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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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