Review: FROGY by Snake

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Nique Tan” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Abril%20Fatface%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]I will say it right off the bat – this is the reason why you buy a magic trick. The method is very clever and I was impressed with the design of the gimmick itself.

The effect is not new, and here is how it plays out. The performer takes out a folded card, stating it as his prediction, and then places it in full view on top of the card box that is resting on the table. From the deck, a card is selected and signed by the spectator. Some card sequence is performed, perhaps an Ambitious Card or a Card to Pocket routine.

At the end of it all, the performer very cleanly picks up the folded card that has been sitting on the box the entire time, unfolds it very slowly, showing it to be the signed card.

As I mentioned, the effect is not new, and as far as folded paradox card methods go, names such as Jay Sankey, John Kennedy, David Penn, David Regal and Jon Allen immediately come to mind. However, having performed this type of effect for well over the past decade, I know that it is extremely strong, and versatile.

In this case, the method was what impressed me the most. Watching the trailer I was mildly impressed, but once going through the method I got excited. The main gimmick comes already assembled, and all you would need to do is to stick one part of the card box together and you are good to go.

Parts are also provided for you to make the other part of the gaff, should you wish to perform Frogy using playing cards, bills or even pieces of paper. This is simple and I would barely call it arts and crafts.

The actual operation of the gimmick in performance is relatively easy, but I did find that there to be a little noise at the moment of the switch, which probably is not an issue if performing with ambient noise around. Of course, there being a folded card, you would need to know the sleights necessary to get the actual selection into that configuration to begin with – I suspect this to not be a problem if you are already considering getting this.

The only negative for me is that there is something that can wear out, and will need replacing after it does. This is the part that will require some card box surgery skills on your part. Also, the actual case of the gimmick is a card box, and will wear out like any card box will. It might also be worth noting that you cannot put a deck of cards into the box itself, so that is a consideration when doing this in a strolling environment.

Overall, I am not sure if this adds anything to the layperson’s experience of effects of this genre. I do know that you are going to love the method as it is ingenious. It is one of those things that you wish you could explain to your audience, as the method might seem more exciting than the effect to you!

However, watch the trailer – it really it that clean. If you like what you see, then you could try picking this up and giving it a go.

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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