Review: Gaff Caps by Jared Hansen & The Blue Crown

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Gaff caps at the very basic premise is a unique card reveal. As the name suggests, the caps are gaffed and are specially designed with card names instead of the brand. You also get 12 caps, some with card reveals and some with other gaffed designs.


In the DVD you learn about 7-8 routines (well actually it’s more like 3-4routines with variations). The routines are simple and direct. The sleight of hand required is not too difficult. You will need to know some simple card control and switches, some of which are taught in the DVD. There are some tips included in the DVD which are helpful and will make the effect stronger.


What I Like



Quality of Gaffs

Gaff caps are well made and the design is very good.



I like the basis of the effect – this is quite unique and can be very strong for the laymen if played up well. Because the effect is very strong and direct, this leaves a lot of space for concentration on the presentation.



There are basic moves and switches taught in the DVD and I do like the Full View Switch. Catch is, it has to be done on a table. Otherwise, it is pretty neat.




Of all the routines taught in the DVD, I liked Mental Cap the most. It is based off an older idea of a revelation of a card under a coin (I read this a few years ago, but cannot remember the exact book where I found it now.). There are a few reasons why I like this particular routine. It has more audience interaction, audience is actually holding on to the cap more than the magician is and it has multiple interest points in the routine. All of the above makes it a really strong routine. In performance, I adapted the routine to add another magic finale and this usually is quite a mind-blower!



Instructions from the DVD were sufficient although the production value of the DVD wasn’t very high.


What I Don’t Like

Unfortunately, different countries do drink very different beers. Majority of the gaffed caps included are Bud Light Beer caps – which as most Asians know, we don’t drink much here! Soda drinks in Singapore and Asia are also usually in cans and not bottles. The only bottled Soda I’ve come across is Coca Cola (for SG50!). The gaffed caps included were: 6 x Bud Light (☹), 1 x Sprite (☹), 1 x Coca Cola (☹), 2 x Corona (seldom in SG), 2 x Heineken (Yay finally!).


Finally, how much you can use this also depends on your venue of performance. Due to the nature of my shows and gigs, I seldom perform at any event where I see people drinking from bottles (or drinking beer). If you perform at a bar regularly, this would be an awesome add to your repertoire, but otherwise, you’d likely be only able to perform this at a social setting.

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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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