Review: Gerti Reborn by Romanos

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]The name “Gerti Reborn” implies that this is a rebirth of the original product “Gerti”.  However, it does not mention whether this is a revised version or an actual reproduction of the original stuff.

If you like both the “Lie Detector” and “Which Hand” type of effects, you will like “Gerti Reborn”.

In one routine, the performer has a spectator sign her name in one of 2 coins.  As he turns his head away, the spectator places one of the coins into the performer’s fist, and keeps the other coin hidden in her own fist.  The performer does not see which coin goes into which hand.  He turns around and requests the spectator to answer “yes” to any question that he may ask, and he is going to detect through the spectator’s speech and body language to find out who has which coin.  The performer asks “do I have the signed coin?” and the spectator replies “yes”.  He asks again “do you have the signed coin?”, the spectator answers “yes”.  The performer repeats his questions and listens to and watches the spectator as she answers.  He is able to tell who has which coin.

In another routine which can be considered as the second phase, the performer does the same thing, but requests that the spectator replies “yes” only in her mind, and not to utter her answers verbally.  Once again, the performer is able to divine who has which coin.

You receive a gimmick coin and a link to an online instructional video.  The way the coin is gimmicked can be considered to be hidden in plain sight.  During the performance the audience will not be able to detect that this coin is gaffed.  

The video is well produced and features Costas Damianou, who also hand-crafted each gimmick coin.  It is rather lengthy and runs for about 47 minutes.  Everything is meticulously explained, including the psychology of each action taken by the performer.  Several portions of it are rather repetitive.  

A total of 4 routines are explained, including the 2 mentioned here.  

In the third routine, the performer has 3 attempts in diving who has which coin.  He may be successful in all the 3 trials, or fail in one, two or even all three times.  The spectator keeps tract of the performer’s results.  It turns out that the performer has already predicted eactly how many times he would be successful!  

The fourth routine is an interesting one and is the one I would perform.  The performer has one of 2 coins signed by a spectator.  As he turns his head away, the spectator places any one of the coins inside the performer’s fist and keeps the other coin in her own fist.  She also chooses whether to keep her coin hidden in her left or right fist.  The performer will ask a question, and if the spectator has the signed coin, she will lie in her answer; if she has the unsigned coin, she has to tell the truth.  The performer turns around, points to the left fist of the spectator and asks if she has the coin in that hand.  From the answer of the spectator, the performer can divine straight away which coin was given to which person and in which hand the spectator is holding her coin!

When purchasing this product, please state whether you want the gimmick coin in the USA, UK or Euro currency.  If you live outside these countries, you can get your own coin gimmicked by contacting the manufacturer through the dealer.

The strength of Gerti Reborn is that the effect is easy to follow and it appears to be completely impromptu.  You will want to carry this one in your pocket all the time and perform it often.  Just make sure you do not accidentally spend the gimmick coin.  

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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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