Review: Gift Card Blue/ Red by Constantinos Pantelias & Magic Tao

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Abril%20Fatface%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Gift Card is a novel card prediction trick using a special gift card.

In effect, the performer shows his prediction card which is clipped together with a special gift card.  The gift card is slightly shorter in height, but longer in width than a credit card.  It is therefore shorter than a playing card, and a little of the back of the playing card shows up behind the gift card.  The performer does this to isolate the prediction card.  Moreover, the performer is so confident of his prediction that he will give the gift card to the spectator if his prediction is proved wrong.

A card is selected from a deck.  Let us say, it is the eight of hearts.  When the clipped prediction card is turned over, it shows a king of spades.  It is the wrong prediction!  The clip is removed and the gift card is separated from the prediction card.  When the prediction card is turned over, it is no longer the king of spades, but the eight of hearts!  The prediction is correct after all, and the performer gets to keep the gift card!

The effect is quite easy to do, but you need to be aware of certain angles when you separate the prediction card from the gift card.  

You receive a gift card already gimmicked with a bicycle playing card and is ready for use immediately.  You also receive another gift card, un-gimmicked, so that you can switch out with the gimmicked one before handing the gift card out for examination, if you choose to do that.  When purchasing, please specify whether you want the gift card to be made with red or blue back bicycle card.  You also receive a password to download the instructional video from the internet.

The video is of excellent quality.  It also teaches a presentation where the selected card is signed and it gets clipped with the gift card.  The gift card can also be used to change the colour of the back of a playing card.  To do this, you need to re-construct the gimmick.  The video shows you how to construct a new gimmick in case you wish to change the playing card.  

The most important thing is to justify why you need to clip the prediction card to the gift card.  The instructions include a suggested patter for this.  You are also taught how to switch the gimmicked gift card for a non-gimmicked one using an ordinary wallet before handing out the gift card for examination.

If you like a straight-forward prediction card effect with a novel twist, you will like Gift Card.  

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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