Review: Gone by Daniel Bryan and Alakazam Magic

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]Tricks with a small packet of playing cards will always intrigue an audience.  With only a few cards, the effect is more direct and not long drawn out and complicated, and there are more magic happening during the short time of performance.

In Gone, there is also an unexpected but very clever ending that, if you cannot get gasps from the audience, you are not performing the effect properly.

5 cards are shown fronts and backs.  The performer then causes one of them to vanish, leaving 4 face down cards.  The 4 face down cards are placed between the 2 palms of a spectator.  The performer will now cause all these 4 cards to vanish.  However, spectator claims she can still feel the presence of these 4 cards between her hands.  Performer takes the 4 cards and turns them over.  Instead of the 4 different playing cards, their faces now have the letters G, O, N and E.  They are indeed “gone”!

The advantages of performing Gone are:

  • Highly interactive trick
  • Highly visual effect: a lot of magic is happening
  • The ending is clever but totally unexpected
  • Easy to do

You receive all the necessary cards.  The instructional video can be downloaded from the internet.  Although the video is well produced, the audio is a little soft.

The creator, Daniel Bryan, also discusses different presentations.  In one variation, a spectator chooses one of the 5 cards.  In the end, when all 5 cards vanish, the chosen card is found inside the performer’s pocket or wallet.  In my opinion, the most effect presentation is the basic one.

As I mentioned earlier, when the ending G, O, N, E appear – if you cannot get gasps from the audience, you are not performing the effect properly.  If you want an automatic loud reaction from the audience, perform Gone!

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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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