Review: HOLE 2.0 by Mickael Chatelain

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]Mickael Chatelain’s Hole 2.0 implies that there was a Hole 1.0 – there was.

Usually, the newer version is an improvement over its predicessor, the effect being the same.  In this case, although both effects feature a clean escape of a chosen card sandwiched between 2 other cards, the circumstances of the escape are different.

Let me explain the effect of Hole 2.0 and what are involved in it, so that you can decide if you wish to purchase this trick on its own.  Then I shall explain the main differences between Hole 2.0 and Hole 1.0 so that if you wish to purchase only one Hole effect, you can then decide which version to choose.

Two cards with a different colour back from the deck you are using have a circular hole cut out in their middle.  The holes serve to show whatever card placed beneath each of these cards to be seen through the holes.  These 2 cards can be examined by the spectators.  A card is either selected or simply taken out from the deck.  This card is sandwiched between the 2 hole cards – it is placed perpendicular between the 2 hole cards.  This card can be clearly seen through the hole in the top card.  Everything seems fair up to this stage.  Magically, the sandwiched card falls out through the bottom hole card.  All 3 cards can be examined by the spectators.

There is a gimmick involved, and this gimmick is diabolically constructed.  The audience is none the wiser about any gimmicked cards being used.  The effect is easy to perform, and with an appropriate but easy handling of the deck, all the cards involved can be examined by the audience.  The escape of the sandwiched card is visual, direct, clean and utterly convincing.

If you wish to purchase only one Hole effect, here are the main differences between Hole 1.0 and Hole 2.0:

  • In Hole 1.0, a hole card is attached to another card with a sticky round label taped at their narrower ends, so that the 2 cards are hinged and opened like a landscape sized book.  The selected card is sandwiched between these 2 cards and then penetrates through hinged label.
  • In Hole 1.0, the sticky label as well as the selected card can be signed.  Personally, I do not think this makes very much difference as the escape of the sandwiched card in both cases is very visual and clean.
  • Both versions are easy to perform, can be performed surrounded, and the cards involved can be examined by the spectators afterwards.
  • Hole 1.0 costs $40 while Hole 2.0 costs $29.95.

You are supplied with all the necessary cards, but you have to provide your own deck of cards.  Therefore, when purchasing this effect, please state the colour back of the cards you wish to use.

You also receive an instructional DVD.  Although Mickael Chatelain does not speak the English language well, the instructions are clear enough for you to follow and put into practice.

The effect is exactly what is described in the product write-up and video promotion.

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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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