Review: Hustle (DVD and Gimmick) by Juan Manuel Marcos

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Matt Lee”][vc_column_text]Hustle is a monte type routine. What is not immediately obvious about these types of routines is that a high level of showmanship is normally required to perform them. Hustle is no different and arguably even more so, because while traditional monte effects use 3 cards, this one uses 7.

There is a moment in the first part of the routine where if you are not careful and you don’t present it well, the spectator can get a bit lost. That said, it’s a minor quibble.

Juan Marcos does a good job of explaining the routine, and by the end you should be able to perform this decently whether you are a beginner or seasoned pro.

I like this routine, the plot is great and everything makes sense. Be aware that the ad-copy on the DVD states that no sleight of hand is required. I think this is an exaggeration –  some skill in handling a pack of cards is required to perform this without fumbling really obviously.

You will need a table to perform this. I know that this will immediately disqualify a number of magicians who are only concerned with commercial effects, but if you perform frequently in parlor style environment you can use this easily as it is self-contained and resets instantly.

I still think the all-time best monte routine is the Skinner Monte because of its directness and simplicity, but this one is still quite good – it’s easy to perform, and has a great kicker ending. I recommend it, and I will be using it myself.

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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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