Review: Impale by Jason Yu and Nicholas Lawrence

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Nique Tan”][vc_column_text]Picture this: you approach a group and introduce yourself as the magician. Expectations are high. You have card box in hand and people start thinking that “they’ve seen this one before”.

You then pull out a regular Sharpie, and in full view of everyone, stick it right through the centre, penetrating the cased deck. The strong visual immediately pulls everyone in and draws gasps. You pull the Sharpie back out from the box and hand it to someone to hold – it is not gaffed.

Following that, you then proceed to remove the entire deck from within the box and hand everything, box and all, out for examination. You can then start causing signed cards to jump back to the top of the deck ad infinitum – it is a regular deck.

Jason Yu and Nicholas Lawrence have created an extremely visual effect that packs a punch and I believe, is practical. When I saw first the trailer I thought I knew what was going on, but when the whole deck came out from the box I was stumped. This is an important element of the effect to me, as it adds a layer in the method that is near impossible for laypeople to break through.

If I were to perform this, I would not call attention to this fact that the cards were in the case. I would just do the effect, and then casually take the cards out from the case, allowing this subtle point to sink in at the back of their heads. There have been other effects where a Sharpie penetrates a single card, but this is something I much prefer.

It will make for an incredible opening effect. However, I would pay attention to lighting conditions as if there is a direct light source on the card case, that “something” might be noticeable. Also, having played with similar gaffs in the past, this will require a bit of care as it can be delicate.

The method is very clever, and is something that I was not expecting when I opened the package. It comes complete with everything you need, gaffs and all, and there will be some basic assembly required. Not a big issue though, as you will probably have what you need already lying around the house.

The instructional DVD is very well shot, as per SansMinds standards and the teaching is clear. Some may feel that there is not much of a presentation for this effect, more like a “just do it” piece. I do not see this as a negative though, as to me it falls into the category of effects where the visuals are just SO strong, you need not explain much.

There is some practice involved to get the whole sequence down smooth, especially the bit when removing the deck, but it is not really that difficult for the average worker and well worth the effort (if any) for such a visual piece.

Watch the trailer, and if you like what you see, and can see yourself opening your strolling set with this, you should give this a go.

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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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