Review: INDIGO by Beautiful Mind Magic

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]Indigo is a specially constructed gimmick that allows you to distribute 4 items among 4 people.  This makes it a powerful tool for making 4 predictions, with the possibilities of allowing last minute exchanges among the 4 people.  Here is how it looks in a performance.

The performer selects a spectator to be his “partner”.  He also nominates a “gentleman” and a “lady” to help him.  He displays the back of a prediction card that has printed the words “magician” and his “partner”, and “gentleman” and his “lady”.  This prediction card is placed in a conspicuous position face downwards (so that the prediction is not seen at this time) on the table

4 cards are selected from a deck of cards.  The performer’s card can be chosen by any one of the other 3 spectators.  Without turning over the 4 cards, 2 of them are nominated for the “magician” and his “partner”, while the other 2 are for the “gentleman” and his “lady”.  Before turning over and revealing his prediction, the performer allows the “gentleman” and his “lady” to exchange their cards if they wish to do so.  He also allows his “partner” to exchange her card with him if she so wishes.

After all the exchanges are done, the prediction card is turned over to reveal the correct card each one gets!  The predicted cards are written inside each of the rectangular boxes on the face of the prediction card.  Refer to the blank boxes in the diagram here.  

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The performer should stress the point (not done in the performance) that if the cards were not exchanged, the prediction would not have been correct.  This is the strong point in the prediction.  It does not matter whether the participants exchange their cards or not, the prediction is always correct!  The prediction card is openly turned over to reveal the prediction – there is no cover or any suspicious move.  The prediction card is not switched.

You receive the Indigo gimmick, 4 non-gimmicked Indigo cards, and spare materials for repairing and maintaining the gimmick.

The gimmicked Indigo card is extremely well made.  It is constructed in the exact dimensions of a poker sized playing card.  It works very smoothly.  However it is all made in cardboard and if not properly maintained, can easily get warped or bent, rendering it no longer smooth in working, and can seriously jeopardize the performance.

You also receive a password to download 2 videos.  One is more than an hour long and contains the performances and explanations of the effect.  The other video is just short of one hour and explains how to maintain and work the gimmick.  There are many overlapping parts in both videos.

The videos are home produced, but the quality is good enough for the viewers to understand what is going on.  They do not have a menu and it is quite a chore to navigate around in both videos.  It would be good if we are introduced to the presenter in the videos.  At least we can put a name to the presenter.  We can only assume he is Omni Ved, the creator of the gimmick.  He appears to be Asian and speaks with a heavy accent.  He also appears to be quite artistic, a good DIY person, and thorough in his presentation.  He covers almost everything you need to know about Indigo.

The following points are discussed in the videos:

  • Various methods of forcing the 4 cards.  How to allow the exchanges of cards within the 4 participants.
  • When the prediction is revealed, how to switch the gimmick for the appropriate non-gimmicked card at the offbeat moment so that it can be examined by the audience.  He discusses an easy and an advanced method.
  • How to “repair” the gimmick if it no longer operates smoothly.
  • How to “change” the predictions if you decide to use different playing cards.  Some spare materials (stickers) are provided for this, although you are taught what pen to use so that the writing can be erased afterwards.
  • 4 other items can also be used for the prediction.  They are not restricted to playing cards, so long as they can be comfortably written within each of the 4 rectangles in the prediction card.

As mentioned, Indigo allows you to prediction not one, but 4 outcomes for 4 people.  The spectators can make last minute exchanges and yet you can reveal the correct outcome without any suspicious moves.  It is easy to perform.  You need to understand the working of the gimmick (explained well in the videos) in order for you know how to reveal the correct prediction.  For these reasons alone, Indigo is highly recommended.

Being constructed out of paper, it is quite delicate.  You need to take good care of the gimmick.  Having to “repair” the gimmick may not be a good idea.

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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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