Review: The Informer by Lloyd Mobley

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]The Informer (Standard) is an impression device slightly smaller than the size of a playing card.  In fact, it comes stuck onto the back of a Joker playing card.

To use the device, put the gimmicked Joker about 7 cards down from the top of the deck of playing cards and case it.

The Informer is used with a gimmicked erasable (dry eraser) marker pen.  Take a small piece of post-it note paper and stick it onto the card case.  Give a spectator the gimmick marker pen and ask her to write her secret information onto the post-it paper, so that she will not forget about it.  Take off the post-it paper and give it to the spectator for safe keeping.  You already have a readable impression of the secret information on the back of the gimmicked Joker inside the case.  Later on you can secretly retrieve and read the impression of the written information on the gimmicked Joker.  You apparently use the card case as a hard writing surface for the spectator.  

You receive the following items in a nice box:

  • A plastic case containing the Informer device stuck onto the back of a Joker.  
  • The gimmicked erasable marker pen.
  • Extra gimmick for the pen.

Instructions are available from a downloadable online video.  The video appears to be home-made, but the explanations by the originator Lloyd Mobley, are clear enough for you to understand everything about the device.  

The impression device appears to be highly sensitive and of high resolution.  At 7 cards away (plus the thickness of the card case) from the inside of the card case, it can pick up quick clearly whatever is written on the piece of post-it paper stuck on the exterior of the card case.  The image remains quite clear even when it is placed 10 cards down in the deck inside the case.

Another use is to stick the Informer inside a small note pad.  It can be placed 20 to 25 sheets down in the pad.  In this case, the spectator writes on the first page of the memo pad and the image is captured 25 sheets down the pad.

The instructions show you how you can erase the image to set it up for a new performance, and how to gimmick a dry erase pen.  The only thing I would like to see included in the instructions is one or two routines actually used by the originator.

The device appears to be versatile and you can surely find other uses for it.  It also looks durable.  The most important thing is the clear image which will give you great comfort when using an impression device.

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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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