Review: Invisible Triumph by Jim Krenz

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]The name “Invisible Triumph” is interesting.  It suggests that it is a triumph card effect utilising, in part, the invisible deck principle.  The handling of this special deck is even more intriquing.  Several portions of the deck are mixed up with cards facing upwards and cards facing downwards.  Yet, without any funny move, the entire deck straightens itself with all the cards facing one way, except for a chosen card which is facing the other way!

Here is how the actual routine looks.  A spectator selects a card.  The deck is divided into 4 piles.  The spectator is told to shuffle and lose her chosen card in one pile.  The other 3 piles are given to 3 members of the audience to shuffle.  One pile is then shuffled face downwards into the spectator’s pile which is face upwards.  The next pile is turned face upwards and shuffled into the mixed-up pile.  Finally, the last pile is shuffled fasce downwards into the mixed-up pile.  For the finale, the cards are gathered together and spread.  All the cards have straightened themselves and are now facing upwards, with the exception of one card which remains facing downwards.  This card is turned over to reveal that it is the spectator’s chosen card!

You receive the special deck and a link to online video instructions.  The video has Jim Krenz himself performing and explaining Invisile Triumph.  Jim has a comical personality and is an entertaining performer.  He offers 2 presentations, one using a stranger card while the other using just the special deck, all 52 cards of the deck.  In the latter version, the spectator can merely think of her card, and need not take it out of the deck.

The deck looks and handles like a normal deck of cards.  You can use it to perform other card effects.  But you will not want to do that because it will worn out the special deck and replacement is costly.  However, if you wish to perform Invisible Triumph as part of your card act which includes other effects, it makes sense to use this deck throughout so that there is no need to switch decks.  Please note that because of its special property for the triumph effect, you should refrain from doing tricks that involve cards facing up and down.

The specialty of Invisible Triumph is that your triumph effect looks straight-forward and very convincing, but is easy to do.  The property of the deck does all the hard work for you.  You only need to understand the procedure of handling the deck.

A triumph card effect requires intermediate skills.  Invisile Triumph requires no skill and yet makes you seem like a card pro.

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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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