Review: JUMP by Jordan Victoria

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Abril%20Fatface%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]As the name implies, Jump is a device that enables a card to jump off from the top of a deck of cards.  This card can be handed out for examination.

The creator, Jordan Victoria, has come up with 2 routines using Jump.

In the first routine, he shows that there are 2 ways a chosen card that is shuffled back into the deck can be found.  One way is for the selected card to magically rise up to the top of the deck (ambitious card).  Another way is for the chosen card to turn over itself face up in the middle of the deck.  He will now show a third way, which is a combination of the 2 methods.  A card is chosen and lost back into the deck.  Magically, the top card of the deck jumps up and flips over face up to show that it is the chosen card!

In the second routine, Jordan asks someone to name any number between 1 and 10.  Let us supposed “8” is named.  He shows what happens when “1” is named.  One card leaps from the top of the deck and lands onto his other hand.  But “8” is the chosen number.  Mysteriously, a packet of cards jumps out of the deck and lands on his other hand.  When the packet is counted, it contains exactly 8 cards!

Jordan discusses other possibilities with Jump.  A card jumps up and changes into another card.  A card jumps up and becomes signed.  This does not make sense to me.  Whose signature is that?  It can only be the performer’s signature.  Why would the performer’s signature suddenly appear on the card?  Would it not be better if the signature is that of the spectator?  A better version would be a card, chosen and signed by the spectator, magically has the signature vanished.  Another interesting effect would be the revelation of a wrong chosen card.  Assume that the chosen card is the seven of diamonds.  The eight of diamonds is revealed instead by the performer.  One diamond (spot) too many.  Magically, the eight of diamond card jumps up and changes into the seven of diamonds with one loose diamond coming out of the card!

This is the versatility of Jump.  Once you understand how Jumps works, you can come up with your own effects.  It is easy to use.

You receive the gimmick with extra materials to repair the gimmick if it gets worn out.  You are given a password to access an online video of instructions.  In the video, Jordan speaks French but there are subtitles in English.  The video is quite well produced and it is not a problem to follow the instructions in the video.

The gimmick is well made and comes in bicycle back.  You need to specify whether you want it in red or blue bicycle back.  It is an utility item and allows you to come out with myriad ways of using it with your deck.  It is also reasonably priced.

 

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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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