Review: Leap of Faith by SansMinds Creative Lab

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]Leap Of Faith is another version of cards across.  There are many versions of cards across.  The most popular one is Strange Traveler ever since David Blaine performed it in his TV special.

Here is what happens in Leap Of Faith.

Performer spreads a packet of 10 cards.  The audience can see that each of them is different.  The packet is closed and turned face downwards.  The performer counts 5 cards face downwards and asks a spectator to hold them between her 2 palms for safe keeping.

The performer spreads the other 5 cards in a fan and asks another spectator to merely think of any one card she sees.  With a flick of 5 cards (very much like the Zapped Poker Card trick), one card magically vanishes and the performer is seen holding only 4 cards, which he shows fronts and backs.  The first spectator checks the cards between her palms.  She now has 6 cards.  And the second spectator’s thought-of card is among them!

As with most SansMinds magic, the vanish of the thought-of card is very visual and instantaneous.  The gimmick is self-contained, and you do not need to dispose any part of it.

You receive the well product instructional DVD and 4 pieces of super tiny, super thin and super strong magnets.  You have guessed it by now.  You need to construct the card gimmick yourself.  Herman gives clear instructions on how to do this, taking you through step by step as he constructs the gimmick in the DVD.

You need a fair amount of DIY skill, as the gimmick is not an easy thing to do.  You also need to be able to split the cards (also explained and demonstrated well in the DVD).  If you have 10 thumbs instead of fingers, either you get someone else to construct the gimmick for you or this product is not suitable for you.

This quite a shame.  If SansMinds could come out with an alternative version of Leap Of Faith where the gimmick is provided, and charges extra for it, there would have been many takers.

Anyway, if you are interested in cards across, you can check out at least (not exhaustive) the following effects:  Daryl’s “Crossed Thought”,  Dan Harlan’s “Red Rover”, Simon Aronson’s “Red Sea Passover”, David Solomon’s “Thoughts Across”, and Jay Sankey’s “Astral Projection”.

My favourite remains Paul Harris’ non-gimmicked “Las Vegas Leaper”.

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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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