Review: Letter Perfect by David Regal

Review: Letter Perfect by David Regal

A couple of months ago, just before revamping, I’d reviewed David Regal’s Color Changing Knives which he had just released in time for the holidays. I gave it a glowing review after being throughly impressed, and you can read all about here. But this review isn’t about that. Today, I’m here to share all about another modern close up miracle that the same ingenious man engineered…

Letter Perfect by David Regal, produced by Penguin Magic


“A self-working triumph effect with an alphabet deck and the volunteers name as the climax! THIS is how you make magic meaningful!” – Cody S. Fisher

When you want a trick that is powerful, direct, and fair the creator you look for is David Regal. He knows how to create an effect that will grab ahold of the audience and give them a memory they will want to tell other people about. Mixing up a handful of cards where they make all the decisions only to find themselves staring at their own names is one of those effects that they never see coming. The effect is powerful and the method is clean. This is Letter Perfect by David Regal.

Here’s what happens:

The magician offers to have the spectator grab a handful of cards from a deck of cards made of of letters instead of playing cards. They can then freely shuffle the cards face up into face down as much as they want. The magician takes them back and lets them make some final decisions whether or not cards are placed face up or face down. After the final mix the cards are spread out and all of the face down cards are removed. Those cards then spell the spectator’s own name.

This trick goes far beyond names. Your spectators can spell just about any word you want. Whether you want them to spell the word magic, or the name of the company who hired you for your next big gig. This effect is practically self working, and even comes with a special deck of alphabet cards. David teaches in detail everything you need to know to be able to make this effect as fair possible. If you want to give your spectator’s something to really talk about, you will want to perform Letter Perfect.

In addition to an Instant Download where you learn the Letter Perfect effect from David Regal you will get a custom printed 56 card alphabet deck on Bicycle Maiden Backs with enough letters to spell an almost infinite number of names and words.

3 each of these letters: A, E, O & T
2 each of these letters: B, C, D, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, U, V, W, X, Y & Z

Unboxing Letter Perfect by David Regal

Unboxing Letter Perfect by David Regal

When the package finally arrived in my eager hands, I was incredibly impressed with its high production quality. And I know when you unbox this, you will also agree with me that Penguin Magic really delivers. The specially printed full coloured box that David Regal’s Letter Perfect comes in has a magnetic flap that really secures the deck of alphabet cards. The material is super stiff and sturdy so unless you drive your truck over it, this fine packaging will last you forever.

The deck is nestled snugly inside a custom made foam insert so no worries about dented corners during shipping. Although once you bring this out to use in the real world, I’d suggest keeping this deck in a card clip before throwing it into your close up case or pockets. The password and weblink to the online tutorial are printed on the inside flap of the well-designed case, but if you’ve ordered it from Penguin Magic direct, you’d find the video in your account anyway. Easy peasy!

You’ll find 56 custom printed alphabet cards in the deck, which are printed on red Bicycle Maiden Backs. They handle and feel the same as any other standard air cushion cards produced by the United States Playing Card Company.

Unboxing Letter Perfect by David Regal

Let’s talk USP (unique selling points)

I first came to know of this lovely close up effect years ago when David Regal first released it in his brilliant book Close-up And Personal. And then it was a little later when I watched him perform the card trick during a lecture, that I remembered just how much I loved it. I think I speak for a lot of us when I say that a custom printed deck is a godsend for those of us who are shy about our handwriting. With the alphabet cards professionally printed, there’s zero stress about ruining a perfectly good deck with shoddy penmanship!

But the included deck is just the tool. There’s so much more to it than just these cards. This super easy self working card effect relies on a very clever math principle by one of my favourite magic creators, Bob Hummer. David Regal has taken this and created a modern day miracle where you can use it to effortlessly spell out a spectator’s name… or you can even use the letters to spell out a prediction. The tools are given to you and the world is your oyster if you allow creativity some rein.

The twelve and a half minute long video tutorial is short and sweet, and perfectly gets you acquainted with the cards and the workings of it. David Regal has been in the business for decades and is an excellent teacher. Due credit is given accordingly and he gets right down to teaching. While trailers are meant to sell and market products, I really appreciate it when tutorials come packaged without fluff content a.k.a time wasters. This one, I’m pleased to say, is well done and concise. The multiple camera angles are clear and the audio is good. The solid content is easy to follow along and I had no problem understanding all the steps.

What draws me to Letter Perfect is how you can easily use it over and over again, customised to your different audience. I really love it when something so simple can be so diabolical. Once you understand how to work the deck in your hands after it’s been shuffled by the audience (yes, you can hand them out at the start if you like), you only need to focus on your presentation and patter.

You can perform this anywhere. There’s nothing extra that you need (card refills are easily available once you’re in need of another deck), there’s no performing angles that you have to stress about, and you can also work this on stage or a Zoom show. Nothing’s stopping you from doing that, although this one really performs best up close and personal. Reset for Letter Perfect is quick and uncomplicated, akin to resetting your set of hopping halves. Sweet!

Cards at Play: Letter Perfect by David Regal

TLDR: Letter Perfect by David Regal

There’s so much to love about this… Easy to learn and do, the solid tutorial by creator David Regal will inspire you with confidence to start performing Letter Perfect right away. Well worth the price, this is one close up magic trick that people will remember you for 🙂 This audience pleaser is a clear winner which comes with my highest recommendations! You can get your hands on this brilliant effect directly from the good fellas at Penguin Magic.

Letter Perfect by David Regal: 10 stars!
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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