Review: Luck of the Draw by Liam Montier

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]Very seldom do you find the write-up of a magical product specifies the actual gimmicks that you are going to receive.  The reason is obvious.  People purchase a magical product to find out the secret or the method.  If you already know the method, you may not want to buy the product because you can either construct the gimmick yourself or purchase the apparatus elsewhere.  In this case, you are told exactly what you are going to receive:

  • A 3-way force bag.  But the type of bag is not described in the write-up.  If you watch the product’s video trailer, you will know that it is a 3-way transparent force bag.
  • 100 raffles tickets of random numbers and colours.
  • 100 force (same number) raffles tickets in various colours.
  • Another 100 force (different force number) raffles tickets in various colours.

Why do you think Liam Montier, the creator of Luck Of The Draw, lets you in on the actual items you are going to receive?  I can think of the following reasons:

  • The clear force bag is a common magic utility item.  It is readily available from magic dealers.  However, the supplied transparent force bag does not look like any of these.  It looks and feels like an ordinary click-lock bag and is quite deceptive.  Liam even tells you how to make one such bag yourself if the one supplied is worn out.  Then there are the raffles tickets.  Although you can readily purchase raffles tickets, you cannot obtain 2 x 100 force raffles tickets of various colours, unless they are specially printed.  At $25, this is a more than reasonable investment for these 3 items.  The size of the supplied clear force bag is such that when all the 300 (or 200) raffles tickets are inside the bag, the entire apparatus looks so ordinary that it can be handled freely by a spectator without them suspecting anything.  We are talking about layman in the audience who do not know anything about force bag.  
  • The real value of the purchase is the booklet that comes with the apparatus.  It is written by Liam Montier and contains different effects possible with the raffles tickets.  They are all very good routines.  There is a “book test”, an “add a number” effect, a “choose a prize” trick, and 2 other clever routines.  One is based on a David Acer trick, and another one involves coincidence and 2 decks of playing cards which is conceived by Liam himself.  It is called “Pyrite” and is a “card at any number” effect.  The trick can be seen in the trailer of the product video.  Liam also gives you a password that enables you to link to a video that gives the performance and explanation of this trick.  Liam is a creative person.  The additional ideas he gives for the “book test”, the “add a number” and the “choose a prize” effects lift each of these routines to a “killer” status.  Since this booklet is the real reason for the purchase, we are not going to give more details about the routines and the ideas.  It will not be fair to those who purchase the product.

There is an error in the printed instructions for the effect “Pyrite”.  It should have been the Jack of Clubs that you need to apply the little something, not the Jack of Spades as in the notes.  This is a minor printing error, and should be quite obvious to the reader.

As mentioned in the product description, this is “a killer new utility for mentalists and magicians”.  This is a trick with raffles tickets that enables you to perform 4 or 5 different effects.  You can also perform the tricks in both close-up or parlour setting.  A very good investment.

 

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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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