Review: OH SNAP! by Jibrizy Taylor and SansMinds

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Oh Snap! is a new release by Sansmind. It is an instant change of a full deck of cards to a stack of bills. It is quick, visual, and magical. After you have shown one or two tricks using your full deck of cards, you ask if your spectator’s want to see a money trick. Since you just amazed them, they will of course say yes. You display teh deck of cards in you hand and then… Bam!…the entire deck instanly changes into a stack or 5-6 bills which you can use for a bill effect such as pen through bill or any of your favorite bill effect.

It comes with a pre-made gimmick. The gimmick comes in either red or blue bicycle stock. However, you do have to do a little DIY set up your currency with the pre-made gimmick. All you need are some double stick tape and a pair of scissors. If you are using AMerican dollars, the set up might take you 5-7 minutes. If you are using currency taht is larger than the width of a playing card, you can customize the gimmick using your own currency. You will have to trim both edges of the bills used. It is a simple one time set up. Once you finished, you are good to go for many performances before needing to change or replace the gimmick

WIth regards to the durability of the gimmick, it does seem to be well made and should last a very along time. However, at some point after multiple, repeated peformances, you will need to purhcase another gimmick. I think you should get at least a good 8-12 months of good use out of this gimmick if you use it daily before it needs to be replaced. Also, at some time of repeated use, the bills will become a bit worn and you may want to replace them with crisp, newer bills. It is very easy to do that without harming the gimmick.ou will need to realce the bills with .

The DVD is 30 minutes long. It thoroughly explains in detail how to make the gimmick, how to customize it with your own curency, how to maintain and store the gimmick, how to use it for a transition from a deck effect to a currency effect, and how to use it as a stand alone, impromptu effect. The DVD also shows a single studio performance. There are no live street performances.

When shown, the set up gimmick looks like a real deck of cards. However, there are some slight angles that you have to be aware of which are discucsed on the DVD. If you are holding the gimmicked deck in your left hand, yo ucan have your spectators directly in front of you and to your left. They should not be standing towards your right side. However, the DVD does discuss how to manage your audience and how to alter your body and/or hand position to get the proper angles. The DVD does discuss how to switch a full deck of cards after doing your card routines and showing that the deck is real to the gimmick that looks just like the same full deck of cards just seen and handled.

While the instant change of the deck to a stack of bills is easy to do, you will need to do practice how to get into the ready position after the initial switch is made or if you want to do it as a stand alone effect. The DVD goes into detail how to get the gimmick into ready display position.

This is a wonderful, visual effect. It is also easy to perform although you will need practice to get into the ready position. I certainly recommend this if you are looking for a quick, visual cahnge of a deck of cards to a stack of bills.

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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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