Review: Pocket Voodoo by Liam Montier

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Fourteen custom printed Voodoo cards
Special hidden features make performing magic and mentalism EASY!
Kit comes in protective carry case

Liam Montier’s ‘Pocket Voodoo’ is a perfect piece of pocket sized mind-meltory!

14 custom printed Voodoo cards with special hidden features that make magic and mentalism EASY!

Liam’s favorite routine:

You draw a stick man onto a business card to represent a victim, which is left in the hands of a spectator.

An innocent passer by is shown a collection of voodoo cards, with voodoo dolls that have pins in various places. The stack of cards is placed aside.

The innocent party is now asked to name someone they wish to direct some ‘bad mojo’ towards. Let’s say they go with ‘Gordon’. They write the name on a piece of paper, and then select one of the cards at random.

The ritual is now complete, and the chosen card is turned over – it shows (for example) a voodoo doll with a pin in the chest.

The paper is touched to a flame to complete the ritual, and the name vanishes in a brilliant flash of fire!

You gingerly turn over the ‘victim’ – the business card placed aside at the beginning, and show that the stick man now has a serious burn, right in the centre of his chest!

And this is just ONE routine with the Voodoo cards… Liam teaches alternative handlings, a multiple prediction trick and even discusses further ideas for incorporating these beautiful props into other routines and tricks.

REVIEW

BigBlindMedia has the best professional videos in our industry, hands down. As always, the standard of quality is first class, and I’m not just talking about their snazzy promo trailers and instructional videos… I’m also talking about their latest nifty packet trick POCKET VOODOO!

You get 14 specially printed cards (the voodoo doll doesn’t look creepy, so no worries if you’re afraid it might creep people out… kids will just laugh at the cartoony expression) inside a well-fitted clear plastic case, which I very much appreciate. I’m pleasantly surprised BBM sourced for these slim containers as they are much better than just popping the cards into a paper sleeve envelope. This ensures your purchase will last for a long time. That being said, it is also possible to just fit the stack of cards into your wallet if you so wish.

I wished I had this about a month ago, when it was still Halloween. It would have been perfect and mind you, this effect is not a mere one trick pony. Besides the main routine performed and explained by magic creator Liam Montier, other solid presentational alternatives for Pocket Voodoo are taught, as well as more ideas shared at the end of the 40min online instructional video. The patter is lighthearted and funny, with subtleties in place to ensure there is no discomfort.

Out of the three taught routines, I personally like Liam’s brilliant use of the classic “one ahead principle” incorporated in one of the presentational ideas featured in the instructional video; well structured and thought out, it’s sure to impress your lay audience. I especially enjoyed the concepts thrown around towards the end of the Vimeo clip, involving the possible use for this to enhance your standard performance of your PK Touch, Stigmata, ashes on palm, blister idea type of trick.

If you’re looking for an alternative to marked ESP cards, these make a great option IMHO. All you need to spook people next Halloween is this pocket trick, a Sharpie and some business cards… flash paper optional, but always a big plus 😉

Easy to perform, you’ll have so much fun doing this too. Well recommended!

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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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