Review: Print Card by Mickael Chatelain

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Nique Tan”][vc_column_text]In effect, 4 blank faced cards are displayed to the audience and set aside. A selection in made by a spectator and is placed face up on the table. 3 of the blank faced cards magically change into duplicates of the selection. At the end they all go back to being blank.

Watching this reminded me of an effect I used to love from Daryl called “Cardboard Chameleons”. It too used selections from the deck in use, in addition to the small packet of cards that you introduce in the course of your performance.

This handling of the effect streamlines the handling somewhat, as instead of using 2 selections and 6 “chameleon” cards, Print Card uses only 1 selection and 4 cards. Watch the video demo and you will see the effect in performance. I must say that while I had a rough idea what was going on, I was not completely right as well – some of the displays looked really clean.

You get the DVD as well as the gimmick(s) that are required to perform the effect. It was a gimmick that I was familiar with, however I have not seen it set in this configuration before (I think that is fair to say). It is fairly well made, and will enable you some clean displays during the course of the routine. The DVD goes through with you what you need to know, which is basically the whole sequence, using the gimmick and also there is a section on a well-known sleight needed for the routine, should you not know it already.

A downside to this routine for me is that I think it actually will look better on video than live. I suppose one could perform it live, though if I were to personally perform it I would feel more comfortable if I had some distance between the audience and myself. I think the gimmick is clever, but it is not something that I would use. This is solely based on personal preference in terms of methods; if you are comfortable working with this particular type of gimmick then you will like this. I do realise that that statement is not very helpful, considering I cannot mention what type of gimmick it is, but… yes.

Let us just say that if you play with this gaff quite a bit then I am pretty sure many ideas will, I guess, spring to mind.

All in all, nice, visual card magic in a nice little package. As an added plus, it resets itself, so you are ready to go again for the next group of people should you be doing it repeatedly throughout the evening of work.

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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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