Review: Prism by Wayne Goodman and Dave Forrest

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]The Prism Stack is touted as a “super-simple” system of knowing what card at which position in the deck.

Once you have been introduced to the Prism Stack, “super-simple” is an understatement!  The moment you understand the principle behind the stack, you can instantly name the card at any given position in the deck!  What make this stack so effective are the subtleties built into the system that allow:

  1. The deck to look like it is completely random;
  2. The entire stack can be moved by one position ahead, allowing simplification of the system.

Three routines are taught based on the ACAAN/Memorized Deck theme:

  • 2 Decks – a prediction deck is laid to one side.  Another deck is freely shuffled, and a card randomly selected.  Any number from 1 to 52 is also freely called out by a spectator.  The prediction deck is now taken out of its case.  The cards are counted to the named number.  The card at this number matches exactly the spectator’s selected card!
  • Memorized Deck – performer claims he has memorized the positions of every card in the deck.  A spectator freely calls out a number from 1 to 52.  The performer writes the name of a card on the back of his business card.  The cards are then counted to the selected number.  The card at that position matches the prediction written on the performer’s business card.
  • Mobile Effect – this routine is contributed by Dave Forrest.  The performer sends a number to a spectator’s mobile.  The spectator then names any card at random.  The prediction deck is then used to count to this number.  The card occupying that position is the same as the card named by the spectator!

Although this system only allows you to do a memorized deck effect, Wayne Goodman uses his same brilliant thinking to come out with 2 effects that do not resemble it at all:

  • Drawing Dupe – a deck of cards is shown to consist of 52 different words of the English language.  A spectator chooses a random card, and the performer can duplicate the selected word.
  • Diary Effect – a one-year diary is shown to consist of names of different playing cards for each day in the diary.  A spectator secretly turns to her favourite date and the performer can reveal the name of the playing card at that date.

You receive only a DVD that explains the system and the 5 routines.  You do not need the prop as you can easily stack your own deck of cards.

Brilliant thinking on the part of Wayne Goodman!  This could well be the best conceived magic principle for the year 2015!

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Update – 2 August 2016

It has come to our attention that veteran magician, Lewis Jones, our much respected and honorary member of Singapore’s IBM Ring 115 (the Great Wong Ring) recently got wind that this particular effect was lifted directly off his original material, as mentioned in the Magic Cafe

As quoted in his email to us:

‘If you take a look at page 293 of Seventh Heaven – surprise! You’ll find it was there, virtually word for word, twelve years ago… Incidentally (just for the record), before Seventh Heaven, Memory Deck first appeared in print in “Cardiograms” almost a quarter of a century ago (1993). So Goodman’s references to “this brand new system I’ve developed” are a bit out of date! My queries to Goodman have brought forth no response.’

For more information, feel free to contact the creator of the effect directly. Thank you.

Respectfully,
the Curator of NingThing magic reviews
Lewis Jones, master magician

Lewis Jones, master magician

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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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