Review: Psycho by Iñaki Zabaletta and Vernet

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]Psycho is a card stabbing routine.

5 spectators, each selects and remembers one card from a deck of cards.  The 5 cards are then shuffled back into the deck.

A blindfold is put onto a spectator and she confirms that she cannot see anything through it.  She then puts this blindfold onto the performer so that he too is not able to see anything.

Another spectator is asked to spread and mix the deck of cards face downwards all around on top of a soft wooden slab laid on the table.  The wooden slab is to protect the surface of the table.

The performer then introduces a sinister looking knife.  He asks the first spectator for his selected card.  He stabs the knife onto the soft wooden slab and manages to jab a playing card.  The card on the knife is shown to be the first spectator’s chosen card.  He asks the second spectator for his chosen card.  Similarly, even with his blindfold on, the performer is able to stab onto another card.  It is shown to be the second spectator’s chosen card.

He continues 3 more times with the remaining 3 spectators.  Each time, he is able to stab his knife onto the correct selected card. The effect can be performed for a large audience such as in a parlour setting.  It is easy to do.  The usage of the knife and blindfold allows you to dramatize your performance.

Review: Psycho by by Iñaki Zabaletta and Vernet

You receive only the instructional DVD.  You need to provide the following props yourself: a knife, a blindfold, and a large but soft wooden slab for your knife to stab into so that you will not deface the top of the table.  All of these items are discussed in some details in the DVD.  

The DVD is well produced.  In the last segment of the DVD, there is an interesting discussion between the creator, Inaki Zabaletta, and Manuel Llaser on the various card stabbing routines that were developed over time.  Where possible, the actual books where the routines first appeared, together and their creators, are shown.

Inaki also teaches you how to construct a card gimmick so that you can control the 5 chosen cards even though you have the blindfold on.  It is easy to make and is the work of less than 1 minute.

If you like dramatic magic performances, you will like this card stabbing routine.  

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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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