Review: Rock, Paper, Lies by Jay Di Biase and Titanas Magic Productions

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Rock, Paper, LIes is a new DVD by Jay Di Biase, produced by Titanas.  The effect is very straight forward. You ask two spectators to play the game, Rock, Paper, and Sciessors while your back is turned. You then ask them to each pick a role that of being either a truth teller or a liar. They can pick the same role if they want. This is also done while your back is turned. When you turn around you correctly tell them who won the game, what symbol each person threw, and who was the truth teller and who was the liar.

Rock, Paper, Lies uses the liar logic that is based on RIng of Truth by Banachek. Banachek did give his permission for Jay Di Biase to use Banachek’s basic liar logic concept. However, Rock, Paper, Lies enhances Banachek’s effect and makes  Rock, Paper, Lies a much better routine.

There is a system that you need to know. After asking only three questions you will automatically know who won the game, what symbol each person threw and who was the liar and who was the truth teller.

The DVD, which is 31 minutes long, goes over the system in detail. The system is based upon the responses given by the two participants to the three questions. Your correct revelations as to who won, who threw what, and who told the truth and who lied will be dependent upon the answers they provide to you.

I had to rewind the DVD several times to follow along and learn the system. It would have been a good idea if the DVD contained a written chart or cheat sheet or even a PDF download with the system already composed in chart form. I would recommend that after you watch the DVD for the first time that you watch it again and make your own chart or cheat sheet for you to study and memerirze the system.

It is not difficult by any means, but you do have to remember it. If you are concerned that you cannot remember the system during the performance, you can make up your own small cheat sheet and hide it in a small note pad or wallet and look at it while you are writing down your thoughts.

Don’t let this simple effect make you think it is not strong. It is a very strong effect. You should approach this effect as though you are reading their body language. If you play it up big, it will play big. This is a great, simple, strong impromptu effect that is totally propless. I highly recommend it.

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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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