Review: Rotational by Snake & Rick Piccone

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]“Rotational” is a double change of the identity of a single card.  To describe this in another way:  a single playing card can be shown to have 3 different identities.

The principle of a triple-changing card goes back a long long time in magic.  Because it is gimmicked, the card cannot be shown too close to the audience.

Tumi Magic has produced this triple changing card with several improvements.  The gimmicked card is now made quite thin, the changes can be effected quite quickly, and one of the card’s identities can remain exposed without the aid of any finger holding down the gimmick.

You receive this specially construction card and a link to an online video.  The gimmicked card is well-made in Bicycle back design, but you need to specify when you place your order whether you want this card to be in red or blue Bicycle back.

The gimmicked card you receive can have different identities, but they will always consist of a Joker, a court card, and a spot card, to give the best differentiation among the 3 identities.  The Joker plays a significant part in the routines that are taught in the video.

The video features Snake explaining “Rotiational” in the French language, but there are subtitles in the English language.  Snake offers 3 different routines to use with the Rotational gimmick.

Routine No 1 has a spectator selects a card and loses it back in the deck.  The performer brings out a card folded in half as his prediction.  When asked, the spectator says her chosen card was, say, the Jack of Hearts.  The performer unfolds the prediction card and shows a Joker – he claims that Jokers are wild and therefore can represent any card at all.  The Joker is folded in half again.  When it is next unfolded, it has indeed changed to the chosen card, the Jack of Hearts.

Routine No 2 is a 3 card monte effect.  A Joker, a Jack of Hearts, and an Eight of Spades are each folded in half with their faces inside the folds.  They are moved around the table in the usual 3 card monte style.  The audience is asked to pick up the Joker, but they fail each time.  This is the weakest routine of the 3 because it does not have a specific ending.

In Routine No 3, a card is selected and folded in half to hide its identity.  The performer approaches one group of the audience and unfolds the card to reveal its identity.  He folds the card in half again and brings it to another group of the audience and reveal its identity there.  He places this card face dowwards conspicuously on the table.  He now attempts to divine the identity of this chosen card.  He draws its identity on a pad.  When asked, the audience on each group gives contradicting answers.  One group says it is the Eight of Spades while the other group claims to see the Jack of Hearts.  The performer is perplexed.  He reveals his drawing to be the Joker.  He picks up the chosen card on the table and shows it to also be the Joker.  Jokers are wild.  Everybody is correct!

Snake also shows how to swith out the gimmicked card so that the folded card can be given out for examination.

If you like what you read about the routines, you will enjoy “Rotational”.  Please note that you need good spectators management since the special card is heavily gimmicked.


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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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