Review: Runaway Joker 2nd Edition by Peter Nardi

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Enrico Varella”][vc_column_text]Ton Onosaka with his ‘Bicycle Built for Five’ combined ‘Travelers’ (card assembly), ‘Twisting The Aces’ and specially-printed Bicycle cards, with the missing cyclist. In Nardi’s effect, which pre-dates Onosaka’s, this version is a card location/revelation using the two Jokers, and what happens to the iconic character on his iron-stead.

This is Nardi’s treatment on the popular ‘Chicago Opener’, where a selected signed card is found with a temporary odd back. He released ‘Runaway Joker’ about 14 years ago, where he included a Joker to locate the selected card. He made a twist on the ‘animation’, where the ‘rider’ on the Joker vanishes, and appears on the back of the selected card. Finally, the rider vanishes completely.

This effect is easy to do, and if you have both aforementioned routines, you can ride them in tandem. Comes complete with the special Bicycle cards and access to an online tutorial (card with the password). You can download the video file or watch it online.

Nardi’s instructions are clear, and you get three versions of how to change the card, including the Marc D’Souza’s Shapeshifter Change (which David Blaine used in ‘Street Magic’ and ‘Magic Man’). When you purchase this set, you will also receive updates on other variations. This is a fun opening routine, or sets the premise for a continuum of effects using Jokers.

Al Leech invented the premise of Chicago Opener, in his trick called ‘Hot Trick No. 1’. It is also known as ‘Chicago Opener’ (attributed to Frank Everhart) and ‘Red Hot Moma’ (Jim Ryan). Whit Haydn combined the best of both and arrived at ‘Chicago Surprise’.

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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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