Review: Scarlet Monte Blue/ Red by Malcolm Norton

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]“The Scarlet Monte” by Malcolm Norton is a monte-type packet card trick.  I believe the name “Scarlet” came about because the creator performs this effect to the story of the famous Scarlet Pimpernel.

In effect, 4 cards are displayed.  One is a Jack which represents the Scarlet Pimpernel.  The other 3 cards are spot cards of a different colour to the Jack, to show out the contrast.  These 3 cards are identical in value and suit.

One of the spot cards is left face downwards with a spectator.  The Jack is mixed up with the other 2 spot cards.  Magically, it vanishes and the 3 cards with the performer are now all spot cards.  The spectator turns over her card – it is the Jack!

Once again, a spot card is left face downwards with the spectator.  The Jack is placed face downwards between the 2 face-up spot cards.  After mixing, the Jack vanishes and is found as the card held by the spectator!

The Jack is openly placed among the 3 spot cards.  The cards are mixed, and the Jack again vanishes.  This time it is found in another location – in the performer’s pocket, inside an envelope or elsewhere!

Obviously you do not have to perform to the story of the Scarlet Pimpernel.  In my part of the world, this character is not popular.  And my set of cards does not contain a Jack.  It comprises the Queen of Hearts and 3 Nine of Spades.  I cannot tell the story of the Scarlet Pimpernel.  My patter would be “find the lady”, “find the odd card.”

You receive all the necessary cards and a password to download the video instructions from the internet.

It is a 3-phase monte effect with much interactions with the audience.  It is a simpler version of Garrett Thomas’ “Standup Monte.”

It is not difficult to perform, requiring only the standard sleights used with packet tricks.  They are the Elmsley Count (explained in the video), double lift, and Flustration Count (wrongly mentioned as the Hammon Count in the video).

Although there are 3 phases, the trick is structured such that it is easy to follow, a lot of magic is happening rapidly, and there are much interactions with the audience.  A worthwhile effect to have for your walk-around performance.  

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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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