Review: Space Time by Tom Elderfield

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]Spacetime is a hole moving effect on a playing card.  Most hole moving effect requires you to cover the hole with your finger, move the hole to another location in the card, lift off your finger to show that the hole has arrived at the new location.  In Spacetime, you merely flick the card and the hole visually jumps to another location.

Here is exactly the effect.  A card is selected, and the spectator indicates a rough position on the card.  The performer then takes a hole puncher and punches a hole around the area indicated by the spectator.  The card with the hole is shown front and back.  With a flick of the hand, the hole visually jumps to another location on the card.  It is again shown front and back.  One more flick and the hole jumps near to the edge of the card.  The performer covers the hole with his finger, and “plucks” the hole out of the card.  The card now has no holes, and it is shown front and back.  The performer “throws” the hole onto the card case.  The spectator picks up the card case and examines it – indeed, there is a hole on its underside!

You receive the very well-made gimmicked card that enables a hole to be seen near the bottom of the card, then at the left center of the card, and finally near the top right corner of the card.  This is precision made and works very well.  Because of the special construction of the gimmick, the jumping of the holes is instantaneous and visual.  The audience will be truly amazed!  

The gimmick comes with a nice box.  It is advisable to store the gimmicked card inside this box when not in use.  The gimmicked card works smoothly because there is sufficient space between the moving parts of the card.  If something heavy is placed on top of the gimmick card for a prolonged period of time, the space between moving parts may become reduced and friction can prevent the parts of the card from moving freely.

You need to supply your deck of cards and a single-hole puncher.  When ordering, please specify whether you want the gimmicked card to be in red or blue bicycle back card.  You are also given a password to download an instructional video.

In the video, you are taught another routine.  This routine involves 2 spectators.  The first spectator chooses a card in which the performer punches a small hole near its bottom.  The second spectator selects a card and signs on the face of the card.  This card is placed between the 2 palms of the second spectator.  The hole in the first spectator’s card magically jumps to the central portion of the card and then to a position near its top.  The performer “picks” up the hole between his thumb and second finger, and “throws” it towards the second spectator’s hands.  When the spectator opens her hands, her signed selection now has a hole!  Both cards can be examined.

Some creative ideas are explored in the video.  Instead of punching a hole, it is suggested that the hole is made by piecing the tip of a pen through the card.  To me, this idea will not work.  A hole made by a punch has a clear definite round outline.  A hole made by piercing a pen’s tip through a card will need to have some remnant paper of the card sticking out on the other side of the hole.  It is suggested that you “rough” out the outline of the hole so that it has a jagged outline.  We are sure this will certainly cause some friction with the moving parts and affect the smooth operation of the gimmicked card.  Forget about this method of getting a hole onto the card.

So far we have seen hole from card to card case and hole from card to another (signed) card.  A third suggestion is hole to train ticket.  Another interesting suggestion is hole to shirt where the hole vanishes from the card and appears at the bottom of the performer’s T-shirt or shirt.  Interesting and unexpected.

The effect is visual and is easy to do.  It resets instantly.  The “card” can be handed out for examination.  You need to maintain the gimmicked card to ensure its continuous smooth operation performances after performances.  Keep it safe in the box it come with.

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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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