Review: Split Second by Nicholas Lawrence and SansMinds

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Madame Curator”][vc_column_text]American magician Nicholas Lawrence of SansMinds is no doubt, a very clever magic thinker. I completely enjoyed his DVD Something Out of the Ordinary and would recommend it to a magician wanting to learn tricks beyond the usual card staples. His style is flashy and contemporary, so it comes at no surprise that the contemporary magic creator was also the mind behind Split Second.

Nicholas Lawrence is from Buffalo, NY... not Italy, in case you're wondering.

Nicholas Lawrence is from Buffalo, NY… not Italy, in case you’re wondering.

Essentially a dollar bill to cards opener, the effect hits hard and is perfect in a close-up/ strolling/ table hopping situation where you create an instant impression that says you’re the magician in charge, who’s just about to blow their minds.

The DVD comes with the required gimmicks for the magic to happen but you’ll need to haul out your handicraft kit for some DIY work to create your Split Second gaff. It’s not difficult and it doesn’t take long, but if you’re living in Australia or Singapore like yours truly, you can’t use the polymer currency because the plastic texture of the money is too springy and will make the gimmick pop right out 🙁

It’s not the end of the world however… you can easily use a US dollar bill like in the demo, since everyone travels these days. I’m sure you can easily come up with patter to explain that it was a tip from an American tourist/ businessman/ supermodel who was very appreciate of your awesome magic prowess. Heh.


The DVD is like all other SansMinds product- good clear audio, professionally edited and shot in HD- with easy menu navigation for you to get to the chapters you want. About half an hour long, it covers everything you need to know adequately; from the gimmick’s construction, to the handling of the effect, to storage of the gaff, besides tips and tricks.

Some practice is needed to ensure all goes smoothly, and you’ll definitely need to be mindful of angles while working on a right rhythm and timing, but I do like Split Second as a quick “split second” opener because it is very visual and organically leads you into your first card trick or performance with cards.

If you take time to craft your Split Second gimmick carefully, it should last you a pretty long time. It’s not fragile and instant reset is easy peasy. Also, the DVD teaches alternatives you can build, for instance producing a pack of gum instead of a deck of cards. With this nifty concept, you can let your imagination run wild and come up with your own ideas.

Love the effect as a flashy opener. It will get your adoring crowd wanting more 😉


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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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