Review: Over the Top by Cameron Francis

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]What makes a good card effect?  I believe it is entertainment, audience participations, and the impact of the magical content.

“Over The Top” by Cameron Francis is all these, and more – it is also easy to do (almost sleight-free, if you call holding a break a sleight), and reset easily.

Here is the effect.  

Performer is willing to teach a spectator how to perform a card trick.  The audience is excited.  A spectator acts as a magician.  She helps to shuffle a deck of cards, and then looks away while the audience selects a card and then loses it back in the deck.  

She turns around, and with the help of the performer, asks a few questions, and manages to find the chosen card, say, the king of spades.  In the process, she also finds the other 3 kings, and their corresponding Aces.  But that is not all.  She now turns out the royal flush of each suit in order.  Just when the audience thinks the effect is over, she causes the rest of the deck to become blank cards!

This is a multi-phase card trick in 5 distinct phases.  Magic is happening all the time, one after another in quick successions, each one appearing to be more incredible than the previous one.  The spectator handles the deck all the time.  She appears to be doing the magic all by herself, but in the end, she is none the wiser how she did all that!  

You receive the well-produced instructional DVD and the necessary deck of cards.  

Full credit goes to Cameron who can put together such an action-packed routine.   He says that his inspirations came from a multi-phase card effect called “Carousel” by the late Aldo Colombini.  Each phase builds up to the next and creates great dramatic anticipations and comedy.  In the performance, the spoken phase “But that’s not all!  I’m going to top that ….” becomes infectious after each phase of the performance.   Cameron closes his close-up act with this effect.  The DVD includes his performance of this effect in the Magic Castle.

For sheer entertainment and audience interaction, this effect is difficult to top.

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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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