Review: TRAVEL by Mickael Chatelain

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]For visual close-up magic effect, you cannot beat the creations of Mickael Chatelain.  “Travel”, by Mikael Chatelain, is no exception. “Travel” is signed card to card case.  The effect is so clean and visual that it looks utterly impossible, even to magicians!

The full effect is as follows.  A deck of cards is taken out of its card box.  The card box is closed and placed on the table where it remains in full sight throughout the performance.

The cards are spread to show that they are all different.  A card is freely selected by a spectator and signed.  It is placed face up on top of the face down deck.  The performer claims he is going to cause the face up signed card to vanish from the deck and reappear inside the card box.

He covers the face up card with his hand.  When he lifts his hand from the deck, the face up card is no longer there.  His hand moves towards the card box.  Unfortunately the performer does a clumsy palm and the spectator can see parts of the face up card jutting out of his hand.  The performer then concedes he was trying to palm the card.

The face up card is replaced on top of the deck and the performer asks for a second chance.  This time, he appears to palm the card perfectly.  The face up card is no longer seen on top of the deck and no parts of the palmed card can be seen jutting out of the performer’s hand.  The hand moves towards the card box and it makes a throwing gesture on top of the box.  The hand is turned over and no card is seen on the palm.  The selected card has indeed completely vanished.

The card box is immediately picked up and shaken – a rattling sound is heard inside the box.  It indicates that there is a card inside.  The deck is spread face upwards and the signed card is no longer seen among the cards.

The card box is opened and the performer takes out the spectator’s signed chosen card from it!

The entire effect looks very clean.  The card box can be casually shown on all sides during the performance.  

You receive a gimmicked card box, another special gimmick to add to a deck of cards, and some spare material for you to use to repair the gimmick should it become necessary through repeated use.  You need to supply your own deck of bicycle cards.  When ordering, please state whether you want the supplied gimmick to be in red or blue bicycle back cards.  

The video instructions are available through a QR code.  You are also provided with a password to download the video instructions online.  In the 14 minutes video, Mickael explains everything, including how the gimmick is constructed and how to repair it.

No one, except Mickael Chatelain, can come out with such a clever device that enables the vanish and the invisible travel of the signed card to look so clean.  You will marvel at the concept and construction of this devious gimmick, and you will want to play with it again and again.

The effect is quite easy to do, but you need to get used to the handling so that you can perform it smoothly.  It also has no performing angle problem.  The main concern is that with repeated use, the gimmick may give way.  As mentioned, you are supplied with spare material to repair the gimmick.  

The chosen card is not forced, and resetting can be done almost instantly.  This makes it ideal for walk-around performance.

You will want to perform this always because of the fantastic response from the audience.

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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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