Review: Trilogy Extreme by Brian Caswell and Alakazam Magic

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]When Brian Caswell’s “Trilogy” was first released by Alakazam Magic, it became an instant hit.  People liked the idea of associating numbers with playing cards.  Each and every one of the 52 playing cards has a different number printed on its back.  The performer is able to divine not one but three different numbers or playing cards freely named by three spectators (hence Trilogy)!

This number/card association concept became so popular that it spawned many variations.  Now, 8 or 10 years later, Alakazam releases the ultimate version of Trilogy – it is called “Trilogy Extreme”.  It follows the same original effect concept of Brian Caswell’s Trilogy, but the handling has been streamlined so that the effect is now very clean and easy to follow.

In effect, the performer brings out a deck of playing cards still inside its case.  3 spectators are asked to assist.  The performer names a card, and the first spectator names a random number from 1 to 52.  This is repeated with spectator number 2.  Finally, for spectator number 3, the performer now names a number, and the spectator names a random card.  The deck is uncased and shown to have different number printed on the backs of each of the 52 playing cards.  The card with the number named by the first spectator is taken out.  When it is turned face up, it coincides with the card named by the performer earlier.  The card with the number named by the second spectator is similarly taken out – it matches exactly the second card named by the performer earlier.  Finally, the card named by the third spectator is taken out.  On its back is printed the exact number named by the performer earlier!  The performer is correct not once, but three times.  He always names the card or number before any of the spectator does.  The deck is on the table right at the beginning of the performance.  It cannot get cleaner than this.  This is Trilogy Extreme!

You receive the special deck and a well-produced DVD.  You need to print the different numbers on the backs of the cards.  This is no big hustle.  This is taught clearly by Peter Nardi in the DVD.

The most valuable part of the DVD are the various ideas expounded by the very creative Peter Nardi.  Peter gives 2 different presentations: one using envelopes and one involving bank notes.  Of great interest are his ideas for a one-spectator performance.  “Target Card” is a straight-forward but effective presentation for Trilogy Extreme.  His other one-person routine has a couple of very nice subtleties built-in.  His “Chair Test” brings Trilogy to the stage.  Peter also explains an idea given by his friend Titanus which brings in an extra layer of deception.

All of these ideas are in their raw state, and are worthy of further considerations.  When you purchase Trilogy Extreme, you need to register your purchase with Alakazam Magic because Peter will give you further updates and ideas.

Trilogoy Extreme has a great impact, and is easy to do.  There is no sleight-of-hand or crib sheet or complicated memory.  There is no secret add-on or anything to get rid of.  

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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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