Review: Vibe by Bob Solari

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Nique Tan”][vc_column_text]Vibe is basically a method for performing card location effects, without the need to see any of the faces of the cards. You could have a spectator select a card, have the spectator shuffle it back into the deck, and then you deal through the entire deck a card at a time and are then able to stop on the spectator’s chosen card.

Or, have a spectator shuffle the deck and then retrieve it. Ribbon spread the deck across the performing surface for a second or so, claiming that you are going to attempt to memorise the order that the reds and blacks have been shuffled into. Turning the deck face down, you then deal through the entire deck, separating them into two equal piles. When both piles are turned over and spread, all the red cards are seen to be in one packet, and all the blacks in the other.

Or, with the same conditions of having the deck shuffled and dealing through the entire deck face down, you can locate a 4 of a kind.

The method did not surprise me, and it might have been the way the deck was handled. Similar methods have been published before; however, I cannot mention them as that would give away the type of method involved here.

I think it is safe to say that you will need to prepare your own deck, which would take about 10 minutes of work, and then you are set to use it for around the lifespan of the deck itself.

Next, let me make some points solely based on my opinion alone.

The effects – I think there are stronger effects that can be performed using this method other than those described on the DVD, and I think there are better methods out there to accomplish those that were described on the DVD.

I would not use any of the material on the DVD, as for the most part they involve a whole lot of dealing procedures – done by you. The spectators have no investment whatsoever in the effect, other than the card that they selected. There is nothing for them to see. And while you are busy using the method to locate their card; at my current performance abilities at least I would find it terribly difficult to make it entertaining.

Out of This World, separating reds and blacks in a deck is a VERY strong effect – only when done by the spectator themselves. Again, I am not sure how entertaining or amazing it is to see a performer doing it themselves, with their own deck. Locating a 4 of a kind is again, a good effect, but I think there are better methods of doing it.

All in all, I think it is a method that is really worth knowing about, as it can have its applications. I would say, watch the trailers, read the blurbs and if you believe you can take this sort of magic and make it work for you, and if you are still unsure of the type of method employed here, get it.

If nothing else, get it just for increasing your pool of magic knowledge.

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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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