Review: VISION by Mickael Chatelain

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]Mickael Chatelain’s tricks use specially gimmicked cards that enable you to perform virtually “impossible” effects.  The definition of “impossible” means there is practically no explanation at all how such an effect can happen so visually and so quickly.

“Vision” is a little different from this.  The effect is not so visual, but it is nevertheless incomprehensible to the audience.  By visual, it is meant that, by way of examples, a card penetrates another card, or a card magically transformed into another card, or a card animates by itself, and so on.  In “Vision”, the performer can divine the identity of a freely selected card under impossible conditions.  The “problem” here is that some audience may suspect that the performer can read secret markings on the back of each card.  In your performance, you have to dispel this notion, because the method does not depend on a reader deck.

You are supplied with a cleverly constructed gimmicked card that works very smoothly.  You are also provided with a password to download an instructional video.  The video gives 2 different presentations.

In one presentation, a deck is freely shuffled by a spectator and handed over to the performer.  The performer spreads the deck of cards face downwards between his two hands and turns his head to one side.  A card is freely pointed to in the spread and its identity is shown clearly to the audience.  The performer turns around when everybody has seen the selected card.  The spread is closed with the card still in its original position, and in this way, it is buried in the deck.  The closed deck is placed face downwards on the table.  The performer already knows the identity of the selected card.  He can just announce it or write it down on a small pad.

In another presentation, the deck is also freely shuffled and handed over to the performer.  A spectator is requested to freely name any one of the 52 cards in a deck.  The performer writes the identity of this named card on a small pad.  Let us assume it is the 4 of hearts.

The performer claims his finger is sensitive enough to identity each card by merely feeling the ink in each index corner of a card.  He holds the deck face downwards on his hand.  He feels the index corner of the top card and can tell if it is the 4 of hearts.  If it is not, he deals it face down onto the table.  He continues doing this until he comes to a card in the deck.  He says this is the 4 of hearts.  He turns this card over and it is indeed the 4 of hearts!

When ordering, you need to state if you require the gimmicked card in red or blue bicycle back.


Please support intellectual property. Only buy original. Available from all reputable Murphy’s Magic dealers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]VISION by Mickael Chatelain[/vc_column_text][vc_widget_sidebar sidebar_id=”gp-standard-sidebar”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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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