Review: Zodiac Prediction by Liam Montier

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]The clock trick is one of the most baffling of all sleight-free card tricks.  It is based on a cleverly hidden mathematical principle.

It has now become a classic card trick and it spawns many variations.

Liam Montier has added in many layers of subtleties that take this clock card trick to the next level.

Firstly, Liam has associated this effect with divining a person’s zodiac sign.  This gives a very good reason for using 12 cards.  He also creates at least 3 moments of WOW in the routine.

In actual effect, a spectator whom the performer does not know his or her birthdate is asked to help him.  A deck of cards is shown to be in no particular order.  A small envelope that has a zodiac chart is shown to the spectator.  The chart shows a number associated with each of the 12 zodiac signs.  While the performer turns his head away, the spectator secretly takes the number of cards equivalent to her zodiac sign and puts the cards away inside the card case or in her pocket.  The performer turns around and counts off 12 cards.  He arranges these cards in the form of a clock face.

He studies the spectator and correctly divines her zodiac sign.  He says that each zodiac sign has a lucky card.  Counting around the card clock to the number equivalent to the spectator’s zodiac sign, the card at this position is shown to be, say, the 7 of clubs.  The envelope is opened and inside it is found a duplicate 7 of clubs from another deck of cards.

So sure is the performer of this that when he turns all the 11 cards of the clock face face upwards, they are all blanks!

You are provided with the zodiac chart envelope containing the lucky card from another deck.  You are also provide with a spare zodiac chart envelope, the necessary blank cards and a small booklet of instructions.  You are given a password to download a streaming video from the internet.

Although not taught in the video, the booklet has an alternative presentation contributed by Tomas Blomberg where the 11 cards on the table are the only cards shown to be blanks.    

Although the principle is not a new one, Liam’s contributions have turned this into such a fantastic effect that it will never fail to entertain the audience.  You will want to include this in your close-up performing repertoire.

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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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