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Quidnunc Plus – A Review

Quidnunc Plus – Paul Gordon

Paul Gordon’s latest release is a two DVD set titled.. QUIDNUNC PLUS. Many of you know Paul from some of his past works, including The Gold Dust Trilogy, Quidnunc and Article 52. DVDs include Live In Action, Gold Dust Live 3-DVD set and Quidnunc Plus 2-DVD set. Plus, lecture downloads with Penguin Live and Murphy’s Magic At The Table Experience. Plus, Paul has lectured at virtually every major magic venue and convention in the world. To quote Magicpedia:

“Paul Gordon is noted as one of the best entertainers (with cards) in the business. As an entertainer/magician, he performs on a regular basis all over the world. Among other magicians, Paul Gordon is known for his books on card magic and memoirs of other magicians (Edward G. Brown, Percy Naldrett and Victor Farelli), as well as reprints of out-of-print classics by Ralph Hull, Rusduck, Ed Marlo, Stanley Collins and Eddie Joseph.”

“Paul Gordon’s performance, books, tricks and dvds have received critical acclaim from the likes of Boris Wild, Rafael Benatar, Dan Harlan, Jon Racherbaumer, Jamy Ian Swiss, Peter Duffie, Harry Lorayne, Jim Sisti, Aldo Colombini, David Regal, Stephen Minch, Max Maven, Tom Craven, Alan Shaxon, Walt Lees, J.C Wagner, Shawn Farquhar, Nick Trost, Mike Powers, Roy Walton, J.K Hartman, Paul Green, Paul Hallas, Jack Parker, Bob Sheets Alex Elmsley, Jack Avis, Steve Beam and many others.”

quid·nunc (ˈkwidˌnəNGk) noun – “..an inquisitive and gossipy person.”.

This release includes 22 effects of varying degrees of difficulty. Only one of the effects is what I would call Advanced, a couple are self-working, a couple more are mathematically inclined, not obviously, and most are what can fairly be called intermediate to advance intermediate. Paul uses these effects to make a living, so they have to be proper.. but not such knuckle busters as to cause pain and fear. There’s a lot of double lifts and Elmsley Counts.. a few top changes in moderation, and a palm or two. But, most of the effects are performable after a small amount of practice by the average card guy.

To quote Murphy’s Magic.. “There are strollers, table tricks, packet tricks, cabaret tricks, unusual tricks… and all are strong tricks.” I have to totally agree. If you’re looking for something new.. but proven.. QUIDNUNC PLUS is it…

Disc 1.. 1:25 minutes

Jeepers Creepers on Heat – Five Ten of Spades magically changes to a Royal Flush, and.. the all black backs change to five different backs. Everything can be made up yourself. This is one of two effects on disc#1 that are normally sold by Penguin individually for $25.00 each.

Dudeney’s Baby Boy – Based on a principle from Colombini, a series of cards are intermixed up and down, laid on the table, reassembled per the spectator, and somehow the one face down card matches a prediction from the magician. Self working and interesting. I actually saw Colombini perform a similar version years ago.. and then forgot it. So glad to be reminded…

Ace in the Hole – The four Aces are separated red and black. Two are placed under the spectators hand and transform into all four Aces. This is one of several effects with the Aces, which helps keep your space small and your performance precise.

Balducci Aces #2 – Created for beginners, this looks like a more complicated effect. It’s a great way to introduce the four Aces, or any four of a kind, for your next effect. Uses a Balducci Force and a bit of business to produce the Aces.

Spectrum – Five cards of one suit and value appear to be double backers. They change to five cards with red backs.. and then to five cards with multi-colored backs. Uses the Omega Count, which is taught, and an Elmsley Count to accomplish something very magical. Penguin sells this effect singularly for $25.00

Travelling Light – Four of a kind are removed from the deck and signed by the spectator. After the four are given to a second spectator for safekeeping, one card appears in the performers trouser pocket.. another appears in the jacket inside pocket, and the last two appear in the jacket pockets. This is a very interesting bit of strolling magic, very commercial, and keeps you so far ahead of the spectator there’s little heat.

Easy Collectors Two – Another four Ace effect. The Aces are set on the table, the spectator freely selects three cards from the deck, and after everything is buried back into the deck… the three selections are found interwoven into the Aces. Based on a Marlo effect.

Darned Pain in the Neck – Looks like a spelling effect on steroids. It’s actually much more sophisticated than that and ultimately, surprisingly, turns into a four Ace reveal. Another of those effects that has considerable commercial value.

Workers Supreme – A Card to Wallet created around what appears to be a very simple effect. If you enjoy card to wallet you’ll appreciate this handling.

Perfect Prediction Premonition – A multiple stage effect that is one of my two favorites on disc one. (along with Dudeney’s Baby Boy). The explanation seems complicated, including two perfect faro shuffles, but Paul offers up a perfect alternative to eliminate the faro’s and make you a hero. Will have neophytes and magicians alike scratching their heads.

75% Confident – Four Jacks are revealed in a packet. When it seems as if four Tens are also going to be revealed.. the performer reveals a Royal Flush. I know.. my description is a tad weak.. but the effect isn’t. You have to see the video!

Disc 2 .. 1hr and 42 min.

Rising Damp – Three indifferent cards and a Jack of Spades changes to four Jacks, all of different suits, in the magician’s hands. Perhaps one of the more challenging effects in this series.. but well worth the effort to learn.

The Churchill Crown – A card is freely chosen by the spectator. The magi places a Churchill crown coin on top of the card, on the table, for safe keeping. The magi then looks through the deck and selects what he alleges to be a mate to the selected card. After stating that the mate to his selection is under the crown, it’s revealed to NOT be a mate… but a miniature mate is revealed in an unusual location instead. Then, suddenly and surprisingly, the indifferent card in the magi’s hand is revealed to be the real mate, producing a sudden surprise ending.

Bluff ACAAN – Sort of a cross between an ACAAN and a fooler. What appears to be an ACAAN is really a well-planned move. Easy to do, quick, and much easier than the real deal.

Dream Away – A non-gaffed version of the Dream Card effect. Paul uses a couple of well-taught sleights to change a signed blue back card in the deck into a signed red back card in the pocket.

The Ultimate Transposition – Based on Sadowitz’ ‘The More Things Change’. Four signed cards are placed in four pockets. Four other cards are shown, and using an Ambitious Cards type routine, the four cards on the table slowly change to the four cards in the pocket.. and the four cards in the pockets are shown to be the four former cards on the table. Another very commercial effect… not easy, but well worth your time and effort.

Ace Tumblers – A card is selected and returned to the deck. The four Aces are shown and returned to the deck. In an instant, the deck is spread and the four Aces are now face up in the center of the deck… and the face down card between the Aces is the selection. Another quick effect that gets everyone’s attention.

Tally-Ho Simplified – Based on the work of Harry Lorayne and a Henry Christ effect, and using Tally Ho cards, this mathematical based effect is self-working and seemingly impossible. Another of my favorites in this series of effects. Much easier to perform than the original and, in my opinion, almost as effective. Christ original produces a royal flush while Paul’s produces the four Nines.. but for a good reason, as explained on the DVD.

Unusual Method Oil & Water – Paul has created a packet effect using 8 red cards and 8 black cards, mixing them in typical oil and water fashion, letting the spectator shuffle the packet, and somehow reverting the packet to its original position. I like the thinking and the effect. Yes, it’s mathematical based.. but it plays real and looks real. Another of my favorites on disc #2.

Witch Mountain Revisited – Four Queens are shown and then placed on the table side by side. The spectator picks a Queen and it’s pushed forward of the other Queens. Three cards are placed on top of each Queen.. and as the packets are each shown, the Queen in that packet has vanished and appears in the forward packet. One Queen, then two, three.. and finally four magically transpose. Very visual effect and not as challenging as some effects. I have to say this, too, is one of my favorites.

Q & A – Several magicians ask Paul a variety of questions.. the most interesting of which is (to me) about his classic EASY ACES. He basically explains Easy Aces and demonstrates the moves. Although he doesn’t go into the same detail his commercial download provides, he gives enough information for the intermediate performer to grasp it. If nothing else, folks will appreciate this wonderful Ace assembly and its true ease of performing.
Paul also reveals he can remember the names of about 200 people.. in the same room, by using Harry Lorayne’s Memory System. His reasons for this bit of magic are obvious and true.
Are small hands a deterrent? Paul discusses his very small hands, and the fact he can’t perform deep palm work… and how he overcame it.
One of the more direct questions is.. “Can you make a living performing card magic?” I’m not going to reveal his answer, but his thinking is encouraging.

Paul makes a living performing card magic. Not many performers in the world can make that claim. Most have to perform a variety of magic and sell tons of effects to make a decent living. Paul’s different.. and his DVD is different. If you’re looking for several new effects to add to your repertoire, Quidnunc Plus provides them in spades.

Although I don’t usually.. I’m including a short promo video of Paul working in the real world, performing a couple of these effects to the delight of his audience. https://youtu.be/TZVSYKKs5bo .. This will give you an idea of Paul’s skill. Note the speed, which you couldn’t achieve if these were truly advanced effects. That’s not a negative statement.. but an affirmation of everything I’m trying to say.

Available from dealers who carry the Murphy’s Magic line of magic products.
$30.00 .. just over three hours in length.


Reviewed by.. Rick Carruth

Invisible Triumph – A Review

Invisible Triumph (Gimmicks and Online Instructions)

Jim Krenz and Murphy’s Magic have created what we can fairly call.. ” The worlds easiest Triumph.” This new version was described as both..’virtually self working’ and designed for beginners. The first time I saw the video.. I couldn’t understand how it could be either.

I’m going out on a limb here and admit that I don’t review products I can’t speak good about. That may not sound like the best policy, but there are plenty of reviewers who love to bomb new products, and I don’t. Most magicians work very hard to get their products to market, and I enjoy talking about the positive aspects of magic. That said.. I have to say that thinking of good things to say about some products isn’t easy. It’s not that they’re bad.. it’s just that being ‘really’ positive isn’t easy. I am so grateful to Jim Krenz and Murphy’s Magic for making THIS review easy…

If you have a good, basic understanding of magic and card magic, you are familiar with Triumph. Cards are mixed.. some are turned the opposite direction and mixed again.. leaving the deck in a clearly jumbled state. Some cards are face up.. some cards are face down.. and ultimately, the cards are magically righted. Dai Vernon published a popular version. So did Bob Farmer, Daryl, Ron Bauer, Oz Pearlman and Marlo… to name a few. Theodore Deland published perhaps the first version way back in 1914. So, it’s safe to say Triumph has been around for over a hundred years.

Deland’s commercial version utilized a gaffed deck consisting of half the cards being double backers. From one side, the cards appeared to be alternating face up and face down. When the deck was closed and reversed all the cards were magically facing the same way. Nice, except you certainly couldn’t let the spectator get a good look at the deck.

Jim Krenz’s version is almost as simple. Really, if you spend a short time studying the online instructions.. (less than 20 minutes) you could perform his version straight out the box. I would recommend practicing a little, but we’re talking theoretical here. The cards are normal in appearance. They ARE prepared, making the final results possible, but you would not know they are prepared from looking at them.

The spectator is given a packet of about 12-13 cards and asks to select one. The spectator mixes the cards. The remainder of the deck is divided into three more packets.. and a second packet is mixed into the spectators packet both face up and face down. The two packet mix is spread on the table, showing both sides and showing a fair mix of up and down cards. The third packet.. and then the last packet.. are mixed up and down into the spectator’s packet. You can’t get more fair.

With a bit of magic and flair.. you spread the deck on the table… and show every card face up except one.. the card selected by the spectator. If you followed Jim’s instructions on the video, there is no need to show the deck at this point. The spectator has clearly seen both sides of the deck on at least two ocassions. I recommend going to the link at the bottom and watching a video to get an idea of the fairness of Invisible Triumph..

Two versions are taught in the instructions; a version using a forced card, and a second version using a card mentally selected by the spectator. The second version is totally impromptu, but the first version is perhaps a bit stronger, in my opinion. I recommend INVISIBLE TRIUMPH  to anyone who enjoys the Triumph premise and wants a super easy method of entertaining your audience.

You can buy the gimmicked deck and instructions from dealers who carry the Murphy’s Magic line of products. Cost.. $ 30.00


Reviewed by: Rick Carruth

Bob Solari’s Psychic Card Paddle – A Review

Bob Solari’s Psychic Card Paddle – A Review

Psychic Card Paddle

I like pocket tricks. I particularly like pocket tricks if they are actually worthy of a place in my pocket. Bob Solari’s new PSYCHIC CARD PADDLE aptly fills the bill.

Now, I don’t carry traditional paddle tricks.. they didn’t appeal to me, although I have carried Hot Rods from time to time. I like the basic paddle move, and feel it’s one of the more deceptive moves in magic. When performed with skill.. it kills. That said, I’ve seen too many paddle tricks in kids magic kits to risk it.

When Bob Solari contacted me about Psychic Card Paddle, I was intrigued because I know Bob, I know how he thinks, and I knew it had to be something outside the norm. When I actually received my paddle I was still intrigued because it veered away from the traditional use and employed a card trick.. of sorts. Most of you are familiar with the Princess Card Trick I’m sure. The spectator views a layout of six playing cards… thinks of one.. and after pressing a button or flipping a page, the thought-of card has vanished. Psychic Card Paddle uses the same principle, placing images of six small cards on one side of the paddle. After the magi shows ‘both’ sides of the paddle, he asks the spectator to privately think of one card. After appropriate patter, the magi shows the paddle again, both sides, and the selected card has vanished.

I can think of a number of possibilities for Psychic Card Paddle. It can be used as a stand-alone effect, it can be used as a magic prop to help the magician achieve an end, or it can be used as a tool in conjunction with a card effect. Because of its unique nature, you’re open to a gaggle of possibilities.

Most of all… it can be used as a Psychic Card Trick. Just perform it as Bob intended, and you’ll fool the heck out of your audience. I really like that it can be performed for adults and kids alike. I know kids have a problem with playing cards sometimes.. but all you need to do is tell them what you WANT them to do. They don’t have to name the card, so the pressure is off.

Psychic Card Trick is a new product in conjunction with Trickmaster, and comes complete with everything you need to perform it out the package. Careful instructions and illustrations, not only of the use of the paddle, but of the paddle move itself are included.

I can’t resist mentioning Bob was a staple in the New Jersey magic community and operated his shop and mail order business successfully for years. He recently moved to sunny Myrtle Beach, SC.. I’m sure in part to get away from the harsh winter weather. As I write this.. Myrtle Beach is preparing for a major winter storm… snow, sleet, ice and very cold temps. I’m sure Bob will be teaching the southern boys how to drive in it… and working on another cool magic effect.

I recommend Psychic Card Paddle to all my friends and gracious readers. It’s so easy to perform and makes even skilled magicians say.. ” let me see that..! “….

The cost ? $14.95
The site… http://www.bobsolarimagic.com

Reviewed by.. Rick Carruth

CARDIO – Liam Montier – A Review

CARDIO – Liam Montier and Big Blind Media

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Liam Montier’s CARDIO is a follow-up to Liam’s PDF by the same name. Unlike several of Liam’s newer DVD’s, this one is not geared toward beginners and self-working card trick aficionados. Although this DVD is classified as for Beginners.. I would say more like advanced beginners to intermediates. There is nothing self-working, and most effects require sleights or combination of sleights. Don’t let that scare you. Everything is taught in detail, and most sleights are easily learned with a little desire and practice.

I am not a reviewer who cares much about video and audio quality, unless it’s noticeably bad, and don’t review those aspects. I also don’t review a product based so much on my personal likes and dislikes. I look at the effects from the standpoint of the typical magician, and consider whether or not I think YOU will like it. I honestly think I have a good grasp on what’s current and sellable.. and what’s not. That said, here’s a brief description on the 7 effects on CARDIO.

Back Hand Slap
A type of gambling trick where the magician helps the spectator select a moderate poker hand, which changes into an unbeatable poker hand with the Slap Revelation. This is one of those ‘sudden’ tricks that doesn’t give the audience time to assimilate what’s happening.. and will lead to.. “.. hey.. do that again!”

A twisting the aces type trick.. 2 cards are chosen and brought to the top. Four Aces are introduced, twisted, and the two selections are revealed. Liam teaches a couple of nice controls and the effect itself is well taught. One of my two favorite effects on the DVD. Probably a little more complicated than the others, but nothing you can’t do with a little practice. I like the handling of the Aces, as there is.. as described in the ad copy.. “… no displacements or discrepancies”. This will probably be the first effect you’ll want to learn.

Reality Burp
Partially based on a Dave Forrest effect. Involves a little culling, and is basically a packet effect with 4 cards and a little hypnosis. Nice lift sequence and well taught.

The Hof
An effect with four Aces and a selected card, based loosely on the classic ‘Hofzinser Ace Trick’. The magician reveals the spectators selected card with the four Aces. This is a very good ‘filler’ when you already have the Aces available from another effect.

The Other Thing
The deck is divided into four packets.. and the four Kings are inserted.. one into each packet. Like most well designed card tricks, the Kings ultimately vanish.. and reappear in various locations around you.. One in your pocket, one under the card box, one IN the card box, and one lying face down on the table. Cameron Francis based. Actually, like all the other effects on this DVD, this is an impromptu trick that can be performed with a borrowed deck.. as long as your deck has two Jokers.

Swing Thing
Uses a pendulum to find a spectators card. This is one of the more commercial type effect, and Liam calls this a One-Move Wonder. Uses a unique, but easy, double lift, and has LOTS of potential.. depending on how you play it. I like this, and will definitely find room for it.

Another effect with four cards. Begins with a nice loading move and ends with the Aces changing into the spectator’s selection. A very good effect to conclude a very good DVD.

You’ve probably noticed most effects use a packet or use four cards. I didn’t have a problem with this, as it’s simply another way to perform good magic. I found myself liking several of these effects after I had time to watch them, think about them, roll around in my noggin’ what I would do with them, and then re-watch them with a new intensity. There are sleights taught that you’ll use for sure.

I think TWISTED alone is worth the cost of the DVD. I’m particular about how much time I’ll put into learning an effect, and I was excited about learning Twisted in a fraction of the time compared to similar effects.. but it LOOKS so good.

I recommend CARDIO. I think it’s an excellent investment in your magic.. particularly if you’re to the place where you want to ‘up’ your performance and your material.

$22.00 at dealers who sell the Murphy’s Magic line of products.