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APOLLO – By Nicholas Lawrence & Worm – A Review

APOLLO – By Nicholas Lawrence & Worm – A Review

APOLLO – by Nicholas Lawrence & Worm – A Review
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Here’s the Ad Copy:

APOLLO is a unique and realistic Finger Through Card & Restoration effect, that’s ready to perform right out of the box! You’ll LOVE performing Apollo LIVE and for Social Media. It is an excellent stand alone effect but also a great follow up to any Torn and Restored tricks.


Here’s what happens… Grab a playing card and with your finger start to push on the center of it… Push and twist until your finger bursts through the card! After this small feat of destruction, cleanly display the ripped and frayed card impaled on your finger. Show the card 360 degrees with absolutely NOTHING to hide!

It’s actually pierced…

Remove your finger and display the destruction again briefly, then with a quick twirl of the card it instantly restores itself… Leaving NO trace of the hole on either side of the card!
Show the card front and back with nothing extra in your hands!

(This mechanical gimmick looks like a normal playing card from your audience’s perspective and only you know the secret…easily switched for an examinable duplicate card and end clean)… 26 minutes of detailed instructions with Nicholas Lawrence & Worm!

My Thoughts:

I really like gimmicks. Maybe it’s just me… but it seems gimmicks now-days are far more complex than gimmicks in years past. Nicholas Lawrence (Revolver, Blade, Titan, Reduction, Impale etcs.) and Worm are specialists in creating gaffed cards and effects carried to extremes.

First off.. if you go to the link below and watch the trailer you’ll see exactly what you get with APOLLO. Now, you’ll not see everything you get.. but you’ll see precisely what the audience sees. This is a finger through a card effect. It is not taught as part of a routine, but as a stand-alone sleight created to instill mystery and temporary confusion.

If you have owned the Cigarette thru the Quarter effect, then you have a very basic understanding of how this effect works. APOLLO is more sophisticated. Sticking a finger or thumb through a card requires a very different set of logistics to make it realistic.. and APOLLO is realistic to a fault. Even jagged edges and residue are built-in to add realism to your performance.

APOLLO is more than simply pushing your finger through a hole. There is a little work to be done both before and after the penetration. This is NOT complex work.. but it’s something need to do to make it as strong as possible. You are not left hanging. Four different methods are taught on the online tutorial…

The Napkin Method – my personal favorite – that uses both a napkin and a card. The napkin aids in concealing the ‘work’.

The Thumb Through Method – a slightly quicker method than above that allows me to stick my big, fat thumb through the card.

The Finger Through Method – Nicholas’ favorite method.

The Quick Pierce Method – Leaves the spectator wondering what happened, and how…

-Plus- there is a section on switching out the gimmicked Queen for a normal card to make everything examinable. Because of the gimmick, you cannot hand out the card as is.. unless you switch the two.

The video is typical Murphy’s quality. The sound and video are what you would expect for the price. The tutorial is 26 minutes in length.

Everything about the gimmick is performance ready. NO DIY. After watching the video you can immediately perform APOLLO.. although I recommend practicing to eliminate unwanted angles. (They are not a major problem, but may rear their nasty head if you DON’T practice a little.)
This is a well-made gimmicked card. It is ideal for this type effect, and should last a long time under normal circumstances. I recommend APOLLO to any of my friends and readers who enjoy these type effects.

$29.00 .. From Murphy’s Magic and their Associates..

Review by Rick Carruth

Providence Playing Cards by The 1914 – A Review

Providence Playing Cards by The 1914 – A Review

Providence Playing Cards by The 1914 – A Review

The Ad Copy reads:

The eye of Providence
All seeing
All knowing
A symbol of the awakened
A call to view the universe through eyes of creation
We look
But we do not see
Only when the light of the soul blinds the eye of the ego
Will truth be set free

The 1914 is proud to present its flagship luxury Providence Playing Cards. Printed by the Expert Playing Card Company on their world-renowned premium card stock, Providence oozes class and style with its tantalizing metallic ink and gold foiling on each and every card.

Designed by Destino and inspired by the secrets of the universe, Providence represents mystery; The embodiment of both chaos and order; Infinite sequences of 52 ancient symbols that glide poetically between the hands and glisten in the light.

Housed in an embossed sideways tuck-box, Providence cards are traditionally cut for smooth handlings and perfect faro shuffles. Illuminate your mind and stimulate the senses with a brand new premium and tactile experience.

My Thoughts:

Providence Playing Cards are really, really nice. I know.. that’s a lame review.. but sometimes the best review is a simple review. I have hundreds upon hundreds of decks from around the world, and, regardless of the hype or anticipation, I ultimately judge a deck of cards by how they both feel and handle in MY hands. I can’t anticipate whether you’ll like them.. but I feel, in this case, you’ll most likely agree with me.

PPC’s are designed by Destino (King & Legacy, Royal Verge, Esoteric) and presented by The 1914 (Revelations, Thy Will Be Done, Visible, Prohibition Monte). Both are highly respected. They are printed by the Expert Playing Card Company, located in China and, in my opinion, the first company to print cards fully comparable to USPCC. I suspect we are about to see a number of premium decks printed by EPCC.

The cards themselves are printed on a relativity thick linen-textured stock which reminds me of premium Bee’s. They didn’t faro that well for me straight out the box.. but it didn’t take but about half a dozen times for them to interlock with ease. This is perfectly normal for premium, thicker cards.

The individual cards are printed with minimalistic numeric values and traditional pips, each outlined with a thin gold design. The face cards are traditional Jacks, Queens and Kings with a healthy dose of gold, red, and black. The Aces are also traditional.. except for the Ace or Spades.. which features a custom pip. The backs are all complex black and gold with a gold foil inlay in the center. It’s obvious a lot of time and effort went into the design. If you decide to use these cards, opposed to collecting them, you will get many very favorable comments.

I’ve attached a photo of the tuck-box with this review. You can see the black matt finish and the heavy gold foil lettering and adornment on the flap side and a gold embossed magic eye and infinity design on the face. The tuck-box opens sideways, which in my opinion adds a nice bonus to an already loaded deck.

You won’t get more ornate than Providence Playing Cards. At $15.00, they are very affordable, considering the overall unique design. I recommend Providence Playing Cards to my friends and readers.

$15.00 .. Available from Murphy’s Magic and their Associates.

Review by Rick Carruth

The Vault – Ambitious Aces by Chris Wood – A Review

The Vault – Ambitious Aces by Chris Wood – A Review

The Vault – Ambitious Aces by Chris Wood – A Review
(-Plus- a 2nd bonus effect from Mark Lavelle)
Part of the new ‘One Shot series’…

This is the Ad Copy:

What you see is what you get!
Welcome to the Murphy’s Magic Supplies One Shot series!

Each one-shot download is hand-picked from our amazing At The Table lecture series and features one proven powerhouse magic trick — all shot in one continuous take.

That’s right! No edits, no fancy music or effects — just awesome real-time magic from our talented artists.

We consider this a one-effect teaser for the entire lecture. We know that, if like what you see, you will definitely want to check out the artist’s full At The Table lecture!

On this download, Chris Wood teaches you his impossible Ambitious Aces routine. All four aces are lost in the deck and then rise to the top! He repeats this three times and each time it is more fooling than the last. ultimate challenge Ace routine.

If you love this download, be sure to check out Chris Wood’s entire At The Table lecture for an incredible low cost.

My Thoughts:

Chris, headquartered in southern England, is a former Secretary of the society, a director of the Centre of Magic Arts and a gold star member of The Inner Magic Circle. He is an extremely personable guy.. and a pleasure to watch and listen to…

AMBITIOUS ACES is a very familiar effect, performed by magicians around the world. Chris Wood’s Ambitious Aces is certainly true to form.. but different in so many ways. Ambitious Aces can be heavy on the sleights, but Chris’ version is heavy only on psychological sleights. Don’t know what that means? Buy the video.! (I’m not being flippant..)

This is a three phase routine that brings the Aces to the top three different times.. three different ways. Each phase uses a different method.. yet there is only one true sleight employed.. on the third phase. (I will go ahead and tell you it’s a John Carney Versa Switch, which is NOT a knuckle-buster.)

The ‘sleights’ used to accomplish the first two assemblies are both psychological sleights that make the audience believe you’re doing something you’re not. Chris gives credit for the first two moves to Justin Hines.. from his Non-Automatic Card Tricks booklet. They are slick, no doubt, but probably shouldn’t be repeated for the same audience. They are good enough to fool many magicians the first time around.. as Chris uses skillful verbal misdirection to conceal the dirty work.

Chris credits Aaron Fisher and Harry Lorayne, among others, for some of the well-timed moves that serve as real convincers. A Sadowitz move brings everything to a smooth conclusion.

This effect is shot in one continuous video.. thus the name ‘One Shot’ series. There are NO frills or music.. just the magic and thoughtful instructions. The video and sound are typical Murphy’s Magic quality. The video runs 37 minutes, although there is a second bonus effect included by Bro. Gilbert, featuring Mark Lavelle, and titled Number Pick. I’m thinking it was originally featured on Mark’s At The Table lecture, but I’ve been known to be wrong.. once. So.. Ambitious Aces is 25 minutes and Number Pick is 12 minutes. The download itself is 634 MB…

You will have no problem mastering Ambitious Aces.. with a little practice. I would rate this as an advanced beginner level effect. I like this new concept from Murphy’s.. and I suspect you will too. For six bucks, you can’t afford NOT to buy it. I recommend it to my friends and readers.

$6.00 .. From Murphy’s Magic and their Associates.

Review by Rick Carruth