REVIEW: Appearing Business Cards by Sam Gherman (Prediction Pack)
RATING: 9 out of 10
LINK TO REVIEW: http://straighttalkmagicreviews.com/?p=1612
For $15 you get 36 specially printed business cards. With 12 different reveals you get three of each. They come wrapped in brown paper and tied with a small piece of brown twine. These amazing “appearing” cards have different packs that you can buy. The one that I got is the Prediction Pack, which will be discussed below. The other packs have different reveals. The Card Reveal Pack has 12 different playing cards, the Celebrity Pack has 12 different celebrities, the City Pack has the names of 12 different cities and the Nice Pack has just the word “Nice” written on all the cards.
The effect is pretty simple. You give a spectator a blank card and they can see there is no writing on it on both sides. At the appropriate time, you ask them to turn over the card and the reveal is there written in a grayish ink. You can also have your spectator stare at the card and watch as the prediction slowly materializes. The speed at which the words appear depend on the room temperature, if the card is being held or if it is placed on a cold table.
This is a great way to end a trick or hand someone an appearing prediction. The cards are pre-printed and the font makes it look like handwriting.
With the cards you get a 7 minute instructional video taught by the creator. Although the production quality of the video and audio is poor, it doesn’t really matter because the trick is so simple to learn and perform. Anyone can do this.
The ad copy states:
“Imagine the following. Show an envelope to the audience, and announce that you have a prediction written inside. You hand a business card to a spectator. Tell them to imagine that a word is printed on the card, and that you'll send them that word with your mind. When they have a word in their mind, they let you know. The card is placed in your hand, and it never leaves the sight of the audience. Volunteers are invited to examine the blank card - they will find nothing printed on it (the card is NOT switched - there is absolutely nothing written on it). Yet, the spectator accurately receives the word, announces it, and when the prediction envelope is opened, the words match!
This is but one use of these amazing cards. Your imagination will come up with other effects that will astound your audience.
This 36-card pack comes with 3 x of the following 12 cards:
7 of Diamonds
Ace of Spades
Queen of Hearts
How does this work? There's an amazing secret that you'll find out when purchasing this set. These cards do the work for you.
They are printed on 100# (270 GSM) eggshell white cover stock.
What color is the ink?
The ink is light to dark gray. The cards and ink are handmade so each batch may vary in color slightly.
NOTE: This effect is designed to work for indoor performances only, and you will need to purchase some inexpensive items.”
So, it is true that there is a temperature issue, as alluded to in the ad copy, but what you need to buy is cheap and available easily on the internet or skiing supply shops. I am not sure there are 3 copies of each reveal because I think the cards will last for a very long time. I would rather have had 36 different cards and 12 in triplicate. Truth be told is that I have used these cards but only tested one about a dozen times and it still works. I don’t know if the scientific magic fades, but if it does, these cards are cheap enough to buy more. You are warned not to leave the cards out in direct sunlight or burn them.
Getting to the Prediction Pack, you have nine different words which are used in conjunction with a very awesome magic app that you need to buy separately. Of course, the app is not inexpensive and you should own it before buying these cards. You also get three different playing card reveals to be used in a way totally different that the NOTECARDS words (if you Wiki people know what I mean).
I use these and enjoy them very much. The cards are incredibly fantastically neat and I can’t really think of any type of spectator that won’t be thrilled by these cards.
Thanks to Murphy’s Magic for providing these cards so I could review them.