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Slowdini

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Anybody see this new Penguin effect?
It is like Doc Easons Anniversary Waltz on steroids.
What do you guys think of effects with gaffs where the gaff is exposed as a souvenir?
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Anthony Vinson

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Dunno. The handling appears a bit awkward when the cards are signed and the end result a bit contrived. I mean, the card is torn, the edges are feathered, but when restored they are razor sharp. Maybe it's me, but this doesn't seem to be an improvement on The Anniversary Waltz. Not impressed. Then again I have never been a fan of The Anniversary Waltz for the exact reason that Slowdini mentions: The souvenir gaff clearly provides an explanation to the method. How can it not?

Here's a link to the demo on the Frozen Bird: http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/8654

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Robin Dawes

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I had the same reaction as AV to the demo - the signing looks awkward and it seems obvious you are hiding something.  The final object does not look like two torn cards that have joined, it looks like a weirdly printed card.   Also, the supposedly "uncut" demo video repeatedly jumps back and forth between multiple cameras with different POV.  This is not my definition of uncut.

Some aspects of the "Anniversary Waltz" effect - which is basically a variant of an earlier effect called "Cold Fusion" by Chris Carter that appeared in The Linking Ring in 1990 - can be presented without using or revealing any gaffed cards.  My favourite, which I have mentioned elsewhere in the Forum, is Peter Samelson's "NY Transpo" which blends parts of the "Chicago Opener" (which is actually Leech's "Hot Card Trick No. 1") plot with the fusion plot.


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(Edit added for clarity - "Cold Fusion" uses and exposes exactly the same special card as "Anniversary Waltz".  It is the Samelson effect that uses no gaffes - the fusion is of the signed back of one card with the signed face of another.)
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Mike Powers

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Another vote for Samelson's NY Transpo. Excellent trick.

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