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As a lover of wine, I was immediately intrigued when I saw this novel bit of mentalism advertised. Sure, the plot has been around a long time, but the idea of using a wine cork as a prop sounded like a good one. In essence this clever trick enables you to tell which hand a spectator conceals a wine cork in – which sounds like a rather basic effect. But, as people who have seen other variations on this effect performed will know, this can be the starting point for an entertaining routine.
Here’s a confession – don’t think I had heard of Jeremy Pei before. However, as the introduction to this DVD told me he is 3 times Singapore Magician of the Year. So he clearly knows his onions. The routine is a classic linking ropes routine – 4 loops of rope link and unlink in a very visual and magical way.
There seem to be a lot of ‘version 2’s out at the moment and the latest one we’ve looked at is Oddball 2. I can’t quite believe that the original version was first released in 2003 – that makes me feel very old!
For those who haven’t seen it before it is a ‘Kurotsuke’ type effect – where you are able to discern which spectator has the one black ball amongst 5 white ones.
In the final part of our 2013 hangover series we look at Chris Congreave’s No Diary Diary effect. This essentially does what it says on the tin – or at least it does what is implied on the tin if you’re familiar with the idea of the diary trick! In short, a card in your wallet matches a random card assigned to the date that a spectator has freely chosen.
In our third part of ‘the ones that got away in 2013’ we review Spoken by Rus Andrews.
In our famous (OK – not really that famous – but bear with me anyway) one sentence summary, the effect looks like this: the spectator thinks of any card, mentally makes a few changes to it and that card matches a single playing card sitting in your wallet.
It feels slightly ironic that we should be reviewing a trick called ‘Just in Time’ so late. But better late than never as they say. This is the first effect we have looked at by Astor. In my mind he is associated with fairly expensive mental items, so this card trick was a great chance to assess an example of his work.