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Shot In The Dark

by Kondo, Mutsayama & Acer

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(Based on 2 reviews)
Category: Close Up
Media Type: Trick
Publisher: Camirand Academy of Magic

Product Description

A diabolical self-working Russian Roulette trick with cards, an original concept from the mind of Tenyo genius Hiroshi Kondo!


  • Seven cards are shown, six with a picture of a gun, the 7th with a shooting gun.

  • The magician and spectator then engage in a deadly game of Russian Roulette, wherein, despite impossibly fair conditions, the magician keeps on winning!

  • Finally, he holds the shooting gun card up to his face and “fires” it. Upon turning it over, the bullet is seen to have vanished, as the magician smiles and pops a solid brass bullet out from between his teeth!


This great effect is accomplished without sleight of hand. Instructions written by Gary Ouellet.

Cards printed on credit card stock to last a lifetime!
Date Added: May 27th, 2009
MLA SKU: Q7YO0wrnAIJMzvK

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July 30th, 2009 9:40am
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Reviewed by Brian Reaves
The cards are credit card size and feel like the same. They definitely appear like they'll last a long time. If you want to do the bullet catch ending, the packet is set up nicely to hold it with the cards until you need it.

This is self-working until the end. The performer has a choice as to how it all ends: take the bullet yourself and catch it in your mouth, or let the spectator lose the Russian Roulette. While you don't have to do the bullet catch ending, it's a nice little topper that takes this from "cute" to "cool". I do wish they'd been able to include one more card that had the barrel of the gun smoking so you could switch it out when you did the bullet catch at the end, but then it would have required a slightly bigger sleight and that would have changed the effect.

If you are going to perform the bullet catch, you'll need to be able to perform one basic card sleight: a double lift. If you choose to skip it and let the spectator "die" at the end of the effect, it's... [Read More]
July 15th, 2010 3:39pm
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Reviewed by Thomas Sciacca
I have a number of reasons to appreciate this effect. It's easy to carry, spectator interactive, largely self working, the props are durable, and the David Acer punchline, is not something your spectator will see coming. Perfect, as magicians are known for (among other 'dangerous' things) catching bullets between their teeth- (when we will we learn to just be like everyone else?!! Get your head out of the way, and LET THE BULLET GO). Makes me wish Theo Annemann could have seen this.
This effect reminds me of David Parr's 'A Game of Life and Death', so far as the playfully macabre plotline. It also calls to mind a favorite trick Nate Leipzig liked to play, involving coins, a turn for turn count with spectator, who naturally always looses (it's mentioned in a Karl Fulves book on coin and money magic).
High quality fun effect, that's going to be memorable.

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