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Holey Sh*t! Review

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March 14th, 2008 6:06pm
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Reviewed by James Sanden
This is probably one of the cleanest vanishes of a card that I've ever seen. I'm not kidding. Picture this: a card is chosen. It's clearly placed face down between 2 face up cards with large holes cut through the middle of both. Both sides of the packet are shown and the chosen card is clearly visible through the holes on either side. One end of the packet is held by one hand, the other end of the packet is flicked with a finger and the card in the middle instantly and completely vanishes. And I mean completely. No steals, moves or hinky stuff. It's just gone. You can then immediately and cleanly show both "hole" cards as single and drop them on the table. The vanish of the card is utterly convincing. To finish the selected card is shown to have appeared reversed in the middle of the deck.

So what's the catch? Well, there really isn't one. I mean, it does use gimmicked cards, but the gimmick is extremely clever and essentially invisible. Unlike many tricks of this type, the cards can be handled casually (as in "can be dropped to the table") and don't draw any "heat." In addition, the reappearance of the card draws attention away from the gimmicks. You could also use a Himber wallet to switch them, but I'm telling you, the vanish is clean enough to prevent suspicion.

Did I mention how pretty the vanish is?

Holy Sh*t comes with the gimmicked cards, a DVD and written instructions. The cards take a bit of a knack to work with, but all good things come at a price. This is one of those effects that is important to see on video so that you can see what it should look like. The only drawback is the at times annoying and childish antics of Pete Firman, but those aside, the explanation, history and crediting are thorough and complete.

This is not impromptu or organic magic, but it doesn't have to be. Personally, I wouldn't normally perform with props that look unusual, but in this case the vanish makes up for the card's strange appearance. In fact, the clarity of the vanish actually justifies the holes. There are many ways to vanish a card, but this is certainly one of the best. This is really convincing magic.
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Product info for Holey Sh*t!

Author: Anthony Owen and Pete Firman
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $35.00
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Back in the early 1980s Richard Kaufman, Derek Dingle and Ken Krenzel created Holy P.O.D., a visual version of Alex Elmsley’s classic Point of Departure, from a card change effect idea by Gerard Majax.

And now Pete Firman and Anthony Owen have brought it bang into the 21st century with…

HOLEY SH*T!

"A stunningly visual piece of modern card magic"
- Jeff McBride

"JESUS!"
- Andy Nyman

"This is one of the best vanishes of a single playing card I have ever seen!"
- Marc Paul

"With this trick even I could get a TV series!"
- John Archer

"I've been doing Holy P.O.D. since I first read it in Richard's Almanac. It's one of the hidden gems of card magic and it's a real shame that everyone is about to know about it again thanks to Holy Sh*t! Not only is this an excellent version of this effect, but it completely fooled me the first time I saw it. And the second. And the third. Don't buy it - I want it for myself...."
- Paul Wilson

"Was I surprised? Yes. Was I fooled? Yes. Do I know how he did it? No. Did I make the mistake of betting Pete five bucks that I could dope out the method before he showed me the trick? Yes. Do I have that five bucks? No. Did Pete just call Rocco over to break my legs? Yes."
- David Acer

"Watch it with your fingers on the rewind button because the first time around you'll think you missed something. It really is a fooler. The selected card just disappears and there’s not a steal in sight. Definitely the most baffling version I've seen."
- David Britland

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Comes complete with the special gimmicked Bicycle playing cards and instructional DVD hosted by Pete Firman, star of TV's Monkey Magic, Dirty Tricks, The Secret World of Magic and The Greatest Magic Tricks in the Universe Ever.

Warning: This DVD contains some foul language and may not be appropriate for all audiences

Running Time Approximately 33min


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