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Falling For You Review

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November 5th, 2008 10:25am
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Reviewed by James Sanden
Falling For You by Andrew Gerard is a clever effect that allows you to drop cards from waist height, one at a time, to the floor, and have the selected card clearly float away from the main pile as it falls. The performer can control the direction of fall, and the method does not require any thread, magnets, electronics, etc. I agree with the ad copy on this one; it is a very different plot. There is a gimmick involved, but it is essentially invisible and is very easy to ring in and out of the deck. This in and of itself is a huge advantage. Ringing a single card in and out of the deck allows you to perform effects with very counterintuitive methods, is never suspected by the audience, and gives you the flexibility of being able to use a normal deck of cards for other tricks.

The manuscript is 5 pages long and is stapled together at one corner. The layout and instructions are clear and easy to understand. The instructions include an explanation of how to construct the gimmick, a clever (and old) force, two additional presentational ideas, plus a list of useful tips and notes on the effect.

First, a caveat about Falling For You. This is a subtle effect. While the card clearly floats away from the other cards, it doesn’t float that far away, and it needs to fall a good three or four feet for the distance to become apparent. This means the performer has to frame the effect well to draw attention to and focus on the effect. Without that focus the audience response could be a bit underwhelming. This is not to scare away potential purchasers. Performers will simply need to put some effort into the presentation to maximize impact and effectiveness.

My only complaint is the cost. At $25, this is extremely overpriced, particularly considering the low budget production values. If you are going to charge $25 for 5 sheets of paper, the least you could do is spend a couple of bucks on color photos and an extra couple of staples. More importantly, you should fully explore the idea and give all the work on it. You might even go so far as to ask friends to contribute their ideas. (Gregory Wilson is a wizard at this.) With some added material, I could see paying $10 for this, but certainly not $25 as is.

While I liked this, it should have been a chapter in a book. I say chapter because I think the possibilities it offers deserve an entire chapter, but I don’t know that it alone deserves a pamphlet, at least not one 5 pages long for $25. While the idea is a good one, the creator should have, like many magicians today, waited and included it with other creations in a larger, more reasonably priced release.
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Product info for Falling For You

Author: Andrew Gerard
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $25.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

"Very rarely do I feel that I have created a new plot in card magic that is unique and baffling. This effect and presentation I feel is both..."
- Andrew Gerard

Effect

A spectator is shown a small bunch of cards and is asked to remember one.

The cards are mixed and dropped to the ground by a spectator or magician one at a time landing in a neat little pile... except for one. One card takes off and flies towards the person that thought of a card! The card is named, turned over and shown to be the one they thought of!

  • No elastic
  • No reset
  • No threads
  • No magnets
  • No wires
  • Self contained/ self working
"Finally a genuine breakthrough in plot and method! I know everyone will be doing this."
- Paul Harris

5 page booklet includes instruction, routine, tips and bonus ideas.


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