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Gambler VS Gambler Review

Official Review

September 10th, 2015 3:26am
Reviewed by Doc Johnson

This is a very visual gambling demonstration.

Joshua Jay teaches a visually stunning way to cut to three kings and an ace. His teaching for how to go from one phase to another, where the three kings and one ace turn into four Aces and then into a royal flush are strong and well taught.

The effect comes with five gimmicked cards that can be used in any deck.


Unless you can split cards and glue cards back together, you are not likely going to be able to replace your gimmicks when they wear out. The gimmicks will last as long as any regular card would last, depending upon how often you perform this.

On the DVD, Joshua didn’t cover how to handle cleanup. The cards start out in the deck and then come out and are handled like a packet trick. I don’t think you are likely to put the gimmicked cards back in the deck. Perhaps one work-around to this would be to remove regular cards from the deck that match the final phase royal flush gimmicked cards and place them in your breast pocket with some sort of divider, such as a small piece of cardboard. At the end of the routine, place the gimmicked cards in your pocket, commenting on how gamblers hide a good hand in their pocket. You can then remove the un-gimmicked cards and ask a participant to shuffle them into the deck and perform a different effect with a shuffled deck. This is a very strong effect, so you will want to select something that is either very strong, or very engaging with the audience. You might want to consider one of the effects on "Three Card Routines" by Asi Wind.


Very strong, very visual gambling demonstration. The only drawback is you get five gimmicked cards that will wear out and you can’t easily make your own replacement cards.

Suggestions from the Reviewer

In the DVD, Joshua explains a method that involves additional gimmicked cards from a regular deck that you can make yourself. If you purchase Open Triumph by Dani Daortiz, you can use these additional gimmick cards in the Triumph routine, and more easily find them after the effect to cleanup the deck.

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Product info for Gambler VS Gambler

Author: Peter Woerde
Publisher: Vanishing Inc.
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $20.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

With this routine, you are the master of the card table. You can cut to four-of-a-kind, change the hand, and then transform it into a Royal Flush in Spades.

This elegant routine has a beginning, middle, and fantastic ending, and within three minutes, you prove to your audience that you can do anything with a pack of cards. Few routines have the potency and impact of "Gambler vs. Gambler," and this special package comes complete with everything you need to perform, as well as an in-depth explanation video starring Joshua Jay.

"This is such an elegant, streamlined method. It's exactly what a gambling routine for laymen should look like: simple, amazing, and short."
-Joshua Jay

Includes DVD and specially printed Bicycle playing cards (add them to any color Bicycle deck).

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