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Unbound: Gimmickless Invisible Review

Official Review

November 24th, 2015 10:19am
Reviewed by Doc Johnson

The invisible deck is considered one of the best tricks in the world. The problem with it is the deck can’t be examined. Darryl presents an invisible deck routine that is totally impromptu, with a borrowed deck if desired.

The effect is really stunning!

After the effect, the deck is not immediately examinable. However, he shows a routine that cleans up the deck. The cleanup effect is a pretty impressive Triumph. In the explanation, Darryl says that this Triumph is not as strong as the unbound effect. But, if you have borrowed the deck, it is necessary to clean up. He says that he follows up the Triumph routine with a third, really powerful effect, such as card to pocket. The audience will remember the first and last effects, and the middle Triumph is simply a necessary step in between. I personally think that the Triumph routine is very strong to a lay audience. In his live performance, the audience seemed pretty stunned by his Triumph effect as well.

There is also an awesome Brainwave routine using the same methods.

Darryl and his good friend and master mentalist Darryl Williams present a really powerful version of this effect that eliminates most of the difficult moves. This routine combines mentalism with the invisible deck concept. I really like this one, and I think it could be incorporated very nicely into a very entertaining routine. I just love this concept!

There is a section of ideas that have not been developed yet. I like this section because it gives the viewer a bunch of ideas that they may want to use in their own version of the effect. One of those ideas talks about how to gimmick a box of cards to make the effect easier to do.

After this is a discussion between Darryl and Allen Ackerman. It was a great segment that was not only a discussion but a little jam session with Allen showing various moves and effects. This was tremendous!


First, let me say that I think this DVD is just great! I think it brings the concept of the invisible deck to a whole new level. However, if we are speaking technically, this effect is not completely true to the ad copy. In the original invisible deck, the participant merely thinks of any card. In Darryl’s impromptu version, the cards are spread and the participant merely thinks of any card they see. Granted, this is a very impressive trick, but it is not a completely free choice to think of any card at all.

The ad copy also says it is easy to learn and perform. While it is not the hardest to perform, it is going to take some practice to get it right. I would not consider this a beginner effect. I would say more like an intermediate skill level effect. I would think that most anyone could learn to do this and could do it with a bit of practice.


If anyone has any interest in the invisible deck routine, then this is a must have! Excellent DVD!

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Unbound: Gimmickless Invisible

Author: Darryl Davis
Publisher: Murphy's Magic Supplies, Inc.
Average Rating:  (3)
Retail Price: $24.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

"Darryl has added a moment of casualness that has elevated the effect 200%"
- Alan Ackerman

The classic Invisible Deck is hailed by many to be one of the best card tricks in the world. Darryl Davis, reinvented this timeless classic to require nothing more than a standard deck of cards, even borrowed, if you wish. Toss your gimmicked Invisible Decks to the side, because Darryl strips away all the gimmickery and teaches you how to easily perform this legendary effect with nothing but the trusty deck in your pocket.

Can't perform Invisible Deck with a borrowed deck? Now you can. Strip off the weight of all those gimmicks and perform Invisible Deck like never before, raw and clean.

Darryl easily and slowly walks you through every nuance of Unbound, making it easy to perform and diabolically effective. Prologue, commentary and bonus original effect taught by Alan Ackerman Completely gimmickless Totally impromptu Easy to learn & perform Easy setup Use borrowed deck Over an hour of detailed instruction Alan Ackerman bonus effect & interview

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