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Jurassic Deck Review

Official Review

February 22nd, 2008 4:03pm
Reviewed by Bryce Kuhlman
This trick is an exclusive from U.S. Toy Magic in Kansas City. I grew up in that shop. In fact, if it hadn't been for the folks at that shop, there's no way I'd be a magician today.

I was back over the holidays and the eccentric owner, my friend Philip Klein, gave me a copy of this to review. My review is in no way swayed by my history with the shop.

The effect is similar to the trick I learned as "Oscar". A deck of cards has the name of a popular movie written on the back of each card. A "Movie Collector's Club" prediction card is placed on the table. A helper (mostly freely) selects one card. The name on the back of the chosen card matches the prediction.

As a kicker, the deck is turned face down and the backs of all the cards now match the prediction card (a card-sized poster for the movie). Finally, the card box (previously Bicycle) now matches the Collector's Club prediction card.

I've been doing a version of this plot for years (not with movies). I have a method that I love, but doesn't have the kicker.

This version is really good. The method is relatively easy, requiring only one "move" which is sufficiently covered by the performance. The rest is pretty easy.

My only problem is the special feke that is included to remove some of the sleight of hand. It's going to take some work to get used to. In fact, I think I would rather just stick with sleights I already know and toss the feke. But for those of you that don't have the chops with cards, it's certainly going to make your life easier.

Strangely enough, my favorite part is the change of the card box. It's a little thing, but it's the little things that make a great performance. In this case, it's an obvious clue that the effect is over... a nice applause cue.

Product info for Jurassic Deck

Author: Peter Eggink
Publisher: U. S. Toy Magic
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $40.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

The Magician shows a deck of 52 different cards. Different movie Titles are boldly written black on the red back of each card. A movie collector's club prediction card is placed on the table in full view. The magician says "Since I'm a huge movie Fan, I wrote the names of 52 of my favorite movies of all time on the back of each playing card. I did this for a reason though. If I can't decide which film to watch, I just pick a card and go with whichever one is on the back". The Magician continues "I'm now even able to predict a movie.. allow me to show you what I mean". The magician spreads the deck face up and a spectator is asked to pick any card they see at random (no force). The spectators freely chosen card is placed face up next to the tabled prediction. Magician: "If the movie represented by your freely chosen card matches the movie which is on my prediction card, wouldn't that be impressive?" The prediction is turned face up by the spectator, to reveal the movie "Casablanca"/ ext the spectator's card is turned face down to reveal that "Jurassic Park" is printed there. It seems the magician screwed up, as the prediction and the spectator's chosen card do not match. However, the magician waves the whole deck verse the chosen card, and when the deck is turned face down and spread out, the whole deck of cards is changed into a "Jurassic Deck" of cards, matching the chosen card. When the cards are placed back into the box, even the card box changes to the theme of the movie.

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