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Fandango - Part 1 Review

Official Review

September 16th, 2007 11:30pm
Reviewed by Bryce Kuhlman
So many "improvements" to magic effects are actually steps backwards. David Forrest seems to be making steps forward.

Since this booklet only contains six items, I'll comment on each one:

Missing the Aces
This is a nice ace production that happens after a failed attempt at locating a selected card. After the production, the missing card is found face up in the middle of the deck. This isn't usually my thing, but the production is quite good.

Card Sharp
You're basically looking at a version of Jay Sankey's "Paperclipped", except the paperclip is substituted for a sharpie pen cap. While I don't want to downplay the original, using a prop that's already in play (the Sharpie) makes a bit more sense to me.

Seal the Deal
This was the gold for me. I've been fascinated with the idea of having a deck of cards end up sealed inside the box. I think I saw Michael Ammar do something like this on The Tonight Show when I was young. This is an excellent version that's not only surprising, but has a reasonable logic to it. Personally, I'd use it as a closer so that I didn't have to reseal the deck every show.

Brunch at Tiffanies
It's pretty, but meaningless. A series of transpositions between a ring and a coin, using a playing card box.

Monterey Jacks
Most of you probably have your favorite "sandwich effect". I know I do. There are many out there to choose from. A few are great, most aren't. This is one of the better ones, utilizing a double sandwich with a lot of magic happening in the hands of your assistant. Nice.

Royale with Threes
I think every book is allowed one bit of magical masturbation. This is it for Fandango.

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Author: David Forrest
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David Forrest's FANDANGO - Close up magic for the real world. Part 1.

Part 1 in a series of releases containing all new material designed with the intent of providing real world close up magicians with fresh, practical material.

Six brand new, never before published effects fresh from the mind of Dave Forrest. The material contained within has been carefully selected to be both entertaining and practical. This is not a 'read it once' release. It is filled with effects that you will actually use in the real world for real people. Fandango Part 1 - ALL KILLER, NO FILLER!


Missing the Aces - An attempt to cut directly to a selected card goes awry but the error is quickly forgotten when all four Aces suddenly appear and the selection is found reversed in the deck!

Card Sharp - An impossible revelation of a signed, folded card. Prepare yourself for a 'why didn't I think of that' moment.

Seal the Deal - How to cheat at cards. First remove an Ace from the deck ahead of time and sleeve it, but don't forget to GENUINELY re-seal the entire deck in its cellophane.

Brunch at Tiffanies - A borrowed ring sealed in the card case transposes with a borrowed coin. Then, it happens again!

Monterrey Jacks - The Jacks trap two selections, one in the deck, the other in the spectator's hands. This trick is so easy and effective it should be illegal!

Royale with Threes - An impossible sandwich effect with an eye popping 'four of a kind production' kicker.

Pages 32 - Saddle Stitched

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