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Deep Astonishment Review

December 31st, 2002 4:50pm
Reviewed by Dick Anderson
Deep Astonishment is a well thought out trick. I personally like a trick that has two levels of a finale, like this one. The first level or first finale, is fairly strong in itself and typically brings a good reaction from the spectator(s). The second level however, is a killer. You spell out the name of their "magic" word with cards that have different color backs than the deck you are using. The spelled "magic" word is FREELY chosen by the spectator. It could be their childhood pet, mother's middle name, ANYTHING. Very strong.

The wallet that comes with the trick, in my opinion, is cheap and distracts from the overall illusion a bit. I purchased a wallet from Paul Harris' web site that is a leather wallet that you can make look like your personal wallet that takes any suspicion away from the wallet. I recommend it. This is a trick that is easy to learn and perform and with good presentation skills, it is very, very efective. I have folks come back to me weeks after I have shown it and still comment on "How did you write my "magic" word on the cards"? Highly recommended for hobbyist and intermediate. Although a prepared deck trick, I have been able to introduce it during my close-up routine and not have any mention or questions about why I switched to a "different" deck.

Product info for Deep Astonishment

Author: Harris, Paul
Publisher: Yendor's World of Magic
Average Rating:  (6)
Retail Price: $24.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

A spectator cuts a deck of cards at a random spot and remembers the card they cut to. Their card is covered with your wallet to keep it safe.

You then ask the spectator to "dig deep into her mind for a personal magic word." She has a free choice of almost any word she can think of! Let's say the spectator chooses "rose." The spectator's magic word is then used to find the mate of her freely selected card. Impressive on it's own, but what's inside the wallet?

You open the wallet which has been on the table since the start and remove a small packet of cards from the inner pocket. The backs of these cards are a different color than the deck being used. Slowly and cleanly you deal the cards from the wallet onto the table face down. On the back of the first card is drawn a large "R", the next card has an "O", the next "S" and the last card an "E"...spelling out the spectator's freely selected magic word!

* No Sleight-of-Hand!
* No Pre-Show Work
* No Nail Writers
* No Stooges
* Resets in Seconds

Comes complete with special Bicycle deck of cards, wallet and detailed, fully-illustrated instructions.

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