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Infallible Review

Official Review

August 15th, 2008 5:33pm
Reviewed by Gordon Meyer
Sociologists have a concept called "ideal type." It's a tool for understanding that's based on comparing a real-world example with a hypothetical example that includes all of the defining characteristics of what you're studying. The use of the word ideal doesn't mean perfection, it means that the hypothetical example is complete. Think "perfect specimen" if you're a biologist, for example.

If I were defining an Ideal Type for packet tricks, the characteristics would certainly include the following:

  • A small number of cards; usually less than 20
  • Minimal sleight of hand
  • Gaffed cards
  • Dealing and/or counting procedures
  • Minimal or thinly veiled justifications
  • A vinyl plastic wallet to hold the cards

    By this measure, Infallible is definitely a packet trick. In fact, it includes all of these elements. The trick is pretty good, and it's very easy, but it will be up to you to make it worth doing.

    What Infallible does not provide, ironically, is a working DVD. The copy I received had broken menus and it was only through some knowledgeable guesswork that I was able to watch the video demonstration. I did not get to see the explanation at all, but I didn't need it to understand how to perform the trick, and neither will you if you have a few years of magic experience. It's a shame that no printed instructions were included, this is certainly the type of trick that can be easily explained using old fashioned words and illustrations.

    I'm going to give Al the benefit of the doubt, he certainly taught me a thing or two about being a magician when I was a kid, and say that the instructions (if you get a DVD that works) will be more than sufficient. The price is OK, so watch the video demo and decide if this is your ideal type of packet trick. If it is, get it, I think you'll be satisfied.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Infallible

Author: Al Lampkin
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $15.00
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What is it?

Just nine cards in their own vinyl carrying case...But listen to this: Magician lays down eight cards face up and one face down. Spectator selects any face up card and the magician turns face down card over and it matches!

  • No sleight of hand
  • Always ready
  • Resets itself
  • Beginners or Pros

"Great magic!"
- Jack Goldfinger

"It's a very good trick!"
- Joe Berg

"It's great!"
- Aldini

Comes complete with cards, case and performance DVD!

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