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KONA Review

July 16th, 2009 12:22pm
Reviewed by Brian Reaves
This is the first effect I've ever purchased that told me to try it on myself before reading the instructions just to see how magical it was. You have to give them credit for that. Unfortunately, the effect didn't work right for me when I did it on myself, but after learning the principles I was able to perform it flawlessly for others. This is truly a simple effect that really makes it look like real magic has occurred. There are no fancy moves on your part other than just keeping pressure on the deck as you fan it out to show their card has vanished. You are dealing with a variation of the rough/smooth in part of the deck, and it has a tendency to not work without a good amount of pressure on it. You're not breaking your fingers with a vice grip or anything, but it's definitely not a Mirage deck.

The effect is good, but It's not perfect. The deck can't be examined afterward, and unfortunately the effect can't be performed with a signed card unless you can dupe the signature. If you want to change the ending slightly, it's possible to do a switch with a signed card for the ending, but then you wouldn't need the KONA deck since you're controlling the cards. Also, this is pretty much a one-time one-trick deck. It's impossible to repeat this trick or even perform it around the same spectator, and you'll have to do a switch immediately afterward if you want to do something else.

This effect does have potential, and if you're not the greatest card handler in the world then this is a nice way to put a card trick into your act with a minimum of practice.

Product info for KONA

Author: Bill Goldman
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $25.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

A Deck of Cards are taken out of the case and held faced up. Cards are cut down until a selected card is chosen and all the cards are placed back into the case. The box is shut closed. The magician mentally focuses on the card in the box and makes it disappear from the deck. The deck is then removed from the box and spread all over to reveal that the card has indeed disappeared. Amazing! But that's not all, a sealed envelope is given to the spectator and is instructed to open it. It is the chosen card! The card can appear from almost anywhere - sealed envelope, lemon, your wallet. It's only limited by your imagination. Everyone will believe you possess great skills after your performance.

Comes complete with gimmicked deck, envelope, and instructions.

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