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A Game of Life and Death Review

May 28th, 2010 12:05pm
Reviewed by Thomas Sciacca
I've had this effect for over a year, and it has served me well. My initial interest was sparked by the visual (antique skull engraving), title, and description. It sounded so unique, that the memorability factor on the spectator's half seemed high. I deliberately vary methods and plots with cards and closeup effects, and this effect is clever, humorous, and definately NOT something most people have seen-or, played. The actual mechanics are a breeze, leaving much room to focus on presentation. I also found additional applications of a principal that Mr. Parr included, originated by Henry Christ.
I have my batch of quick, high impact card effects, but only pull this out when
I know people are paying attention, and are going to be sticking around for
awhile. The premise and the little 'death card/message' add a dimension that, to me, takes this beyond clever card manipulation. Everyone I've shown this to, is ALWAYS left laughing via the effects conclusion, as well as the deadpan melodramatic delivery I add ( me, playing the role of death...who happens to have a Brooklyn/italian accent..."oh, you think that's funny? What, Death can't be from Brooklyn? What-what am I here, to amuse you? I'm here to KILL you, if you pick the wrong card, yo-yo breath, now shut up and cut the deck...")- for ladies, a more polite approach ofcourse. Either/ or, this is FUN stuff!

Product info for A Game of Life and Death

Author: David Parr
Publisher: David Parr
Average Rating:  (4)
Retail Price: $15.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

A playfully macabre piece of close-up magic, in which an audience assistant is invited to play a game of cards with the Grim Reaper!

No sleight-of-hand!
Complete script, instructions and special props included.
A delightfully different card routine!

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