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Xpand Review

Official Review

October 22nd, 2012 10:19pm
Reviewed by Gordon Meyer
The first thing you should do is watch the video demo of XPAND and see if the effects appeal you. When I watched it before opening the XPAND package, I felt it was unfocused and somewhat vague about what the effect is supposed to be. As The Professor famously exclaimed, "confusion is not magic."

But the reason for this, aside from too heavy editing, is that XPAND is a quite versatile gimmicked card. The DVD teaches a trick where a signed card shrinks in size then grows again. It also teaches how to start with a small, signed, partial card and change it into a full-sized card that can be given away. You also learn a sleight-free cut and restored card, and a color change, and probably something else that I've forgotten. Whew.

The DVDs are very good. The explanations are clear and well taught. If you've bought anything else from Paper Crane, XPAND meets the high standards they've established. My only complaint is the soundtrack. There is a repetitive bass-heavy tune that plays endlessly in the background. It's unnecessary and distracting when you're trying to listen and learn. (Also, you kids stay off my lawn!)

The XPAND gimmick is really well made and it works. As a nice bonus, you get some additional bits and pieces, and the DVD clearly explains how to make your own gimmick or modify the one supplied so you can perform with a different card. (But not any card, as the video advises, only face cards will work well.)

This isn't a good purchase if you're relatively new to magic. It requires intermediate card handling ability and knowledge, and aside from that, you'll want to have some experience under your belt so you can think of other impactful ways to use the XPAND gimmick.

XPAND gives you a good, flexible gimmick. Two well-produced DVDs with clear explanations and plenty to explore and think about. What's not to like? There's a lot of value for the money, and I think you'll feel good about your purchase.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Xpand

Author: David, Brandon; Christyrious; Paper Crane Product
Publisher: Paper Crane Productions - Amanda Hartley
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $24.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

XPAND is a handmade mechanical card gimmick that allows you to perform a special effects miracle with a SIGNED card. The effect starts out with a spectator selecting and signing a card so far in their mind nothing unusual. Then things get very weird and the spectator soon realizes that this is not the typical "pick a card" "find a card" trick. With THEIR SIGNED CARD in full view the entire time, they witness something impossible. YOU VISUALLY SHRINK THEIR CARD. After you have changed the physical properties of their SIGNED CARD you then restore the card to the original signed condition and hand it out for immediate examination.

That's just the start of what's possible with the XPAND gimmick. Originally Xpand was released as a single effect with only one main application and only one instructional DVD. Now Paper Crane has teamed up with magician Justin Miller who has added over an hour of additional ideas including an application with the cut and restored card plot on a second bonus DVD.

Running Time Approximately: 17 min

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