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The Cooler Review

November 12th, 2012 7:11pm
Reviewed by Brad Ambrose
The idea behind Mr. Engblom's The Cooler is terrific. Unfortunately, the manufacturing of the device leaves a bit to be desired for close up performances. For parlor or other venues where there is more distance between the audience and the device it is a very effective way to switch decks. For close up work however, the Cooler device is too bulky to leave in full view for any length of time. This could likely be corrected in a revised design where the device is made of much thinner material. Such a design could very closely simulate the size of an actual card box. Other than this weakness, The Cooler works very well as designed and will most likely last for years to come. Here's looking forward to The Cooler II.

Product info for The Cooler

Author: Engblom, Christian
Publisher: Vanishing Inc.
Average Rating:  (3)
Retail Price: $50.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Best. Deck Switch. Ever.

"The Cooler" will change the way you do card magic.

Vanishing Inc. is pleased to announce the release of the most coveted and praised deck switcher in... well, ever. The testimonials speak for themselves: David Blaine, Paul Wilson, Rene Levand, Dani DaOrtiz, and on and on and on. They use it, love it, and swear by it. Christian Engblom's "The Cooler" is about to change the way you do card magic.

The perfect deck switcher is the holy grail for card workers. It allows you to get into and out of memorized deck, gaffed work, stack work, or to change the back design. It is the "missing link" between otherwise incompatible card routines.

But deck switches are normally difficult. Many involve lapping or being seated. Others require a jacket with secret pockets sewn in. Some even involve bizarre contraptions that come from your sleeve. Because of this, most magicians just opt not to switch decks. A pity, really.

The Cooler fixes this. It happens in plain sight, it is totally self-contained in the card box, and can be done standing, without a jacket or sleeves. You can customize this durable, precision-made plastic gimmick to any box of cards, and you can execute the switch in the hands or on the table. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

"The most beautiful deck switch I have ever seen."
- David Blaine

"Where can I get one?"
- Rene Lavand

"If this damn thing were any Cooler, it would be frozen!"
- Max Maven

"The best deck switch I have NEVER seen!"
- Wayne Dobson

This is not a trick or a fleeting trend. "The Cooler" is a tool, and we believe it will become an industry standard for years to come. A dozen top card men have been privy to prototypes of Christian's remarkable invention for the last five years. Finally, they are available for wide release.
  • The gimmick works with any Poker-sized deck (add your own box design/color to it)
  • Complete with DVD instruction by Christian Engblom and Dani DaOrtiz
  • Takes practice, but not incredibly difficult to do

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