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Transparency, The Boris Wild Marked Deck Book Review

Official Review

November 12th, 2012 7:12pm
Reviewed by Gordon Meyer
Reading this book made me realize that it's sort of shame that marked cards come with a brief little set of instructions. It gives the impression that once you learn to read the marks, you've got the deck mastered. Transparency proves there is a lot more thinking to be done.

Very few of the numerous routines in Transparency use a marked deck in the obvious way. Many, but not all, however utilize the unique positional qualities of the Boris Wild Marked Deck. So while you can adapt some of them other decks, to get the most from the book, you'll want to have one of Wild's decks on hand. (They're still readily available, I bought one from Midwest Magic so I could test the routines in this book.)

In addition to several good variations of traditional effects, you'll find discussions about using a Boris Wild Deck with partial or complete stacks, an interesting memorized deck setup, and some intriguing notes about jazzing with marked cards. Two things that stood out for me: discussion of using a marked deck to perform The Trick That Can't Be Explained, and a routine that combines the Boris Wild Deck with a re-arranged Invisible Deck.

The production quality of this book is notable. It uses slick paper and binding that's similar to the Ascanio series. There's also a nifty custom lenticular image glued to the cover. These touches might explain the high price, which despite my enthusiasm for the content, does temper my recommendation.

It's also not clear if this material is all new. There's a reference in the back to this being a new edition of a book published by Camirand Academy. If you already have that or Hidden in Plain Sight in your library, or the Marked Deck Companion DVD, you'll want to investigate the possibility that you already have much of this material, especially given this volume's price. If the material here is all new, the publisher is missing the boat by not making this clear. If it's a rehash of material, shame on them for the obfuscation.

But if this is your first book on using marked cards, I think you'll be pleased with the quality of instruction, the variety of effects, and the practicality of the material. It's sure to open your eyes to really getting the most from your Boris Wild Marked Deck.

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Product info for Transparency, The Boris Wild Marked Deck Book

Author: Wild, Boris
Publisher: Vanishing Inc.
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $50.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Everything you ever wanted to know about the marked deck but were afraid to ask!

Just think of the power you would have if you could find any face-down card in a shuffled deck in three or four seconds. What would you do? Yes, miracles!

All of the most amazing effects that Boris Wild has ever created with his marked deck are now gathered in this unique book, a true "bible" on the subject!

Twenty-five routines, techniques and applications to fully exploit the potential of your Boris Wild Marked Deck!

What you will find here:

  • Easy and direct routines requiring very little sleight of hand with strong impact on the audience.
  • Clean effects that can be performed in professional conditions.
  • True little miracles exclusively possible with the Boris Wild Marked Deck.
Each effect is described in detail. The explanations are clearly structured and illustrated with many photos. The psychological aspects are carefully highlighted in a specific section.

This newly revised and expanded edition includes extra routines and techniques as well as an exclusive chapter devoted to the outstanding possibilities of the Boris Wild Marked Deck in the improvisation of impossible effects.

Whatever your level in card magic may be, the Boris Wild marked deck brings within your reach the effects you have always dreamed of!

The greatest care has been brought to the quality of the book, including to its cover with a unique lenticular effect in 3D. A world premiere in the publishing of magic books!
  • 25 routines, techniques and applications for your Boris Wild Marked Deck!
  • Well-crafted book in English. Preface by David Acer.
  • Hardcover with a lenticular effect in 3D.
  • Size: 17 x 24 cm. High-quality satin paper.
  • 230 pages illustrated with more than 100 photos.

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