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Twisted Queens Review

Official Review

January 29th, 2014 1:51am
Reviewed by Fredrick Turner
Finding the “why” for a particular magic effect can be a challenge. What is the driver for why one performs a piece of magic? Often it comes down to “because I can.” Not a great reason but a reason nonetheless. Twisted Queens is an SansMinds' answer to the “why” for the torn and card restored card effect.

As you see in the video trailer, the performer takes the Queen of Hearts from the deck and tears it into quarters. The four pieces are placed into an assistant’s hand. They are asked to imagine the Queen restoring herself piece by piece in the dark. When they open their hand, the card is restored. However, the Queen looks misshapen and a little bizarre. The card can be given to the assistant as a souvenir.

The package comes with an instructional DVD and 10 Queens. If you wish to give the Queen away, you will need to find refills. As of this writing, refills are not available at the SansMinds website. The instructional DVD does a good job explaining the effect. The handling is within the reach of beginners. Most experienced magicians won't need much help as the handling is apparent even with the editing of the critical moment in the trailer. A second performance clip on the DVD shows the full routine.

While watching the two performances, I felt a little deceived. The first performance is much cleaner than the second due to editing of the moment. I am afraid that a beginner looking for the near miracle they saw on the trailer would be very disappointed. More experienced or jaded magicians won't be surprised. Is this editing wrong? It is hard to say as deceptive advertising has been part of the magic dealer game since the beginning of magic shops. However I believe that with video there is a finer line. A vendor needs to show the effect and entice a buyer but they need to remember that if a buyer feels ripped off, they won't be back. It may go so far as cause the buyer to abandon the craft.

I would recommend rethinking the handling of Twisted Queens unless it fits you as you will need to carry an item that many don’t carry. Another consideration is that you will also need to find a supply of Queen of Hearts as you destroy one with each performance. A conversation with a knowledgeable dealer would solve that.

If you are looking for a torn and restored card effect that isn’t difficult and has a built-in premise then Twisted Queens may fit your need.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Twisted Queens

Author: SansMinds
Publisher: SM Productionz
Average Rating:  (3)
Retail Price: $29.99
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Manufacturer's Description:

If you were to tear apart a lady limb from limb, how would it look? It's quite a gruesome image, but imagine she were to put herself back together. Would she look the same afterwards?

Twisted Queens is a much simpler and direct approach to the classic torn and restored card effect. You focus on the idea of ripping apart the queens to really sink into the spectators hear, and their imagination is what restores the queen, in their own hands. It's easy to do and you'll get unbelievable reactions.

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