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Last Laugh Review

Official Review

June 23rd, 2015 3:38am
Reviewed by Stuart Philip
I’ve said it before, and I will probably say it again. When Mark Elsdon sells an effect to Alakazam Magic, you know you are in for an excellent trick. Last Laugh is no exception.

Imagine this. You, as the performer, put two decks of cards on the table. You show that one deck is completely mixed by fanning it or spreading it on a table. As you go through the cards, the spectator picks 5 cards at the location when they say “stop.” The spectator mixes up the five face-down cards and picks one. Without looking at the selected card, it is put in the spectator’s back pocket. The remaining four cards are turned over and shown to be a random selection of cards; each one different from the other. Then you take out the other deck of cards and claim to be able to cut to the spectator’s selected (and unknown) card. But first, you calibrate your hands and fingers by trying to cut to a Joker. You try it and amazingly, you cut to a Joker. Then you ask the spectator to help you find the other Joker and when they touch any card, it too is a Joker! Amazing! You continue cutting the cards and turning over small stacks only to reveal that they are all Jokers. Very funny. You keep going until there is one card left face down. You ask the spectator to take out their selected card and at the same time you each turn over your card and astoundingly they are the exact same card. The chorus of WTF’s! echoes loudly.

This trick is truly awesome. It is so easy to learn and perform and the payoff is like an atom bomb. This is the sort of trick that really messes with your audience. There is not backtracking, no guessing, no nothing… other than pure amazement.

This trick comes with a gimmicked deck with a few cards that are treated with a special very expensive substance. You will need to fix the cards after some usage and most likely you don’t already have the special stuff that you need. There are alternate less expensive ways to fix the cards, but I personally like the cards as they are delivered. The trick takes a bit of practice to get totally fluid, but nothing to taxing. Although you cannot hand out a small portion of the gimmicked deck, there is no real reason that the spectators would want to see the cards, which are all apparently Jokers. My deck came in Bicycle backed, but I am not sure they are all Bikes. Some may be Phoenix backed, but it does not matter. In fact, having two different decks for the presentation would be better and avoid the potential thought that you somehow snuck cards from one deck to the other.

The trick also comes with a very clear 28 minute digital downloadable video, which can also be streamed. The video consists of a studio performance in front of an audience of three spectators and Peter Nardi’s explanation of the trick. Nardi indicated that when he saw Eldson perform the trick, he was went “wild” and was in fact fooled.

You will fool everyone with this trick and will not be disappointed. Another great one by Elsdon and Nardi.

Highest Rating. 5 Stars!

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Product info for Last Laugh

Author: Elsdon, Mark
Publisher: Alakazam UK
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $38.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Last Laugh is Mark Elsdon's brilliantly clever take on the "stranger card" plot.

Two decks of cards are introduced, both with different backs. One of the decks is removed from its box, shown to be 100% regular and shuffled. Your spectator now selects a card from the deck (sight unseen) and places it in his pocket.

You now state you are going to attempt to cut to the matching card but from the other deck.

Your spectators will be impressed by your skill when you accurately practice cut to both the jokers. What happens next is where the fun begins. You now start removing joker after joker from the deck. Your spectators will start to realise they've been had and it's a complete deck of jokers and just when the let their guard down you hit them. Yes every card in the pack is a joker...well almost every card. There is one card left face down on the table.

For the first time your spectator removes and shows his card. You could now cut the tension with a knife, have them reach over and take a look at the card on the table. It's a match!

Your spectators may have had a giggle throughout the routine but you certainly had the Last Laugh!

Last Laugh is easy to do and comes complete with a special deck and a registration code that gives you instant access to a full training video to get you started right away!

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