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Big Four Poker (DVD and Gimmick) Review

Official Review

February 19th, 2016 11:26pm
Reviewed by Stuart Philip
Big Four Poker is Tom Dobrowolski’s creation based upon a Jim Steinmeyer concept. The DVD is produced by Big Blind Media and it is excellent.

Big Four Poker is a routine in which the performer explains that he invented a new poker game with four cards and four player. He produces a rule card entitled “Bog Four Poker” that contains four rules on the front. After apparently shuffling the deck, he allows a spectator to deal down the 16 cards needed to play. The spectator then does some crazy dealing, card flipping, cutting, reversing and impossibly mixing the cards. When the spectator is done cutting, reversing and mixing the cards, some of them are face up and some are face down. It appears totally random. The spectator then deals each player a hand of four cards. When the cards are revealed, it appears that all the player have great poker hands such as four Aces or three of a kind and the performer has a terrible hand. But once the magician turns over all his cards (or the ones that are face down in his stack), he overzealously celebrates when he sees his four lousy cards. But of course the kicker is that the card with the rules on it is flipped over and it has pictures of his four cards with the final rule that says that this combination ALWAYS WINS!

The ending is funny and a surprise and the trick really confused lay people. The routine, depending upon the patter can last a good five minutes. In fact, in the promotional video, Tom’s uncut straight performance is five minutes long.

With the DVD you get a rule card (approximately 6 inches by 4 inches), a magnifying glass (to point out the fine print which indicates that there is one more rule on the back of the card) and credit card sized rule card that you can keep in your wallet for on-the-go.

The DVD is a bit over 20 minutes long and Dobrowolski clearly and fully explains the trick and how to perform it. The DVD contains the promotional video and instruction taught from the couch in Tom’s hotel room. John Bannon is one of the spectators in the performance video. The quality of the DVD is very good.

Before performing this trick you will need about a 1-2 minute set-up that cannot be done in front of spectators so this is not a borrowed-shuffled deck trick. Once the set-up is done and you hand the deck to the spectator, the trick is self-working if your spectator can follow basic card dealing instructions. Interestingly enough, when Tom performed the promotional video, the spectator messes up and he has to quickly correct a minor dealing error. With a slight amount of audience management you will be able to pull this trick off easily. The trick is a cinch to learn and perform. The reset will take about a minute once in private, once the trick is performed.

It is really a fun and funny trick which makes it somewhat different from many card tricks. A party or a dinner is a great setting to perform this trick if you have a few people that have the patience to sit through a trick that last more than 30 seconds. The great thing about this trick is that novices can pull this off and pros can enjoy performing it as well.

The ad copy and promotional video are accurate. The claim that the trick is a “powerhouse” is in the eye of the beholder. I love this trick and got some very great reactions and smiles from spectators. I highly recommend this trick.

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Product info for Big Four Poker (DVD and Gimmick)

Author: Dobrowolski, Tom
Publisher: Big Blind Media
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $25.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

A self-working, powerhouse poker trick that plays HUGE!

Tom Dobrowolski's BIG FOUR POKER is an absolute powerhouse of a magic trick. Completely self working, hugely involving for one spectator, a small group or even a full stage performance and ending with a climax that is as hilarious as it is shocking. It packs tiny (just one indestructible plastic credit card sized 'instruction' sheet and a pack of cards) but it plays like a closer!

You offer to teach your audience the fantastic new game of BIG FOUR POKER. A spectator removes 16 cards from a shuffled deck. Under the rules of BIG FOUR POKER the spectator is instructed to shuffle, cut and mix the packet in numerous ways (including mixing face up and face down cards). Unlike any other casino game, the spectator is in charge of all the shuffling and mixing. In fact you (as the magician) stay hands off!

When the spectator is satisfied that the packet is thoroughly mixed THEY then deal out four hands of poker, one for the house and three for players. They can deal with the packet face up or face down. Their choice. They then choose ANY of the player's hands for themselves. After all of this hands-off behavior you finally step in and reveal that Big Four Poker is a game that you just don't lose, because despite all of the spectator's free actions you somehow always win.

The ending is something NO-ONE will see coming. It's funny. It's fun. And it's the kind of magic trick that makes sure people remember you! Big Four Poker - wanna play?

INCLUDES: Special 'Poker Rules' Card (printed on credit card sized hard plastic) A6 cardboard 'Poker Rules' Card Mini Magnifying Glass DVD Instructions"You can't go wrong with Tom's, 'Big Four Poker.' Highly commercial and downright 'impossible', this will leave your audience in stitches!" - Jack Carpenter

"You don't have to be a poker enthusiast to LOVE Tom's Poker. The surprise ending knocked me out!" - Jeff Prace

"Tom's version of the poker deal is the real deal, a superbly constructed routine." - David Parr

"Strong hook, loads of fun, and definitely fools em." - David Kuraya

"Big Four is just like every other poker demo, except the audience does all the shuffling, all the dealing, and when you still end up the winner, everybody laughs." - Curtis Kam

"Big Four is fab! Another great party trick from Tom. It's a little bit poker and a whole lot of fun." - John Bannon

"I love this routine! A great trick with huge entertainment value!" - Cameron Francis

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