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Runaway Joker 2nd Edition (Gimmick and Online Instructions) Review

Official Review

February 22nd, 2016 7:28am
Reviewed by Stuart Philip
Peter Nardi from Alakazam Magic created The Runaway Joker. It is an effect where the colored Joker seemingly disappears off the Joker card and then “travels” through the deck and the Joker image ends up printed on the back of a previously freely selected and signed card. After the Joker disappears from the Joker card all that is left is the word “Joker” and the black and white drawing on the ground. Then, as quickly as the Joker appeared on the back of the spectator’s signed and selected card, he disappears again.

The trick is visual and good for lay people. Not a trick to do for magicians or very sophisticated magic audiences, who will have a strong idea of what is happening, but nonetheless it is fun and entertaining trick.

With the purchase you get two gaffed Bicycle cards which you will need to use with your own Bicycle deck. The quality of the two cards matches exactly the quality of standard Bicycle cards. You also get a downloadable/streaming video that is taught by Peter Nardi, which is 25 minutes long. The instructional video is taught by Nardi. The instruction is clear and to the point. During the entirety of the instruction, he is seated at a table. Unfortunately, the trick is not demonstrated either in a studio setting or live setting. The teaching is more of a lesson on how to perform the trick. Nardi teaches a few variations on how to do the trick in different settings and a variation on the ending.

The trick requires some basic moves. If you can do a double lift, shake change or the shape shifter switch then you can do this trick without much practicing. The set-up is easy and the reset takes about a second or two. There are no angle issues to be concerned about.

You are suggested to register your purchase on the Alakazam Magic website for access to additional handlings once you go to the website. But, there is no new content as of the writing of this review.

In the promotional video, Nardi performs the trick to David Loosley and what you see is what you get. If you like the promo video, then you should purchase this trick. My sense is that this trick will strongly appeal to some magicians so do check out the video. The ad copy is accurate.

A solid and enjoyable cute trick.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Runaway Joker 2nd Edition (Gimmick and Online Instructions)

Author: Nardi, Peter
Publisher: Alakazam UK
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $22.75
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Manufacturer's Description:

"A Commercial, Easy to Perform and Eye-Popping Effect"

A deck of cards is spread face-up, then face-down to show normal cards. The Joker is removed and placed onto the table. A spectator makes a completely free selection and signs their name across the card's face, then cuts her card into the deck several times, ensuring her selection is lost.

The performer retrieves the deck and holds the Joker above the cards. He gives the Joker a little flick and instantly, the printed joker riding his bicycle vanishes from the face of the card, with just the surrounding detail and the word Joker left on the card! This incomplete card is tossed onto the table and examined by the spectator. The performer openly deals down several cards from the top of the deck, showing the joker is gone.

The magician spreads the deck face-down and one card is found to have the missing joker on his bicycle printed on the back! When this card is turned over, it's the spectator's signed selection! Again the spectator examines the card and verifies the joker really is printed on the card.

The performer then retrieves her selection, gives it another flick and the joker vanishes again-this time it's nowhere to be found! The deck is handed out for examination and the signed card may be kept as a souvenir.

Comes with full streaming video instructions (which include different handlings suitable to magicians of any skill level) and specially-printed cards on Bicycle stock.

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