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Ambitious Chip (Gimmick and Online Instructions) Review

Official Review

December 24th, 2016 8:51pm
Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
There is not a whole lot to say about this one except that it is more of a curious oddity than an actual magic effect, and it is more along the lines of "magic" for magicians. I doubt laymen will be all that impressed with this but if you play it right, it might impress them.

What you get are six composite poker chips that are good quality. Two of them are gimmicked, 3 of them are normal and of the same color and one is an odd-colored normal chip. You get a link to the Tangopedia video instructions for this product along with the necessary password.

The video is easy enough to follow and while it is not quite studio quality, the lighting was very good as was the audio. The video quality was not bad, just not studio-quality. The instructions were cursory at best but you could not really get any more in depth than they did. The whole video lasts just under 13 minutes.

When you scroll through the videos on the site to find the one of Ambitious Chips, the first thing you see when you click on it are performances of three variations. The first of them uses no gimmicks, the second is the easy gimmicked version and the third is the "hard" gimmicked version. There is more of a knack to performing the first two versions (because of the Tango Touch technique) than anything else and it will take some practice to get it down because the "touch" has to be pretty precise. The Tango Touch is, mechanically speaking, not difficult to do - just the knacky part. The "hard" version is not ridiculously hard, but certain aspects of it will require you to put some practice in to make it look good, so it is comparably more difficult than the first two versions.

One thing I will point out about the gimmick chips: This is best done with people standing up and looking down at the action. If anyone is sitting around you they WILL see the gimmicks from the edge. There is really no way to hide it in those situations. If you have decent eyesight, just watch the edges of the chips in the video. Even though the camera is a significant-ish distance from the chips on the table, you will still be able to spot the gimmicks if you look at the edges. That does not mean the gimmicks are poor quality - just that the design could have been better thought through to make them more deceptive.

For $35 and the quality of chips that you get, this is a pretty good price if you ask me. You can find these exact same chips from poker supply stores and you can buy them in sets of 25 in various colors for a lower price, but then you would not have the gimmicks necessary.

If you like the idea of doing a classic card effect with poker chips and do not mind that it is not quite the same thing, you might be happy with this.

Suggestions from the Reviewer

NOTE: If you want a really good version of this card plot applied to coins, check out the effect from Juan Luis Rubiales called "El Agujero Chino". You can find that on

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Product info for Ambitious Chip (Gimmick and Online Instructions)

Author: Tango Magic
Publisher: Tango Magic
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $35.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Marcelo Insua, a.k.a Mr. Tango, presents a great solution to perform an ambitious card routine with poker chips.

Here, you will find 3 different methods to perform the legendary card effect with chips. One of these methods use the incredible Tango touch (an unbelievable technique you will love) using regular poker chips and two other methods with gimmicked chips.

The set include everything you need and a link to video instructions. Enjoy another ingenious FISM invention award brought to you by Mr. Tango.

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