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Instapad – Gonçalo Gil

Product description : Everyone have always wanted to find a good ending for his ambitious card routine, whether the full card is find in the wallet, or folded in quarters in a small box, there are plenty of options on the market. This is a new addition, which allows you to perform a card to impossible location with something with a cartoon feel to it. You show a small pad with a red dot, very small, on it. You flick the pad, the red dot becomes a folded card in quarters and then pops out of the pad, like magic. They can unfold it and find that it’s their own signed card. Is this a good routine ? Would this fits in your act ? Let’s find out together !

Price and where to buy it : This is sold at $29.95 and you can find it in nearly every Murphy's magic « partner » shop !

What you get : You get a small cardboard box, simple but well made, the packaging is simple but elegant. Inside, you’ll find a link for the explanation video. This video is not the best I’ve seen, but it does the job to explain you the basics with the pad and what you can do with it. You also get the pad which is not gaffed but nicely printed. The nice thing with the pad is that there are 5 pages with a language on each one, so you can rip off the pages with the language you don’t want. However, there is only one design of the folded card, and it’s a bicycle one, you can select red or blue when you order it. For the price, I’m not disappointed with what I received, just a little bit sad that you’re limited to bicycle.

Teaser : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fChKGFQU6yk

The pros and the cons : Here is the core of my review, let's begin with the cons, as I will usually be doing, I prefer to keep the good things for the end.

THE CONS :
– As I said, you’re limited to only one back design. Maybe, if you flick the pad quickly, they won’t be able to see the design so you can use any red backed card.
– You have to carry this pad just to do this effect so it’s something more to have in your pocket, so you should consider it.

THE PROS :
– I especially like the fact that they included several languages, so everyone can use it and you’re not limited to English which could be difficult to justify during your routine.
– I also love those routine which have a cartoon feel to them, the animation on the pad and the popping out at the end is just perfect.
– The card can be signed, I advise you to do it like that because the ending is much stronger to produce their signed card rather than a random card they selected.
– You have a 3D producing effect at the end, the drawing becomes reality and in the mind of the spectator, this is a very strong aspect of the routine.
– They thought about small details which help you to do the routine in a much more easier way, they have shorten page, they have made the last page more solid so the card can pop out correctly.
– The pad is small enough to fit in your jacket pocket, and it is not that big so even if you have to carry this item, it’s not a big one.
– If you want to, you can give out the pad at the end for examination, they will only see the pages printed but no gimmick of any kind ! I wouldn’t do that, I prefer to leave them without any possible explanation.

Overall rating : This is a good little tool, the effect you can achieve with it is very strong, but I can’t see myself having this on me every time I want to perform a card effect, 3/4 hearts.

As for the difficulty level, a simple mercury card fold and the handling with the pad is quite easy to master, I would say 2/5 stars.

Similar products : A way to produce a card in this way, I don’t know a lot of effects which can achieve that, maybe 3D Advertising by Henry Evans but you will produce a full deck of cards.

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