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Topic: XL by Jay Sankey
Message: Posted by: MagicMan1957 (Dec 20, 2006 08:57PM)
Coming soon from Jay Sankey....

I just spotted this new Sankey effect.
How do you think this would play for laymen?


“XL”- The incredible card illusion that BECOMES REAL!

"The spectator shuffles the pack, touches any card, and the selected card is closely examined. You remove two Jokers from your pocket, and both Jokers are also examined. The selected card is slowly sandwiched between the two Jokers, and that's when some VERY strange stuff starts to happen. First, one end of the face up selection VISIBLY STRETCHES! Then, the other end VISIBLY STRETCHES! For the jaw-dropping climax, the two Jokers and the STILL STRETCHED selected card are all handed out to be thoroughly examined! You have turned the selected card into an honest-to-goodness holy relic! Comes complete with extremely cool gimmicks for both red and blue Bicycle decks, plus an exciting instructional DVD featuring 8 killer handlings including "The Classic Handling", "Stand-Up Stretch", "Spanish Inquisition", "Guerrilla Warfare", "Not A Levitation", "Seated Stretch", "Seated Stretch", "Don't Blink", "In Their Own Hands" and the "Holy Relic: Bonus Handling!"
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Dec 20, 2006 09:51PM)
It might play OK; it's up to your ability to sell the effect. Easy to figure out by looking at his video demo.
Message: Posted by: Kevvy (Dec 21, 2006 02:18AM)
I think it would go over well. Especially since they can examine the cards before and after the effect.
Message: Posted by: CardMaker (Dec 21, 2006 03:19AM)
On 2006-12-20 22:51, Pete Biro wrote:
It might play OK; it's up to your ability to sell the effect. Easy to figure out by looking at his video demo.

:lol: Very easy to figure out, indeed!
I don't like that trick.
Message: Posted by: Cameron Francis (Dec 21, 2006 09:14PM)
I'm a big Sankey fan, but this one leaves me a little cold. And $20 seems a bit steep, even with a DVD.
Message: Posted by: evolve629 (Dec 24, 2006 10:59AM)
I think this will play well with lay persons; I need to remind myself that the effect is intended for lay audience and not magicians. :) Cheers!
Message: Posted by: ToasterofDoom (Dec 24, 2006 12:08PM)
I like it, but it's a bit overpriced.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Dec 25, 2006 06:08AM)
I've never paid $20 for a sandwich... :) ...
Message: Posted by: Alexis Sandler (Dec 27, 2006 05:47AM)
I much prefer Paul Gertner's handling of Peter Kane's stretching card plot, as published in his lecture notes 'Amalgamations!'

The notes come with the required long card included, contain 10 other worker routines, and cost only $15!

Just my opinion, of course...

Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Dec 27, 2006 09:28AM)
Frank Garcia used to perform a three card version similar in effect, called the Stretching Queen (aka "The Lady Stretches," created by Jon Racherbaumer, Gene Castillon, and Marvin Johnson, based on Peter Kane's Elongated Lady), where the Queen is placed between two other cards, then stretched out from both ends of the packet, and then pushed back together again. At the end, the magician shows that there are really just three cards (front and back), and the Queen can be handed out for inspection (although I rarely encourage handing anything out for inspection, gaffed or not, since it tends to train audiences to want to inspect every little thing). He used to perform this as a packet trick, but it could easily be adapted to follow along the description in the first post.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Dec 28, 2006 06:31AM)
One nice version is [url=http://www.mallofmagic.com/prodpage.html]Don England's Plastic Lady[/url] , sold by Mike Powers.....
Message: Posted by: Hawk-Eye (Dec 28, 2006 07:46AM)
I think there are better versions out there...I wasn't all that impressed by it. Although it could work pretty well with laypeople.

Message: Posted by: Robert M (Dec 28, 2006 10:06AM)
Gee, I got excited there for a minute. It would be great to be able to hand out the stretched queen! But, the method is pretty obvious. I'll stick with Frank Garcia's routine or Gary Plants' ingenious version of this.

Message: Posted by: twistedace (Dec 31, 2006 08:41AM)
Aldo's version is much better and has a very strong climax.
Message: Posted by: silverking (Dec 31, 2006 10:45AM)
The workings of Sankey's XL are completely transparent. This usually makes for difficulty that the performer is obligated to deal with while standing in front of their audience.
Message: Posted by: matt.magicman (Jan 5, 2007 04:12PM)
Where can you learn aldo's version?
Message: Posted by: evolve629 (Jan 5, 2007 08:11PM)
On 2007-01-05 17:12, matt.magicman wrote:
Where can you learn aldo's version?
I believe it can be found in The Essential Aldo Colombini - Vol. 3 - from L&L publishing called Rubber Illusion in which a Queen stretches to twice its length and then—if you blink, you’ll miss it!—it visibly changes into a miniature card.

I think this is the effect? Not 100% sure...
Message: Posted by: matt.magicman (Jan 6, 2007 02:20PM)
Thankyou thankyou
not entirly impromptu then, as a lot of his work is?
Message: Posted by: GhostSurfer (Jan 14, 2007 03:48PM)
...The quality of the supplied 'stretch cards' (red & blue) is [b]very[/b] poor. They're not even Bicycle stock.

Message: Posted by: Cameron Francis (Jan 15, 2007 09:16AM)
What about the different presentations? Anything interesting?
Message: Posted by: joseph (Jan 15, 2007 03:47PM)
On 2007-01-14 16:48, GhostSurfer wrote:
...The quality of the supplied 'stretch cards' (red & blue) is [b]very[/b] poor. They're not even Bicycle stock.

Wow, that is disappointing.....
Message: Posted by: garethwitty (Jan 15, 2007 04:28PM)
Its a good looking effect, but don't forget, it will fool the layperson.
Message: Posted by: evolve629 (Jan 15, 2007 04:49PM)
On 2007-01-14 16:48, GhostSurfer wrote:
...The quality of the supplied 'stretch cards' (red & blue) is [b]very[/b] poor. They're not even Bicycle stock.

Not Bicycle stock but still look like Bicycle brand?
Message: Posted by: Cameron Francis (Jan 16, 2007 08:00AM)
Is the quality the same as Bigger Finish? If so, I wouldn't be concerned with the feel of the cards. Most lay people probably don't know what Bicycle cards feel like anyway. Most cheap decks feel a lot different than Bikes.
Message: Posted by: GhostSurfer (Jan 29, 2007 11:09PM)
On 2007-01-16 09:00, Cameron Francis wrote:
Is the quality the same as Bigger Finish?

In my opinion, no, the quality is not as good. The Bicycle back-design looks like a bad or cheap laser-copy. You really need to check out the gaff before you buy.