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Topic: Alakazam Magic Presents Ascension By Nick Langham
Message: Posted by: Christopher Williams (Jun 16, 2007 07:14AM)
Arriving July 2007

A major breakthrough of a classic effect that will go straight into your repertoire!

Walk up to someone with two decks of cards. They choose one and deal through the cards to select any one they want. Keep in mind that you are totally hands off at this point.

They take a look at their card and just concentrate on the value of it. Now slowly and eerily a single, solitary card begins to emerge from the second deck; forcing its way out of the deck and into view. As the face of the card comes slowly into view the audience can see that it is the exact same card that they are thinking of!

Ascension is carefully hand made to be both durable and reliable out of Bicycle stock playing cards

Totally self working and self contained

Instant reset

Ultra small gimmick can be added to your regular deck quickly and easily

Ascension comes ready to go with the two decks & instructional DVD containing bonus ideas & handlings

This is one effect that you will be performing!

http://www.alakazam.co.uk/demos/ACENSION.wmv



I for one am looking forward to this, having been able to view this already in May. This trick really is a fooler, even to Magicians! What a great trick this really is, and if you want one, get one quick, as I can see this selling incredibly fast!

I know Peter has some more cracking releases coming soon...but this is the first to be coming out, and all I can say, is 'Woohoo!!!', as it really is a killer!!!!
Message: Posted by: pegasus (Jun 19, 2007 03:03AM)
Wow, awesome. Arriving when in July Chris, any idea?
Message: Posted by: Vraagaard (Jun 22, 2007 09:03AM)
It says "Walk up to someone with two decks of cards. They choose one and deal through the cards to select any one they want. Keep in mind that you are totally hands off at this point. ".

From the demo video on hocus-pocus it looks like the magician is dealing through the deck until the spectator says stop. So what is is? Can the spectator deal the cards themself or not? that's crucial to this effect. If the spectator cannot do this, then everybody can create this effect in 5 minutes.

If the spectator can really choose between the two decks themself and really deal the cards themself and stop at a chosen card, and then the duplicate of that card will rise out of the other deck - then I think this is a killer effect. Simple and direct.

Can anybody answer this question
Message: Posted by: magicinsight (Jun 22, 2007 09:34AM)
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On 2007-06-22 10:03, Vraagaard wrote:
It says "Walk up to someone with two decks of cards. They choose one and deal through the cards to select any one they want. Keep in mind that you are totally hands off at this point. ".

From the demo video on hocus-pocus it looks like the magician is dealing through the deck until the spectator says stop. So what is is? Can the spectator deal the cards themself or not? that's crucial to this effect. If the spectator cannot do this, then everybody can create this effect in 5 minutes.

If the spectator can really choose between the two decks themself and really deal the cards themself and stop at a chosen card, and then the duplicate of that card will rise out of the other deck - then I think this is a killer effect. Simple and direct.

Can anybody answer this question

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Thank you for asking this question. I also noticed this and was sondering the same thing as to whether the magi actually deals the cards and the spectator says "stop" or does the spectator deal the cards.

Best regards,

Michael
Message: Posted by: pegasus (Jun 22, 2007 04:17PM)
It looks pretty fair in that Peter is seen dealing cards face up on the table and the spec fairly picks one when she wishes. Perhaps this is a force, but I have never come across it before. Either way it looks perfectly fair to the spec.
Message: Posted by: magicinsight (Jun 22, 2007 07:29PM)
Pegasus,

It is not an issue as to whether the demo rendition of the effect portrays the selection fo the card via a "force" as being seemingly fair but whether the ad description of the effect, specifically that the spectator deals the cards and then stops at any card and that at this point the performer is totally hands off, is accurate. I agree with you that for me is really would not matter if the selection was accomplished by a force or not but I would like to know if the ad is 100% accurate. It sounds and appears to be an excellent effect.

Best wishes,

Michael
Message: Posted by: pegasus (Jun 23, 2007 03:23AM)
You are right of course Michael, the demo does not match the statement presented by Christopher (and the website)

Now if you read the sentence ...They choose one and (YOU) deal through the cards to select any one they want. Keep in mind that you are totally hands off at this point.

It sounds like the word YOU is missing. I hope I'm wrong because, as mentioned before, this can be replicated very easily otherwise.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Williams (Jun 23, 2007 03:41AM)
As far as I remember, there will be different oucomes depending where they say stop obviously. I think that was one of the things that caught me out when Peter showed me...the fact that you did have the choice. If you wnt to just get a rising card deck and a normal deck, and the force a card, the so be it, but it won't be the same as Ascension!
Message: Posted by: Peter Nardi (Jun 23, 2007 05:06AM)
Hi Guys,

Just to put you in the picture, The spectator may deal the cards so you are hands off. Please beaware that the discription is 100% what the spec will see and remember. The effect is really cool. I performed it at one of my gigs last Wednesday and it went down a storm!

Regards

Peter
Message: Posted by: pegasus (Jun 25, 2007 12:15PM)
Thanks for clearing that up Peter.
Message: Posted by: Peter Nardi (Jul 2, 2007 12:23PM)
Hi Guys,

All pre orders of Ascension will be dispatched on or before the 16th July.

Peter
Message: Posted by: Peter Nardi (Jul 13, 2007 09:33AM)
Just a heads up guys. All pre-orders of Ascension are now all packed and ready to be shipped out on Monday. We now have stock in store!

Regards

Peter
Message: Posted by: tommid (Jul 14, 2007 06:54PM)
Well.. is that meant to be a demo or an arty f*rty film clip?
It doesn't really show the trick does it?
Seems to me the trick is 90% in the spectator picking the card... so , can they deal the whole pack face up if they like until they decide on a card? To say it is totally hands off at this stage then the answer MUST be yes ?
I`m not into pre-ordering .. I did that with eliminator ..... and in my opinion that was a terrible effect . Only my opinion of course
Message: Posted by: gmmagic124 (Jul 14, 2007 07:02PM)
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On 2007-06-16 08:14, Christopher Williams wrote:
Ascension is carefully hand made to be both durable and reliable out of Bicycle stock playing cards
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Ah, Bicycle stock. Splendid.
Message: Posted by: mjeayres (Jul 18, 2007 06:21PM)
Sorry, but I was not too impressed with this one. I think the main thing that fell flat for me, was not the effect so much as the DVD. It didn't even look as though it was planned at all. No structure, and even with props in hand took me a couple of 2 minutes to work out what was going on. Now, I realise that is not a complicated trick but the handling certainly needed more explanation. It really didn't sell the effect at all or indeed explain it very well.
Message: Posted by: Magic Fingers (Jul 21, 2007 08:05AM)
Any reviews on this? If it is practical and as fair as the decription says this is a must have.
Message: Posted by: Robert M (Jul 25, 2007 09:15PM)
I think this is practical and the description is accurate.

The selection process is about as fair as you can possibly get.

And, the card rise looks good. Perhaps not as smooth or under control as a Devano card rise, but I'm probably being nitpicky.

The DVD also explains how to show the outjogged card and fairly (?) remove it from the deck for examination.

This is a very good version of the "any card named (actually chosen) card rise". The DVD / explanation is relatively brief but thorough, IMO.

Robert
Message: Posted by: Magic Fingers (Jul 26, 2007 08:01AM)
Thanks Robert.

I am surprised by the lack of response on this trick. I think I will end up purchasing this but I really wanted to know how this would fit in to a working routine for example can the decks be used for other tricks after this effect? Like the idea of any card named rising if you can't be bothered bringing out another deck. Any other reviews would be great though before I go ahead with the purchase.
Message: Posted by: Robert M (Jul 27, 2007 08:50PM)
Now that I've had time to experiment with it, I've decided that the gimmick is not as practical as I had hoped. It's still a great idea - never seen anything like it. I mean... a four way rising card?

And, I think that the forcing procedure is about as fair as you can get. Nothing new method-wise, but I think that the spectator will truly believe that he had a completely free choice.

Sadly, the gimmick is hard to handle. You have to have a very firm grip on the deck or the card will shoot out. Plus, the gaff leaves a gap on the side of the deck. For these reasons, I will probably stick with my Devano Card Rise.

Robert