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Topic: Very cool impromptu card vanish
Message: Posted by: AaronishMagic (Jul 7, 2009 10:15PM)
Just saw this on the other thread a few minutes ago and thought it deserve a place here. It looks cool!


Message: Posted by: danielrmk (Jul 8, 2009 12:36AM)
Wow, looks great. Would like to see it from a different angle, though.
Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Jul 8, 2009 12:54AM)
Really nice and effortless.
If, at the end, the thumb would cover the bent corner of the card on the face of the deck, it would reach perfection.

This should be published: it is really worth it.
Message: Posted by: G. (Jul 9, 2009 08:15PM)
Aaron, I just replied to you in another thread; nice to see you here again. lol

danielrmk, thanks for the comments. One thing I would like to mention is this can be performed surrounded, so this can be seen from a different angle. But, if people are seeing this from the side, they will only see the edge of the deck. :)Otherwise, as long as people can see the face of the card, they can see it vanish slowly. It's just that it would be best for people to get a full view of the card, so they can really appreciate the slow, bit by bit vanish.

Lawrence O, again thanks for the good words. I think the bent corner was an accident because my hand sweat and the corner is somehow bent when toying with the deck before I shot this. It is not supposed to happen when this effect is performed, so it won't be an issue. And I tried, my thumb can't reach that corner, as it is too short LOL...

All the best,
Message: Posted by: Pedro Haluch (Jul 9, 2009 08:18PM)
Really impressed.
That's something I'll really look forward to learn.
What are you willing to do with that, G. ?


Pedro Haluch
Message: Posted by: mamutrance (Jul 10, 2009 07:15AM)
Beautiful change! I'd also love to learn this, too. :)
Message: Posted by: Chamberlain (Jul 10, 2009 11:21AM)
Very nice and looks like real magic. Good job!
Message: Posted by: Fábio DeRose (Jul 10, 2009 12:12PM)
That was just beautiful! When the card started to seemingly fade away, I was like, "Uh,...wait, wait...WHAT?"!
Message: Posted by: Bob_Hummer (Jul 10, 2009 02:06PM)
Will this be published anywhere?
Message: Posted by: G. (Jul 11, 2009 06:36PM)
Pedro Haluch, thanks for the great comments. This trick was designed to visually vanish a signed selection surrounded in a completely impromptu situation and, later or immediately, produce the signed card from somewhere else, eg. wallet.

Mamutrance, thanks for the great comment. V2F will be launched in about 2 weeks through: http://www.smproductionz.com/ Please stay tuned.

Chamberlain, thanks for the great comment. It is my goal to create things that look like real magic and have the effect speaks for itself. I'm glad your like it. :)

Fábio DeRose, thanks for the great comment. I'm really glad that you enjoyed it. I've been performing this effect for a few years with great success; and one time I've caused a lady into tears when she saw the card faded away, which I've never thought that would happen. And I asked her the reason why she teared, she said it was beautiful and that it touched her....

I believe that the process of magic is more important than the outcome, and the outcome is more like a convincer as the result of the process. But at the same time, the process is what convinces the result.

And once again, thanks for your interest.

Bob_Hummer, thanks for the interest. V2F will be published through:


More info can be found here:

Guys, I'm currently working tightly with the SM crew on V2F, and thanks for all your support. If you have any question regarding to this effect, please feel free to ask me. I'll try to answer the questions the best I can whenever I'm available.

I'll let you guys know if there's update on anything, please stay tuned.

All the best,
Message: Posted by: estragon22 (Aug 1, 2009 09:01AM)
Just wondered if there's any news on this release?
Message: Posted by: AaronishMagic (Aug 1, 2009 02:29PM)
They had a pre-release to their private members... which I MISSED IT. :( It happened while I was away on a trip for just two days. Now, I have to wait again... In the email, they didn't mention about the actual release date. Anyone know about it?
Message: Posted by: nique (Aug 2, 2009 06:35AM)
Whoa. Very nice! I was explaining things to myself up till the very last bit of card was showing - when the top of the deck was clean, I was like, "???"
Message: Posted by: dfeder (Aug 2, 2009 08:04AM)
Excellent! Beautifully executed - can't wait to learn it and start doing it. The website still says the video will be available soon - any ETA yet?

Message: Posted by: ejohn (Aug 3, 2009 11:38AM)
It is available now for $28. Go to http://www.smproductionz.com/
Message: Posted by: ejohn (Aug 3, 2009 11:51AM)
...and click on (Learn More+).
Message: Posted by: brimoner (Aug 4, 2009 09:25PM)
Has anyone purchased this yet? Any reports?

Message: Posted by: estragon22 (Aug 5, 2009 09:51AM)
I got it.These are only my first impressions, as I haven't practised and used the effect yet. The good points are it looks beautiful and seems easy to do. A provided suggested use is with Jay Sankey's Paperclipped, and that's where I'll be using it as it overcomes a problem I have with the central move there (and, of course, it's much more visual). I'll also be using it with Cameron's Fresh Mint. The move is executed with the hand pretty much flat to the deck, so it's not angle sensitive. On the downside, the move is very wearing on the card used. The price was also an issue; at $28, it is very expensive. Also, I had hoped to be able to reproduce the card using the clipshift, but this isn't possible.
I thought I knew the technique just from looking at the trailer and purchased just for the finer points and subtleties, but found the technique to be completely different than I'd originally thought - it's very clever.
Overall, I like this a lot; just a shame it's so expensive.
Message: Posted by: ejohn (Aug 5, 2009 10:57AM)
Thanks for the helpful review!
Message: Posted by: MickeyPainless (Aug 5, 2009 11:44AM)
Thanks, Ray!

Can you elaborate on the statement "On the downside, the move is very wearing on the card used" without exposure? Is it something that you can simply add a single card from another deck after "wearing" one out?

PM if needed!

Message: Posted by: tabman (Aug 5, 2009 11:51AM)
That's a great idea. I would imagine that it is hard on the card. I love the music behind the video, too. Good job.

Message: Posted by: estragon22 (Aug 5, 2009 01:39PM)
Yes, you only have to replace that one card. The card is left in the same condition as after Paperclipped, though a different method is used to achieve this.

It comes with suggested applications, which are:
Jay Sankey's Paperclipped
Nathan Kranzo's Tri-foil
Cameron Francis' Fresh Mint
John Kennedy's Mystery Box 11

It also has some effects:
Card to Shoe (demo provided)
Card to Wallet (demo provided)
Illusionary Prank (written instructions)
Time Travel (written instructions)

Message: Posted by: MickeyPainless (Aug 5, 2009 02:27PM)
Thanks Ray, I appreciate the tip!
Message: Posted by: Daegs (Aug 5, 2009 06:34PM)
Interesting, its marketed to "Use borrowed deck" but destroys that persons deck in the process?
Message: Posted by: MickeyPainless (Aug 5, 2009 07:13PM)
Most of the borrowed decks I'm offered should be destroyed! ;)
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean (Aug 5, 2009 09:26PM)
Hmmm. I may have missed this but I don't remember reading anywhere that V2F is not downloadable.

For $28 I want a downloadable product or a heads-up that it isn't. Was this mentioned? If so, my apologizes.

For me this isn't a problem since I long ago figured out how to download the un-downloadable. It's still a nuisance.
Message: Posted by: AaronishMagic (Aug 6, 2009 04:05PM)
I see some great reviews in the Lounge area. Dan, the product description also says the purchaser will receive an access to the instruction. Just in case if you have missed it. Just got my access. It's a great effect that I think I'll use it a lot! I have quite a few of the marketed "card to wallet" wallets, they are great but the only concern I had was most are too big for everyday use. This trick is great as there's no expensive gimmicked wallets involve and I can imagine how strong it plays went it is being reproduced from spectator's own wallet. Nice stuff.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Aug 6, 2009 05:14PM)
On 2009-08-05 20:13, MickeyPainless wrote:
Most of the borrowed decks I'm offered should be destroyed! ;)

Good one. Ain't that the truth?? ;)

Message: Posted by: MarvinWang (Aug 9, 2009 01:58AM)
I have written a short review here if anyone is interested in but still decide to get it or not: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=318748&forum=218&43

Time for me to go practice!!!
Message: Posted by: KC (Aug 9, 2009 07:57PM)
A guy on a different magic forum said: "Let me tell you what's up - micro sized small, zoomed out videos, and horrid web design for a mediocre product that should have been a $5 instant download."

The full review is at:
Message: Posted by: MickeyPainless (Aug 9, 2009 08:31PM)
I always put so much stock in what the Penguinites have to say!

Message: Posted by: Newb2 (Aug 9, 2009 08:39PM)
On 2009-08-09 21:31, MickeyPainless wrote:
I always put so much stock in what the Penguinites have to say!

Akirafist is DougNicols on the Café. He writes very good reviews and is usually spot-on.
Message: Posted by: MickeyPainless (Aug 9, 2009 09:35PM)
Hmmmmmm.... I have read some of Doug's posts and he does seem to give pretty fair reviews! Some of the others sure seem happy with it!
Time will tell!

Message: Posted by: Will Tsai (Aug 10, 2009 05:36AM)
Just post the following msg on the other thread. Feel that I should jump out for G. and his great effect. I have read the review from Penguin, and felt it is quite an unfair review. I've seen this effect done live in person many times over the years, and this really is a great impromptu effect that gets strong reaction. The fact that aside from the visual vanish, a card transpo effect involves no expensive gimmick wallet and even to spectator's, along with the impromptu nature of the effect, is worth many times over the price in my personal opinion. Not to mention that this can be performed surrounded with no angle problem. It is a worker's material! The two complete scripts and presentation from G.'s working material also add great value to the effect.

I too have purchased the effect to support his work and liked it myself. I found that the instruction is clear, everything I need to learn this effect is broken down into sections, illustrated with video and subtitles along with written scripts and presentation. It is very well organized. If you are looking for a signed card to wallet effect that's visual, can be done impromptu, and to a spectator's wallet, you'll find it of great value, as it delivers exactly what it promised. Nothing fancy, but everything that's needed to learn the V2F effect.

Hope this helps on clarifying things up.

Will Tsai
Message: Posted by: Jason A (Aug 11, 2009 01:50AM)
Very nice I love it
Message: Posted by: yutszfung (Aug 11, 2009 01:55AM)
I think this is a great effect and there are so many things that you can do with this technique. I think some people think that it doesn't worth $28 to buy this effect only because they only see this as a single effect rather than an effect with so many variations.

I agree with willieT. that the review from penguin is quite unfair. I bought this effect and try it to my friends, the reaction is pretty strong. I have no idea why this is a rip-off. Also I don't think there is any problem with the website, although I have problem with playing the video by firefox, the website overall is good and it's quite interesting idea to learn the trick from the website.

Anyway, I totally think this is a good effect and G. you have done a great job. Keep it up
Message: Posted by: Kelvin Ng (Aug 11, 2009 03:36PM)
I just wanted to add to yutzfung's post and I agree that this is a working concept. I think many purchasers of magic tricks are confusing the idea of the price of an object to the value it brings. If you are a hobbyist and you like to collect tricks here and there that's fine, but I would say it's unfair to compare this to another "instant download you may have found on penguin" I would recommend looking at it in terms of the return on Investment and how much more value it will bring for the working magician

Personally, A $5,000 stage illusion is of no value to me as I don't do grand illusions. So even if an illusion is priced at $100, It is of zero value to me no matter how well it is constructed.

At the same token, working at a magic shop, I've played with props and tricks that are priced low and have tremendous value to them. A good example is the Crazy man's handcuffs. I wish that effect was priced higher because so many magicians butcher that trick and routine and it does hurt many working pros out there.

I think G's effect here is a great concept and it has many working routines along with it. Signed card to impossible location is limitless in scope and the V2F can accomplish that. In a working setting, The angles are clean, the card can be signed, and everything is examinable afterward. For a working restaurant pro for example that is getting paid regularly is a good example of someone that can see value of this. Penguin's customers may not view this the very same way as experienced magicians, and the review may be tailored to them as they are Doug's customers

Overall I'm glad there are so many positive responses as I am a fan of this effect. I'm also glad that this is for the serious performer and those that choose to purchase the V2F really want it.

Message: Posted by: Maforen (Aug 22, 2009 06:32PM)
I saw the effect it nice for sure, but too expensive. Also I don’t like the way you have to order it. I will wait until I read more about this effect. People seeing tricks are amazed with the simplest of effects. It is the magicians who try to fool other magicians and will buy anything that might do just that. Who are we doing the magic for? Laymen love anything shown, as long as it is well done. Anyway, nice effect but I want more reviews on this, Sounds like cards are damaged when doing this.....hmmmm
Message: Posted by: Miraclemakers (Aug 25, 2009 05:38AM)
Nice effect, thanks for share.....