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Topic: New Release on Theory11's WIRE: Alternate Universe
Message: Posted by: ricklaxmagic (Apr 21, 2012 08:08PM)
Hi MagicCafe Gang,

Rick Lax here. Just wanted to share this card trick with all of you: http://www.theory11.com/wire/rick-lax/alternate-universe/

It's called "Alternate Universe" because it picks up where Harry Lorayne's "Out Of This Universe" left off. The big development with Alternate Universe is that you can show the faces of the cards before the trick starts--the reds and blacks are not pre-segregated. Anyway, if you're into Out Of This World tricks, and you're looking for something new, this might be a good fit for ya.

If you have any questions about anything, feel free to ask.

Message: Posted by: hornet (Apr 23, 2012 08:14AM)
Anybody got this, looks good!
Message: Posted by: gdw (Apr 23, 2012 09:13AM)
Not personally a fan of so much dealing. Feels too procedural.
Message: Posted by: BigSmile (Apr 23, 2012 09:17AM)
Rick, looks interesting.
But perhaps the dealing may be "confusing" to the audience? I don't know your effect but perhaps the more counting and dealing is involved the more the spectator may think that there must be a trick.

I personally like the pure impromptu OOTW effect. It never fails! ;)
Message: Posted by: Stucky (Apr 23, 2012 06:14PM)
There is a ton of dealing in ALL OotW. Thankfully this one appears to use about half the deck which saves on time and hassle.
Message: Posted by: gdw (Apr 23, 2012 06:32PM)
On 2012-04-23 19:14, Stucky wrote:
There is a ton of dealing in ALL OotW. Thankfully this one appears to use about half the deck which saves on time and hassle.

Yes, but the "dealing" is usually all about the spectator choosing colours, not multiple procedural deals.
Big difference between a spectator "sorting" the deck blindly, and the magician dealing out cards into multiple piles, and then the spectator simply dealing cards alternating into two piles, without getting to choose which cards go to which pile.

I would even argue it's no longer an Out of this World effect at that point, as it's not the spectator somehow managing to sort the deck by their choices. Perhaps almost more of an Oil and Water effect at that point, as all the procedure seems like more of a mixing than a sorting.
Message: Posted by: ted french (Apr 24, 2012 07:01AM)
Looks good, Dunn's Deal OOTW has the spectators push the 2 piles together before they reveal the colors are red and black.
Message: Posted by: velcrowe (Apr 24, 2012 11:47AM)
May I ask what the conceptual advantage of being able to show the faces before this trick is? The long mixing procedure in Lorayne's version, for example, definitely seems to throw off the idea that they were pre-mixed at any point. If the dealing/mixing procedure is about as long as Harry's, is there any other upgrade to the trick?

I wonder if it'd be nice to have in the pocket to follow-up Harry's in the event that the spectator is convinced the deck was pre-arranged. Might be a good way to shut them up!
Message: Posted by: Bande (Apr 24, 2012 12:47PM)
I gotta agree here. I love OOTW, but this feels way too proceedural. With so many detailed instructions, I fear it loses its sense of wonder and magic to be replaced with a clever/puzzle feel of how did you stack the deck. Just my $.02.