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Topic: NumberTized by Lee Earl
Message: Posted by: takeachance (Jul 25, 2014 11:20PM)
From the ad blurb

"Some people enjoy playing the lottery so much that they will exercise almost any opportunity to bet their favorite picks."
Continuing & the Mentalist states,
'"Absent a real lottery, they practice picking and playing numbers by themselves. I offer as evidence this novelty pack of playing cards printed with the lottery numbers."

"We will use them the same way." Approaching a nearby participant while spreading the cards, the performer continues,
'"The numbers are shown in order, just Like the televised Lotto drawing, so you can see the entire range from 1 to 52 is represented. Your task is to randomize the selection. Give them a good mixing, please"

After the cards are shuffled, he's asked to count off as many face-down numbered cards as he wishes - at least a dozen to ensure a fair selection - the remainder of the cards are returned to the card case where a folded Lotto ticket is seen tucked behind the cellophane wrapper. The performer drops the case in his side pocket and continues, "Most lotteries use a basic sequence of six numbers, so please deal six sets of cards as you would deal six poker hands."

The top cards from the six piles are collected and held aside as all the others are gathered to join the "leftovers" from the card case in one, final. quick face-up spread as the performer reminds," 'If you had taken just a few more or, perhaps two or three fewer cards, any one of these might be among your six finalists', do you agree?"
The unused cards go back in the case and into his pocket.

Without showing their faces to anyone else, the performer openly rearranges the six remaining number cards into what will soon be seen as an ascending order as he recaps the openness of the selection.

The participant himself withdraws the folded Lotto ticket from between cellophane and the card case so he can read the numbers aloud. As each number is heard, the matching card is turned face up. All six Lotto ticket numbers have been matched by the six number cards!
Perfection! Stop there if you like, but ...Now for the "kicker" - an unexpected encore to the presentation - that really hits home.
When viewing all the "leftover" cards that final time, the audience can't help but notice that one of the cards was accidentally reversed in the spread with its back showing, but apparently the performer missed it when he put the cards away.

After the six selected numbers are shown to match those on the Lotto ticket. the performer continues. "Now tell us the Power Ball number - the 7th bonus number, at the end?" The participant looks and then informs that only six numbers are printed on the ticket. "Well, then" insists the performer, "'make one up, please, then shout it out. And toss the deck to me.

The Mentalist grins slyly and withdraws the cards from the case, spreading them to reveal the overturned card that the audience remembers seeing - bearing the exact same Power Ball number just announced!"


Anyone bought this yet and care to give a quick review. Luv lottery effects, and this sounds practical
Message: Posted by: brehaut (Aug 19, 2014 09:46AM)
Anyone?
Message: Posted by: takeachance (Aug 25, 2014 04:36PM)
This sounds sorta cool for a lottery type effect. I will eventually order, but am on the road presently so have to wait till I get home. I'm surprized no one has picked this up. Would luv a short review + - if anyone has. Thanks
Message: Posted by: eSamuels (Aug 25, 2014 05:21PM)
Have one available, if interested.
Message: Posted by: sanman (Aug 28, 2014 01:49AM)
Isn't this just "Running the Numbers" by Chris Hurlbert as published in Syzgy Volume 1 Number 12?
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Aug 28, 2014 02:09AM)
It was on. Wizard review yesterday,seems expensive.
Message: Posted by: Imind (Aug 28, 2014 08:00AM)
[quote]On Aug 28, 2014, george1953 wrote:
It was on. Wizard review yesterday,seems expensive. [/quote]

that's an understatement. 60 quid. Yikes.
Message: Posted by: Martin Pulman (Aug 28, 2014 11:53AM)
Prices are starting to get silly now. I'm a fan of Lee Earl, but I think this looks very weak and rather old fashioned.
Message: Posted by: johndevacmaker (Aug 28, 2014 05:23PM)
Unfortunately most of Lee Earls productions are very overpriced
For once I totally agree with Craig
Message: Posted by: Harry the magic man (Aug 28, 2014 09:12PM)
I find the word overpriced to be very subjective. If that trick lands you a gig than it is paid off virtually right there. This isn't my style but I can see the value and if he wants to charge that price to keep it relatively exclusive, more power to him. Just my thoughts.
Best wishes,
Harry
Message: Posted by: Legendary Wizard (Aug 29, 2014 10:01AM)
My first thought : it will be troublesome to do those counting and dealing . Even if I have the cards I will just force them in one take .

Anyways , I too agree it is a little overpriced . Unless the cards are made with some UV500 finish or some lifetime lasting paper , I don't think it is worth 60 quid . If I were to perform it often it will wear out soon . I remember my Inferno gimmick wear out quite quickly after performing regularly .
Message: Posted by: Martin Pulman (Aug 29, 2014 02:32PM)
[quote]On Aug 28, 2014, Harry the magic man wrote:
I find the word overpriced to be very subjective. If that trick lands you a gig than it is paid off virtually right there. This isn't my style but I can see the value and if he wants to charge that price to keep it relatively exclusive, more power to him. Just my thoughts.
Best wishes,
Harry [/quote]

So, according to this oft-repeated logic, effects have no inherent worth, other than their ability to land gigs? Presumably then any effect that fails to land you a gig is worthless?

Luckily for us, that is not normally how magic effects are priced. It is understood that effects which share similar gimmicks, used in roughly similar ways will have roughly similar prices. Anything priced greatly below the norm can be considered a bargain (Matt Mello's PDFs), anything vastly above can surely legitimately be considered overpriced (Numbertized)?
Message: Posted by: Harry the magic man (Aug 29, 2014 02:59PM)
I didn't think about it that way but I definitely see your point. I meant that this is an investment but your logic definitely holds up better than mine.
Best wishes,
Harry
Message: Posted by: pegasus (Aug 29, 2014 03:33PM)
I take it you cannot openly spread the deck to show different numbers throughout? Kinda looked suspicious when Craig performed it. Certainly not worth the money.
Message: Posted by: Legendary Wizard (Aug 29, 2014 06:40PM)
He mentioned at the end you can hand the deck out for examination . However I highly doubt so .
Message: Posted by: pegasus (Aug 30, 2014 08:47AM)
I wonder if that was the second deck's function?

Quote.

"We will use them the same way." Approaching a nearby participant while spreading the cards, the performer continues,
'"The numbers are shown in order, just Like the televised Lotto drawing, so you can see the entire range from 1 to 52 is represented. Your task is to randomize the selection. Give them a good mixing, please"

That certainly didn't happen during Craig's performance.
Message: Posted by: Legendary Wizard (Aug 30, 2014 10:00AM)
I should have taken the time to read the description ... Only realized it now haha ...