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Andrew Loh
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Hi guys,

Check out Peter Duffie's 2 new effects at http://www.peterduffie.com, the effects are great. Will soonly post my short review here. Smile

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Please do. I'm anxious to hear what you think.
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Just received them both. I haven't checked out Thunderstruck yet (it came with a pdf and a 14meg video!) but Syncromatic is awesome... no gimmicks other than the blank cards, and no difficult sleights!
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I'm sleightly confused by the ad for Syncromatic. What exactly happens?
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Review Duffie's effect "SyncroMatic"
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A new card effect by Peter Duffie and it's a 5-page ebook. Firstly, I would like to express how surprise it is if perform this effect to laymen. The impact is really strong at the ending part. Best part of this effect is, it's not difficult to perform, practical and entertaining. All you need is just a few blank cards and you are ready to perform this effect.

The ebook contents are excellent, Peter provided excellent illustrations in this ebook which makes learning more easier and the instructions are clear and concise. On top of that, Peter provided the patter for this effect as well.

Overall, I highly recommended this ebook whoever wants to perform easy yet powerful card effect and has a strong impact to laymen.
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Review Duffie's effect "Thunder Struck"
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This is one of my favourites after reading and trying to perform this effect. Without doubt, I add this effect into my repetoire, it's just awesome and visual piece of card magic.. The effect is just easy and practical to perform yet the effect itself it's very strong. It's a 9-page ebook and completely illustrated with quality photographs of showing the handlings.

The things I like this particular effect is the Jack each time turn face-up and without the used of any false count. It's very startling and this effect has a very nice transposition between the Jacks through a cardbox. That's the part I really enjoy the most to perform to laymen and the selection can be signed by the spectator. However, one thing to note that this particular effect which requires you to use special cards to perform this effect. The special cards are very easy to do.

When you purchase this ebook, Peter will provide you a special link for you to access some of the finesse of this effect in a short video clip format and which it's a value to your money. Everything is nicely laid out in this ebook and supported with high quality photographs.

I highly recommended this effect.
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How many gaffed cards do you need to perform "Thunder Struck"?
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I may order this after I hear a few more reviews. Thanks.
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They both sound great
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I purchased both and IMO are OK, the price buying both is reasonable.
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Any other review.
I usually do not like very much gaffed cards but the effect of both look awesome.
Would Syncromatic fit well with Blizzard by Dean Dill ?
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I went ahead and purchased these. I am very happy with my descion. I'll post a review soon.

Mago, Syncromatic is part Blizzard, part Do As I Do. I don't think you would want to use it with Blizzard. It's a very fine effect in and of itself.

The gimmicks required for Thunder Struck are minimal and completely worth it for the level of effect you get.

More comments to come...
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My Review of SyncroMatic and Thunder Struck

I didnít know what to expect when I bought these effects. Frankly, the descriptions of them didnít really excite me. But I am working on a routine which bears a slight similarity to Thunder Struck so I decided to be adventurous and buy both (They are $10.00 each. However if you purchase both, you get them for $16.50). I must say that I was pleasantly surprised.

These two routines are very strong. They are direct, look incredibly fair, and are extremely magical. I donít own a lot of Peter Duffie products but I know that he is a brilliant thinker when it comes to card magic. His effects are always well thought out and Thunder Struck and SyncroMatic are no exceptions.

The ads isnít lying when it says that Thunder Struck is a very fair looking twisting routine. It is. The spectators clearly see each Jack reverse one at a time as you spread through the cards with no funny business. And the transposition as the end is killer. I guess the reason I didnít think the routine sounded so amazing when I read the description of it is because I know a couple of ways to achieve the same effect. But none of the ways I know are nearly as clean looking. This routine is very fun to do and relatively easy which allows you to really concentrate on presentation rather than which move comes next. Donít get me wrong, there are moves involved, but once you do the routine a couple of times, itís pretty easy to remember the sequence.

Having said all that, the fairness of the routine comes at a slight price. Yes, there are gimmicks involved. I donít like gimmicks and gaffs myself, mostly because I have found that there are usually equally fine ways to do most gaffed card tricks without gaffs (With major exceptions, of course). But the gaffs used in this effect are very easy to bring in and out of play and can be added to the deck with almost no effort. Technically, there isnít even a real set up. From the audienceís point of view, you simply spread through the deck, throw a couple of jacks on the table and have them select a card.

You are dirty at the end of the effect but, again, clean up is really easy.

On to SyncroMatic. This is a fun packet Blizzard/Fade Out/Do As I Do effect that has quite a few nice magical moments in it. I wasnít looking for a blank card effect but am very happy with this one and will probably add it to the repetoire right away.

What really struck me about this routine is its novel approach to the whole ďAnd look, you picked the only in the deck which isnít blank!Ē genre of card effects. It starts off as Do As I Do. Then turns into a mini Blizzard. Then pulls a Fade Out on the spectator at the very end. Thereís a lot of magic happening in a very small packet of cards. The handling is easy and, again, looks very fair from the spectatorís point of view.

The other nice thing is that you can alter the overall effect depending on your presentation. Peter suggests that you can do the effect as a stand alone packet trick, or start it off from a regular deck of cards, or, and I think this would be really killer, use a blank deck. I like the blank deck approach because you could have the spectator freely choose four cards from the deck at the beginning of the effect, making the climax all the more startling.

You donít need any gimmicks to perform this effect; just a few regular cards and blank cards. However, as with Thunder Struck, you do end a little dirty. But no dirtier than Blizzard or Fade Out. And because you are only dealing with a small packet of cards, clean up is very easy.

The routines are easy to do but you do need to know a few basic sleights to pull them off. They will take practice but neither of the effects are knuckle busters.

When you purchase these effects, you receive two clearly written and illustrated PDF files. Thunder Struck even comes with an short instructional video detailing some of the finer points and variations of the handling of the routine. I have not watched it yet so I cannot comment on it. Peter sends you the files himself and he is very prompt about it.

Both Effects: 8 out of 10
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Hi Guys

Thank you for all your positive comments/reviews of these two effects. Especially to cfrancis for the above in-depth review. I'm happy that you're happy.

Re - the mention by WillMorton of the 14mb video: I should point out that this will not be sent to you in an email! You will receive the PDF files by email. Everything is explained with graphics & photographs in these. You will also receive the link to download either a 7mb or 14mb video - you choose depending on your connection speed. To be honest, the 7mb version is not that inferior in quality to the 14mb version. The video covers finesse points for ThunderStruck.

If anyone has any questions about either, or both of these effects, I will be happy to answer them. Any question....except, "How's it done?" Smile

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Peter
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Finally got around to downloading the video. Peter teaches some really nice finese points on the twisting routine and an alternative handling that isn't in the PDF.

As far as I'm concerned, these effects are a steal at $16.50.
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I emailed Peter this question but I thought I'd ask others who have purchased Thunder Struck: were you able to find the gimmicks or did you make your own?

Thanks in advance.
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Well, I just made my own. Smile

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I made my own, too. Very successfully in fact. I was surprised how easy it was.
Andrew Loh
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Yes, Duffie's stuffs always direct and simplicity. I enjoy his materials especially in his card magic books and ebooks.

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