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The Inside Job vs Aperture Review

Official Review

March 5th, 2013 4:46am
Rating:
Reviewed by Fredrick Turner
Until receiving the Inside Job Vs. Aperture, I had never heard of Cameron Francis. With a little checking, I found that he has close to thirty items listed on My Lovely Assistant. Quite prolific!

The Inside Job Vs. Aperture is advertised as a Cameron Francis Double Feature but really has four effects on one DVD. The title effects require gimmicked cards which are included. They match standard Bicycle decks.

The gist of Inside Job is one card is placed into a card case and cleanly changes into another card. However the actual effect is a bit more complex in execution. The spectator selects a card for the magician and one for himself. The latter is signed. Both are lost in the deck. With a snap of the fingers, a wrong, indifferent card is found on top of the deck. This card is placed into the card case. With another snap, the magician's card is found in the case. A third snap and a card travels to the magician's pocket and it’s the magician's card. The spectator’s signed card is now in the box. As I said, a bit more complex.

Aperture is an effect where a hole in one card vanishes and appears on a selected card. This is more direct of the two. It happens pretty much as described.

The two “bonus” effects, Holy C.T.E and 2RN, are Francis’ versions of card to envelope and torn and restored card. If one has a preferred method for either, these variations aren’t likely to change your mind.

I am not sure what to say about this disk. It is well made, the explanations are good and have adequate crediting. The gimmicks are well made. All of the effects can be performed by magicians of just about any stage of development. But I can’t say that the package is worth $25.00. The magic just isn’t that good. It's not bad but its just not that good. The effects feel like they could have been more fully developed.

Since both of the gimmicks could easily be make-at-home arts and crafts projects, I would be far less critical if these were found in a magazine.

Product info for The Inside Job vs Aperture

Author: Francis, Cameron
Publisher: Big Blind Media - Owen Packard
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $25.00
Manufacturer's Description:

Two fantastic gaff card tricks. Comes with TWO handmade Bicycle Card Gimmicks!

THE INSIDE JOB

Your spectator selects a card for you and a card for themselves. Both are lost in the deck. You offer to find your card and after a shuffle or two you dramatically turn over the top card of the deck. IT'S WRONG - it's not your selection (or even their selection!). Embarrassed you take it and put it inside the empty card case. Then cleanly, and in full view you open the card case and slide out a single playing card. IT'S YOUR SELECTED CARD! You have miraculously changed the random card into your own selection. You slide it back into the box and then reach into your pocket to reveal that a card has jumped into your pocket. Sliding it out you flip it face up to show... YOUR SELECTED CARD?!? Wasn't that in the card case? The card case is opened and ONE CARD is seen inside. It's the SPECTATOR'S SELECTION!!! Special gimmick supplied. Incredibly easy to do. Instant reset. APERTURE A card is selected and lost in the deck. You then reach into your pocket and remove a Joker with a hole cut in it and slide it halfway into the pack. The spectator pulls the Joker back out to discover that the hole has healed!! The deck is spread and the selection is found WITH A HOLE IN IT! THE HOLE HAS JUMPED FROM THE JOKER TO THE SELECTION. Expressing concern that this selected card is now useless (it's got a HOLE in it!!), you shake it a little and before the spectators very eyes the hole jumps back to the Joker. Everything can be handed out for examination! Easy to do. Incredible reactions. Gimmick supplied. Instant reset.PLUS TWO BONUS TRICKS - HOLY CTE and 2RN

Running Time Approximately: 1hr 7min

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