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A Forced Thought (Download) Review

Official Review

December 21st, 2014 10:43am
Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
This is a really short video (6 minutes long) that details in interesting way to divining a “peeked card”.

There is a live one-on-one performance of the effect and the rest of the time is spent on instruction. You will require a certain type of deck and if you are like most experienced card magicians, you probably already have what you need. If not, it can easy be purchased for a few dollars from your magic shop or a little more than a few dollars at your local stores.

The main handling requires a Faro shuffle and is rather good, but he also explains a handling in case you cannot execute a Faro. The method for this effect, not counting the Faro for those that cannot do one, is very easy. Mr. Himmel does say that it may not work 100% of the time but on the other side of that same coin, it has only failed him once in 1,000+ performances - a pretty good average in my book. If you work at this and play with it, you will find certain fail-safes to use with this should you want to go that far. I do not really see a reason that this cannot have a 100% success rate.

The reset takes only seconds and if you want, you can easily carry the necessary gaffs and switch them in to your regular deck (you will have to switch out a small portion of your regular deck), or you can carry around a deck just for this effect. There are a lot of applications with this idea and it is basically an "unprepared" version of a standard gaffed deck that many magicians already have.

The video and audio quality is very good and if you like what you see in the trailer, get this - it is worth the bit of money even for a 6 minute video.

4 stars.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for A Forced Thought (Download)

Author: Himmel, Steven
Publisher: Murphy's Magic Supplies, Inc.
Average Rating:  (4)
Retail Price: $4.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

The magician riffles the deck to allow the a spectator to think of a card within the deck. The deck is shuffled and handed to a second spectator who begins dealing the cards face down one at a time until they want to stop. The card they stop at is the thought of card. The use of this subterfuge allows for very clean predictions and revelations.

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