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iDeck Review

October 26th, 2009 7:41am
Reviewed by Brian Reaves
Take a deck of cards, throw in music, wrap it in an iPod theme and you've got a great little effect! Noel Qualter's "iDeck" is a wonderful trick that seems impossible but is so simple you can concentrate on the routine rather than some difficult moves.

In essence, you show a card box that looks like an old iPod. The cards inside all have various songs on them from different artists. The spectator chooses a song-card and keeps that song in mind. The cards are placed back in the box and a set of headphones is brought out. After a little magical attachment to the box, the thought of song begins to play through the headphones! The best part? You can repeat the trick with a different song instantly!

This effect might seem a lot like Adam Grace's "Ringtone" trick, and it does have some similarities in method, but this one seems a little more relaxed and the margin for error is practically zero. Between the two, this is the one I prefer and perform more often. It is almost angle-proof and allows the card magician to step up his routine to something slightly different. You could go the mentalism route with this, I suppose, but it's not necessary. This isn't meant to be a heavy "Criss Angel Space Man" routine; it should be fun.

The DVD that accompanies this really goes into a lot of detail in set up and handling. There's nothing hard to do in performing this, and you can have the whole thing ready to go about 10 minutes after watching the DVD. Noel also offers some great suggestions on how to make this trick truly spontaneous to the audience you are performing for by putting all of the songs in the playlist on your iPod so you can take five minutes in the bathroom and change it all up. The list of songs is very diverse and you're pretty much guaranteed to find at least a couple for everyone you encounter. You just need to pick your audience member with your song choices in mind.

Noel also includes his "Cut and Restored iPod Headphone" routine (and the materials necessary for it). It's a cute little effect that you can do to really shock someone if you see them holding their own iPod.

The only down side to this effect is that it's rather pricey. That will keep some folks away from this one.
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Product info for iDeck

Author: Noel Qualter
Publisher: Alakazam Magic
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $80.00
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"Noel's ideck is clever, funny, magical and novel. I want one!"
- David Williamson

Alakazam Magic presents Noel Qualter's iDeck!

From the slightly weird, yet very creative mind of Noel Qualter comes a commercial effect that is off-beat, quirky, funny, entertaining and above all very magical!


You joke about buying an early iPod prototype that just arrived this morning. With tongue firmly in cheek, you introduce a card box that resembles an iPod and call it your "iDeck"

You show every card inside has the name of a famous song from the last 50 years of music and ask the spectator to select one and return it to the box. The magician then brings out a set of headphones and attaches them to the box in a humorous and amazing way.

The spectator names his song and it plays from the headphones and the crowd go wild.

  • Easy to do
  • Instant reset
  • May be repeated with a different outcome
  • Customise your system depending on the age or musical taste of your audience (over 25 popular titles to choose from)
  • Custom made gimmicks
Each iDeck package comes complete with instructional DVD, Custom headphones, beautiful song cards (plastic coated to last a lifetime), Custom deluxe iDeck gimmick, Blank iDeck card box, N42 Extreme power neo magnet, iDeck sticker. You DO NOT need to buy or own anything extra - the iDeck effect comes complete with EVERYTHING that you need to perform the effect. No additional props or devices are required!

No expense has been spared bringing you this fantastic effect! The props are of the highest quality and the effect has been in development for well over 18 months.

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