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Shot In The Dark Review

July 15th, 2010 3:39pm
Reviewed by Thomas Sciacca
I have a number of reasons to appreciate this effect. It's easy to carry, spectator interactive, largely self working, the props are durable, and the David Acer punchline, is not something your spectator will see coming. Perfect, as magicians are known for (among other 'dangerous' things) catching bullets between their teeth- (when we will we learn to just be like everyone else?!! Get your head out of the way, and LET THE BULLET GO). Makes me wish Theo Annemann could have seen this.
This effect reminds me of David Parr's 'A Game of Life and Death', so far as the playfully macabre plotline. It also calls to mind a favorite trick Nate Leipzig liked to play, involving coins, a turn for turn count with spectator, who naturally always looses (it's mentioned in a Karl Fulves book on coin and money magic).
High quality fun effect, that's going to be memorable.

Product info for Shot In The Dark

Author: Kondo, Mutsayama & Acer
Publisher: Camirand Academy of Magic
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $12.50
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Manufacturer's Description:

A diabolical self-working Russian Roulette trick with cards, an original concept from the mind of Tenyo genius Hiroshi Kondo!

  • Seven cards are shown, six with a picture of a gun, the 7th with a shooting gun.

  • The magician and spectator then engage in a deadly game of Russian Roulette, wherein, despite impossibly fair conditions, the magician keeps on winning!

  • Finally, he holds the shooting gun card up to his face and “fires” it. Upon turning it over, the bullet is seen to have vanished, as the magician smiles and pops a solid brass bullet out from between his teeth!

This great effect is accomplished without sleight of hand. Instructions written by Gary Ouellet.

Cards printed on credit card stock to last a lifetime!

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