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Mash Pack Review

October 10th, 2010 5:54pm
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Reviewed by Brian Reaves
This is literally a one-trick pony. You can "vanish" a card box and have the deck appear, then have the box reappear if you'd like. Unfortunately, the deck cannot be used for a trick itself as the sides are marked too much for use. Garrett does a good job of showing how to ditch the deck for one you can move into with your act, but you'll need to be wearing a jacket in order for this to be effective (deck switch only as he shows it...you can do the disappearance of the box without it). It seems a little limiting for a card trick like this.

The follow up using the other included deck isn't much more impressive, though in its defense it is an effect you can slip into your routine as a closer (since the entire deck has the card box's face on it). You could use the deck for any other trick after the "transformation" though, because the backs are identical even if they are different from what the spectator is used to seeing.

There are two things I don't like about this. First, the price is far too steep for something like this. While you do get two decks and a DVD, I feel this could easily have gone for $20-$25 and been more in line. Second, the performance on the DVD is less than impressive. At one point he's going to vanish the deck into a hat and have it switch places with the box. Unfortunately, while he's holding the box and deck in the same hand he's got it positioned so it plainly shows the marks of the deck parallel with the box (making it painfully obvious to the spectator and us what's going on). Likewise, his performance with the other deck is unimpressive. He does the effects with two different audiences, and the two ladies he chose to use in the pool hall are completely under-whelmed at everything. They look like they know they're supposed to be acting impressed, but are either too nervous to act natural or just aren't impressed with what's going on. I'm not asking for some Criss Angel crowd screaming and fainting here, but he might have done better using a more enthusiastic pair.

This isn't the worst effect I've bought this year, but it's definitely not one I'd feel comfortable performing.

Product info for Mash Pack

Author: Thomas, Garrett
Publisher: Hugh Phoric, Inc.
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $40.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Garrett's Mash Pack is a radical re-invention of our beloved bicycle deck. It's a one-of-a-kind conceptual breakthrough that mashes a pack and it's box into a singularly wondrous magical object.

What they see: You're holding a solid bicycle card case. The case instantly and visibly morphs into 52 single cards! (We use the words "Instantly and Visibly" in their truest, most Instant and Visible sense). As you square these single loose cards they Instantly and Visibly morph back into a solid case!

What you see: You look down and see a solid card case in your hand, just your basic bicycle card case. Your fingers "spread" the card case...and the case automatically transforms into a spread of 52 single cards, No flaps, No moves, Just the rare experience of being the performer and the audience at the same time.

Garrett entertains himself by doing Mash Pack transformations over and over for his smart magician buddies. They always have the same conversation: "Where's the flap?" "There is no flap." Where's the ditch?" "There is no ditch." "Then where does the box go?"... This cycle repeats until his magic buddies are completely mashed and unable to make any more sounds.

  • Instantly resets
  • A great opener
  • No flaps. No extra pieces.
  • Completely self-contained
  • Very easy to do.
  • Includes routines that leave you with a normal ungaffed deck and case.
  • Designed for use with a red Rider Back bicycle deck.
WATCH THE DEMO. PREPARE TO BE MASHED!

AND FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY (until they run out) A FREE BONUS DECK! Paul Harris has allowed Garrett to include the PH Box-Back Deck. This free second custom deck is a completely different animal that opens up yet another brave new world of deck and case Astonishments! USPC will not re-print this very special Bicycle Rider Back deck ever again...so get it while you can.


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