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Open Traveller Review

March 8th, 2003 12:16pm
Reviewed by Jon Raiker
David Acer had been called a genius of close-up magic. After watching this video you will surely agree.

I received the video and eagerly opened it. As usual, the packaging in which it came in was put together beautifully. I believe it was of Richard Sanders' design so I thank him for creating an outstanding cover.

From the description of the video, you can see that it was taped during a road trip that David took in the Fall of 2002. The video begins three days before the Oiler's home opener in Edmonton, Alberta, where he and Rick Bronson were scheduled to perform.

There are really too many effects on the video to explain in detail, so I will tell you just a sampling of my favorites.

"Mitosis" is an effect in which two different spectators are asked to each write down a completely random number. Nobody is allowed to look at the numbers except for the person(s) writing them. Next, a third spectator is asked to add the numbers together, getting a total. He or she then dials this sum and the performers cell-phone is heard ringing. Another spectator answers it and it is seen that the sum of the two random numbers, when added together, equaled the magician's cell phone number. What impressed me even more was that you could also perform this using another spectator's cell-phone number. Amazing.

"Unflappable" was an effect in which a spectators phone number is written on a matchbook flap. The flap is then torn off and shown. It is seen to be the flap due to the fact that the spectator's number is still written upon it. The performer then takes the torn flap and magically restores it back to the matchbook, with the phone number as proof. This one really got me at first. You will absolutely adore it. Great for restaurant work.

"Mindjob" is an effect where a queen is outjogged from the pack while a spectator peeks at a card. You claim that the queen is a "big mouth" and will surely tell you the name of the selected card, as she saw it herself. You name the card and as a double climax the deck is turned over to show that the original outjogged card is, in fact, the spectator's selection. Card magic at it's finest.

"High Invisibility" is a very visual vanish and reproduction of a small object. The presentation really builds up this effect and it literally looks like the ball, in this instance, vanishes into thin air, than appears back onto your palm with NO cover. Very deceptive and I have already began using this little routine.

"Repeat Offender" is an effect where upon a card is chosen and shuffled back into the pack. You say that the deck will give you hints about what exactly the selected card is. You turn over a card and it is seen to be the spectator's selection, which you place face down onto the table. You apologize and decide that you will fix the mistake by finding the mates of the chosen card. You shuffle the pack and, again, turn over the top card. It is also seen to be the selected card, which you discard face down onto the first one. Again, you apologize, and mix up the cards again. You flip over the top card, once again, and it is too seen to be the selected card, which you place on top of the other two. You mix up the cards for the fourth time only to find that the chosen card is, yet again, on top of the deck. You ask everyone if they'd be amazed if the tabled cards were actually the mates of the chosen card. Well, when you turn them over, they are actually the three aces. You then change the selected card into the last ace to finish the effect. I absolutely love to perform this one. It gets some of the best reactions I have ever witnessed. NO duplicates are used.

"The Drier Trick" is a neat idea utilizing a pack of cards and a drier. A card is selected and shuffled back into the pack. The deck is thrown into the drier and set to run. After about 10 seconds the drier is opened and inside the lint tray lies the selected card. Very nice idea from the crazy mind of David Acer.

Along the way, there are many clips from both Television and different Comedy Clubs. As usual, these are hilarious and I enjoyed them tremendously.

I gave this video four-and-a-half stars simply because David could have gone into greater detail when discussing how to construct a certain gimmick that is involved in one of the effects. Although, I did e-mail him on what I was uncertain of and he replied quickly with the answer to my problem. After that, I was set and ready to perform.

All in all, I would definitely tell you that there's no better way to spend your money. Buy this video today and get ready to perform some amazing magic.

Great work on yet another dynamite product David.

Copyright Jonathan Raiker 2003

Product info for Open Traveller

Author: David Acer
Publisher: David Acer
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $30.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

In fall of 2002, David Acer embarked on a multi-city tour, beginning in Edmonton, Alberta, where he and magician/comedian Rick Bronson consulted and performed at the Edmonton Oilers home opener. Open Traveller begins three days before the game, and takes you on the road with one of magic’s most unique personalities as he creates, performs and teaches original, off-the-wall tricks with cards, coins, candies, balls, matchbooks, bottles and more.

You'll also see the hilarious interludes, incidents, accidents, cameos and clips from various TV shows along the way! Learn...

* ShadeShifter: An eye-popping, color-changing signed selection that will blow your mind!
* Fresh Mint: Mint a piece of foil into a coin at your fingertips!
* Coke Induced: A bottle of Coca Cola changes instantly into a bottle of beer!
* The Montreal Transpo: An ingenious two-card transposition from the minds of David and Jay Sankey!
* Unflappable: A jaw-dropping torn-and-restored matchbook that’s both motivated and magical!
* Mitosis: Unfailingly predict a cell-phone number during walkaround work, at someone’s home, or on stage!
* Plus Shift Happens, Repeat Offender, Mindjob, The Twirl Double, Rick Bronson’s Spinner, The Drier Trick, High Invisibility, and more!

15 astonishing tricks for stage and close-up, all presented in the engaging, entertaining way for which David has become known!

Approximate Running Time: 82 Minutes

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