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Tool (Gimmick and DVD) Review

Official Review

October 18th, 2011 1:46pm
Reviewed by Christopher Carey
David Stone is a very clever guy. I remember seeing him lecture a few years ago and, despite the language barrier, I thought he was a very good communicator and teacher. This is his latest offering and if you perform with cards, you will probably like at least one of the ideas he provides here. A DVD with about a dozen routines plus two versions of the gimmick, one red and one blue, is included.

I thought the DVD menu was a bit clumsy. It took a bit to set up the language and get going. The film quality is home made and appears to be in David's living room. What appears to be close friends serve as audience members as David rattles through the routines. But it's not shot badly and shouldn't prevent anyone from the basic learning one needs to pull these off. I think five of the effects are quite good, but the rest are a stretch. In an effort to make the gimmick appear to be more versatile than it really is, David has included methods that have no real use. Basically, in my opinion, any of the routines that directly call attention to the card case itself, are foolish and dangerous. He's practically begging the audience to grab the case. It's very possible that many spectators could look over the card case and find nothing at all, but why take that chance?

I did like TOOL's uses for a torn and restored card, a signed card to case, a mentalism routine involving someone's birth year and I especially liked the card stab idea! To me, these four items are enough to recommend this. I do worry about the cases wearing out, but at $35, if one uses this often enough to wear it out, plopping down another $35 for these very well-made gimmicks would be worth it.

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Product info for Tool (Gimmick and DVD)

Author: Stone, David
Publisher: Magiczoom Ent. - David Stone
Average Rating:  (3)
Retail Price: $34.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

TOOL is much more than a gimmick:
It's a real tool that will allow you to perform more than 11 routines completely different and easy to do!

Imagine this...
  • Visually change the color of the cards' back without any sleight
  • Instantly and visually restore a signed and torn card
  • Magically produce your credit card or your business card
  • Ask your spectators to shuffle the cards and instantly produce the 4 aces
  • Perform the "Substitution trunk" in close-up situation with cards
  • Show the most amazing version of the "Stabbed card" routine ever
11 professional routines, tested on real audience that made David Stone's reputation in close-up!

  • Make a signed card reappear in the card case without any suspect move
  • Visually change a coin into a banknote
  • Make visually turn over all the cards except the chosen one
  • Let a spectator touch 4 cards at random that will indicate her birth year
  • Tear the top of a card case and visually restore it
  • Make some cards vanish from your hands without any sleight
    "David Stone has just proved we can start thinking where others have stopped."
    - Etienne Pradier

    "Except with a thumb tip, I have never seen so many clever applications with only ONE gimmick!"
    - Mickael Chatelain

    1 - COLORS
    The perfect Opening trick with cards! A visual color change where everything is given for examination! The magician remove a blue back deck out of a red card case and asks a spectator to touch any card. The performer taps the chosen card on the card case and its back becomes red! Then the magician taps the card case on the deck... that visually becomes red too! All the cards are now red... and are given for examination!

    2 - WRONG CARD
    The classic effect where the magician can't find the chosen card... He then takes the card case to tap gently the wrong card with it : It visually changes into the chosen one! No force, the card can be signed and the effect is really magic and visual!

    Finally you will be able to perform in professional situation a signed, torn and instantly restored card routine... without any complicated sleight! Do you know how to do a triple lift? Then you can perform this incredible routine in less than 10 minutes!

    4 - CARD SHARK
    Without a doubt one if the easiest but strongest cards cheating demonstration! Imagine this : You cut the deck in two parts and ask your audience to shuffle them. Get the cards back together and you can instantly produce the 4 aces! (for example...). No palm, no sleight, as clean and so easy!

    5 - IN THE BOX!
    Have a card signed and lost in the deck. Explain that to find the card, you need to use your... credit card! Just take the card case and caress the deck with it : Your credit card visibly appears on the top of the deck! Give it to the spectator and explain him he can insert it wherever he wants in the deck, he will find his signed card under it. But he fails... You seem embarrassed until you realize that the signed card has vanished... Show the cards one by one, the signed card is actually not in the deck anymore! Show your hands completely empty, and grab the card case stayed on the table : Open it, and remove the signed card out of it! NO PALM!!!

    6 - ILLUSION
    Perform the Sub Trunk in Close-up! The magician remove an ace of spades and a Queen of hearts from the deck, explaining they will both represent « the Magician, and his Partner performing the famous illusion of « The substitution Trunk ». After having given the card case for examination, the magician puts the ace of spades inside and close it. The queen of hearts is openly put face up on the deck of cards... Then the magician takes the card case and tap on the Queen of Hearts that visually changes into the Ace of Spades! The performer opens the card case and the Queen of Hearts is now inside! A visual effect, totally self working , ideal for TV or for children.

    7 - BIRTH DATE
    Do you like Mentalism? The performer asks a spectator to indicate him 4 people from the audience who know her very well. Each of them touch a card at random when the deck is held face down and the four cards are slowly put on the top of the deck, without any suspect move. The mentalist asks then to the spectator to turn the 4 cards face up one by one... their value indicates her birth year! Hard to believe, but completely SELF WORKING, NO sleight!

    8 - KNIFE
    Do you know the famous Gaetan Bloom's Card Stab? In this version the spectator can shuffles the cards and put them by himself in the card case! Then you lock it with a rubber band ... You then gives a knife to handle to the spectator and drop the card case in an empty envelope... Suddenly, you impale the bag on the knife : The signed card is stabbed on the knife while the card case is still closed by the rubber band... Everything is done for examination ... No Palm, just devilish and hyper easy to realize!

    A card is chosen and lost in the deck in a very clean way. It seems impossible to find it back. The magician takes the card case and caress the deck with it as for a magic move : All the cards instantly turn face up! All the cards... except the chosen one! And everything can be given for examination right away!

    10 - TRIUMPH
    A card is selected and lost in the deck. To make it more impossible, the magician shuffles the cards face up and face down : One can clearly sees that the cards are shuffled face up and face down... A simple magic move with the card case on the cards, and they instantly all turn face up... except the chosen card! A very easy and extremely visual version of the classic « triumph » effect that can be performed stand up without any table

    11 - GHOST CARD
    A card is chosen and lost in the deck. The magician explains that to find it back, he will pick 4 cards at random. He clearly shows four cards in his hands and of if them appears to be the selection... A simple magic move, and all the cards vanish except the chosen one! Read that : No Palm! Just a very clever way to use the gimmick for an original and visual application!

  • Final for Ambitious card
  • Easy 4 aces production
  • Amazing Card Vanish
  • Credit card into Bill
  • Visual printing (of a borrowed bill on the back of a signed card!)
    Included: DVD + 2 gimmicks (one for training, the other for the performance)
  • Easy to do!!!
  • All the routines are completely different
  • Immediately repeatable, The RESET is ultra fast
  • No palming and no complicated techniques
  • The CARD CASES are EXAMINABLE and the GIMMICKS made for intensive use

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