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The Cardwarp Tour Review

Official Review

May 28th, 2013 11:05pm
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Reviewed by Joe Diamond
The Cardwarp Tour is a wonderful book on probably one of the top five card tricks EVER created. You truly get everything. You get the original effect in the creator’s words, previously unpublished ideas, ten unique scripts to choose from for professional use or creative inspiration, and twenty five routines that use the effect and/or it’s principle in interesting ways.

To put this in perspective, if I had paid the asking price for this book when I learned just the original effect ten years ago, it would have been a minor investment in comparison to the use I’ve gotten out of it, and reactions I’ve gotten with it. All the other promises in the copy are delivered on a silver platter, making this a steal.

My one issue is with the twenty five ‘variations’ included. While as clever some of the effects and methods are, they tend to be watered down versions of the beautiful, simple original. Some of them require gaffs, and why someone would add a gaff to a such beautiful effect and method is a little confusing to me. Especially when the end result isn’t as amazing, clean, or deceptive as the original.

That said, someone who is NOT a performer, and simply a collector of methods and variations will probably get the most value from this part of the book.

Performers will definitely get the most use out of the first part of this book. There is wonderful information, tips, and ideas throughout. There is a wonderful idea of how to get into the effect by Darwin Ortiz that is especially suitable for table hopping, and a nice presentation by Alain Nu that takes the pieces left at the end of the effect and transforms them into a mini origami gift for the spectator.

No matter what your skill level is, or whether you are a professional or amateur, or whether you know Card Warp already, or would like to learn it, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone, and is worth having on your shelf.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for The Cardwarp Tour

Author: Pierce, Jeff
Publisher: Jeff Pierce
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $45.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Admission Includes...

The Original Cardwarp routine created by Roy Walton.

An unpublished Cardwarp idea by Roy Walton.

Two essays on routining and what not to do.

Ten scripts to adapt to your Cardwarp routine.

Twenty Five routines using, cards, bills and business cards.

Over 400 illustrations guide you through the routines.

A reference section to help you find other ideas in print.

"I'd buy two books so you can fold one in half lengthwise and one in half widthwise...you get the idea!"
- David Acer, Magician and Author

"Few concepts in card magic are this simple or robust. The possibilities that arise from simply folding a card has created its own genre of visual, topological impossibilities. Beautifully researched and presented; surely something here will become a personal favorite."
- Michael Ammar, Magician and Author

Pages: 192 - 8.5" x 11" - Hardcover - Black and white illustrations


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