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Haunted 2.0 Review

Official Review

June 18th, 2013 7:12pm
Reviewed by Fredrick Turner
Haunted 2.0, like its predecessor Haunted, is an attempt to improve on the Pack That Cuts Itself or, the dealers item, the Haunted Pack. Is a successful attempt? In a word,no.

This was a difficult decision because I have liked many of the “Paul Harris Presents” releases I have reviewed and I have always liked and admired Paul and his work. Haunted 2.0 simply misses the mark. To say why I need to provide a little context.

The self cutting pack was first published in August Roterberg’s New Era Card Tricks in 1897. It was forgotten until Al Baker released Al Baker's Book in 1933. Baker revisited the effect in Pet Secrets in 1951. The item that became known as the Haunted Pack is said to be the creation of Fawcett Ross. Each of these versions has one common thread (pun intended) is that there is a means of attachment from the pack to the magician.

While some - like perhaps Haunted's creators Peter Eggink and Mark Traversoni - may see this as a negative, I, on the other hand, do not. The connection gives the performer control. It is control that both versions of Haunted are lacking. I believe that when a magician performs an effect that the effect should happen - not stand there waiting for it to happen.

Both versions of Haunted rely on a gimmick that will “fire” when it does - not when the magician wants or needs it to happen. Granted 2.0 is a vast improvement over the original Haunted, its still not predictable. Predictability is important to the effect. You should cut the selected card into the pack and the deck cuts itself when you want it to happen. This is why I found both versions of Haunted to be a step back.

If you want to learn the effect, then I would recommend the Baker works or Eugene Burger's The Performance of Close Up Magic. If you are a "video learner", then seek out Eugene Burger's Eugene Goes Bizarre. A word of caution - the Pack That Cuts Itself is not self working. If you want that then find the dealers item, the Haunted Pack. In any case, avoid any version of Haunted.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Haunted 2.0

Author: Eggink, Peter;Traversoni, Mark
Publisher: Paul Harris
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $35.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Peter Eggink started it all with his wildly popular "Haunted". Mark Traversoni then experimented for literally hundreds of hours with the concept to evolve it into this final tribute to Peter's creation.

Now everyone can easily perform Mark's exquisite evolution of Haunted within minutes of opening the box!

Haunted 2.0 uses the same basic method of the original Haunted...but the big 2.0 difference is in the enhanced materials and break-through concepts that dramatically alter Haunted's genetic code!

Here's what you can do minutes after opening the 2.0 box:
Starting with a NORMAL shuffled place the spectator's signed card square into the deck which is set on the table. You can WALK AWAY from the deck and even cover the deck with a clear bowl (Just like in Peter's original Haunted..there's nothing connecting you to the deck).

After a few moments of silence..the upper half of the deck eerily starts to MOVE..then slowly SLIDES away from the lower half! After the top half of the deck stops moving, there's a pause..then the CARD UNDER IT STARTS TO MOVE! This single haunted card slowly slithers and CREEPS away from the rest of the deck..then finally stops. Your spectator takes the card ... it's the one she signed! And still end up with a NORMAL DECK.
  • Stick of secret stuff has been replaced with custom "Haunted Chips"...that take out all the guess work.
  • Special tips on how to speed up or slow down the deck animation and the creeping card.
  • Start and finish with a normal deck.
  • No Palming or Switches. Very Easy to do.
  • Gimmick is completely self-contained. Nothing attached to performer or table.
DVD includes 10 Haunted performances in a row. One take. No edits. Just so you know that 2.0 is 100% worker friendly.

Complete with 2 Evolved Haunted Gimmicks, 20 Haunted Chips, supplies for about 1000 performances. DVD of Mark Traversoni's Evolved 2.0 handling, and Peter Eggink's original Haunted instructions.

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