What's the Difference Part 3
Today I want to take a look at tricks where the entire deck turns blank except for a selected card. We are going to focus on tricks that use full decks today and save the similar packet effects (Tricks using on a small number of cards) for another time.
Point Blank by Jordan Cotler:
A card is selected and the entire deck changes into blank cards leaving the selection as the only printed card.
Strengths: This is the easiest of the three tricks in this article. Simple, to the point and resets instantly.
Weaknesses: The cards are not examinable at the end of the effect. This might not bother some people, but if you've ever had an unruly spectator grab your props, this is a scary drawback.
Erazer by Adrian Gower:
This is more of a Brainwave effect than the other two. A card is named and it is shown to be face-up and to have a different colored back, and to be the only card with printing on the face.
Strengths: Well, it's got that different color back thing that the other two effects don't have and it's got a fun routine.
Weaknesses: This is a good trick, but some people consider it to be overkill. The thought-of-self-flipping-color-changing-only-unblank-card effect scares away a couple of magicians, but audiences seem to like it. The biggest weakness on my opinion is that there is some verbal forcing involved. They can kind of name any card in the deck. That's why I recommend this trick to people that have a bit of experience in mentalism.
Blizzard by Dean Dill:
This is probably my favorite gimmicked card trick. Someone literally names any card (no force) and this card is removed from the deck. You do some stuff with the card and then show that it is the only card in the whole deck with printing on it.
Strengths: The Spectator can name ANY card. The beautiful ending to the trick is matched only by the fact that everything can be examined.
Weaknesses: This one takes some nerve to pull off. The first time I read the instructions I was like, "I'm going to get caught every time I do this." But, the very bold (yet easy) sleight fools them every time.
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