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Price: £28 (approx)
I was excited when Triage landed on my doorstep for review. Having watched the trailer (above) it looked like an amazing restoration of a playing card.
The first thing you notice when you receive Triage is the beautiful box it comes in. It really does look impressive. However, on opening the box, I have to say I was a little disappointed with the contents. There seems to be an increasing trend with magic releases where you have to make up your own gimmick from the bits supplied. Maybe it’s just me but if I am spending a fair amount of money on the latest effects/gimmicks I expect at least one gimmick to be already made up for me?
Full details on how to make the gimmicked card are shown on the online video clips. There is no DVD supplied just a URL and password to access the tutorial sections. This is another increasing trend. I can see how this saves production costs but not everyone has access to a computer, or even want to watch videos online. Anyway, rant over….
Once you have finally made up your gimmick the effect itself does look really good. The tutorials are presented by Shin Lim who runs through how to handle the gimmick, and a few of his own ideas using Triage along with Danny Weiser’s original routine.
The basic routine is that a card is selected and signed by a spectator, this card is cleanly torn into 4 pieces. On the table from the start are 4 torn pieces of another card held by a bulldog clip. The selected card pieces are vanished. The pieces in the bulldog clip visually restore and shown to be the signed card.
This is a nice routine that is not difficult to do if you are familiar with handling a deck of cards. The gimmick is activated by releasing the bulldog clip. For some reason though, in the package I received, the bulldog clip has been substituted for a paper clip which just does work the same as a bulldog clip. Other than more cost cutting I cannot see why this has been changed. With a paper clip it means you have to remove the gimmick carefully instead of just opening the bulldog clip.
One of the nicest uses for the Triage gimmick is the restoration with the pieces in your mouth. Shin Lim presents this by covering the card briefly with his hand. I think it would work better it you showed the card pieces in your mouth then, with both hands in the air, turned around 180 degrees to show the card has restored.
There are a few issues with the gimmick. This first being that it cannot be handled or even looked at too closely due to how it is made. Also, there is a noticeable noise when it restores. This may not be an issue in working environments but it is something to consider.
As a bonus, an idea of making a selected card change into 4 pieces (rather than tearing it into 4) is briefly shown. Another gimmick is needed for this but it is not shown how to make. The viewer is just asked to research how to make this themselves.
There’s quite a lot I am not keen on with Triage but once you play around with it for a bit there is also plenty to like too. Would I use it in the real world? I’m not sure, but it is a clever bit of kit that you can have some fun with.