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Unbound by Darryl Davis

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Darryl Davis
Available from your favourite Murphy’s Magic supplier, dealers contact www.murphysmagic.com
Price: £17 (approx)


I doubt there is a working close-up magician out there that doesn’t carry an Invisible Deck on them at all times when gigging. It’s such a powerful effect either as a standalone trick, or as an excellent ‘get out of jail free card’ if a card trick ever goes wrong. Unbound by Darryl Davis is his version of this gimmicked deck but using regular cards, no gimmicks. His version can be done with any shuffled deck.

Before you get too excited though it’s not easy to do and it will take some work to get it down. Darryl makes it look very easy on camera but in practice it’s far from easy. The moves are fairly easy to do but how you reveal the reversed card is quite tricky to master. Be prepared to give it the time it deserves.

The downside to Unbound is that the spectator only really gets a choice of a group of cards shown rather than being able to name any card in the deck as with the gimmicked version. Handled correctly though the spectators should have the impression that they could have chosen any card rather than being restricted to 15 cards or so. The fact that Unbound uses a regular deck is a big enough selling point for me to overlook the choice restrictions.

The DVD supplied is basically a one trick DVD but Darryl offers several variations of the effect which are suitable for different setting so it’s actual good value for money. As well as the tutorial instruction Darryl and ‘card legend’ Alan Ackerman spend approximately 40 mins discussing the Invisible Deck at the end of the DVD.

If you are willing to put in the effort then you’ve get a cracking effect at your fingertips whenever you want to perform it!