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Anarchy by Ryan Goh

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Ryan Goh
Gimmicks plus online instruction film, 33 mins.
Available from any Murphy’s retailer or dealers contact www.murphysmagic.com
Price: £28.00

If you are a Triumph devotee, you’ll be attracted to this, which adds an incredible kicker to the classic Vernon effect. With the normal routine a chosen card is shuffled into the deck, half of the deck is then turned face up and shuffled into a face down half. The resulting mix-up is demonstrated, then the cards right themselves except for the selection. In this version you spread the deck face up and the cards are in new deck order, with the selection occupying its rightful place in the sequence of cards.

It uses a faked deck – which will lead you to assume any knuckle busting is eradicated. I mean, that’s the whole point of using a faked deck for Triumph, right?  With Cheek-To-Cheek type decks you are trading off the need for technical dexterity for simplicity of handling, right? 

In this case – not at all. Goh combines the ease of gimmickry with the requirement for a perfect Faro Shuffle. It’s an odd concept. A deck that is gimmicked to the hilt yet which still demands technique beyond the reach of many. 

A freely selected card is signed and returned to the deck, which is thereupon shuffled into a complete mess, face up into face down. The display of this is very clean and convincing, on both sides of the deck. Immediately and cleanly you spread the deck to reveal every single card face down except for their selection face up in the spread. 

Then comes the kicker which justifies this entire project. Immediately you spread the deck to show it is now in new deck order, with their selection occupying its correct spot in the new deck sequence (so their 10D lies betwixt the 9D and JD in the spread).

Ryan Goh turns out to be ridiculously young – he is still trailing his umbilical cord for goodness sake. So where does this foetus acquire the chops to bring this stunning-looking routine to fruition? It fair puts you to shame. In the instructional film he does a workmanlike job of taking you through every step of this routine. He even offers you a pared-down version that eschews the power of the new-deck-order finish to eliminate that demanding Faro. The deck requires a simple arts-and-crafts task and you’re done, prep-wise.

This is one of those routines that can capture your heart and your imagination, whereupon you swear on all that’s holy you will put in the flight time to perfect that perfect Faro because, surely, this effect is worth it. The non-sleight version is rather pointless; there are several superior faked decks on the market that will mirror Vernon’s classic effect with no requirement for sleight mastery on your part. 

It’s a beautiful concept, and could be worth the pain in the magic gym it requires for you to perfect that Faro shuffle.

Review by Bob Gill. Originally published in Magicseen Magazine, issue 90