Colourful Kings by Vinny Sagoo
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This is a packet trick, so its plot is bound to strike a chord of familiarity, in the way packet tricks tend to. This is a collision of elements of two familiar routines, B’Wave and Color Monte, with the kicker element of different coloured backs common to so many small packet routines.
You show a small envelope containing your prediction, which you place face down on the table. You also show a packet of four Kings with blue backs, asking them to name either the red or the black Kings (free choice). Whichever they choose – let’s say black – you fan the four cards to show two face down cards and two face up cards, which turn out to be the black Kings. The spectator now names either of the black Kings on show, say KC.
The KC is turned over, to reveal it has a green back, to differentiate it from the rest. Turning your prediction over, it has the word ‘Green’ written on it. To make sure, you show the other black King to have a yellow back. At this stage they may well be wondering about the red Kings. So you turn those over, to show they bear the words, ‘Different’ and ‘Colours’ on them.
That’s a lot of action from a packet of four cards. The handling is straightforward and technically undemanding, he’s even eradicated the equivoque element from B’Wave. As long as you have your wits about you, this is a simple little effect for not much money.
The instruction booklet is tiny (A6) with clear colour photographs illustrating every step of the sequence. The film is a straight alternative to learning from print; it is a mirror to the procedure in the booklet. Both forms of instruction are brief because there is not much to explain here. The cards are well made in traditional USPCC style, housed in a cheap ‘n cheerful plastic holder that is, annoyingly, a tad too tight to allow easy extraction of the cards.
It is definitely a light piece of mentalism rather than card magic. You get none of the colour changes or turnovers associated with The Great Packet Trick. I found the effect a little confusing and counter-intuitive – perhaps a ‘prediction’ too far.
Contrast it with the Max Maven classic on which it’s based. B’Wave is a more powerful performance piece by far than this confection. This lightweight piece of disposal close up mentalism is certainly ingenious in its creative process, but forgettable in performance.
But I’m sure this will enjoy the brief attention from the market that undoubtedly exists amongst magicians for such simple and featherweight fare, before they move on to the next offering.
Review by Bob Gill. Originally published in Magicseen Magazine, issue 90