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Pocket Voodoo by Liam Montier

Pocket Voodoo

Liam Montier
Big Blind Media, props, online instruction film, 38 mins
Available from any Murphy’s retailer or dealers contact www.murphysmagic.com
Price: £19.99

Like most voodoo-themed effects, this owes much to one Albert Spackman, whose ‘Voodoo’ routine was published in Lewis Ganson’s ‘The Art Of Close-Up Magic’, one year after The Summer Of Love. This means it’s likely this appeared before that in the faultless ‘Gen’ magazine, which Lewis Ganson also edited for Harry Stanley 

Liam Montier is on a roll. It seems never a week goes by without a new effect or DVD hitting the market from him. This routine first appeared some time ago as ‘Voodoo’. It had a similar card design and main routine, although that featured polaroid sized cards that did not scream ‘card trick’. 

This artwork is much sharper, clearer and even more menacing, and they are in poker size card size (while still looking like photographs), with a unique skull-festooned back. It makes for an arresting stack of 14 cards, with which you are equipped to perform a series of effects in addition to the main one.

In Montier’s showcase routine you draw a stickman onto a business card and leave it in a spectator’s keeping. Showing a collection of photos of voodoo dolls, into each of which a pin has been inserted in a different part of its body, a spectator names someone they wish to direct some bile towards. Let’s say they go with ‘Sarah’. S/he writes the name on a piece of paper, and then selects one of the photographs at random. It shows, say, the doll has been impaled by a pin in its left arm. The paper bearing the name promptly vanishes in a brilliant flash of fire. When the business card drawing is turned over, it now has a serious burn, on the left arm. 

Big Blind Media have built markings on the back of the cards to allow you to secretly read which is which, opening the cards up to being adapted to other card routines. In the well explained instructions Mr Montier offers several nice routines using these cards, making this excellent value for money. 

The routines are, in the Big Blind Media tradition, well within the capability of the newcomer. Nevertheless such striking, bloodthirsty images are more the territory of the mentalist or bizarrist than the card magician, and require more presentational experience than the newcomer to magic is likely to possess.

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