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Swordlace by Sansminds

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Swordlace

Sansminds
Gimmicks, DVD instruction film, 32 mins.
Available from any Murphy’s retailer or dealers contact www.murphysmagic.com
Price: £58.00

How about a street version of the Card Sword? That’s what’s on offer from Sansminds. There are precedents for this effect: ‘Laced’ by Dan Hauss and ‘Interlaced’ by Richard Sanders.

A selected (albeit forced) card is signed and shuffled into the deck. Springing the cards down toward your shoes, the signed selection is found with your shoelace piercing through it. You slowly, fairly pull the card from the lace and hand it to the spectator as a souvenir. 

As I said, a street effect, best showcased for a bunch of people standing around you in a small circle. In such conditions this would work well for you.

You receive some normal laces and the central gimmick. It’s possible you already possess one such, but be assured this one is well made and largely responsible for the steep asking price.

This is Sansminds, hence there is some one time, straightforward preparation you have to go through. For some the specific wardrobe restrictions will be a deal breaker, and even if you get past those, this is very angly. You cannot have people behind you for this, which given that it is a street effect is a bit of a blow.

Sleights are minimal being limited to the ability to force a card, and to palm it off the deck at one point. You have to get busy behind your back (hence the angle restrictions) so you’ll need to be adept at misdirection, motivation and audience management. 

Whilst it resets in seconds, you are left with the deck strewn around you on the floor, which is a finish you’ll want to walk away from and leave behind you. Getting down on all fours and gathering up the cards is neither satisfying nor a good look.

This is Sansminds, so the film is thorough. You see a convincing performance demo, and then the straightforward routine. This might be the finish to an existing routine. I hesitate to resort to the usual ‘Ambitious Card’ but it would work, so forgive my cliché.

So an appealing effect that comes with some significant compromises. It’s a solid concept, the props are of good quality, and if the effect suits your performing conditions, it will impress. As ever, it is a question of trade-offs. BG

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