Tic Tac Toe Tattoo
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Tic Tac Toe, better known in Britain as Noughts and Crosses, is a pencil and paper game for two played using a three by three matrix. Taking turns the aim is to place three marks in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row.
In this effect, using two different coloured pens, the game is played between a spectator and the magician. Using a simple and easy to learn strategy the magician can always ensure that the game is a draw, so no one wins, no one loses. The ‘magic’ happens when the performer reveals a tattoo of the square, correctly predicting where every mark would be placed.
This is a very simple effect to perform requiring only paper and pens and the prior application of one of the thirty tattoo transfers provided. The transfers are easy to remove but with care will apparently last for about a week.
Is this a good effect? Well, yes and no. It is simplicity itself to perform and that is also its greatest weakness. The simple strategy required to reliably force the outcome is also well known and will probably come as no surprise to anyone who played this game as a child.
In that case all you are left with is the novelty of an apparent tattoo. That said, search online for comedian Tommy Little and the reaction he got when revealing his Tic Tac Toe tattoo on live television. I don’t think that he was performing this effect but showing his tattoo prompted surprise and apparent amusement.
Review by Stuart Bowie. Originally published in Magicseen Magazine, issue 90