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Sansminds have thought it a good idea to feature Rich Li and just four of his own sleight of hand moves, but unless you are a highly advanced move monkey on the card scene this isn’t going to appeal to you. Even SansMinds in a rare moment of marketing honesty actually state, “Being honest, all of these can be challenging to learn, and they’re not for the faint of heart”. You’re not kidding there!
So, are these original but challenging eye candy moments worth your money and secondly worth the trouble of mastering? Let’s take a look at the four items and see how they measure up.
First on the DVD is the Gourmet Production, a pretty looking snap production of four Aces, one at a time. Each card suddenly appears stepped behind another, one at a time in a column. The appearance of each card is fun to watch especially for one person because it only has a fairly narrow performing angle and a get ready arguably more awkward than the mechanics of the appearance. He also shows an alternative version where after the flash appearance of four Aces, they disappear under the hand. This uses a gimmicked card which he explains how to make. It’s pretty eye candy type manipulation but the angles makes it limited for real world use.
Second up is Skrt Change, described as Rich’s display version of Dr Daley’s Last Trick, although I can’t see any resemblance whatsoever. Two cards placed face to face with one outjogged from the deck visually change into two different cards. It’s another difficult one to do and without any real purpose, remains another moment of eye candy card magic.
Elixir Change is a printing card effect. Once a card has been remembered from the deck a double faced blank card is introduced which suddenly becomes visually printed one side at a time. At least there is some point to the move, but again technically difficult especially under real world conditions.
Finally, Dash is a weird visual moment where you throw a card at the deck where it is seen to appear sticking out of the middle. Then suddenly it is back in the hand. Like the other items it’s a moment of flashy magic with the least purpose of any of the items offered on this DVD.
As you can see these aren’t routines that can entertain people, they are just magical eye popping moments that would need to be incorporated into existing routines. On their own there is something school boyish about them, clever little mini tricks, learnt to impress. Perhaps that’s who they are aimed at. If you enjoy your card magic eye candy style you might enjoy trying to learn these moves but it won’t be suited to many, even the most avid card enthusiast.
Review by Paul Preager. Originally published in Magicseen Magazine, issue 89