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Arrow by SansMinds

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Sansminds Workers Series
Available from any Murphy’s retailer or dealers contact www.murphysmagic.com
Price: £32.00    

Arrow is a little novelty that adds some fun to your average ‘take a card and I’ll find it’ routine. A spectator shuffles a signed card into a small packet of cards and splits the packet into two, holding some cards in each hand face down. 

You draw a bold arrow on the back of a card and pass the arrow card over each group of cards with the arrow pointing up. Suddenly the arrow visibly changes direction and points down to one of the cards which when removed is of course the chosen signed card. 

Okay I lied about the fun! Seriously, the arrow on the card changing direction does look very magical and you can add a little sequence where you move the chosen card from side to side and up and down as the arrow changes direction to follow it. There I said it was fun! The spectator gets the arrow card at the end to play with by a simple non-technical switch. 

You receive a well made gimmicked card which works fine but which will need looking after to maintain its reliability. It also needs to be held flat on to the spectator’s view as an angled view towards the light could reveal its gimmicked nature. Distance as well as dim light will help. 

Technically the handling requires a riffle force and good eyes to spot a marked card. The DVD explains everything well and it could have a variety of uses, limited as always by your imagination. It could be used over a ribbon spread pack or several spectators holding individual cards, for example, to play big.  

The magic is more about how the arrow moves than finding the chosen card. A novel if not pricey gimmicked card that could be fun to play with although it’s yet more Sansminds ‘filler’ product than anything else.

Review by Paul Preager. Originally published in Magicseen Magazine, issue 91