This a review for the effect Rainbow Cascade, which was an early magic trick that I bought.
A packet of four cards is shown front and back and is seen to have red backs and normal faces. A short series of effects are performed with the cards, and a surprising climax reached when each of the four cards is shown to have changed from its original form to glitter cards! (The plot sequence in which a card is turned face down and the others follow suit, was shown to Roy Walton by Gordon Bruce, however he uses a different technique.) The cards that you are left with at the end can be handled by the spectators if you so wish.
It’s currently £12.50 (I paid £8 when I bought it ages ago). It’s available at Davenports Magic in London, which is worth a visit if you are in that area anyway.
(1=easy to do, 2=No sleights, but not so easy, 3=Some sleights used,
4=Advanced sleights used, 5=Suitable for experienced magicians only)
This routine pulls up at a 4 I think, advanced sleights used. This trick uses the Elmsley Ghost Count, which I found initially very difficult to learn. It took me about two months to learn it.
A quick tip would be to practice with ordinary cards first. This way you don’t ruin the gimmicked ones and won’t have to buy another set.
What really makes this trick work is that you are clearly showing the cards front and back throughout the routine. Throughout the routine the audience perceives all the cards to be normal cards. They never suspect the colourful ending, which is a surprise.
This is a close up packet trick with a lot going for it. The cards may be handled at the end, if you wish and the reset is very quick, although it must be done away from the audience. I also think that Rainbow Cascade would be a fun trick for children with maybe a little adaptation of the routine from standard playing card to character playing cards.
This is a nice application of the Elmsley Count, and the instructions include details on how to perform the count, so that’s another reason to buy Rainbow Cascade if you want to learn the Elmsley Count. I stopped doing this packet trick and in honesty, I don’t perform a lot of packet tricks, but I might get this one out again and see if I can come up with some new ideas or a place where I might perform it.
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