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Cardiographic By Martin Lewis

Postby Michael Kras » Jul 9th, '07, 19:29



Martin Lewis has created THE best reaction getter! Nothing impresses my family anymore, but when I did Cardiographic for them at the end of my Mentalism Show, they went crazy! They started screaming and cheering, and were totally amazed, especially when I tore the sheet out of the sketchpad and gave it away, showing it to be a normal drawing! The effect is as follows:


The Effect

After a card is selected from a jumbo deck of cards, the magician says he is going to try to capture the spectator's thought-of card in an art drawing. He points all direction over to a large sketchpad resting on an easel. The magician opens the pad, and draws a large playing card in it with a marker. Unfortuantely, the drawing is incorrect! But never fear! The magician shows that he didn't just draw a single card, but a whole deck. All of a sudden, something is seen to emerge from the deck IN the drawing! The drawing is literally coming to life as a drawing of the selected card is seen to rise of of the drawn deck. The magician then instantly tears out the sheet with the card still risen up, autographs it, and gives it to the vounteer as a keepsake.


Cost

Varies... Normally around $100.


Difficulty
(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)

2- only real move required.


Review

When I received my package, I received detailed instructions, the gimmicked sketchpad with the special Rising Card page, duplicates of the final product of the page, markers, and templates to draw more of ypur own to give away as souvenirs. Obviously the page must be switched when torn out at the end, but the gimmick involved is ingenious... so clever, and very well made.

This should last you for many, many performances with the same gimmick, and when you run out of sheets to give away, you can just go buy another sketchpad of the same size and use those sheets in the gimmicked sketchpad after you use the template to draw the image again. When I first saw this effect, I didn't think it would be worth it to purchase because I thought you could only do it a certain amount of times. But, as long as you can get your hands on sketch paper this should last you for as long as the gimmick will last.

Trust me, this never fails to get a very strong reaction. Unless the spectators are robots, they will never spot the gimmick as long as you keep the agic moment slightly brief. And HOO BOY, when you tear out that sheet and give it to the spectators, the shock they experience is so worth the price of this effect. The perfect giveaway in one of the strongest magic effects out there. This can be done in stage, close up, mentalism, and even kid show acts. Highly recommended.

Gimmick Durability: 7/10- the materials can be easily broken if mot treated correctly.

Reactions: 10/10- You will want to do this all the time when you see hw much people react to this. Priceless.

Price Justification: 8/10- If it werent for all of the extra stuff you get, and everything included, this wouldn't be quite worth the price. I would charge maybe about $20 less if the extras weren't there

Audience Participation: 7/10- Basically the same amount of participation as in any pick-a-card effect.




Overall

Overall, I give this product a rating of 9/10. Some may be disappointed with the gimmick, but that will soon change when you actually start using the thing. Highly recommended!!

Michael Kras

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Postby Josh Clarke » Jul 9th, '07, 19:48

Congratulations on reviewing a trick that's not already reviewed ... BUT ... maybe you should use the REVIEW TEMPLATE from now on.

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Postby Marvell » Jul 9th, '07, 22:30

Thanks for breaking the scores down Mr Kras. Care to edit it to fir the review template?

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Postby Michael Kras » Jul 10th, '07, 01:14

No problem. Consider it edited.

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Postby rvoice100 » Jul 10th, '07, 06:32

nice review mike,

some have said this isnt ideal for close up, but you have said it is, how far do you think the specs should idealy be?

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Postby Michael Kras » Jul 10th, '07, 06:55

This is definitely not a CLOSE close up trick.. probably suited to a large room type of close up.

And thank you! I love to review products!

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Re: Cardiographic By Martin Lewis

Postby bananafish » Jul 10th, '07, 08:21

Thanks for the review Michael. It is indeed an excellent product and I have seen it get some amazing reactions.

Michael Kras wrote:I did Cardiographic for them at the end of my Mentalism Show


Just for the record - this is NOT a mentalism piece, and I really feel you should be including it in your magic show not your mentalism show. As magic it is beautiful and magical. As mentalism - it will make all of what you do just look like tricks. I do appreciate that that is my humble opiniion - but it is something to think about.

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Postby Michael Kras » Jul 11th, '07, 18:12

Ahh I see your point.. This isn't really mentalism... Thank you for the compliment :) I am very thorough in my reviews.

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Postby Lord Freddie » Jul 11th, '07, 18:37

If you don't mind me asking, how, at 14, do you manage to afford all this stuff?
When I was 14, my paper round covered just about a couple of 7" singles and a packet of Treets.

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Postby Michael Kras » Jul 11th, '07, 18:38

Product selling.. I have a big deal landed with Steve Fearson.

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Postby Lord Freddie » Jul 11th, '07, 18:40

Good on you, young man.

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Postby Michael Kras » Jul 11th, '07, 18:42

Thank you... I hope the latest release will be a success! I will let you know when our ebook is officially being sold.

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Postby Markdini » Jul 11th, '07, 19:38

I agree with Mr Fish who I think is in one of my Marc Spelmann dvds. Just to add to his comment about using props and calling it mentalism. A lot of people forget that the most important prop for mentalism is the audiences mind.

It maybe a good trick and no doubt you perform it well but after displaying what ever type of mentalism you do be it has a psychic, body language reader or master of suggestion. It a bit odd producing giant cards and making them rise from a pad of paper. Even if you have done hypnotism , Q & A and a rather nifty esp routine with nothing more then a Pencil , folded business cards and A deck of ESP cards. Adding that at the end make everything else look so tricky.

If you want use jumbo cards in mentalism Larry Becklar’s matrix is quite nifty good bit of light to contrast the darker stuff. And if you want a kicker to your mentalism act , but you may be to young I am going for staple gun roulette. By Marc Spelmann

I am master of misdirection, look over there.

We are not falling out young Welshy, we are debating, I think farlsy is an idiot he thinks I am one. We are just talking about who is the bigger idiot.

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Postby bananafish » Jul 11th, '07, 20:55

Markdini wrote:Mr Fish who I think is in one of my Marc Spelmann dvds.
and not many people know that. :) bless you for noticing.

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Martin Lewis Cardiographic

Postby Al Doty » Jul 20th, '07, 05:33

Hi all
I'm new to this forum but as I was browsing the internet on magic and came accross this sight. I am happy to say that your review on Martin's Cardiographic is very cmplimentary. He will be pleased to know that you are very happy with it. I've been building Martin's props for nearly eight years and it started with The Big Switch and eventualy led to Technicolor Prediction, Crystal Gazing, Cardiographic and a ad on effect to the sketchpad with a rising rabbit out of a top hat holding a Happy Birthday message between his paws. I hope you will like it as well.

Thanks for the good review.

Regards

Al

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