Chaos 2 by Mark Elsdon

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Chaos 2 by Mark Elsdon

Postby Trickyfied » Oct 4th, '07, 13:02



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Chaos 2 by Mark Elsdon
In 1992 Mark devised the original 'Chaos & Order' triumph routine, based on a self-shuffling deck idea that was shown to him by a Chinese magician when he was living out in Hong Kong. A little while later Michael Weber suggested the actual 'Chaos and Order' patter theme, which was incorporated immediately. For a decade Mark performed the routine to a great effect, in all kinds of working environments. Recently, several possible improvements occurred, including a way to increase the number of selections and make the selection process a lot cleaner. One thing led to another… This new version is a substantial improvement on the original and the assimilation of the "Chaos Machine" into the card case is, we think, the finishing touch.

Effect

Two spectators each select a card which they hold onto. The deck is cut in half and placed face-to-face. The deck is temporarily placed in the "Chaos Machine" (otherwise known as the card case). The 'CHAOS' button is pressed... and the deck is immediately removed and spread to show that all 52 cards are now interlaced face-up and face-down, in a truly chaotic state. Both sides of the deck are shown to be in this condition. The spectators' cards are replaced into the chaotic deck, one face up and one facedown. The deck is once again placed into the "Chaos Machine" and this time the 'ORDER' button is pressed. The deck is cleanly tipped out of the case and spread to show that every single card is face-up except for two - the selections.

EXTREMELY EASY TO DO! ALMOST INSTANTANEOUS RESET! NO SLEIGHT OF HAND REQUIRED! MAY BE PERFORMED WALKAROUND OR AT TABLES!

Comes complete with gimmicked Bicycle deck, 'button' stickers and instructions.


Cost

£14.99 at http://www.dudethatscoolmagic.co.uk/aca ... html#aA822

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)

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Review
Does exactly what it says in the description, very easy to perform after a little practice. Leaves the layman dumbfounded, no ‘funny’ moves just a pattern to follow and the cards do all the work. I cannot fault this in anyway, except maybe that its another gaff deck in my collection but who cares? And who’s to know? I bought this after watching the video demo and was pleased to find out how easy it was to perform. Definitely one for my routine and I would recommend it for any close up or table hoppers out there. Thinking about it the fact that this is a special deck ‘The Chaos Machine’ means it should be presented as such. Recommended, go and watch the demo and buy it!
I have kept this review short as my last review received no feedback what so ever so if I have missed anything out or you have questions please feel free to ask.

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Postby Lord Freddie » Oct 4th, '07, 13:16

Thanks for the review. I have been looking at this for a while and wondered whether it was any good. Your description has answered all my questions, I may have to get one of these!

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Postby Replicant » Oct 4th, '07, 20:02

Dammit, I was thinking about getting this and having read your review, my PayPal finger is twitching again. This place is costing me money!

Thanks for reviewing it. :)

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Kaos2

Postby Trickyfied » Oct 9th, '07, 16:01

Well Gents, I have started noticing decks being sold on the net that work using the same principle as Kaos2 and they are about £3 cheaper but I gotta say I prefer the Kaos effect, if you watch the demo video when the kaos button is pressed and the box starts shaking, LOL great to do, it allways catches people by surprise, and putting the cards back in thier case in a sense concealing the magic adds to a greater effect. Is the card case gaffed? Is it the cards? The more question a spec asks themselves the better in my opinion. Let me know if you buy it and your thoughts on it. 8)

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Postby Lord Freddie » Oct 9th, '07, 16:10

I understand it's not examinable, have you had any specs curious about examining it? What reactions have you got from it?

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no problem

Postby Trickyfied » Oct 9th, '07, 16:39

The beauty is that you spread the deck showing all the face cards and then dribble the deck allowing the spec to stop you at any time to select a card, this shows all the backs. So the spec knows in their sub concious that the deck is a regular deck so they are not interested in examining it afterwards. The reactions I have had are jaw dropped silence, to a smug 'that was good' 8)
My magic is performed to a real 'urban' crowd so I get over the top reactions, or people that will grab your cards or props etc I should say try to grab, as I do not allow that to happen. I believe moving from trick to trick and walking away after your closer leaving them with the cards, coin etc is a nice way of handling the specs (of course reclaiming my property when the dust settles). As much as I love magic I am proberlly the worst wanna be magician in the world but the reactions i get should be filmed, they are priceless!

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Postby Replicant » Nov 17th, '07, 15:20

Right, I've finally got round to placing an order for this (other things have taken priority over my magical purchases in recent weeks!) I'll post my thoughts once I've had a chance to sit and play with it for a while.

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Postby magicj » Nov 17th, '07, 19:13

I've been noticing this trick for a long time. How many stickers do you get? i was thinking, The Kaos2 dekc is not Examinable, Perhaps a quick Deck switch, with the same stickers on?
(if ive said too much STOP me now)

I am definatly going to purchase this....I am runnign out of money, i have spent so much on enw effects this month, but this looks fun:)

Thanks for your review man, really good stuff, Will let you know on My thoughts when i get it

thanks again Trickyfied!

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Postby Replicant » Nov 20th, '07, 13:13

magicj wrote:I've been noticing this trick for a long time. How many stickers do you get?


You get two stickers, one of each.

As Trickyfied says, Chaos 2 is quite easy to perform, after a little practice. It looks exactly as it does on the demo, which you can see here...

Chaos 2 demo video

One part of the routine described in the instructions differs very slightly from the performance in the demonstration video; I prefer the video version but you can just as easily use the other version without any problems at all. Chaos 2 was easy to learn and after thirty minutes practice, I was confident enough to perform this for my brother and his wife; it went down well and they were very impressed. Neither asked to examine the deck, which is just as well because it is gimmicked!

I have a couple of very minor quibbles about Chaos 2, which I want to mention. Firstly, my deck consisted of 48 cards - not 51, as stated in the instructions. I hasten to add that this has absolutely no affect on the effect and takes nothing away from it at all. But I am a stickler for detail and if it says the deck contains 51 cards, I expect to have 51 cards.

Secondly, as I mentioned at the outset of this post, only one set of stickers is provided. It would have been nice to have an extra set for the purposes of a deck switch. However, I know I have only performed this once so far, but I have not been asked to hand the deck out for examination. Personally, this is not a problem for me as I generally don't hand props out to be scrutinised, anyway. But it would have been a nice touch to have an extra couple of stickers (which are very nice and glossy! I'm easily pleased...), just in case some magicians wish to switch the deck out. I should add at this point that, personally, I don't think a deck switch is necessary as the routine is cleverly constructed to heavily imply the deck is normal; backs and faces of the cards are shown in a very convincing, natural and fair manner so spectators should have no urge to want to examine it. I only mention it here for the sake of completeness.

Overall, I really like Chaos 2; it handles well and is easy to learn and perform. I will be adding this to my repertoire as it is just my kind of trick. Suitable for close-up workers and table hoppers; reset takes seconds. I give Chaos 2 a score of 8 out of 10 and would recommend it. If you like the look of the demo video, the chances are you will also like performing Chaos 2.

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