KIDS KARDS by Richard Pinner

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KIDS KARDS by Richard Pinner

Postby Mandrake » Nov 23rd, '04, 14:18



The Effect: KIDS KARDS by Richard Pinner
(made by Royal Magic/Fun Inc Chicago, Kards printed in Belgium)
Cost: Varies from £10.95 to £11.99 - plus P&P

From: Alakazam, JBTV, Magicbox, Magicshop, Cards4magic, Magictricks.co and probably many others!
Difficulty: 1 approaching a 2 but only because you need to do a control rather than a sleight. Not really all that difficult as this deck uses a combination of three well-known and well used features so will be very familiar to most.
(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)

Examinable: Nope!

The Blurb: A group of children that you did a show for have made you a unique and special gift as a thank you. Wonderful though this is, it’s not a lot of use for performing with. So using your special powers you set about changing one card, then the whole deck into a more familiar and useful design. With the brand new deck you demonstrate your skills with a little mind reading. However, racked with guilt at ruining the young ones’ beautiful present you set about returning it to its former, if unconventional, glory.

Each Kids Kards deck comes complete and ready to work. The artwork on the "kid" cards is charming - both the faces and backs have been custom printed and are perfectly in tune with the patter story of children designing a deck of cards. The trick is nearly self-working, the deck does all the work for you.

Review: This is good and by 'good' I mean in the sense that Cardtoon or Cardtoon 2 is good because it's charming as well. The storyline of the children making the cards is excellent and the cards are produced in exactly the way young children would do them - front and back. I was initially disappointed when transforming them into real cards as they aren't Bikes but that was stupid of me because they don't need to be Bikes for two reasons - 1) because you transform them back to kids kards at the end and 2) well, let's just say that part of the routine depends on it. Despite the claim that this comes 'ready to work' you need to set up the deck to start with but the instructions are very easy to follow. There's even a separate card to stick on the cardbox which is illustrated by a child and, in multicoloured kids' writing, says 'To the Magishun Thank You for the show'. (Which matches a lot of the spelling seen here on TM from time to time!)

The broad effect is that you show the kids kards front and back, get a spec to select one, show this as a kids card, rub on back of hand and change to a real card, show that all the deck is still kids kards, transform all to real cards, dribble cards from one hand to another, get spec to say stop whenever they like (a genuine choice) bring your mental powers into play and divine what that card was without seeing it, replace that card and immediately transform the whole deck back to kids kards.

Value for money: 9 out of 10
C.U.P.S.Rating: 7 out of 10 (for me it was a 10 based on reading the blurb!)

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Postby bananafish » Nov 23rd, '04, 15:39

Hey that sounds ideal for a WI gig I have coming up (and just when I thought I had what I was going to do planned!)

From your description, can I assume it resets automatically?

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Postby Mandrake » Nov 23rd, '04, 15:53

Instant reset - just like that! :wink:

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Postby daleshrimpton » Nov 23rd, '04, 16:22

Amazing, I had just found this at card collection earlier today. It struck me as being a rather charming variation on the nudist deck.
It is bound to go down well with elderly ladies.

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Postby Mark Waddington » Nov 23rd, '04, 18:16

I bought this at the beginning of the year and it cost me £16!

But, i dont mind, because its a great effect, its cute, goes down well with the girls (im no longer single btw!) and gets a reaction to kill for.

Hope everyone else likes it as much as me!

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Postby dat8962 » Nov 24th, '04, 22:21

I bought this a few months ago after seeing it reviewed on a web site and it's proved to be very popular with everyone that I've showed it too.

Just to mention that if you check out the web site that comes with the instructions then there is an alternative script to use with the cards which I think is slightly better, although the one with the cards is good too.

It's just nice to have an alternative to swap around with!

Not sure if I can advertise but MagicTricks.co.uk have just got this in as a new item for £12.00 post free. (I'm sure that the mods will remove this line if it's not permitted)!

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It's not really an optical illusion - it just looks like one!
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Postby Mandrake » Nov 24th, '04, 23:45

Not sure if I can advertise
As we're no longer closely tied to emagictricks.co.uk we can mention other sources like you did above. (Tips on where to get the best deal are always welcome! :wink: )

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Postby Mandrake » Nov 25th, '04, 02:11

dat8962 wrote:if you check out the web site that comes with the instructions then there is an alternative script to use with the cards which I think is slightly better

I just tried the bespoke link but it no longer works :cry: - I'll e-mail Fun Inc and see if they can oblige with the alternative script.

( There's a great QuickTime clip of Richard Pinner performing this routine at http://www.funinc.com/product_pages/Cards/kidcards.html )

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Postby Alan Jackson » Nov 29th, '04, 14:00

daleshrimpton wrote: It struck me as being a rather charming variation on the nudist deck.
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You're right, it's a nudist deck used for the standard mental photography effect. I think the cards are very well produced and give a plausible rationale which is sometimes missing from this family of effects.

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Postby Jessiah » Dec 10th, '04, 05:34

This one is a great trick. There are a few different ways to use the deck... I like all the changes, and then flippin through the cards to show they changed. Then you can change them back and mess with them. Adults think the designs are cool, and kids probably understand them alright...

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Postby feifei » Jul 16th, '07, 08:50

i love this trick, seen it few times and main point is really love the cute cards :P its on my priority wishlist, gonna get it the next time with a bulk order. great effect to my magic collections :)

thanks for the review ! was nice to read it... but definately would hv got the trick anyway even with out a review :)

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Postby Tomo » Jul 16th, '07, 09:39

Just to point out that there was also a trick called Kidz Kards by Denny Laub, printed in Lee Earl's Syzygy. In this one, the performer patters about kids losing cards from the deck and needing to mark up a joker to play games like Old Maid and Fish. He asks the spec to name the lost card, hands her a deck to check it's not there, then produces a joker marked up in crayon to be used as a substitute.

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Postby feifei » Jul 17th, '07, 06:26

Tomo wrote:Just to point out that there was also a trick called Kidz Kards by Denny Laub, printed in Lee Earl's Syzygy. In this one, the performer patters about kids losing cards from the deck and needing to mark up a joker to play games like Old Maid and Fish. He asks the spec to name the lost card, hands her a deck to check it's not there, then produces a joker marked up in crayon to be used as a substitute.


Yes.. this sounded so familiar, thanks for reminding me :)

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Postby TheWickedWitchOfTheWeb » Jul 18th, '07, 15:30

I was talking with Richard about this last night and he is aware of the broken link so until that is fixed he said I could post the missing 'bonus' here for you all.

Enjoy!

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Postby Mandrake » Jul 18th, '07, 15:33

We certainly will, er, any clue as to where it is please :wink: ?

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