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Pop-Eyed Popper

PostPosted: May 5th, '07, 00:21
by snicket

The first thing you see on the box:
Requires no Skill! Easy to do!

Is it really that easy? No skill required?

It is a magic trick, there is of course skill required. Now the review begins:


The Magician spreads the cards to show they are all different, shuffles the deck, cuts it and puts it on the table. He then pulls out another deck and removes one card saying: "This will be my prediction, I will not touch it until the end of the trick." He then ribbon spreads the card face down and instructs the spectator to point at any one card, look at it and put it face down next to the other. The Magician flips the over to reveal they are the same!

What I say:

I watched him do it two times and said I'll have one of those. It is a very good effect, and it can be used to force, mind read, and much more. Easy to do? Yes but you (of course) need to practice it before you go out on the street and perform. Requires no skill? No, you need some experience in card magic to understand the NOT so clear instructions. Well for $12.00 it is a very nice effect. You can buy it at most magic dealers and online at most web dealers. IF you are starting out in card magic go ahead and buy one to amaze, if you are intermediate you can still get away with it.

Ten being the best: Possibly a eight. Yep it is that good!

Well that’s all!

PostPosted: May 7th, '07, 04:14
by Effex777
i would rate it higher than a 1-10

PostPosted: May 7th, '07, 11:07
by bronz
He did, he rated it as an 8. Nice review Snicket, sounds interesting, are there any gimmicks involved or is this an any deck effect?

EDIT: Duh! This is in tricks n props so it must be some sort of gaff. I refine my question then, is it a one trick pony deck or something else?

PostPosted: May 7th, '07, 11:22
by AndyRegs
is it a one trick pony deck or something else?

Its a utility item, and as the original review stated, can be used for many different types of routine. Though you wouldn't use it twice in the same performance. It is often called a mirage deck. And you will be well aware of the principle it uses.

PostPosted: May 7th, '07, 16:21
by snicket
EDIT: Just watch the video below. :)

PostPosted: May 7th, '07, 20:39
by snicket
I added a Video of me preforming it on youtube. It is very bad quality becuase I was rushed, same with the trick, I was just rushed. :)
Here is a link:

PostPosted: May 8th, '07, 19:20
by Sir_Digby_Chicken_Ceaser
Edited in line with the edit below

PostPosted: May 8th, '07, 19:47
by snicket
oops! I edited it. :oops:

PostPosted: May 8th, '07, 19:56
by Mandrake
The original post is still in the quoted part of the message above - that should be edited, or at least abbreviated, as well please.

PostPosted: May 8th, '07, 19:58
by snicket
Sorry about that Mandrake.

PostPosted: May 8th, '07, 19:59
by Mandrake
No worries - I'll go do a bit of pruning :D !

PostPosted: Aug 23rd, '07, 02:01
by Al Doty
Depending on what format you want the deck to be you can come up with different routines. You have a spec. sitting behind you as you show the audience a jumbo card prediction. Next, you show a deck of identical cards that match the prediction, as you miscall them for the benefit of the spec. saying a free choice of any of these fifty two cards. The spec. is asked to select a card from the deck and is to name the selection out loud. She names a different card, the audience thinks you have messed up and then you show the jumbo prediction has changed to match the specs, choosen card. A funny routine when performed by Billy McComb. The Pop Eyed Eye Popper decks have been around in many forms for many years and if memory serves me, they were invented by Burling Hull. If you do stand up comedy or even mentalism (Max Maven has a button selected before the start and it is facedown on the table and at the end of the routine they turn it over and it says, Max Maven made me ttake the 5 of Hearts) there are alot of things you can come up with. You are only limited by your imagination.

PostPosted: Aug 23rd, '07, 09:41
by magicofthemind
According to Henry Hay in "Amateur Magician's Handbook", the PEEP deck is not quite the same as Mirage. He credits both to Ralph Hull.


PostPosted: Aug 23rd, '07, 18:07
by Al Doty
Henry Hays book is one of the first books I bought and learned the sympathetic coins from it. I got my Hulls mixed and I was Hurling Bull. The Amateur Magicians Handbook is a great book to start with for the beginners and a great reference book for everyone else. Thanks for reminding me.