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Magic Review: Travel by Mickael Chatelain

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Magic Review: Travel by Mickael Chatelain
« on: August 12, 2017, 09:13:32 AM »


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Title: Travel
Creator: Mickael Chatelain
Publisher: Murphys Magic
MSRP: $ 30
Skill Level: All
Video Run time: 14 minutes

Type of effect:  Signed card vanishes from the top of the deck with no steal!

Manufacturer's Write Up: In the world of magic, there are THOUSANDS of tricks and as many gimmicks, each one crazier than the next...

We're proud to offer you a trick using, as far as we know, a TOTALLY NEW gimmick! There's nothing like it on the market. That's why we're particularly proud to offer to the magic community our latest creation - TRAVEL!

Take out your cased deck. Remove the cards from the case. Close the case and leave it on the table in full view. No one touches it!

Show your spectators that the deck is completely normal. You point out that the cards have faces and backs and all the cards are different.

Offer one of your spectators a FREE CHOICE of a card - he can change his mind if he likes. In short, there REALLY is NO force - the choice is 100% free.

The card is placed face up on top of the deck and the spectator signs its face. You then explain that his card will travel from the top of the deck to inside the case!

Show your hand empty and bring it over the card as if to make it vanish. But your spectator is not an idiot; he easily notices that you have palmed the card! In fact, the card juts out beyond your hand, fooling no one. OK, OK!

You begin again, asking the spectator to watch closely this time. The card is replaced face up on top of the deck. The case is still on the table and your hand is empty. Everything OK so far?

As before, you bring your empty hand slowly over the card. Your spectator burns your hand with redoubled attention, but this time, the card does not jut out. Your spectator wants to see your hand. You turn it over. IMPOSSIBLE! The card isn't there. Gone without a trace! It's not on the deck; it's not in your hand. How is this possible?????

Explain that the card is now in the case! NO WAY, as the spectators will remember that the case has been on the table since the beginning of the trick!

Show the cards remaining in the deck. Not a trace of the chosen card!

Pick up and shake the case. You can HEAR there's something inside! Your hand is empty. You slowly open the case. You reach inside with your thumb and index finger and take out... the FREELY CHOSEN and SIGNED SELECTED CARD!

How is this POSSIBLE?

Pass out the deck for examination to prove there are no duplicates or other irregularities.

No need to remind you that the card is STILL SIGNED - PROOF of its invisible passage!

How accurate is the ad copy? I agree with the copy
What's in the box?  Device and matching colored card box plus extra material should it break and the download code

Key points:

The deck is ORDINARY - Use your own!
NO force! The chosen card is ORDINARY and UNGIMMICKED!
NO palming - NOTHING is hidden in your hand!
The card REALLY does seem to travel from the deck to the card case!
EASY TO DO, as the gimmick takes care of EVERYTHING for you!
Your spectators will THINK they're onto you, yet they'll be TOTALLY FOOLED!
How are the production values: You get 3 sections, a straight forward teaching of the routine in English or French, and then a silent section that gives you a close hand shot of the entire effect and then a tutorial at the end on gimmick repair.
Is it well made: It does seem well made, although my gimmick did not have the action that Mickael’s had in the video. My gimmick felt clumsy.

Is it well taught: I think 14 minutes was a little lacking, I would have appreciated more details on routining and more on troubleshooting the gimmick
Storage? Does it "pack flat?" It all fits invisibly into your tuck case
Does it "play big?" This is a super easy card to card box
Difficulty / Skill level required: This is easily for all skill levels
How much arts and crafts are involved? Only if it breaks
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Like I said, my gimmick was clumsy, maybe with some more practice and breaking it in – it might work better, but Mickael made it sound like it should just “work” right out of the box.
Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.
_____ Very Satisfied
_____ Somewhat Satisfied
_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
__X__ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion
 My thoughts the trick is beautiful, and I bet a lot of people will be very happy with it. Initially was super excited to try it out, but the gimmick was slow, clumsy and it makes a noise when it moved. The “cover” you need to provide and the flash of the gimmick in motion I think would make a spectator suspicious.

+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review:  ​
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