by Danny Archer
"Alien Invasion" is a new small packet trick from Danny Archer. Four poker-sized cards are removed from an envelope which bears the drawing of a spaceship. The each of the cards has the picture of a little green alien on the front and the back. A card is selected (forced) from a blue-backed deck. One of the alien cards is placed aside, and the selected card is added to the other three alien cards. Immediately, all four cards are shown to be the selected card, and the backs of the cards change to regular blue backs. The selected card is returned to the deck and the alien card is added to the other three cards. The cards immediately change to alien cards, front and back.
This is another "cute" trick, and it will appeal to those who are just getting into card magic and have very limited technical ability. The only moves involved are the Elmsley count and any type of force. (Neither the Elmsley count or the force are explained in the directions.) The problem I have with this trick is that it feels like there should be more happening - in other words, the routine which Danny provides should be the first phase of a longer routine in which the cards change into several different selections. Unfortunately, that's impossible with the cards provided. Also, you start the trick "dirty"
and you end "dirty." This could be a problem, because a trick like this screams, "Trick Cards!" Unfortunately, the instructions provided no help in this area.
The cards are well made, but this is not a trick that I would ever do.
However, I like "Grandpa's Deck" much more. This is based on a Stephen Tucker concept and is a variation of the "Oscar" trick. You show a deck of cards with different names written on the back. The deck is turned face up and the spectator lifts off a portion. The card cut to is noted, and the cut off portion is replaced. The deck is turned face down, and the spectator names any common man's name. The deck is dealt through until that name is reached. The card is placed aside. It is the selected card. No sleight-of-hand is involved.
As you can tell from the brief description of the effect, there are different restrictions to this particular method. The spectator must physically choose a card (a very fair looking procedure) and then a man's name is chosen. Most of the common names are accounted for, and Danny gives you a suggestion should the spectator pick a name which is not among the 52 on the cards.
There is still a clean-up problem here, but it is not nearly as serious as in the "Alien Invasion" trick. If you're doing this table-to-table, there is some very brief reset time. If the effect appeals to you, you'll probably find this to be a simple, effective addition to your repertoire.
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