BYond the Wave (Trick) by Raphael Czaja $8.00
6 pages, 1 photograph
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Here we have the latest routine from Raphael Czaja. Mr. Czaja tells us that this offering was inspired by Phil Goldsteins BWave and Peter Duffies "Ulti-Print".
Mr. Czaja writes pretty well and does a good job of teaching the handling.
The single photograph is clear and unnecessary.
Mr. Czajas method requires a special card that is included in a common deck of gaffed cards.
A participant cuts off a small portion of the face-down deck, turns it face-up and replaces the packet on top of the deck. She cuts off a larger portion of the deck, turns it face-up and places the packet on top of the deck.
The performer takes the deck, spreads past the face-up cards, removes the first four face-down cards and tables them in a row. He reassembles the deck and tables it off to the side.
The performer turns the first selection face-up and it is the Ten of Spades.
He removes a face-up packet of red back cards from his pocket, stating that he previously reversed one card to indicate a suit.
He displays the cards and they consist of three face-up Jokers and a face-down card. He places the face-down card on top of the packet and turns it face-up, revealing the Five of Spades. He turns the Five face-down and inserts it into the packet of face-up Jokers.
The performer turns the packet face-down and places it on top of the deck. He riffles the deck and thumbs over the top four cards, displaying three face-down cards with the Ten of Spades sandwiched among them. He removes the four card packet and tables the deck. He turns the Ten face-down and buries it in the face-down packet.
The performer counts the packet and out-jogs a card. He places the card on top of the packet and turns it face-up, displaying the Eight of Hearts. He turns it face-down onto the deck.
He turns the packet face-up, revealing another Eight of Hearts on its face. He displays the packet and it now contains three Eight of Hearts and the Ten of Spades.
The performer turns the packet face-down, removes the top card and rubs it on his arm. He turns it face-up, revealing that it has transformed into the Jack of Clubs. He tables the Jack beneath the third tabled selection.
He turns the packet face-up, removes the Ten of Spades from the bottom and tables it beneath the first selection. He removes an Eight of Hearts from the bottom of the packet and tables it beneath the second selection.
He places the remaining Eight of Hearts face-up onto his left palm and covers it with his right hand. He removes his hand and apparently nothing has changed. He turns the Eight face-down and 3D is boldly written on its back. He tables it beneath the fourth selection.
The performer turns the three remaining selections face-up, revealing that he correctly predicted all of the cards.
Despite Tom Stones clever use of it in Deep Fried! in this months Genii, I dont like Balduccis Cut Deeper technique. Its a weird, contrived procedure. Worse, its novelty makes it memorable. You dont want the supposedly fair act of freely selecting random cards to be memorable. That can lead to unfortunate retrograde analysis.
Any of a number of superior methods would have been a better choice. Also, I would involve four participants instead of one.
After the cards are selected, the performer tables the deck. Hes done with it. He doesnt need it any more. It is of no use to him for the remainder of the routine. He need not even be aware of its existence. He can banish it from his consciousness. Got that?
When the performer introduces the red back packet, he proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is able to effortlessly display the cards using only his two hands.
Then suddenly, without warning, he loses that ability. Holy hypertension! Did he have a stroke?
How else can we explain his sudden need to pick up the useless deck and use it in conjunction with his two hands to display the cards and the transformation? Yep. He must have had a stroke. Poor chap.
But no, wait! Just as suddenly as his ability vanished, it returns. For the remainder of the routine he is once again able to effortlessly display the cards using only his two hands. Whew! Thankfully, it wasnt a stroke, just a lousy method.
After the Jokers transform into Eights, why is the Ten still loitering in the packet? Why not table it with its mate to emphasize the first correct prediction?
Its odd and inconsistent to have 3D written on the back of the final prediction, the creepily redundant Eight. It makes the final layout look unattractive and somehow incomplete. Why didnt the performer simply use a duplicate Three as he did with the other predictions?
Admittedly, this routine features a lot of magic. But Mr. Czaja has crudely stitched together several disparate effects, giving the resultant routine an inelegant, Frankensteinian appearance, with prominent scars.
A magical gestalt is not achieved. The whole is not greater than the sum of its parts and moreover, the fairness, clarity and potency of the individual effects are diminished.