DIPLOPIA by Paul Vigil

What The Audience Sees:

”Today was MY day, man! I’m thinking of starting my own mind reading business! Jamie comes in and busts out a deck of cards and tells us that today is going to be good. He asks me to think of a card, any one I like, and then remove it from the deck. Then HE selects a card, and we’re all laughing because we’re pretty sure he’ll be able to find that one later. Anyways, once our cards are back into the deck he tells me to “’read his mind’! Yeah, like right. But he insists. He tells me to concentrate and pull his card out of the deck, but to not show him. So I just pull out some whatever card, you know what I’m sayin, and he has me put it into my pocket. So I’ve selected a card, he’s selected a card, I’ve ‘found’ his, and now he says he’ll find mine. Well, he does! Which is whack because I have no idea how he does this voodoo crazy mojodojo. But then it gets really %^^##%d up. Because, wait for it,… he tells everyone the name of the card that he had picked for himself…and that’s the card I pull out of my pocket!!!! It was Mingo!! People were freakin’ out asking me how I knew what his card was and I didn’t know what to say! When you’re good, you’re good. Booya!”

How It Went:

What can I tell you? When Paul showed me this at MINDvention, it just blew my mind. It’s not just the effect which is so awesome, but the completeness of it all. The plot, routining, involvement, and method are as good as it gets. And it’s all accomplished with a deck of cards and nothing else. Fantastic.

And, I’m very happy to say, that it played as well as I hoped. Sometimes I’ll absolutely love something only to have the Magic Friday Crowd collectively go, “meh” but this wasn’t the case on Friday. Every group loved it. Period. And it’s just a surprise to have the person pull your card out of their pocket. There’s a certain sort of legitimate real-world magic to the scenario. I’m even happier to say that I also was 100%. I was worried that I might crack under pressure and mess things up but I managed to really rise to the occasion. Which is funny, because I was jamming with my magic gang a couple of days before and I was having some difficulties with some very basic life skills. But, hey, that’s what practice is for.

On that note, I’d also like to mention that practice actually works. That might be a strange thing to say but I think it needs to be said. For me anyways, I know that I might be going through something and think that I’ll never get it down but if I keep at it, I always get it. And from that point on, I always seem to not have a problem. The mind is a wonderful thing.

The Difficulty:

No forcing & no knuckle busting sleights. This trick requires some thought, though, and isn’t something you’ll be busting out in 5 minutes. I think the practice required is nothing compared to the end result. Oh, and it’s not a memdeck either.

Best Lines:

”How the %^#^ did you do that?! Wait a minute, how the %#^#%^ did I do that?!?!!”

~They’ll never know…


~That’s what she said when she pulled my card out, lol.

Angry Bob Rating:

For those of you reading this article for the first time, Angry Bob is a co-worker who has an understanding of some magic because his uncle was a magician. Angry Bob knows that TT’s exist, for example, but he has no desire to become a magician himself. He also has an anger management problem that can be experienced first hand if he can’t figure out how a trick is done. A high rating means he has no idea.

Angry Bob was decimated on Friday. He had such a smug look on his face when I showed him his card, and I knew he was going to say something. But when I started to tell him the card that was in his pocket? He was crushed. Remember, I never see this card as he just pulls it right out of the deck and sticks it in his pocket. No controls or anything. Brilliant.

”Wha?! Well, &^#^%&**, I guess this shows that I’m better than you. You &#^&.”


My Rating:

Magic Friday Approved!

And happily so! There was some concern with my magic gang that I was A) going to take too long to do the trick, and B) that someone might catch on to what was happening. Both concerns were completely unwarranted. The trick is really engaging and the method is something that a layman would never figure out. And what the magic gang thought that people would think was happening never crossed a mind either. Diplopia is simply one of my favourite card tricks to date. No kidding.

The JDG Tip:


Watch it here! That’s right, we now have video!!!

I should mention that the cards (selections) in the vid I'm using are just examples. I.e. they get miscalled and don't match. But you'll get the point. I hope.

The iTricks Idea:

Read It Here!

Closing Thoughts:

I’m super excited about having video reviews now and would love to hear your thoughts on it. It took me hours, lol. And, I’m also happy to offer Diplopia up for sale from this very blog. I’m going to be starting to sell some of the tricks I review and am happy to have the ability to do so. We all know what it’s like to be disappointed with a purchase and I’m hoping that I’ll never steer you wrong. Here at the Magic Friday Studio, I want everyone to simply have the best there is to offer. Thanks for reading (and watching!)

Have a Great Week Everyone!

Jamie D. Grant

No longer for sale!


Jimmy Rogers said...

Hey Jamie,

First off, I too know how hard it is to put together a good video on ANYTHING, so nice job. The first vid looks very polished!

I love that you can buy directly from your site, mostly because in past Magic Friday's I've wanted to get something but always found it weird to pursue a magic product armed with little more than the name of it. Good to at least have a link or a selling page now :)

This trick is a tough one for me because it's not a new "plot" at all (at least I'm pretty sure I've read a few with the same premise), but obviously there is something special in the method that makes this version earn your admiration. It's hard to know whether I'll be happy with that specific method after shelling out my cash (a hard thing to do for a grad student).

It is nice that this doesn't start out as a force though, as so much stuff out there starts with a common force and then just proceeds with stretching out the revelation. Nice alternative if somebody wants to "think of a card."

MormonYoYoMan@gmail.com said...

As Jimmy said, a great video - especially impressive for a first try.

Diplopia reminds me very much of "Two in the Pocket," but at that price I'll probably have to give it a try. Making it SO convenient to purchase, just causes more temptation.

Congratulations on another a- a- (Oh no! I'm going to use that cliched word!) *awesome* Magic Friday!

Jerry Dunn said...

You did a nice job of explaining the pluses of Diplopia -- thanks!

I've shied away from this effect, though, for two reasons:

1) It seems you could get very much the same effect by using Osterlind's BCS and simply cutting the deck after each selection (telling you what you need to know). What's important is that the mental work is far, far less.

Yes, you'd have to set up a borrowed deck to do this. But how often do you actually borrow a deck? You can bring your own (as magicians tend to do) and leave it with the spectators afterward, if you want.

2) You could also do this with virtually no mental effort with a m****d deck. (I don't shy away from this method either, but you can't leave the deck behind.)

Why do you feel that Diplopia is worth three weeks or more of study to perfect, given the other methods available?

Thanks, and best,

Jamie D. Grant said...

Hiya Jerry!

Thanks for commenting! I perform this effect last (so no mem) and will actually give my deck to the spec.

Also, more and more, I get asked to perform at some other social event, where I'm not "working" and I always agree to show something. This fits the bill wonderfully, if they've got some cards around.

And, now that I think about it, I can also always use another magician's deck, if we're all hanging out- fun!


Tremor said...

This leaves them out of there minds, you can open brand new deck have them shuffle. Borrow a deck completely impromptu using a M****D Deck is easy way and I often do with N**D Deck.

It takes about 3 hours of practice and weekly performance to stay current. Once you have this great flow and story and a miracle. Fools many magicians.

I bought it twice and one gave to a friend.

5/5 rating

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