Draven Reviews: Offset

approved Title: Offset
Artist: Sebastien Calbry
Producers: Arteco Productions
Retail Price: $45.00
Learning Difficulty: Easy
Notes: This DVD comes with lots of material to make your own gimmicks with.

 

 

 
Features:

  • Presentation
  • Fonctionnement
  • Revelation
  • Rising
  • Idee Routine
  • Fabrication

Offset is a beautiful utility device for you deck of cards that can allow you to perform either a very visual card prediction or animated drawn card rising from the deck.

Sebastien has created an incredibly fun gimmick to use with playing cards.  Not only is it pretty simple to make, but it’s easy to use and visually stunning.  Don’t let the writing on the back of the DVD fool you.  The ad copy maybe written in French but the DVD is in English dubbed.

In order to perform off set you’ll have to use the material included in the DVD to create the gimmick.  The DVD comes with enough material to make several gimmicks for both the standard reveal and the rising card reveal.  The DVD also comes with a deck of red backed Bicycle cards and the special little thing that makes it all work.  If you want to make more gimmicks for yourself they aren’t hard to do.  The DVD will show you how to make more, and walk you through what you need to do so.  There’s even a template sheet included in the DVD to help you out.

Performing Offset is pretty easy, and will allow a lot of flexibility in the hands of the performer to decide just how they want to go about doing the revelation.  You’re not limited to revealing just playing cards either.  You can use the Offset gimmick to reveal words, names, pictures, or serial numbers on bank notes.  Pretty much anything you can force on someone you can use Offset to reveal it.

I wish Offset was available in other designs rather than just Red (and I assume maybe blue?) Bicycle cards, but that’s more of a personal aesthetic than a serious complaint.  The gimmick under performance is mostly invisible.  I say mostly because at the wrong angle, and only occasionally, does the deck box get this weird line running down the length of it.  However this line has remained unnoticed by my audiences so I’m wondering if it is only my trained eye that’s catching it.

Offset is highly practical for anyone doing walk around or close up magic, and depending on the size of the room you may be able to pull it off on a small stage or parlor setting as well.  I loved this trick, and it’s one I plan to be using in close up for a while to come.

When I give my product scores below I am measuring them on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 Being absolute the worst score possible, and 10 being the absolute best, making a score of five average. The four points that I grade upon is Product Quality, Teaching Quality, Sound & Video Quality and Overall Quality.

Product Quality: 8
The price is reasonable, and the product is wonderful.  I love the highly visible nature of this trick.

Teaching Quality: 8
As far as dubs are concerned this one at least keeps a normal speaking pace instead of trying to match words to lip movement.  It’s pretty easy to understand, and figure out.  You’ll be making gimmicks and performing different versions of this trick within minutes.

Video & Sound Quality: 8
Clear sound and good video.

Overall Quality: 8
This is just the thing you want to have to close any set of card tricks with.  It’s hyper visual and the impossibility of the animated card rise especially is a audience killer.  Finally the card box has a purpose for more than just storing your cards when they’re not in use.

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About William Draven

William Draven is a professional magician and sideshow performer living in Los Angeles, California. Follow him on Twitter at WilliamDraven or on facebook at www.facebook.com/thewilliamdraven
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