Draven Reviews: Space Shifter by Nicholas Lawrence

approvedTitle: Space Shifter
Artist: Nicholas Lawrence
Producers: SansMinds Magic
Retail Price: $24.95 USD
Learning Difficulty: Easy
Length of DVD:  aprox. 36 minutes

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The classic Torn and Restored card trick.  The plot has been around for ages and everyone from David Copperfield on down has at one point in time played with this concept. At its heart it really is about warping reality, time and space.  It’s truly impossible to take an object, destroy it, and then slowly restore it back to its full original self.  Space Shifter is kind of like that but takes the concept out of the box and then runs as far away with it as it can.  Instead of tearing a piece of the card off and visually restoring it, you’re going to tear a chunk of the card off and then move that missing chunk into the middle of the card with the missing piece still fitting perfectly back in.  This is Nicholas Lawrence’s Space Shifter.

So now you know what the effect is let’s talk about the product.  Space Shifter is one of those kinds of magic tricks that you slap your forehead hard enough to give yourself a headache when you learn how it’s done.  The mechanics are brutally simple, and require next to no skill to operate.  I think the hardest sleight you’ll require for this trick maybe a double lift.  However you will need to construct a gimmick so go grab your art supplies.

It takes less time to build the Space Shifter gimmick than it takes Herman to explain what he’s doing.  I mean from the second he shows the gaff revealed you pretty much know what you need to do.  This is a great example of way over explaining something.  I get that a lot of newer magicians maybe watching this DVD but they are new, not stupid.  I think the explanation was over killed with this one.

Performing this trick is a hell of a lot of fun.  The reactions it gets are fairly strong on a consistent basis.  The only thing you have to take into consideration is the constant need to keep preparing cards to be ripped up.  Space Shifter isn’t going to be something you just do on the fly.  For ease of performance I’d recommend keeping a small envelope in your close up case with several of these cards prepped for show ready to go.  The downside to performing Space Shifter is, and like with many card tricks that utilize a specialized gimmick, you’ve pretty much got a one trick pony in your pocket.  While it’s possible to do other things with the deck you’re going to need to figure out a way to either load the gimmick onto the deck or ditch it after depending on if you plan to open with Space Shifter or run it later in your set.  This could be as simple as palming it off, or just boldly changing decks, but none the less it’s a bit of busy work that will need to be done.

So overall Space Shifter is a fun visual card rip and I absolutely love to play with it.  It was one of those tricks that I just started to like the more I performed it.  The gimmick is easy enough to make and the reactions you get are well worth it.  It makes for a great souvenir to give away at the end and for me that is important.  Space Shifter is light on the performance side in the DVD but this doesn’t really need a lot of story.  I think for this effect less is certainly more, and simply having a card selected, signed, ripped, and the ripped hole move to the center of the card says enough on its own.  You could certainly apply your own script to it if you wish, but I really don’t think it needs that.  Space Shifter proves that you don’t need knuckle busting sleight of hand to create powerful magical presentations that will defy a spectators’ logic and leave them with a lasting memory of the truly impossible.  Check this one out.  This earns the Draven Seal of Approval.

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
Good magic for a good price.

Teaching Quality: 6
Overkill on the gimmick construction, and probably the entire DVD as a whole.  There isn’t a lot going on with this effect that you couldn’t intuitively figure out for yourself.

Video & Sound Quality: 8
Good sound and video.  Seems standard for SansMinds products.

Overall Quality: 8
Fun trick to perform!  You need to check this out.

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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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