Draven Reviews: Tremble by ???

 approvedTitle: Tremble

Artist: ???

Producers: Magician: Anonymous

Retail Price:

Learning Difficulty: Easy

Length of DVD:  11 Minutes


  • Instructional DVD
  • 2 Gimmicks
  • Material to Make More Gimmicks


  • Play All

Tremble is an interesting utility device for moving/ appearing/ changing ink plots.  The potential for application is incredible and limited by your imagination.  In the most basic of presentations Tremble is seen as a card reveal.  A Queen of Diamonds (for example) is selected and lost in a deck.  A joker is produced, and then magically the ink “snaps” onto the card revealing a Q then a diamond snaps into view next to the Q revealing the selected card as the Queen of Diamonds.  The ink trembles into place giving it a very weird and disturbingly awesome visual production of the revelation.

Tremble comes with two complete gimmicks on red rider back bicycle stock cards plus some additional “secret stuff” so you can assemble more gimmicks on your own.  There is some construction that will go into making your first Tremble revelation, and even more of an arts and crafts project if you’re planning on fabricating a new gimmick all together.  Fortunately construction on either isn’t too complicated and the ten minute long instructional DVD that accompanies this trick explains how to build everything well enough.

Tremble is a bit of a utility reveal because of the many different kinds of things you can do with it.  You can cause ink to morph from the wrong card into the right card, cause pictures to appear or change, or force an ESP symbol from the front of a card, cause it to appear on the back of the card, having disappeared from the front.  And on that ESP part, as my added personal note, I think that’s probably the coolest use for this gimmick just because when it comes to revealing a standard selected card you just have too many options to choose from.

The advertisement on the back of the product makes a bold claim.  It says it doesn’t use sleight of hand, flaps, magnets, angles, or thick cards to worry about.  That’s a bit of a misleading statement.  You certainly will have to perform some sleight of hand when working with your Tremble card if you want to end clean and have things examinable.  Even operating the gimmick will require you to pay some attention to how you’re holding the card while you are getting into your setup.  As for the magnets, and flaps that part is true, but I cock my eyebrow when they say “thick card” because the gimmick is most certainly not a standard card in thickness. The Tremble gimmick feels and weighs like it’s more than just one card so I’m not sure what they’re trying to pull here with that statement.

For performance practicality it’s no worse than using any other gimmicked card in your deck.  You’re going to need to switch out for a non gimmicked reveal if you’re wanting to hand the card out for inspection, other than that the gimmick fits nicely in your deck, and can easily be palmed out if you want to do other magic tricks using that same deck of cards.  You’re angles are pretty solid all the way around so you don’t have to worry about flashing to anyone during the presentation.  I think Tremble looks better on camera than it does in person, but that’s just me.  It’s an ingenious use for this kind of gimmick, and probably my personal favorite application of this principle that I’ve seen yet.  The gimmick sets up in seconds and can be (will be) set up right under your spectators nose just prior to execution.  This means that it’s ideal for walk around or table hopping.

Overall I kind of liked this little gimmick.  Granted I had to take the overly pretentious DVD instructions with a grain of salt but the magic is certainly there.  I’ve played with this little gimmick quite a bit and I really like the potential that it has.  I’m not a huge fan of using heavily gimmicked cards in my act, but this one may be enough to change my mind about that.  I’d say check it out and see for yourself.  It’s got a lot of potential, and as far as creative applications are concerned the sky’s the limit.

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: 7

Good price, and the gimmicks are well made.

Teaching Quality: 6

Overly pretentious tutorial, but well taught none the less.

Video & Sound Quality: 7

Good sound and video.

Overall Quality: 7

All things considered this is a nice little visual illusion.

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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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