Artist: David Jonathan
Producers: Alakazam Magic
Demo Video Link: https://www.alakazam.co.uk/product-Fortuity-By-David-Jonathan-.html
Retail Price: £30.00 ($37.25 USD approx.)
Learning Difficulty: Easy
Length of DVD: 60 Min (Approx.)
Imagine having a spectator choose a completely random number that is out of their, or anyone else’s control. And then counting down from bottom up or top down in a deck of cards stopping on a card once they’ve reached their number. Now imagine if a prediction card matches that selected card perfectly. That would be an amazing effect. But David Jonathan isn’t done with you yet… Every single card in the deck has a different back. And not only does the prediction card match the front of the selected playing card, but the backs match as well. A completely impossible double prediction! This is Fortuity.
What you get with the package is an instructional DVD which really teaches the effect well. A bit over teaching if you ask me, but it teaches it well. What’s interesting is that the plot is simple enough that multiple handlings could exist. So it’s kind of a living trick in that way. There’s a registration code you can apply to Alakazam’s website that will give you access to further updates, plots, and handlings for this product as they are developed by the people who perform Fortuity. You get a really nice set of six-sided dice. The color schemes have been hand selected to go along with the color of the prediction envelope. You get a red prediction envelope, and of course the gimmicked deck itself.
I’m going to digress for just a second from the usual magic review to address the subject of the dice you get. I’m a gamer. I’ve was playing RPG’s before they were cool. I know dice. I’ve got dice in every shape, color, size, and number of sides imaginable. I must fight the urge to call a six sided die a D6 because I’m sure half my readers wouldn’t understand what I meant by saying that. The other half would know how deep my nerd well is dug. The dice you get with this trick are nice. Rich red and black swirled colors with golden pips. They’re on the same quality level as Chessex, or similar name brand dice production companies. If all else fails and you never perform this trick, if you are a gamer, you’ll end up with a nice pair of D6’s you can use for your half-elf wizard, or something. Digression is over. Back to the magic.
The deck of cards you receive is gaffed to the hilt. Constructed from a wide range of popular custom printed decks Fortuity has cards from Guardians, Deck One, Ask Alexander, Aviator, Tally-Ho, Steam Punk, Mechanic, among others that I’ve seen but don’t know the names of. If you’re a card guy, you may just have your card porn in a box with this trick. The gaff on the deck makes it easy to use, meaning you’re going to spend a little bit of time working on learning the presentation, but there’s not a lot of sleight of hand going on making this perfect for new comers to magic. The deck does come set up a very specific way, and I would encourage you to watch the DVD first before messing with it. If you do manage to get it out of order, reset isn’t impossible. It’ll just take a couple minutes before you’re ready to go again.
Performing this trick is a lot of fun. Since there isn’t a lot in the way of sleight of hand happening you can really focus on the presentation and the impossibility of not one but two predictions being accurate. The deck instantly resets itself after each performance so it’s a good table hopper or opener. The only drawback is that this deck does one trick. All-be-it it does it well. The multi colored backs does makes for an easy excuse as to why you’d need to change decks before doing any other card magic though. So, there’s that. Alakazam has a penchant for putting out wonderful little workers and that’s just what this trick is going to be for you. A worker. Apply named: Fortuity is a lucky strike of a gold mine of spectator reactions waiting to be harvested. If you’re going to carry around a gimmicked deck that does only one trick, then let it be this one!
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 standard for the industry. The magic is solid.
Teaching Quality: 8
Probably over taught. But it’s well taught.
Video & Sound Quality: 8
Great video and sound. Typical of Alakazam production standards.
Overall Quality: 8
This deck only does one thing, but dear god does it do it well!
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