White Star by Jim Critchlow, a new photo card trick for Storytellers and performers of Bizarre magic.

This is another brilliant effect from the inventive mind of Jim Critchlow, 

Finally  released after several years in the making and superbly produced for you by 'Merchant of Magic'.

The Effect:-
The performer is seated at a table opposite two volunteers; we shall refer to the one sat to the performers left as person A and the one on the right as person B. The performer places a small article in front of each person, such as an old coin in front of person A and an old fountain pen in front of person B (these are to act as 'markers').

The performer now takes out from his wallet, a small packet of old photographs which he quickly thumbs through as he mentions to the helpers that they may recognize some of these as they have appeared in books or programs about the Titanic as they were all passengers on that ill fated liner. The packet is squared and turning to person A, the performer says that he is going to show him/her some of the photographs one at a time and if they feel somehow drawn to some, they should tell him and they will be placed in front of them and their 'marker'.

The performer shows the photographs, one by one to person A, who either decides to take one and place it on the pile forming in front of them or reject it. The rejected photographs forming a discard pile in the centre of the table. Before all the photographs are shown, the performer says, "I think we have done enough just now for you so let us give you (turning to person B) a go". Everything is repeated with person B, they keep or reject cards and those rejected go on to the already formed discard pile.

When all the photographs have been gone through, the performer brings attention to the discard pile, thumbing through the photographs and talking about specific ones (the person's name etc) which could have been retained by either person A or B.

The performer then says that what they have both just done was part of an
experiment and he has found that the best results only occur when nothing is explained beforehand and that the results are always different (quite true).

The performer then states that the old coin was taken off one of the recovered bodies from the Titanic and the fountain pen was used by a clerk to write out the list of all the survivors. Person A is asked to turn their photographs over and on doing so they see each photograph has on it's back, the name of the person, some details about them and that they DIED! Person B turns their photographs over and sees the similar details but all their photographs have SURVIVED printed on them! The discard pile is turned over and there is a no sequence mix of both the DIED and SURVIVED photographs!

After the initial amazement, the spectators may ask how this was possible to which the performer replies, "as I said, it was an experiment and sometimes the results are very poor, especially if the helpers know what is going on. I can't explain it away and it seems to be just another mystery surrounding the Titanic".

At this point, the performer can sit back and relax as the spectators spend the next half hour or so looking at all the photographs and reading the details on the backs. Onlookers too will want to read the backs and quite often a chat session about the Titanic takes place.

If you only want to perform one effect in an evening, this is it. If you want to finish an evening on a high note, this is it.

You get more than this single effect as there is another version given before you get to versions using playing cards....NONE OF WHICH USE THE CLASSIC "OUT OF THIS WORLD PRINCIPAL" OR A PRINCIPAL INVOLVED IN LATER VARIATIONS of this classic effect. The totally different principal involved makes it all so easy to perform and can be applied to any "Out of the World" type effect, hence the reason for Jim to include versions using playing cards instead of the photographs......this is a terrific bonus. Unlike OOTW effects which can only involve one spectator 'helping', 'White Star' and the bonus routines actively involve from two to more people.

Jim Critchlow goes into great detail about the creation of White Star, the history and origins of the methods used and the psychology that can be applied to the effect to not only surprise and amaze the spectators, but to leave a lasting psychological impression on them long after the performance. 

Comes complete with 28 high quality professionally produced photo cards and a detailed, photo illustrated 21 page book teaching you the full routines, presentation, tips and techniques to make this effect a reputation maker. Whatever your skill level (beginner to advanced), there is a version included in the book to suit you.

No Sleight of Hand Required.

Instant Reset.

Cards can be mixed and shuffled.

No switched, gimmicked or swapped photo cards.

A different result every time.

Very easy to do.


DO NOT BUY this item if you only like devilishly complicated and contrived methods, knuckle busting sleights or finger flicking!


Superbly produced by Merchant of Magic (in the U.K.), and only available from them. Click on the picture below to visit their website to read more or make a purchase.

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