We start by looking backwards. One of our favourite releases of last year was Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks Volume 2. This is a great DVD rammed full of excellent and easy to do magic (read our review here). If you didn’t buy it last year, what are you waiting for? £19.99
We saw many different decks of cards last year, but if you really pushed us, one of our favourites was (and we’re slightly embarrassed to admit it – because it is ‘non-Bicycle’!) was the Golden Bees. You can read our review here – and they are still available at the bargain price of £10.99 over at JP Playing Cards (we’ve seen them for TWICE the price elsewhere).
We also promised to look forward, so if you’re looking for a stylish new deck for the new year, how about the Limited Edition Exquisite Deck by De’Vo? Gold foil and a beautiful swirly back design – it lives up to its name. £12.99
Prospect is a new effect (based on some old principles) which seems to be dividing the magic community a bit. But the general consensus seems to be that this is more surprising for a lay audience than you would expect. The spectator makes a series of decisions to think of a card and it is the only card you are holding. Strong magic. £30.99.
For something similar, but using a matchbox, you may also consider Inferno by Joshua Jay. We’re actually shortly going to be reviewing it for another site so can’t comment on it properly yet but it looks good. £24.50.
We hope you have a great start to the year – and will be posting lots more magic news, reviews and comment in the days and weeks ahead.