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 (on this great value lecture DVD) 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. £9.99.
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.