Hole 2.0 is the Mickael Chatelain’s latest take on the visual card penetration effect. It is perhaps better seen than described – so take a look at this:

As you can see it is the visual penetration of a playing card which has been sandwiched between 2 other cards. The ‘outside’ cards have large holes in them which enables you to see that the card is trapped fairly until the very minute it passes through.

What do you get?

You’re supplied with DVD instructions (in English and French) and all the necessary gimmicked cards. The gimmicks are well made and should last a decent length of time (though they’re not the kind of things you could easily make yourself – so when they do wear out you will have to buy a new set).

The good

It is a very clever gimmick which is wonderfully ‘invisible’ during performance. The visuals are very impressive. Unlike certain other releases we have seen everything is already made for you – so you’re good to go straight away (you will need to add a regular deck of bicycle cards).

The routine has been put together well so that you have some good misdirection for the final switch out (if you want everything to be examined) and there’s little in the way of sleight of hand. A few alternative handlings are provided which is helpful.
hole 2 by Mickael Chatelain - review

The bad

I do struggle with Chatelain’s explanations. It’s not just because of his thick French accent – which you get used to. But his explanations lack detail and he continues to repeat various phrases – most annoyingly “It’s really easy” – I lost count of the number of times he said that.

Although the moves are technically ‘easy’ – they certainly require a bit of practise to get them smooth. Angles are pretty good and this would work very close up – but you would have to be a little careful with this. And reset whilst quick, could really be done in sight, so it loses a mark for practicality due to that.

In conclusion

As you may be gathering, we’re slightly in two minds about this. It is undoubtedly a clever method and looks good, but there’s something that just doesn’t quite sit right with me on this one. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Perhaps it would work better as part of a longer routine? (In fact as I think about it, some years ago Dave Forrest put out an excellent set of 3 routines using this kind of card – check out the Holes instant download if you like the sound of that).

So although I think I’m unlikely to be performing this one myself, if the effect appeals to you I would encourage you to check it out.  Available from MagicShop.co.uk for £24.99.

Review copy kindly provided by Murphys Magic to whom dealer enquiries should be directed.

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