Guaranteed Win is a gambling themed packet trick where lots of magic takes place in a small space of time. Let’s get on with the review.

The effect

A packet of 4 jokers changes to match the value of a card selected by the spectator. With almost no moves at all the whole set changes into a royal flush – a guaranteed win! I must confess that when I’d watched the performance and seen the gaff I was struggling to see how quite so much magic could be accomplished with it!

The 20 minute DVD starts with two performances for some reason. Sadly they are both ‘studio’ performances with another magician – would have been nice to see it play live for real people.

In addition to the DVD you get a specially printed card which helps you do all the work.

The teaching

Although the DVD is not very long, it covers all you need to know in enough detail. If you know the rudiments of packets tricks you will probably already use most of the moves in other effects. But the handling is taught if you’re not familiar with them.

Andy also takes you though a slightly different alternative handling – but there’s not really a great deal between them in terms of difficulty.

A Guaranteed Win?

andy smith - guaranteed win - not a dynamic performanceThere is definitely a lot to like here. The routine is easy to follow and not too difficult to perform. And a lot of magic takes place without too much work. Andy himself doesn’t give a particularly dynamic performance (perhaps it was the setting) – so I’m finding it hard to gauge how it might go down with a lay audience.

I have a couple of reservations though they are minor. The idea of having a spectator pick a card as part of the routine does add another level to it – but it also takes it out of the realm of pure packet trick – so part of me wonders about just introducing the other card in some other way.

As taught you really need a table or surface to perform. This isn’t a deal-breaker – but does mean there may be certain contexts where it isn’t really suitable. Similarly, though reset is relatively straightforward, I’m not sure how easy it would be in a regular walkaround context.

In an unusual failing on Alakazam’s part, the registration code for additional content doesn’t seem to work yet – but it is possible there isn’t any at the moment.

These small caveats aside, Guaranteed Win is a strong effect. A lot of thought has gone into the handling here which pays off with a smooth and very visual routine which is not too difficult to do. Well worth a look.

You can pick up a copy from for only £18.50 (at the time of writing).

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

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