Pete Firman and Anthony Owen
Reviewed by Tom Louten
Back in the early 1980s Richard Kaufman, Derek Dingle and Ken Krenzel created Holy P.O.D., a visual version of Alex Elmsley's classic Point of Departure, from a card change effect idea by Gerard Majax. And now Pete Firman and Anthony Owen have brought it bang into the 21st century with… HOLEY SH*T!
"A stunningly visual piece of modern card magic" Jeff McBride
"This is one of the best vanishes of a single playing card I have ever seen!" Marc Paul
"With this trick even I could get a TV series!" John Archer
"I've been doing Holy P.O.D. since I first read it in Richard's Almanac. It's one of the hidden gems of card magic and it's a real shame that everyone is about to know about it again thanks to Holy Sh*t! Not only is this an excellent version of this effect, but it completely fooled me the first time I saw it. And the second. And the third. Don't buy it - I want it for myself...." Paul Wilson
"Was I surprised? Yes. Was I fooled? Yes. Do I know how he did it? No. Did I make the mistake of betting Pete five bucks that I could dope out the method before he showed me the trick? Yes. Do I have that five bucks? No. Did Pete just call Rocco over to break my legs? Yes." David Acer
"Watch it with your fingers on the rewind button because the first time around you'll think you missed something. It really is a fooler. The selected card just disappears and there's not a steal in sight. Definitely the most baffling version I've seen." David Britland
What will your audience say?
Comes complete with the special gimmicked Bicycle playing cards and instructional DVD hosted by Pete Firman, star of TV's Monkey Magic, Dirty Tricks, The Secret World of Magic and The Greatest Magic Tricks in the Universe Ever.
From the fertile mind of Anthony Owen and the fertile loins of Pete Firman springs "Holey Sh*t". Eeeewwww… why did I say that, now I have to gouge out my minds eye!
Seriously, these two chaps, a respected TV magic producer/performer and curly-haired, psycho-magic-Hobbit, have come up with a rather tasty variation on "Point of Departure" or I should say "Holey P.O.D.", a visual vanish of a card from between two other cards. Cool eh? But wait…there's more!
Lets go back…Here is what you see in Holey Sh*t...
..The spectator selects a card, this card is slid into the centre of the deck by the spectator. With no fishy moves it rises to the top of the deck. The card is immediately taken away from the deck (no weird or extra flips or moves), the deck is set down out of reach.
The selected card (shown back and front) is openly placed between two cards with large holes in the centre of each (they too are shown front and back). The selected card is visible through the holes in the outer cards (it REALLY is). Now, with a flick of the fingers the centre card, up until this point still seen through the holes, vanishes. It was there and in a micro second there is air. This really is something to see, it looks like magic…not the fake kind…the real stuff…Oh, you know what I mean! POP! It's gone…fantastic.
The two outer cards are now taken apart right in front of the spectators eyes and openly showing them, front and back, there is clearly NOTHING in between them. Now…you guessed it…the selection has moved back to the deck, what's more it is the only card that is face up!...
You get the needed gimmicks and all you need to do is provide a matching deck (my set were red Bikes).
The instructions are provided on DVD only. Pete Firman offers everything from the history of the effect through to the finer subtleties of its performance. The video is a bit basic but the content is very complete and detailed and you also get to spend time with Mr. Firman as he takes you though Holey Sh*t in his friendly and humorous style.
If you like close up card transpositions you won't find any much more eye-bugging than this. The effect looks so clean and open. Spectators will NOT believe their eyes. The workings are really easy and the gaffs are very well made. Start with this trick, ditch the cards with holes in them at the end and you will have a full deck ready to carry on with another effect…perfect. Holey Sh*t plays with no real angle issues and is ideal for table top close up. Pete Firman and Anthony Owen have an impressive trick here. Those of you who work with card effects and want a visual stunner you should snap up a copy of this one!
9 out of 10
© Tom Louten, June 2006