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Pavlova (vintage 1970s, Repro Magic, UK)

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I have been a fan of most Repro Magic since I first started buying tricks made by the company back in the 1970's.  They typically put out good quality closeup magic that used innovative methods and the instructions were always well detailed and described.

Despite the fact that I was a packet magic maniac back in the 1970's and 1980's, I had never come across this Repro item, called PAVLOVA -- not sure why it is called that...  

It is a packet card effect, slightly reminiscent of Color Monte (because it also has colored diamonds on the cards), but the effect is very different.

It looks like this:  you show four cards, each of which have a blue diamond on one side and red diamond on the other.  They are arranged to have three blue and one red facing upwards, and then the red diamond seems to turn blue, leaving four blue facing up.  Of course, you admit that the red diamond actually did not turn blue, but its card magically turned over to have the blue side upwards.   Then the packet seems to have changed again, as now there are three reds facing up and one blue.  Then all four red.  Then all four blue.   For the finish, the backs are shown to be four Nines (regular playing card faces -- not diamonds)

To be honest, the appearance of the card faces makes no sense to me.  But it is surprising.  And once you know the routine, you could get some double blank cards and customize this routine to use whatever symbols you wanted.   Could have the words TOP and BOTTOM, instead of colored diamonds.  Then at the end, the other sides could end up saying MIDDLE.  Or something like that... you get the idea.

This is an interesting routine for packet trick collectors.

CONDITION NOTE:  previously owned -- complete with all props in excellent condition.  Original instruction sheets are also included

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