Real World Product Reviews
Reviews from the repertoire of a real working professional!
Issue 4 - December 10th 2014
Max Maven`s wonderful trick, B-Wave, is a favorite of many magicians
and has now stood the test of time to become a classic. I have been
performing it since it debuted many years ago and I still use both the
standard version in my close-up shows, and the jumbo version when I
perform platform and behind the bar.
In this issue:
B`Wave by Max Maven reviewed by Jon Jensen
I would have never have thought to review, or give my thoughts on BWave
until I saw a professional magician, whom I respect, give a less than
stellar performance of this elegantly simple trick. Sometimes it is all in the
details and the presentation.
Here is my thinking on presentation. As a young man fresh out of the
navy, I joined the ranks of salesmen for Ken Fletchers Magic Masters. For
those of you unfamiliar with this ingenious endeavor, Magic Masters was an
upscale magic shop that sold quality magic, at an inflated price, to tourists
and business travelers in a number of high traffic tourist locations.
We wore dress shirts and ties, listened to motivational tapes, and fooled
ourselves in thinking we were real salesman. As part of our training we had
to learn a concise script for the demonstration of the tricks. Other
magicians would often chastise us about this, saying the script turned us
into robots without souls, or something like that.
In fact, the script gave us the ability to hone the tricks so the we could
maximize their strengths, which in turn meant more sales. As
commissioned employees this was very important. David Williamson, a
Magic Masters alumni, credits Magic Masters and scripting as an important
part of his development into becoming a magic god.
I personally script all of the tricks I perform. It is a flexible process that
helps me to make them as magical as possible and it is this process that I
used to make B-Wave into what I feel is a real show stopper. Here is my
script for using B-Wave, I hope you find it useful.
In the description, we will assume you are using a jumbo B-Wave in
which the gimmick card is a spade and club. None of this will fully make
sense unless you own the trick.
1. I take the four cards out of my case and place them flat against my
chest, backs towards the audience, and held horizontally.
"I have four cards. They are the four queens: hearts, spades, clubs, and
diamonds. I have turned one of them over, reversed in the packet."
2."With my imagination, I am going to take out two of the cards (I make
a physical gesture using my right hand, as if I am removing two cards). Do
you think they are red or black?" Pause for their response. They will, of
course, either name red or black. Depending on their answer you will
proceed in one of the following ways.
A. RED. If the spectator names red, I say, "Great. You have
eliminated the red cards. That leaves us with the two black ones, spades
and clubs. With my imagination, I am going to turn one of them over (I use
my right hand to gesture, as if I am flipping a card). Whatever card you
name will be the card we use. Spades or clubs?"
They will name a suit, let`s say it is spades. I fan out the cards as
explained in the instructions to display their selected card reversed in the
packet. I pause for a few seconds to let this revelation register. This is
"I was so sure that you would pick the Queen of spades, that I gave it a
different color back." Flip the gimmicked card over to display it`s back.
Pause for a few seconds.
"And these three cards are blank!" Turn over the three cards left in your
hand and fan, showing their blank faces. "You had a free choice, but my
only prediction was the Queen of spades."
B. BLACK. If the spectator chooses black, I say, "Great. Now, with
my imagination, I am going to turn one of them over (make the hand
gesture as if you are turning over a card). Is it a spade or a club?
Whatever you name is the one we will use." Let`s assume again that they
"Great, you have chosen spades. With our imagination we are turning
the Queen of spades around in the packet." Again, make the flipping
gesture. "Now, with our imagination, let`s slide these cards back in the
packet, with this one card reversed." Gesture as if you are sliding
imaginary cards into the packet.
Proceed as described above.
1. The brilliance of this trick is that Max uses equavoque in forcing the
black cards, followed by the spectators actually getting to choose spades or
clubs. It is important when you have the person name either one that you
emphasize they have a free choice. This will, in turn, cause the audience
to believe they had free choices during the entire performance of the trick.
2. I believe I have made the equavoque equally strong, whether they
name red or black, by the imaginary withdrawal of the two cards. This
procedure, no matter what color the spectator chooses, makes sense in the
context of the performance.
After the spectator names a color, it is important that you proceed
without hesitation. You do not want it to appear as if you are doing mental
gymnastics during the performance.
The Invisible Deck may be the greatest trick ever invented, against
which all other tricks are compared. A card is freely named by a spectator,
the deck of cards is fanned out displaying one card reversed, the selected
card. What could be more mysterious?
What I like about B-Wave is that it has three succesive climaxes. There
card is reversed" it has a different color back" the other three cards are
blank. It builds into a powerful punch that is stunning to the audience. I
perform the invisible deck all of the time, but I perform this just as much.