Thursday, May 13, 2010

Project 365 (145/365): Culligula

.:145/365: Culligula:.

Meet Trycks. He’s really shy, but he’s one of the best magicians you will ever meet.

That routine right there is a routine made possible by Mr. Kostya Kimlat, and it has been affectionately called as the Culligula. It’s one of the best Triumph-style routines out there, simply because it allows you to take any selected card from the spectator, and then promptly mix it in with cards in a haphazard way by shuffling half face-up and half face-down cards, then while showing to you the cards one by one to prove that they are definitely topsy-turvy, you not only find the card, but you demonstrate that the rest of the deck magically fixes itself again.

There is so much skill involved in performing this routine, and I don’t even know where to begin explaining to you just how insane Trycks is for performing this smoothly without so much as breaking into a sweat. As one of my personal magician friends, I couldn’t resist showing this video because it really attests to how good he is. I was hoping to save up all my Filipino magician friends for August, but I guess an exception in this case isn’t such a bad thing.

Anyways, Culligula is really a great routine, and Trycks did this one so well that Mr. Kostya himself congratulated him on having performed it so well.

Personally, I’m a big fan of “one card turned upside down in a pack of right-side up cards.” This version is one of the most technically demanding of them all, and I’m definitely glad to see that one of the best magicians in this country is more than up to the challenge of schooling everyone how it ought to be done.

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