Vincent Hedan’s “Multitude” – A treatise on the Multi-Effect deck.

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Everyone knows I am the creator of everything and anything that exists (I created words, having ideas, and I even created the idea of “creating” something).

However, Vincent Hedan, a French performer currently based in Sydney, Australia, has beaten me to the punch on this. He has previously had a number of his works released in French, and has recently started to release new products and books based on his own work in English.

The book itself contains 16 different effects, as well as the development and history of the Multi-effect deck and principles involved. Each effect goes on to use fundamental sleights in tune with the workings of the deck in order to achieve some exceptionally clean and direct effects.

What is unique about the use and discussion of this utility deck is how many different methods can be utilised to accomplish a number of different effects. Most utility decks I have ever bought (The Exchange, Cheek 2 Cheek, Invisible deck) have one core principle which can be used in a few different ways, but method-wise and presentation-wise, they are all extremely similar. Essentially, if you see one of these decks being used over and over for 5-10 different effects, the methods, and the outwards projection of what is happening for the audience is pretty much the same. They can be utilised differently, but wholly, the ‘different’ uses are essentially putting old wine in new bottles. Nothing special.

This is not the case with the Multi-effect deck and Vincent’s approach to it.

The beauty of what he has developed uses a combination of two core properties of this deck, but the difference in the applications, and how many different contexts it can be applied to is stunning. Also, how freely and openly the deck can be handled is refreshing, as it means you can use the deck to achieve a variety of effects while openly shuffling the deck.

As an example of how diverse the application of the deck can be, here are just a few different effect descriptions (in my own words).

  • Mr Horayne shuffles the deck and spreads it face down on the table. A mere mortal spectator takes any card, notes it’s identity and places it inside of the card box, a purse, or anywhere beyond Horayne’s view (Although Larry Horayne sees and knows all).   The deck is then squared by the spectator, and cut a few times. Without asking any questions, the magician is able to name the selected card.
  • A spectator has a portion of the shuffled deck and cuts to and notes a card somewhere within the packet. Mr Horayne, without touching or taking back the spectator’s portion, reverses a card in his own packet and leaves it out jogged, face down, to mark a spot. Both the spectator and Mr Horayne’s packet are dealt through simultaneously.  The spectator’s selection is at the same position as Mr Horayne’s face down card. Not only that, but Mr Horayne’s face down card is the selection’s perfect mate.
  • The cards are legitimately shuffled and divided amongst the spectator and Mr Horayne. Both the spectator and Mr Horayne deal through their own packets into two piles each, and at the end are both found to have separated red and black cards.
  • The spectator names a number between 1 and 52, and Mr Horayne, in all his might, cuts the number of cards equal to this freely selected number.
  • And Finally, while blindfolded, Mr Horayne is able to deal the ENTIRE shuffled deck into the four suits. During this dealing, the spectator can stop Mr Horayne and he will re-shuffle the remaining cards before continuing to deal.

Also, another brilliant point is how at the end of each effect, the deck is either reset, or can be reset openly in front of your spectators, and you are able to continue on with any other effect or routine to use the Multi-effect deck. The versatility of the deck allows a very free-flowing, jazzing approach to the use of the deck.

I was very pleased with the production quality of this book, as well as the quality of the effects and how practical and well constructed they are. I have, on occasion, seen a number of lay audiences and magicians be stumped by the use of this deck. Also, as mentioned, the use of the deck within a routine and the capabilities and construction of the deck and the effects allows you to perform for as long or as short as you like, making this a perfect item for any restaurant, walk around or trade show workers.

The written descriptions and photo-realistic diagrams are adequate in learning and understanding the concepts behind the work and workings of the effects, but it does assume an understanding of the fundamentals of card magic as well as performance. The basis of the presentations and key points are given, which also requires an understanding and experience of performing and knowing your own performing and presentation style.

So, if you don’t know shit about card magic, go pick up Royal Road or Card College and come back to this.

If you love new ideas, practical card magic, and know a good thing when you see it, pick up this book with the deck from:  in the Magicians section

Thank me later,

Also, I fucked your mother.