All Aboard by Tom Swift
Available from www.propdog.com
Dan Harlan’s Card-toon effect, which was re-popularised recently due to Jamie Raven’s performance on Britain’s Got Talent, is a great visual effect that’s easy to do and gets great reactions. All Aboard is a take on Dan’s classic effect but instead of using playing cards it uses train tickets for various major city destinations around England.
A spectator is asked to select a destination from a map (also supplied). The tickets are turned over to reveal a cartoon drawing of a train. Riffling the stack of train tickets like a flick book the cartoon train is seen to move and where it stops at a final destination proves to be the exact city chosen by the spectator.
This is super easy to do and it requires no forces or sleights. Any of the cities on the map can be named and the train will always stop at that very destination. The animation really does look good as the final train station sign has the chosen city name written on it.
The cards look exactly like real train tickets apart from the fact that they have been laminated to last longer.
Instruction can be found via a URL supplied when you purchase All Aboard.
To summarise, this is a good alternative to a classic visual effect. Recommended