With Souvenirs d'Italie I have wanted to remember and celebrate the old, beloved tourist postcards that were the backdrop to everyone's holidays, those who lived them and those who received them indirectly, almost as an achievement for a promise kept.
Souvenir d'Italie is an effect that makes it possible to make an impossible prediction: one Italian city out of the eight depicted on the postcard is chosen, or even only thought of, by a spectator, who holds them in a bunch in his hands.
The spectator will have to distribute them face down on the table, covered by their respective place cards, completely hidden from view. After this operation, no one, not even the spectator, will be able to know the position occupied by the city he has chosen. The performer, after having his back turned the whole time, will be able to identify the spectator's favorite city, and after having eliminated, one by one, all the seven cities not involved, canceling their positions by turning over their placeholders, only one will remain. The only city chosen by the spectator.
And that's not all! If you turn over the last placeholder, the one referring to the chosen city, a big X will appear on its back. The only placeholder marked with an X is the one underneath which the spectator will place the postcard chosen from the eight in the packet.
The absolutely incredible thing is that the eight placeholders, which will serve as a cover for the cards, will be placed on the table before the spectator makes his or her choice.
The e-book contains all the templates to be printed and possibly laminated (strongly recommended), the branded (two versions) and unbranded place cards, the eight postcards and a list to be used as a reminder for the spectator or to indicate to others present the choice without having to say it.
I received this first beautiful review:
"Souvenir d'Italie is an effect with amazing results. Davide has managed to combine a number of familiar methods and put them through his very personal blender to create a routine that leaves nothing to chance, especially when it comes to impressing the audience. Special kudos to the finished work, which provides everything, but everything you need to present a number that will be talked about for a long time. Absolutely recommended." - Mazz Mariano
1st edition 2022, PDF 35 pages.
word count: 5648 which is equivalent to 22 standard pages of text