Months ago I started working on my version of Goshman’s Cards Thru Newspaper trick. My version ended up taking out everything I didn’t like about the trick, which are the cards and the newspaper. I ended up replacing them with Polaroid pictures and an envelope. It’s still a work in progress.
A couple weeks ago I was invited to be a guest at a magic club meeting that took place over zoom. One thing they did was allow people to perform and get critique from Patrick Martin, who also did a presentation during the meeting.
Only a handful of people took the club up. I volunteered to do something if they had space and wouldn’t get in the way of club member’s having the chance to be critiqued. They had plenty of space, so I did my trick with Polaroid pictures.
There was some great feedback, mostly with how bad my pictures were and how they showed up on the screen. They are 100% correct, here’s a screenshot:
The reflection from my ring light made the picture hard to see. There are a couple of solutions for this:
- Spray them with matte spray to dull the gloss
- Have the camera behind the ring light and bring the pics past the ring light
- Have more contrast between the animal and background in the actual picture
- Remake the picture so that it’s not glossy (i.e. fake Polaroid)
I think the final solution will be a combination of all of the above.