O.C.L. By Ben Williams
Two Rings. One Impossible Souvenir
"OCL is not a pipe dream. This is the real deal. Destined to go straight into the working repertoire of every magician. Destined to become a classic."- Richard Sanders
From one playing card you tear two rings, each of these rings are signed. The two rings are held together, one behind the other. With one smooth motion you visually link them. No magnets, no tape, no illusions. They are actually linked.
The best part is, you can immediately hand it out for inspection. Nothing to find and perhaps the most impossible souvenir you could give out.
"The cleanest card link I've ever seen"- Daniel Madison
For decades magicians all over the world have tried to create a method for linking two signed rings of playing cards that can then be examined. Other versions have come close but there have always been compromises.
Whether you're performing for a bride and groom at a wedding, at your local residency or just for friends at the bar; Ben goes through every detail step by step to make your performances flawless.
• Only one card is used
• No magnets
• No compromises
• Both rings are signed by the spectator before they are linked
• The link happens visually
• It can then be handed out straight away for inspection
The definitive method on linking cards. Learn OCL today.
Duration: 35 minutes
There is a so much of dirty work you have to do during the performance, before reaching the moment where you do the link (0:07 in the video). If the entire performance was shown, nobody would buy the effect. By dirty work I don't refer only to the tedious work fabricating the gimmick, i mean things you have to do that not all spectators would fall into.
All of that for handing a gimmick that by the way should not be given away if you don't want to get caught.
I would not be writing this if i would have been charged less than $10.
I expected this to be much more simpler than what it really was. You have to go through so much trouble to prep for this. But in the end, it is still a brilliant piece. It just shows to go ya how much one can really hide in such a beautiful routine.
The methodology is brilliant. The instructional video, handling, routining, and presentation -- not so much. O.C.L. has the potential to truly mess with people's brains and create wonder.
That said, the creator REALLY needs to completely reshoot the instructional video and give some serious thought to motivated handling, natural movements, routining, and presentation that enhance the mystery rather than diminish it -- you know, the fundamentals of good magic. Sorry for sounding harsh but the haphazard, slipshod, "good enough" approach here is disappointing.
Regarding the instructions for making the gimmick and using it in the effect -- utterly maddening. From the imprecision of the instructor's language throughout, to the absence of closeups at key points, to blocked views of critical junctures, to the seemingly unerring ability of the camera to go out of focus just when you need sharpness, the whole thing is just a confused and confusing mess. PLEASE start again and fix this.
And PLEASE work on handling, routining, and presentation that will make it unnecessary to ramble on about origami (which O.C.L. isn't -- it's kirigami, if anything) and to distract the spectator with mind-numbingly inane tasks to try and cover handling deficiencies that could be rectified with some thought and care. P.S. Signing the frames adds nothing and only further slows things, distracts, and detracts.
I nevertheless give O.C.L. 4 stars for its ingenious core method that rivals if not exceeds that of its closest cousin (Sixten Beme's One Card Link). O.C.L. has potential to be fantastic -- a 5-star effect if the issues addressed in this review would be resolved.