Uniquely designed, the gaff system is the only type of gaff deck in its class. A complete system that can be used across the Tundra (White), Emerald Green or Cobalt Blue Artifice Decks. Never before has something as outrageous as this project been attempted, all three colors together in one deck.
Our first Gaff Deck came from the mind of Justin Miller. The follow-up ‘UltraGaff’ came from the twin creative minds of Wayne Houchin and Daniel Garcia. We knew with The Gaff System, we just had to go one better. Enter Three of the best minds in magic today.
We flew Daniel Madison, Eric Jones and Calen Morelli to Vegas, and locked them up in a hotel room for three days, until they emerged with a notebook FILLED with sketches and ideas - the original concepts for the Gaff System. From there began the process of culling effects OUT of the deck, ensuring only the best ideas from that session remained.
After a full week in Los Angeles, performing for strangers on Venice Beach, refining the handling of each effect until it was FLAWLESS, and shooting the explanations in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills, we’re proud to look back and say that this is undoubtedly the best gaff deck ever produced.
This is where the Gaff System differs from other decks; within are 15 separate effects that for any other project would be sold as standalone products - but with our mission to create the most insane gaff deck ever, we combined them all into this ONE deck.
From a torn and restored card that melts back together in a unique and unexplainable way, to a chosen card becoming a chapstick in a spectator’s hands. Each effect in this system is a worker. There is no room for ‘filler’. Each card placed in the deck has been carefully considered against a ‘wait-list’ of other effects to determine whether it TRULY belonged.
When we took the finalised artwork to USPCC we were told that the Gaff System could not be made. The photo realism of some of the cards in the deck used too many colors for the printers to handle, and cards like the ‘Chaptrick’ had them worried - because it looked ‘so much’ like a real Chapstick it sent their legal department scurrying.
Undeterred, we found our own printer who not only matched the feel of the cards in the deck to those in the Artifice Deck - but printed with such high quality that even Mike Clarke, who created the graphics for the deck, was impressed.
15 Unbelievable Effects. 3 Superstars of Magic. 1 Incredible Project. This is, The Gaff System.
Since his first release ‘Clench’ with Ellusionist, Calen’s gone on to do some pretty amazing things. Things like ‘Consulting for David Blaine, David Copperfield and Dynamo’. Serious credentials. Calen's style is organic magic, effects that challenge people’s understanding of everyday objects - and it’s this bending of reality that he brings to the Gaff System.
Taught by Calen Morelli : Mismade Jack | Chaptrick | TRNT | Shadowplay | Meld
As Creative Consultant for Ellusionist, Daniel Madison utilises his creative flair, studies in deception, and hard-earned experience to deliver remarkable effects to our catalogue. Daniel’s signature releases are used by a who’s-who of magic. It's Daniel's unique blend of 'impossible objects' and 'impossible occurrences' that makes his effects stand out in this set.
Taught by Daniel Madison : Angle Z | Half Vanish | Magnify | Peek Box
Although best known for his work with coins, Eric Jones’s card work is finessed and elegant - a trait that underlines the effects Eric brought to the Gaff System. In this DVD, Eric builds on the work of Larry Jennings, Marlo, Erdnase, Hugard and Braue to deliver four effects with style and grace rarely seen in gaffed card magic.
Taught by Eric Jones : Hoarders | Morph | Side Effect | On Point .
IN THE BOX
The Gaff System consists of 2 parts - the Artifice Gaff Deck and the two-disc Gaff System DVD. While they are available separately, the deck by itself is only sold as a ‘refill’ - as without prior purchase of the DVD you will not know how to use the deck.
Containing 54 cards utilised for 15 effects (listed below) and tailored for use with the Green, Blue or White Artifice decks - including vital extras of those cards you’re likely to be giving away - the Artifice Gaff Deck is the backbone of this system.
The two-disc DVD set contains over three hours of performances, teaching, invaluable advice and real world tips from the guys who actually created the effects - and know the potential of these as hard-hitting pieces of magic. Calen Morelli takes to Venice Beach to share the newly created magic of the Gaff System, and astonishes crowd after crowd with these tricks...
MisMade Jack... The printing on a single playing card moves with the wave of the hand - twice - leaving the spectator with an impossible object - a misprinted Jack. This effect is so visual, even Peter McKinnon flipped out during the filming of the explanation.
Chaptrick... When we shared this video on social media, our Facebook exploded - nearly 400 shares and 1800 likes on this trick alone. The card chosen by a spectator vanishes from the deck - only to appear in the Chapstick they’ve been holding the whole time.
TNRT... This is Brad Christian’s favorite of all the effects on the Gaff System. The clearly torn flap of a tuck-box restores with a rub of the finger. Hyper visual - and totally unexplainable.
Shadowplay... Who hasn’t used the light on a camera phone to navigate through the shadows at night? In this trick, Calen uses the light to produce a shadow on a playing card - a shadow that stays fixed, even when the finger that made it is taken away.
Meld...A Torn and Restored Card effect that restores in the spectator’s hands… but not the way you’d think. Four clearly torn pieces are placed in the outstretched hands of the spectator, only to meld together in a misshapen stack.
Hoarders... Four Kings are placed into a card box and three selections lost in the deck. When the card box is opened again - the selections are seen sandwiched between the Kings. With a pinch, the Kings disappear - leaving only the selections behind - and the Kings? Face up, in the middle of the deck.
Morph... This is how a color change really should look. A single card morphs back and forth between a Queen and a Four, with a wave of the hand before being handed back to a spectator, one card - completely changed.
Side Effect... An effect where your imagination is the only limit. The writing on the side of a deck of cards changes with a wave of the finger. Anything from ‘Your Card is’ changed to ’Three of Hearts’ through to ‘Happy Birthday’ changed to ‘(Spectator’s Name)’. Great for conveying a personal message - or using as an ‘Impromptu Magic 8 Ball'.
On Point... A chosen card is lost in the deck, and the Artifice Joker enlisted to help find it. With a flutter of the card, the joker points to wherever the spectators card is located - even when he’s moved away from the deck. Eric Jones breathes life into the deck’s mysterious gentleman.
Angle Z... While Madison devotes a whole DVD to Angle Z- here, this is the incredible Gaff System Version. The corner of a card is ripped off and then gently balanced on the card’s back. Slowly the card is tilted - with the corner defying gravity, staying stuck to the card. Not just stuck - melted.
Half Vanish... Like an Erdnase Change in slow-motion. An out-jogged card slowly vanishes from the deck, visibly dissolving through the top card in the deck, until it’s completely invisible. A gorgeous piece of magic.
Magnify... A picture is taken of a face-up card with a smart phone, and then zoomed in with a tap. When the phone is taken away from the deck the card itself is seen to have zoomed in as well. With a pinch on the deck, it changes back to regular size.
Peek Box... Daniel Madison exposes a trick Gambler’s use to peek the bottom card of the deck - a rip in the tuck box shows the index. However when a spectator’s card is involved, things don’t go the way you’d expect. A baffling trick hidden in a gambling demonstration.
Immaculate Reconnect... Adam Wilber teaches his ending for Paul Harris’s ‘Immaculate Connection’ - the centers of three ripped cards used in the effect melt back into the torn cards - only, the wrong centres are used. An unexpected kicker to an awesome effect that leaves the spectators with an impossible object. Also contains thoughts and handling from Michael Weber.
Aquafina... To round out the Gaff System, Adam Wilber teaches a ‘Card to Bottle’ effect that doesn’t go as planned. The label on a water bottle is peeled off to reveal the spectator’s chosen card.