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Performage Trapeze Magician
- #CORE-EN053

2 Level 4 Spellcaster-Type monsters You never take damage if the amount is less than or equal to this card's ATK. Once per turn, during either player's Main Phase 1: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 face-up Attack Position monster the turn player controls (other than this card); it can make a second attack during each Battle Phase this turn, also destroy it at the end of the Battle Phase. If this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard, or if this card in your possession is destroyed by an opponent's card effect and sent to your Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 "Performage" monster from your Deck.

Card Ratings
Advanced: 4.00 

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 is Horrible. 3 is Average. 5 is the highest rating.

Date Reviewed:
Sept. 9, 2015

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Now that Performages have merged with Shaddolls, this card is a nice addition to the Extra Deck.
It has strong ATK for a LV4 XYZ.  It replaces itself with a Performage monster, which isn't much but helps pay for itself.  It also prevents basically most battle damage and card effect damage you'd realistically expect to take (although burn isn't common and you shouldn't worry much about battle damage with a 2500 ATK beater on the field).
The attack effect is interesting, and the main reason you'd want to use this card..  You could use it to power up your own monster to OTK, or you can use it to destroy an opponent's monster.  The latter is more risky and very very situational but the former can help you push during late game.



Midweek brings us to another Performage Monster, in this case, the Trapeze Magician.  This guy is fun, and annoying, and useful outside of the Archtype, although fairly specific in being XYZ Summoned by two Level 4 Spellcasters.  Light and Spellcaster is good, as is 2500 attack on a Rank 4.  So first off, you don't take Damage, any Damage, ever, if the Damage in question is less than or equal to this cards attack.  Not even original attack, but current attack.  How cool is that?  Although, and rightfully so there is no anti-destruction effect or protection here, but that's still a unique ability in itself.  Next, during either players' turn, you can detach an XYZ Material to select a Monster of the turn player, which can make a second attack this turn.  Not this card however, and while you're sitting there wondering why you'd choose an opponent's Monster for this...said Monster is destroyed during the end of said Battle Phase.  If destroyed and sent to the Graveyard via Battle, OR destroyed by an opponent's card effect, and again, sent to the Graveyard, you can Special Summon a Performage Monster from your Deck.  He's great support for a theme, and again, I wouldn't fault any dedicated Spellcaster build for running one either.  

Rating: 3.5/5 
Art:  5/5


Hello Pojo Fans,
While it may have its restrictions, Performage Trapeze Magician is a good Xyz monster. Exclusive to only Spellcaster-Type monsters, it has great ATK for a Rank 4. LIGHT support is there, as well as Spellcaster support. With 2500ATK and its first effect, Trapeze becomes a Spirit Barrier with some serious attack power behind it. Protection against any damage less than or equal to Trapeze's ATK allows you to leave monsters in attack mode without having to worry about a big play taking them down and seriously damaging your life points.
The second ability to allow for a double attack to any monster other than itself in exchange for an Xyz material is good, and that monster's destruction at the end of the Battle Phase can be supplemented by using this ability on monsters that benefit being destroyed by effects or being in the graveyard (Shaddoll). For the archetype this belongs to, when this card eventually gets destroyed you do break even with a “Performage” Special Summon from the deck, which will prevent any shenanigans your opponent may pull in regards to your graveyard.
If you run an abundance of Spellcaster-Type monsters, this card may be a thought to use in the Extra Deck.
Until Next Time


This card reminds me of why I hate Nekroz. Everytime I have this and El Shaddoll Construct to attack for game, the opponent uses Nekroz of Valkyrus. Anyway, I'm getting ahead of myself. Performage Trapeze Magician is an XYZ monster with great stats. This is a Rank 4 Light Spellcaster-type monster with 2500 Atk and 2000 Def. You need two Level 4 Spellcasters to make this monster, but the restriction hardly matters because the Performages Special Summon themselves very easily.

Trapeze Magician has 3 effects and they are all good. The first is a damage mitigation effect. You take no damage equal to or less than its attack. Essentially, you never take 2500 damage or less during any turn, during any phase, so long as this is face up. One of the easy combos is to detach Performage Trick Clown for the second effect, use Trick Clown's effect to bring something back, and NOT take 1000 damage because Trapeze Magician is still on the field. The second effect is for big damage pushes. Once per turn, during either player's Main Phase 1, you can detach a material and target some other face up monster that the turn player controls to attack twice. Then, it's destroyed at the end of the Battle Phase. I have once successfully hit with Black Luster Soldier three times in one Battle Phase because of this monster. It was fun. It would also be possible to target an opponent's monster so that it hits twice and dies during their turn.

The final effect is where this card rounds out it's usefulness. If it hits the Graveyard by battle or if it's destroyed by an opponent's card effect while in your possession, you can Special Summon any Performage from the Deck. That will get better as more Performages are released, but even right now, getting Damage Juggler to the field and then searching from that effect in the graveyard is good. All these effects from one XYZ monster, with good stats. It's balanced and strong. It mixes defense and offense. It even has on-field and Graveyard effects. What's not to like? 

Score: 4.5/5 It's in the Extra Deck, so run 1 and see if you have the Spellcasters to summon it.

Art: 4/5 It's on some light trapeze, so that makes sense.


“You never take damage if the amount is less than or equal to this card's ATK” …....Does that include direct attackers like Inabi White Rabbit? Probably not, but damn what a good effect if it did!

So basically, this is how Trapeze Magician works: You can pick a monster from either side of the field (except this one), and let it attack twice, then it's destroyed at the end of the Battle Phase. What you want to do is wait till your opponent's turn, then detach an XYZ material to activate Trapeze's effect, then force your opponent to attack this guy twice, and even if it's a 2500ATK monster, Trapeze Magician won't be the one going bye-bye. Instead, you're setting your opponent up for monster suicide.

Also, if Trapeze Magician is killed either by battle or opposing card effect, you can special summon another Performage monster straight from the deck.... Heh, clever. It's like in real life, when the trapeze man fell to his death, they sent in the clowns to dsitract the audience. …...That's..... morbidly clever. 

Final Score: 5/5 (Performage Deck)

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