Some of the many contributors who provide and explain routines include: Allan Ackermann, Jon Armstrong, Jamie Badman, James Brown, Luke Dancy, Mike Davis, Dynamo, Andi Gladwin, Rob James, Oli Mealing, Robert Moreland and Tyler Wilson. There are also excerpts of an interview with Wayne Houchin, the inventor of “Signed Quarter into the Soda Can,” where he discusses creativity, working with Criss Angel, developing effects and more.
The format is mostly here’s a trick or move and how to do it. Because there’s no question and answer format with a second magician, the explanations tend to be brief. However, anyone who is familiar with basic and advanced sleight of hand can follow along and learn some great material.
I’ve gone on record as saying that I don’t care much for sandwich effects, but Davis and Armstrong have changed my mind. I performed some of this material at my restaurants over the past couple of weeks and it’s been getting a positive reaction.
Miles Nakouzi offers a four-of-a-kind routine where cards, say, four aces, quickly disappear and then reappear. This one is flashy and fast. Dynamo’s “Rubbish Trick” offers a quick card change that happens in a baseball cap. Dynamo fails to find a selected card and throws the card into his hat. When looked at again, the wrong card turns out to be the right card.
I liked Jamie Badman’s “Flexible Shift,” a utility move that can be used to control a card to the top or bottom of the deck and also used to steal a card or reverse it. This move has lots of possibilities. It’s an unusual “side-steal” type of move with an unconventional technique.
Something that doesn’t involve playing cards, I liked Nigel Qualter’s “Cut and Restored iPod Cable.” Here, Qualter takes the traditional cut and restored rope and creates an impromptu effect where he slices the cable of a spectator’s iPod and then restores it. No harm, no foul. A timely and entertaining adaptation of a classic.
A knuckle buster, Rob James offers “Moving Pip,” a fast color change that is challenging to perform, as is his four ace production. Andi Gladwin offers still another flashy four ace production in “Road Trip.”
Oli Mealing offers a flashy spin of a card that is a nice flourish. Here he tosses the card from behind the back and catches it in the front. Mealing also explains “Switch Trick,” a mind-reading and transposition card effect, as well as “Mealing Peeling,” his card switch and control.
Allan Ackermann performs and teaches an impressive table routine that combines several effects. Four of a kind are “twisted”-the individual cards turn over, one-by-one-in his hands. The cards then change into a royal flush and the original four of a kind is found in the deck. At the end, the four-of-a-kind are used to sandwich (locate) a previously selected card.
Because the artists drive the routines that they present, the material is varied. If you’re into serious card magic, you’ll probably find material that you will like. I did.
On the downside, $50 for a DVD is rather expensive. But if you find one move or routine that you can use, the DVD is worth the price. But for the money, I would be more inclined to purchase a DVD by a known magician who’s work I wanted to learn.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
MSRP: (US) $50
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