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DVD Review: The Trilogy (3 DVD Set) by Dan And Dave Buck

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DVD Review: The Trilogy (3 DVD Set) by Dan And Dave Buck
I’m Wayne and I’m a card geek.

There. I’ve said it and admitted to it.

While I don’t shove cards into the faces of unwilling volunteers and challenge them to "pick a card," I perform lots of card tricks in my strolling/close-up sets and always get excited over a fancy card flourish, multi-segmented cut or cool new move.

And if you like such things, "The Trilogy," a three DVD set by Dan And Dave Buck, will keep you busy for a good, long time and add some flashy material to your sets.

The Bucks Don't Stop Here

The Bucks are well known to anyone who's into magic and surfs the internet. Their creative and wild card flourishes are legendary and they are credited with helping to start a movement of card flourishes and performance now known as XCM or Extreme Card Manipulation.

The Trilogy offers some six hours of flourishes, moves and fast card tricks. This is visual and flashy card magic and manipulation that you can incorporate into your routines. Throughout, from the moves to the menus to the packaging, the Bucks offer a contemporary and relevant feel.

The material has high production values and offers excellent instruction from various angles as well as step-by-step and overview lessons. The authors also do a great job of attributing moves to their creators both on the DVD and through an accompanying booklet.

The Bucks offers a high standard for performing the moves that is fast, efficient and mesmerizing to watch. This DVD is for advanced practitioners and there’s so much material here that I can’t go into each in detail. But here are some highlights.


I’ve never been a fan of the “bluff pass,” but its use in “TiVo Transpo,” a fast transposition, fooled me. A selected card is left protruding from the deck that’s held in your left hand and a second card is held in your right hand. Instantly, the selected card, which can be signed, reappears face-up on the deck. And after the effect, the second card is found in the deck. This sequence can make an excellent addition to an “Ambitious Card” routine.

Another fast, two-card transposition is TiVo 2.0. A card that’s face up on top of the deck vanishes and is found to trade places with a card that’s been left protruding from the center. The color change here is fantastic.

Despite the name, "Cards Across" is a flashy single card sequence where a card that is pushed into a half of the deck that’s held in one hand quickly finds its way to the other hand. This one is really good and can also work well in an “Ambitious Card” routine. This one features a flashy DL from the center of the deck that is based on a Simon Lovell move.

Four of a Kind

I particularly liked “Queens,” a visual routine where four queens disappear one-by-one and then come back again. The routine is similar to one provided by Miles Nakouzi on the “The Session 2007" DVD (please click here to read our review. ). While there are similar vanishes and reproductions, the Buck’s version is flashier and explained in more detail. Here, you’ll learn the nuances that will make this routine work.

With visual flair that perhaps only the Buck twins can add, they offer their take on magic classics such as “Collectors,” “Travelers,” Steve Freeman’s “Back in Time,” Earl Nelson’s “Submarine Sandwich,” and offers various transpositions, sandwich and packet effects.


The “Flourish” DVD offers some of the most complex and insane multi-segmented cuts I’ve ever seen. The incredible multi-segmented cuts mostly involve breaking the deck into various pieces, sometimes up to a dozen segments and twirling and whirling them around the fingers into a final pose.

If you are familiar with Chris Kenner’s “Sybil” cut, you have a start for the many possibilities (“Sybil” forms the foundation of one of cuts here). The multi-segmented cuts have a tendency to look somewhat alike after awhile-perhaps only the most extreme card manipulator would want to learn and master them all-but it could be fun to learn a couple and incorporate them into a routine.

The “Carnahan Fan” offers an unconventional grip and execution of a fan that is visual and fast. I particularly liked “Molecule Four,” one of the easier multi-segmented cuts that maintains the order of the deck (I’m big on multi-segmented cuts that maintain the deck’s order). I’m working on this one. If you’re into cards, you’ll undoubtedly find a flourish here that will catch your eye and compel you to practice.

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