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DVD Review: Card Trick Magic by Stephane Vanel

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DVD Review: Card Trick Magic by Stephane Vanel
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If you’re a beginner and want to learn some good card magic, Stephane Vanel’s “Card Trick Magic” offers first rate effects that don’t require complicated sleight-of-hand and are easy to learn and perform. The DVD features 12 card tricks and offers an introduction to basic card sleights. The routines here are excellent for beginners.

Aces Everywhere

The DVD comes with two first rate “four ace productions.” In these routines, the spectator deals or cuts the cards and the magician reveals the four aces on the top of the resulting piles. “The Magic Zone” is Vanet’s version of the “reversed card .” The spectator selects a card and places it back into the deck. After placing the deck behind your back and bringing it out again, the selected card is shown to have reversed itself in the deck.

As you would expect there are lots of find a card routines that involve piles of cards, jokers and cuts. A routine called “The Magical Straight” is a great one that allows a spectator to select a card. You then shuffle packets of the deck together face up and face down. When the cards are spread on the table, it’s found that all of the cards are now in the same direction with the exception of one suit that is face up and in order. The selected card is missing from that suit.

What's in a Name?

While I like the material on this DVD, I question why Vanel has chosen to rename some classic effects. For example, his “Strong Connection” is simply “Do As I Do .” While “Do As I Do” is well known and practically public domain, he should at least mention the name that the rest of the magic community knows (and he didn’t invent the trick). Same for “The Accordian,” which is simply Sid Lorraine’s “Slop Shuffle.” This intentional oversight detracts from a great DVD.

Vanet delves into basic sleight-of-hand by teaching the “Criss-Cross” and “Slip-Cut” moves, and shows how to hold a break.

Live Audience

A plus, Vanet performs some of the tricks for a live audience to show viewers how well they can play. Unfortunately, Vanet adds some flourishes and other touches that are the mark of a pro to dress up his presentations. Beginners won’t be able to do these things. He should have tried to keep these to a minimum as he is not teaching them here on this DVD.

I highly recommend this DVD to beginners who want to get started in card magic. The tricks on this DVD will allow you to quickly learn some good tricks that you can perform and you’ll gain a starting point in pursuing sleight of hand.

-Wayne N. Kawamoto

MSRP: (US) $24.95

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