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Review of Let's Go Dutch by Fritz Alkemade

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Review of Let's Go Dutch by Fritz Alkemade

Let's Go Dutch by Fritz Alkemade

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"Let's Go Dutch" is an appropriate if unusual title for this DVD. It features the impressive card magic of Amsterdam-based Fritz Alkemade. I had absolutely no preconceived notions as to what I’d find on this DVD but discovered excellent, commercial and powerful card magic. And Alkemade himself is an entertaining performer. You’ll not only learns lots of great card tricks but many concepts to incorporate into your own card routines. For me, “Let’s Go Dutch” was a more than pleasant surprise. Before tackling the routines on this disc, you’ll want a solid foundation in card sleight of hand.

Y.A.M.S.M.A.T. is Great

My favorite routine was Y.A.M.S.M.A.T., which stands for “you’re a magician, show me a trick.” This is a fantastic and strong effect where cards change, appear, and disappear in various and entertaining ways. At the end, the entire deck vanishes and is found back inside the card box that’s resting on the table. This routine is a winner in so many ways. It’s got multiple phases that build to keep spectators interested. Best of all, Alkemade offers some fun twists on where the cards appear.

I’ve been performing the routine at my restaurants and it’s been getting great responses from my regulars. It’s a bit “smart-alecky” for my taste and one can easily turn into something of a show off with the effect. As a result, I’ve been experimenting with my presentation to find an angle that’s right for me. But immediately after seeing “Y.A.M.S.M.A.T.,” I knew that I had to add it to my working repertoire.

Just in Time 2.0 offers a take on classic triumph but the cards straighten out with the exception of three that indicate the exact time at that moment. In Alkemade’s Multiple Selection and Revelation Routine nine cards are selected, returned, and revealed in impressive ways. These types of routines are always winners.

Card Under Box

Boxing Day offers a first rate, multiple-phased card under card box routine. Two cards are selected and they end up under a card box that’s sitting on the table. The cards change places, the entire deck with the exception of a selected card ends up under the box, a selected card jumps into the card box and more. I really liked this one and found it be entertaining and commercial. Alkemade says that he was inspired by James Brown’s version which is also very strong and is found on his “Professional Opportunist” DVD.

As the name implies, Another Ambitious? offers Alkemade’s great handling ofambitious card. As you would expect, a signed card rises to the top of the deck several times in the classic manner and in the stunning conclusion, the deck turns into a plexiglass block. In a similar vein, A Mouthful offers a playful effect where a selected card repeatedly ends up hanging from your mouth.

Productions

Alkemade teaches a couple of productions with four of a kinds. And these productions form the basis of other routines. As the name implies, Four-King Production! offers an offbeat production of four kings that’s different from the standard fare. This one requires a table as you lay the cards down. The Ace Team is a four ace production that you can do while standing. This well-structured routine incorporates a theme of the “A-Team” television show and movie.

Several effects offer great follow-ups to the four-card productions. In Roppongi Revelation, a selected card is found to be sandwiched by the four kings. In Boxed Musketeers, the four of a kind find a spectator’s selected card by sandwiching it and then transpose with the selected card that’s been placed into a card box. It’s essentially a four to one transposition.

Opening and Closing Thoughts

Wallace's Opener and Tokyo Transposition go together. The “opener” allows you quickly produce a deck of cards from a bit of light and the “transposition” occurs between two cards. The two provide a great opener that doesn’t require a table. They form a great bit to do when you first approach a table.

In the lone coin effect, Euroutine offers a single coin routine - basically a David Roth-style “coin flurry” - where a coin vanishes, reappears, penetrates through your hand, and transforms into a jumble coin. It’s solid.

Of course, you’ll need strong card sleight of hand skills before tackling the material on this DVD. I found the routines to be commercial and exactly what professional strolling magicians need in their repertoires: visual, multi-phased, interactive and intriguing routines. “Let’s Go Dutch” is one of the best DVDs that I’ve seen in awhile. Had I reviewed this one in 2012 when it was published, it would have made my top ten list of best products of the year.

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