Many cardmen immediately disregard mathematical based tricks, classifying them as “boring” or “too complicated.” As a overarching rule, these characterizations of mathematical magic are untrue (although we have all witnessed our fair share of dull card tricks). Anyone who has seen Steve Beam perform or has read his popular Semi-Automatic Card Tricks series can attest to the strength of math-based material when performed by a capable magician.
As with tricks made possible through sleight-of-hand, effects based on mathematics must be careflly crafted and honed to the point where a lay audience will be entertained by them. After all, that’s the result we’re after. How we get there, of course, should be invisible to the audience anyway, right? So, it’s up to each individual to look at ALL of the tool’s in his toolbox and decide which ones should be used to accomplish this end goal.
I say all this as an introduction to this review, because it’s important that you understand that I’m not automatically opposed to mathematical material. In fact, I’m highly interested in it. I taught high school math for three years and have even developed a show for students that uses exclusively mathematical material. So, when I heard about Werner Miller’s series of Enigmaths eBooks, I was actually excited to dive into them.
Unfortunately, I was left feeling underwhelmed. An overall description of the effects in these books might be this: if you take a certain number of cards, apply a specific shuffle to them, deal them into a certain number of piles, and spell a specific set of words, the chosen card will appear. There are many variations of this theme. That isn’t to say that all of the tricks are bad, but this is a collection of MANY such items. Even if you enjoy this type of thing, you’ll probably just want one or two versions in your repertoire.
The audience of magician’s who are interested in these types of tricks is small. The audience of laymen who are willing to SIT THROUGH these types of tricks is even smaller. On a positive note, the tricks are all very simple to execute. There is really no sleight of hand involved. Besides dealing the cards, knowing how to perform a few simple shuffles (Klondyke, Reverse Faro, Monge, etc) is all that’s required. Also, there were certainly some interesting and clever tricks described. I just don’t think I found any that I wanted to add to my performing arsenal.
In Peter Duffie’s review of Werner’s eBooks in MAGIC Magazine, he mentioned “I love playing with mathematical principles, even if the end result is a monstrosity.” If this describes your magical interests, then you may well be pleased with the material contained in these pages. For most of us, however, I recommend you spend your money elsewhere.
- Available for $15 each from Lybrary.com
Ollie Mealing is a young magician from the UK (who also happens to have a review blog). His latest DVD is The Skip Switch Project produced by the guys at Big Blind Media. On the disc, Ollie teaches the Skip Switch move along with 11 routines that utilize the technique. The guys from BBM have put up a demo showing exactly what the move looks like. They also tell you exactly what the move accomplishes. Let’s take a look.
So on one hand this is an easy review to write. If that looks like a move that’s worth your time and money to learn, then you will not be disappointed. Ollie and the producers of the DVD have laid it all out for you. There are no surprises.
On the other hand, this is a review blog, so you’re probably looking for a little more insight. So here we go…
The Skip Switch move itself is a cool idea: discrepant but fooling. Just the kind of thing I like. It is also not that difficult (although it will require some practice). It’s the kind of thing that I would have really like to have seen written up in a magazine or as part of a larger book. However, this isn’t something taught as part of a larger project. The whole DVD is dedicated to this ONE technique. You are paying $25 to learn ONE move.
There are 11 routines taught on the disc. A couple of them are terribly convoluted and difficult to follow. Most of them, though, are pretty good. Unfortunately, none of them are great. When it comes down to it, the Skip Switch is a move for switching a sandwiched card. Most of these routines are simply rather obvious applications of that basic technique. That doesn’t mean that they’re useless; there’s just nothing here that’s going to blow you away.
So, I guess my biggest problem with The Skip Switch Project is the value for your money. If this were a $10 download, I might be more apt to recommend it. For $25, however, I just can’t do that. While the move is something fun to play with, I don’t imagine that you would actually use it. If you’re looking for something to show your magic buddies, this might be for you. For real performances, however, there are cleaner, easier, more direct ways of doing the exact same thing.
- Available for $25 from www.BigBlindMedia.com
Miraculous Minds is a collection of mentalism effects in an e-book format. There are 34 effects in total plus two essays, all from Scottish performers. Peter Duffie has put out similar collections in the past with Scotland Up Close, England Up Close, and Mind Blasters 1 & 2. The format here is similar to his other efforts. Navigating to each effect is quick and easy from the table of contents which is a nice feature.
I have mixed feelings on Miraculous Minds overall. While there were a few stand out items, most of the effects seem more like filler material. Let’s begin with the highlights.
Invisible Opener (David Forrest)-
David admits that this is not as clean as the classic Invisible Deck routine. However, this routine may be performed using a standard deck. To be fair, while the presentation is similar to what is usually used for the Invisible Deck, the named card does not always appear reversed in the pack. That being said, the magician is able to cleanly show that he predicted the named card from the outset. While the method is clever and the effect could be powerful, I’m not sure how many card guys will add this to their repertoire considering the setup and mental work involved.
Wedding Present (Alan Innes)-
“Six cards are shown each with a month and number on each side giving a choice of all twelve months, Jan 1/ Feb 2, Mar 3 / Apr 4, etc. A list of 50 different wedding presents is shown along with a small box. The spectator is asked what month they would like to get married in and that month is placed aside. The spectator then mixes up the remaining cards turning some of them over to get a random total, say 48. The number is checked against the list of presents to give a gold coin. Inside the box that has been in full view is a gold coin!”
Alan has combined a couple of classic principles to create a prediction effect that seems much more fair than it really is. The decisions seem completely random to the spectators, but every contingency is taken care of by the routine’s clever workings.
The Gobbolino Principle (Paul Lesso)-
This principle may prove useful for those who like stacked deck work (Si Stebbins, Eight Kings, etc), but who are afraid that the audience might notice the alternating colors of the cards when the deck is spread face up. Paul provides a variation for the cycling of the suits that still allows the performer to easily calculate the next card in the stack. However, the cards can be shown more freely as there is no noticeable pattern to the colors discernable from a casual look through. Paul is not the first to tackle this problem, but if you are already familiar with a certain stack, it will be a no brainer to implement this principle.
Dicychometry (Jackie McClements)- Four spectator each roll a different colored die and write down their number on a piece of paper. The papers are rolled up and dropped into a cup. The dice are covered by the participants. The magician’s back is turned during the proceedings. When he turns around, he takes one of the papers from the cup and reads it. He is then able to divine which spectator rolled the indicated number and with which dice. The effect is pretty basic. However, Jackie teaches the an old marking system by Jules Lenier that is very effective. The system can easily be applied towards other effects.
Killer Finish (Jackie McClements)- This is a weak addition to the “Dicychometry” effect mentioned above that wouldn’t fly by many spectators. Plus, to use the method involved to reveal such trivial information is a bit of a waste. For the same amount of work, you could get rid of the dice altogether and divine information that actually means something to the spectator.
SOAP BOX SIDE NOTE- Jackie opens this description with the following line: “This fits well with the above routine. It adds a kicker finish and lengthens the whole procedure, eating up some valuable minutes if need be.” Are you kidding me? I hate to pick on Jackie as I have heard this line from other magicians as well, but why on earth would you ever want to “eat up valuable minutes” when performing for an audience. Trust me, there is an abundance of wonderful magic in this world for you to share with them. I cannot ever imagine being in a situation where “filling time” would be the best use of my talents.
Draw Your Own Conclusions (Alan Innes)- This is a drawing duplication routine similar to Max Maven’s “Mind’s Eye Deck” or Richard Osterlind’s “Design Duplication System.” The spectator doesn’t simply draw any picture. Instead, he chooses one from a stack of cards. Alan briefly outlines his presentation about supposedly figuring out the drawing by watching the way the spectator moves the pencil. This “pencil reading” angle is an interesting idea. Usually the power of drawing duplication effects seems to be the fact that there is no way (other than mind reading) that the mentalists could have received the information. Alan’s premise seems like something that could actually be possible with enough training. It lives on the border between impressive and impossible.
Overall, I’m left feeling unfulfilled. While there are some clever ideas inside, I’m not sure who would feel completely satisfied with this collection. For a book on mentalism, the methods feel pretty magicky (i.e. using a bottom deal for ACAAN). I’m not against this completely, but be aware that most of the routines play as mental magic and not believable power of the mind demonstrations. If this suits your style, you may find the routines of use. Most people, however, would be better served by purchasing one of Peter Duffie’s other outstanding eBooks.
Available for $19.95 from http://www.lybrary.com/miraculous-minds-p-611.html
Lost Luggage is an e-book written by German mentalist Stefan Olschewski. The concept behind the book is similar to Max Maven’s Nothing DVD: what happens if you need to perform a show but don’t have any props. Maybe they were stolen or maybe they were lost by the airline. In any case, you need some material that can be prepared quickly using materials that are easily borrowed or obtained. I will describe the act as seen by the audience.
Intro- The performer directs the audience’s attention to an envelope hanging from a string. He says that this is a prediction of things to come. He promises never to touch the envelope, but that the audience will get to see what’s inside at the very end of the show.
Sensitive Silverware- The performer introduces four glasses, each containing a different object (spoon, fork, knife, and napkin.) He asks everyone in the audience to concentrate on one of those objects, one of which he has secretly predicted in advance. As he walks around the room locking eyes with a series of spectators, he supposedly looks for someone who is thinking of his predicted piece of silverware. He finally settles on one woman and invites her to the stage. He has her pick up the object she is thinking of, but before she does, he shows his prediction to everyone in the audience. Amazingly, the woman picks up the predicted object.
I really like this effect. It has the feeling of the classic Open Prediction card effect without cards. I must mention, however, that this will not work in every venue. The method, while clever, requires certain conditions that won’t be present when performing in most impromptu situations. I can’t reveal the exact conditions for fear of tipping the secret, but suffice it to say that this isn’t something you could perform in a small parlour setting. Unfortunately, this means that it won’t be of much use to many performers. That being said, the effect is a good one in the right environment.
Intermission 1- This isn’t really an effect in itself; it is used to help set up the final prediction of the show. The performer borrows a bill from an audience member. After some byplay where an old gag is used for something sneaky, the lender signs the bill and seals it inside of an envelope. He is instructed to hold onto the envelope until the end of the performance. Some people won’t like the bold method used here. However, those experienced in magic and mentalism should be able to easily think of alternative approaches.
Win Win Situation- This is a new presentation for an old principle. The performer calls 10-12 people to the stage to participate in a simple game. The winner, he says, will win a prize contained in an envelope (free dinner, cash, etc.) Another spectator is invited to help be the judge for the proceedings. The performer and guest judge take turns eliminating people from the game until there are only two players remaining on stage. The spectator makes the choice for the final elimination, and the winner is asked to open the envelope. Besides the prize, the envelope contains a description of exactly what the winning spectator is wearing. Apparently, the performer knew who would win from the beginning.
I must say that this is what happens only 50% of the time. The other 50% of the time, a slightly different effect occurs where you describe the person who won second place in the game. The presentation and wording cover this adequately, but it does seem a bit “off” to predict the person who almost won instead of the winner. If you are interested in this effect, be sure to check out Michael Weber’s “The Laying on of Hands” from his book Lifesavers. It uses a similar idea to really great effect. Weber’s routine is also impromptu.
Intermission 2- Again, this is not an effect in itslef. It is just used to set up for the final prediction. The performer introduces a copy of that day’s newspaper. Someone selects a page and it is torn in half. The audience selects which half to keep. This is again torn in half and the audience chooses which piece to keep. This is continued until only a small piece remains. This is sealed inside of an envelope and handed to a volunteer to hold until the end of the show.
Magical Chairs- The performer places an envelope on the table. A paper ball is tossed into the audience. Whoever catches it tosses it to someone else and comes up to the stage. This is continued until four spectators are selected. Each person is handed a piece of paper labeled 1-4. Also on stage are three chairs. They play a game similar to musical chairs where, instead of playing music, the performer reads from a book. Stefan reads from the Bible which is an odd choice but does satisfy the conditions of bein able to obtain the props from your hotel room. At any rate, each round one person and one chair are eliminated until a winner is declared. The performer opens the envelope and pulls out a piece of paper that predicts the winner of the game.
This is the weakest effect in the book, both in method and effect. I won’t give away the details, but if you saw the routine performed, I don’t think you would have any problems working them out for yourself. The revelation of the prediction is certainly not as fair as it could be. Since the performer is only predicting something with a one in four chance of happening, the revelation needs to be completely above suspicion. Unfortunately, this is not the case here.
Wrap Up Prediction- The performer reminds the audience of the prediction that has been hanging from the ceiling since the beginning of the show. The spectators that have been holding onto the envelopes, remove the signed bill and torn piece of newspaper. Another volunteer is called on stage to open the envelope and read the prediction. The prediction reveals the text on the newspaper as well as the serial number of the signed bill.
There isn’t much to say about the final prediction except that you are way ahead of the game by the time it is revealed. All of the dirty work is taken care of long before the final moment. In theory this is a strong closer to the act, but its strength relies completely on the fairness in which the bill and newspaper piece were selected. That means that when the final predication is being read, the audience is going to think back to when those objects were first introducted. In this case of the dollar bill, I fear that some astute spectators may be able to reconstruct the method if performed as written. I’m not discounting the method used completely. I have no doubt that it could be used in certain situations, but I don’t like the idea of the most important part of my show relying on it.
So there’s the act. There’s nothing earth shattering about it, but there are a few strong pieces of mentalism included. The procedures employed in this e-book are very straightforward, but may not suit the style of every mentalist. Due to the nature of having to come up with this act on the fly, most of the methods are carried out with brute force rather than subtle techniques. The biggest problem with the act is the fact that each effect is a prediction. While I don’t think this is the best approach, it would have at least been better if the odds of each prediction would have become more and more impossible as the act progressed. The first effect is a one in four prediction. The odds grow to one in twelve for the second routine, but then shrink back down to one in four for the penultimate effect.
There are a couple of times where the author comments to the effect of “nobody will be suspicious, because they are not expecting anything sneaky” or “you’re a mentalist, not a magician, people don’t expect you to switch things.” While I agree that in many tricks, the method is as much about attitude as it is secret moves, I think it’s a bit naive to believe that the audience isn’t fully on guard against suspicious actions. This is especially true in mentalism, where the presentaiton stresses how fair you want everything to appear.
The layout to the book is straightforward. There are pictures when necessary and the descriptions are clear. If this act sounds like something you would like to perform or to simply have handy in case of an emergency, you may want to check this out. Most performers, however, will be better served spending their money on a DVD or book that will provide more bang for your buck.
Things With Cards focuses on Nate Kranzo’s card material. Included in the book are false cuts, card routines, utility moves, and four of a kind productions. According to Nate, “The material is anywhere from dead easy, to very difficult. It’s all visual.” Here’s what is explained…
In the Hands Freeman- Four Aces are produced in the midst of a riffle shuffle. Not much else can be said. This is a quick, practical method for producing any four-of-a-kind.
Stick 4- This is another visual four-of-a-kind production that is pretty simple to do. I will not describe the exact effect for fear of tipping the method, but I will say that this is one of the only effects in the notes that cannot be done with a completely straight deck. However, the gimmick involved is minimal and allows for a ultra visual appearance of the Aces (or whatever.)
For Instant- One card explodes into four. This is a bit knacky, but I imagine it would look very good. Unfortunately this seems to be one of those things that would be easier to learn from seeing it in action on a video.
Trans AM- This is a visual two card transposition between a selection resting on the back of your hand and a card placed in your pocket. It feels risky to perform but everything is surprisingly secure.
Invisible Elasticity II- This was my favorite effect from the notes. An invisible rubber band is wrapped around the deck. A signed selection is slid beneath it. When the selection is pulled to the right is snaps back. Next, the magician drops the cards into the spectators hands where a rubberband visually appears encircling the deck. Finally, the selection is placed face up into the center of the pack and is visually pulled up through the deck and rubberband. A demo video of this effect can be seen at Nate’s site (http://www.hismagic.com/?page_id=15). Scroll down to the Things With Cards section and click to play the embedded YouTube video.
Standing Up to Ray and Bill- Nate’s handling of the classic Triumph effect has a few things going for it. First, everything can be performed completely in the hands without the need for a table. Second, it is relatively simple to perform. Finally, Nate has managed to change the effect by altering the revelation. Instead of the cards magically righting themselves after being shuffled face up into face down, Nate causes the cards visually right themselves before the shuffle is completed. Best of all, the change happens with the cards held in only one hand. Believe me, this looks really cool.
Thumb Variation- This is Nate’s touch on a color change inspired by John Cornelius’s “Winter Change” and Steve Draun’s “Starfish Change.” As I’m not familiar with the aforementioned changes, I cannot really comment on Nate’s additions.
Unnecessary Cut- This cutting sequence that does not alter the order of the cards, but I do not prefer it to most other false cuts (including the other one included in this book). I have a feeling that I might like this better if I could see it in action as it is another piece that would be a little easier to grasp from watching a video.
Small Packet Reversal- In Nate’s words, “I do not plan on explaining any routines using this sleight because I feel that it is versatile enough to be used in just about any small-packet routine.” Unfortunately, this is once again something that would be easier learned from a video.
Sekel Tuc and The Dancy Revelation- Luke Dancy’s false cut is fairly simple to perform compared to most other fancy cutting sequences. It can also be used to produce four of a kind in a quick, visual manner. This was featured on Luke Dancy’s Magic For The Eyes DVD. Those who have witnessed it can attest to how visually shocking the production can be.
You will notice I have mentioned that a few of these effects would be easier learned from a video. I make this comment as a warning to readers who have difficulty learning from the written word. This is not a bash at the author for not explaining things clearly. The effects are explained clearly and can be learned in this format; my assertion is just that things would be easier to understand if they could be seen in action.
My only complaint with the explanations of the effects is that there was a little less attention to detail than I would have wished for. For example, the instructions may call for the Aces to be set up on top of the deck. However, later in the explanation, the author may reference the Kings. This is a minor mistake that will not interfere with your understanding of the material.
Overall, the material is good but not for everyone. If you are in to slick card moves and fancy productions your money will be well spent. Others may feel more satisfied from Nate’s other tremendous material available for instant download from his website. (Check out my review for his In The Heat of the Desert Lecture Notes.) While you don’t have to be a finger-flinger to enjoy this e-book, Nate’s other offerings are more suited for the magician looking to quickly add a few things to his repetoire.
-Available from http://www.hismagic.com/?page_id=15
Next is a 17 page PDF file that showcases the magic of Daniel Garcia. It includes six routines designed to be done totally impromptu. The effects make use of a variety of objects from paper clips and bottle caps to matches and rubber bands. Here is what is explained.
Cliptrip- A spectator straightens a borrowed paper clip and hands it to the magician who proceeds to bend it with the power of his mind. This is not a mind blowing stunt given that everyone knows it is not difficult to bend paper clips, but the trick only takes a few minutes to master for a lifetime. It may just come in handy sometime when someone tells you to “do a trick.” While this is not as impressive as bending spoons or forks, it is also much less destructive. My only concern with the effect is that many laymen will assume they know how it is done even though they have not guessed the true method.
No Smoking- This will likely be the favorite effect from the notes for many magicians. Daniel has spiced up the classic traveling match trick by mixing it with a ultra cool bar stunt. In effect, the magician removes a few matches and lights the rest of the matchbook on fire. The book is closed and handed to a spectator. One of the removed matches is vanished as smoke emerges from the magician’s mouth and blows towards the matchbook. When the book is opened, an unburned match is found still attached inside.
I have to admit that the idea of the effect sounds intriguing, but I was unable to produce very much smoke from my mouth after repeated attempts. Others on internet forums, however, have claimed to have had no trouble. At any rate, I can attest to the fact that it takes a bit of guts to try the method for the first time. Daniel assures his readers that the effect is completely safe, but it may not be a bad idea to do a little research before trying this every night.
DiscHOVER- The author’s description of the effect reads, “at any time the magician causes a credit card to float without any setup or gimmicks…whatsoever.” This is a cute stunt that is at least fun to perform for yourself. However, I highly doubt the method will fool anyone for more than a few short seconds. While the illusion of the card suspended is neat, it is not deeply fooling. It may trick the eyes, but it won’t trick the mind.
Addict- This reminded a lot of something that Paul Harris would have created. The magician places a lit cigarette through the cellophane of the cigarette pack. With a magical correction, the cellophane restores itself; the holes are gone. This is another trick based on an old idea that Daniel has reworked to improve the effect. The only downside is that only smokers will really be able to use this item as it is not advisable to perform the effect using a borrowed pack.
Whassup!!!- Daniels solution to the impromptu cap in beer bottle effect is brilliant. The preparation takes a couple of seconds and could even be done in front of the audience. A bottle cap is displayed in the magician’s left hand as he holds the bottle in the right. The bottle is slammed down on the cap and the cap is seen and heard inside. The bottle is turned upside down, but the cap is too big to fall out. Finally, the magician extracts the cap and hands everything out for examination. Those who frequent bars or functions where beer bottles are available will likely add this to their performing repertoire. It is easy to do (the author claims it only takes five minutes of practice) and fun to perform.
Stretch- This is a three phase ring and rubber band routine that has many visually shocking components. A borrowed ring is threaded onto a rubber band. Another band is introduced and the ring jumps from band to band. One of the bands vanishes as does the ring. The ring is reproduced and melts off the band for the finale. This is by far the most difficult routine in the notes to master. The author admits that it is difficult to describe in print. More than once, I was confused on a piece of instruction. Unfortunately, items such as this are often better taught on video. Still, if you are experienced with rubber bands and are willing to work a little harder to understand what occurs, you will have a ring and rubber band routine that looks great.
Overall, the notes were decent, but I do not believe they deserve all of the praise that has abounded over them on internet forums. Clip Trip and DiscHOVER are nice throwaways, but nothing spectacular. Addict is best suit for smokers. No Smoking is a nice addition to an existing routine, but many may shy away due to its method. Whassup and Stretch were the highlights of the notes, but the rubber band routine is a little difficult to grasp at times.
My biggest complaint is the writing style and presentation used to convey the author’s instructions. Instead of traditional grammar and sentence structure, Daniel decided to present his ideas in a sort of stream of consciousness style of writing. This is annoying at best. Also, the layout of the pages is sloppy and confusing. For example, there are instances where a few words are separated from the body of the text by images. This interrupts the reader’s flow and looks unappealing. It could have been avoided if more time were spent on the layout. Also, the pictures themselves are out of order. I am not sure what the author was attempting with this page layout, but the results are frustrating for the reader. Unfortunately, what I assume are his attempts to be cool detract from some of the wonderful ideas he has to offer.
I do not recommend these notes for everyone, but bar performers may pick up a few cool tricks. I would bet that others, however, could find a better use of their $15.
-Available from www.Lybrary.com
The Slot Machine Scam- This is pretty cool, but there are really never going to be any opportunities to perform this. First, you must have a slot machine handy and second you must have time to prepare. It would make a cool effect for a television appearance. The coolest part of the routine is based on an idea by David Acer involving placing a card into a bill slot on a vending machine. If you used the idea for a simple card change when you happen to be near a vending machine, you would get great reactions. If you don’t know the principle, at least you could learn it here.
Chip on Shoulder- For me this was the best thing on the DVD. It is very similar to a routine he put on his On The Spot DVD. Basically a casino chip disappears from your hands and appears on your spectators shoulder a couple of times. The best part of the routine is that when you repeat the effect, the audience assumes the coin will reappear on the same shoulder, but it ends up on the other one.
Cut Throat- Nothing special here. Just a simple four ace production. If you like the effect, but can’t pull off the “move,” there are simpler methods if you think about it.
Foreign Affair- This is a very clever trick. “Each time you fold a one dollar bill, it changes into another country’s currency… and finally into a perfectly examinable hundred dollar bill.” This isn’t really a magician fooler, but it is very visual and amazing to the audience. You may have to go to some trouble to find the currency needed to make up this trick, but you could always use American currency and make the one dollar bill change progressively into a hundred (this is the original version of the trick that Greg credits on the DVD)
The Ring Thing- This is a nice illusion, but this routine is not one that I would ever perform. There’s a point in the routine where Greg places the spectator’s ring on his head to produce it in the spectator’s hands (he taught this on the On The Spot DVD). There is no way I would ever do this to someone else’s ring; too risky in my opinion.
Son of a Switch- This is basically a transposition effect where a selected card and a joker change places a few times. The routine is ok, but the end could be a lot better. Also, on the explanation portion, he says that you need a duplicate card, although if you perform the trick as taught, you never need the duplicate. In my opinion, you would be better off to use the duplicate to enable you to do the final transpostion in the spectator’s hands; this would make the routine much stronger. You could also use the duplicate to eliminate one of the card controls during the routine.
Stunt Double- This looks pretty good, but for the work involved, the audience did not seem that impressed.
Bounce No-Bounce- Nothing really new is taught here. It’s just Greg’s presentation for the standard Bounce No-Bounce balls. Greg uses the balls for a “Sobriety Test.”
King-Size Travelers- I’ll be interested to see how this routine will play for real people. Basically, the magician removes the four kings from the deck, makes them vanish, and reproduces them from four different pockets. Greg’s version is easier to do than most.
The DVD concludes with footage of Greg’s stand up show. The show was entertaining, but not much magic was performed. Overall, I was disappointed with this DVD, although a few things were useful. If you aren’t familiar with Greg’s work, you would be much better off to purchase his On The Spot or Card Stunts DVDs. Unfortunately this does not represent his best material.
-Available from Alakazam Magic
Some of you may have seen Richard Kaufman announce in the most recent issue of Genii magazine that I