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Deck Reviews! / Aurelian Playing Cards by Ellusionist
« on: January 14, 2017, 09:36:59 AM »
deck review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpvlirAVg1Q

Conceived by Geraint Clarke & designed by Oban Jones. Aurelians are so intricate that Ellusionist had to employ specialists to experiment with different weights of foil and ink to create this modern artifact.

Each court card has been draped in gold and fully re-worked to stand proudly with the powerful design The faces have also been completely re-sculptured to create a timeless pip arrangement, whilst still remaining recognisable for magic Aurelians custom ace is a symbol for the "Soldier-Emperor".  The Jokers are a homage to the Tally-Ho cowboys we've all come to love.

Purchase yours
http://www.ellusionist.com/aurelian-playing-cards.html

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Deck Reviews! / Snow Leopard / Signature NOCs / Blue Crown / HOPC
« on: January 14, 2017, 09:33:59 AM »
review link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKAqSYMWuco

Blue Crown was originally NOT going to sell this deck. But they got too many emails...and to be honest...complaints

The Snow Leopard Deck was made to commemorate the NOC Signature Series rare nature. Always going "extinct", selling out in days. This rare deck, and rare color, offers an elegant feel when in your hands. Whether for magic or cardistry, one thing is for sure- Snow Leopards definitely pop out!

Learn more / purchase yours
http://thebluecrown.com/collections/playing-cards/products/noc-snow-leopards?variant=32112461068

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Deck Reviews! / Union Playing Cards - Theory 11
« on: January 14, 2017, 09:30:14 AM »
deck review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1wiB_HBTJ8

Celebrating American Tradition
Patriotic playing cards inspired by American history. Timeless Americana is laced throughout the design, with iconography of colonial America and patriotic symbols of peace, prosperity, and potential.

Entirely Custom Design
Over a year in development, every aspect of the design was created from scratch - from the breathtaking court cards to the back design and Ace of Spades.

Printed by the USPCC
Union Playing Cards are filled with imagery of the American Revolution — with a message of freedom, hope, and independence. Unions are Made in America, using FSC-certified paper, vegetable-based inks, and starch-based laminates.

Purchase yours
https://store.theory11.com/products/union-playing-cards

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Deck Reviews! / NPH / Neil Patrick Harris Playing Cards - Theory 11
« on: January 14, 2017, 09:28:15 AM »
deck review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJjSxY1eCm8

A legendary deck of premium playing cards that exudes elegance and sophistication.

Over a year in the making - with art direction by Neil Patrick Harris.

Breathtaking Design  DETAILED ART, INSIDE and OUT NPH Playing Cards are elegant, intricate, and visually stunning. Every aspect was handcrafted with relentless, unrivaled attention to detail.

For every purchase of NPH Playing Cards, $1 will go to (RED)'s fight against AIDS, which can provide more than 3 days of life-saving HIV medication. Every deck makes a difference.

Laced with Mystery  INSIDE AND OUT  As with everything, there's more than what meets the eye - with secret symbolism within the deck. Look closely and you may discover much more.

With a combination of artistic influences, NPH Playing Cards are a tribute to Neil's love of mystery, magic, games, and theater.

No Detail Untouched  NPH Playing Cards feature a custom ace of spades, joker, box design, and modified court card typography. Even the INSIDE of the box has a custom, elegant gold foil pattern by Jay Fletcher.

Help support the fight to end AIDS with (RED) and order now
https://store.theory11.com/products/neil-patrick-harris-playing-cards

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Deck Reviews! / Black Scorpion Deck - Magic Makers / USPCC
« on: January 14, 2017, 09:25:28 AM »
review link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGcYfrA7Xuc

The Scorpion Deck is a two toned black and yellow poker deck, the first of its kind! This deck features yellow and white pips. Beyond the 52 standard cards, this deck holds 4 extra gaff cards sure to take your card work to a whole new level.

Printed by US Playing Co. USPC air-cushion finish
Rich Black Faces & Reverse Back Boarders
Deck Holds 4 Extra Gaff Cards To Perform Amazing Effects
Printed by US Playing Co. On Genuine Bicycle Stock
Created by Rob Stiff Magic Makers

purchase your own
https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Makers-Black-Scorpion-Deck/dp/B001U1V3RW

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Deck Reviews! / Black Crown Deck - Blue Crown / HOPC
« on: January 14, 2017, 09:23:12 AM »
deck review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS87nFRWuJI

BLACK CROWN DECK

Black Crown Playing Cards, printed by USPCC. These were ONLY available from Black Friday 2016 through the holiday weekend. The Crown Deck is the signature deck of The Blue Crown. Designed to evoke quality, elegance, and style The Crown Deck has a Tally-Ho inspired back design and Arrco faces to offer a timeless appeal.

Top quality stock and finish for ultimate handling and longevity

Each Crown Deck is printed for us by the US Playing Card company using high-quality stock and finish to ensure lasting quality, durability, and handling superiority. The result is a deck that feels as good as it looks, and will add a touch of class to your magic, flourishes, and poker games.

Purchase yours: http://thebluecrown.com/collections/playing-cards/products/black-crown-playing-cards

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Magical Cardistry Bonanza / VCM by Eric Chien
« on: January 07, 2017, 09:38:37 AM »
Title: VCM
Creator: Eric Chien
Publisher: Vortex Magic
MSRP: $ 25
Skill Level: intermediate
DVD Run time: 41:38
BONUS content: 21:45

Type of effect: Collector Routine / Oil & Water

Manufacturer's Write Up:

Eric Chien's last release COIN caused a sensation amongst coin workers around the world. VCM is his latest release which features his original VISUAL CARD MAGIC with routines that he has been performing for the past six years and won numerous competitions with throughout Asia.

In this DVD, you will learn his techniques and handlings as well as have access to a BONUS download video where Eric shares even more inside information on his card work.

Eric's card magic is direct and to the point, and this is the first time he has shared his card work with the magic fraternity.

How accurate is the ad copy? You will not learn 6 card routines, you will learn 3 magic tricks and 3 flourishes.

What's taught on the DVD?

You will learn SIX insanely visual card routines including:

OIL AND WATER
COLLECTORS 1
COLLECTORS 2
4 CARD SHOOT - from Eric's award winning act he designed in 2010
FLASH ACE PRODUCTION - an in-the-hands production
2 CARD TRANSPO - two cards visually change places

BONUS - extra access to more card work by Eric

How are the production values: the DVD is well shot with good production value, the download is shot with a cell phone in a hotel room with no microphone

Is it well taught: Eric is a good teacher and makes sure to cover every aspect of the effects, lots of time and on screen helps walk you through every aspect.

Difficulty / Skill level required: Aimed at card workers with some skill.

Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.

_____Very Satisfied
    X    Somewhat Satisfied
_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
_____ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion

This DVD wasn’t really wasn’t for me, I was hoping for more – but I don’t know why – the add copy tells you exactly what you are getting, in the end it’s a few oil and water routines and a couple of collector’s routines with some card productions thrown in.  Eric is a good teacher and these are good tricks – fans of these two plots will get a lot out of these I am sure.

+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwUr2SxduH8

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Title: Any Shuffled Deck
Creator: Liam Montier
Publisher: Big Blind Media
MSRP: $ 30
Skill Level: all
DVD Run time: 10 tricks and each one is taught between 6 and 8 minutes

Manufacture's write up:

This is the ULTIMATE collection of totally impromptu, any shuffled deck in use, self-working card tricks ever!

Every single routine featured can be done from a borrowed shuffled deck, with no sleight of hand or prior setup needed. Someone hands you a deck, and you'll be ready to fry their minds with TEN incredible self-working miracles. And these are NOT transparent, underwhelming tricks. Seriously impressive, reputation making magic. Self-working these routines may be, but they will still make you look like a card magic ninja!

EVERY routine starts from a borrowed, shuffled deck in use.
Zero sleight of hand required.
Use ANY deck of cards.
Be ready to perform anywhere, any time with any deck.

What tricks are taught on the DVD?

Interstellar OOTW
Mates
Gemini Location
Silly Questions
Wheel of Fortune
Jack's Poker
Salto Triumph - a self working triumph effect? Worth the price of the DVD
Last to Turn Up
Invisible Dice
One Over the Eight

My two cents:

"You can’t go wrong with the combination of Big Blind Media and Liam Montier. Every magician needs a strong repertoire of self working effects and this DVD delivers."

Review video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2U7jSWED1

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Deck Reviews! / Murphy's Magic Blue NOCs
« on: December 31, 2016, 11:13:48 AM »
Murphy's Magic Signature NOC Playing Cards

video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Nb6J3sM32k

The Murphy's Magic Signature NOC deck has a regal Murphy's navy blue back with a thin trim of gold.
The side load tuck box opens to a bold yet classy Chevron pattern inside as an unexpected surprise.
This pattern is replicated in the large pips of the Aces and in the Joker.

Bold, simple and elegant. Perfect for any application!

These cards have an incredible Master finish to ensure exceptional handling for magic tricks and flourishes; as well as incredible durability to withstand even the roughest night with your poker buddies.

As with all of the NOC decks the backs are marked with a VERY deceptive system which allows you to know the suit of the card. It opens up a number of doors for incredible card tricks. Each deck includes a detailed video explaining how this clever system works.
Includes 52 playing cards plus two jokers
Side-loading tuck
Marking System & Free Video with purchase
Expertly printed in by House of Playing Cards and The Expert Playing Card Company
Graphics by Gordon Sutton
Master finish

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Deck Reviews! / Revolvers by Daniel Madison & Ellusionist
« on: December 31, 2016, 10:56:13 AM »
video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUfoPPdo4vQ

Very limited DM deck which was released after he claimed no more "signature decks" would be released.

purchase a signed deck from DM himself: http://www.ellusionist.com/madison-revolvers-deck-signed.html

black revolvers: http://www.ellusionist.com/black-revolvers.html

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Deck Reviews! / Knights - Ellusionist, Daniel Madison & Chris Ramsay
« on: December 31, 2016, 10:49:39 AM »
review link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kJVf-yAiZQ

markings revealed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWfjPh50X6w

purchase yours: http://www.ellusionist.com/knights-playing-cards.html

Magician Daniel Madison and Chris Ramsay have teamed up to bring this elegant deck to life. KNIGHTS features fully custom artwork by Oban Jones, from the iconic Ace of Spades, the eye-catching Jokers to the card backs and custom faces of the court cards.

★ A collaboration between Daniel Madison & Chris Ramsay
★ Chris Ramsay’s third deck release, following the major success of Memento Mori and Carpe Noctem!

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Deck Reviews! / Blue Steel from Bocopo Playing Cards
« on: December 21, 2016, 11:23:40 PM »
Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4QWD2qwqEI

Created by the Bocopo Playing Card Company, these minimalist playing cards feature a simple dot pattern and thin white border. They are perfect for magicians and cardists.

Printed by the United States Playing Card Company.

buy yours here: https://rareplayingcards.com?rfsn=280990.3da4d

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Deck Reviews! / Optricks from Mechanic Industries Ltd.
« on: December 21, 2016, 08:19:50 AM »
review : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poWT9D_Besk

A classic deck with mesmerising features, the Mechanic Optricks deck is truly like no other. Simple in its concept, the geometrical design on its backing is anything but! Bold black and white lines are purposefully arranged to create an optical illusion that is perfect for card flourishes and tricks. Of course, these are excellent playing cards for a friendly game as well.

Extra gaff cards have been incorporated into this deck to make tricks and flourishes more surreal and eye-catching. Hypnotize your audience and watch the cards come to life with this amazing Mechanic Optricks deck.

Main Features:
52 cards
Bee Stock with Magicians Finish
Additional custom gaff cards

buy yours here: https://rareplayingcards.com/collections/playing-cards/products/mechanic-optricks

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Deck Reviews! / Mandalas from Damien O Brien
« on: December 21, 2016, 08:16:50 AM »
review link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRMmziCdJwM

With its expressive Mandala design and aesthetics, the Mandalas by Damien O'Brien is a product of patient, meticulous passion. The Mandalas primary design is a symbol of spirituality, balance and beauty; which inspired Damien to include his love for tattoo art and masterfully blend the two styles into a working deck that will carry different meanings from one observer to the next.

Printed by the United States Playing Card Company, the premiere choice of professionals around the world since 1867, the Mandalas are outfitted with a slipstream finish and the ever-trusted bicycle playing card stock. We could not be happier to introduce Mandalas Playing Cards by Damien O'Brien to your collection.

purchase here: https://rareplayingcards.com/collections/playing-cards/products/mandalas

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Deck Reviews! / Gold Gatorbacks by David Blaine
« on: December 15, 2016, 08:42:15 AM »
link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azZqtCiFlPk

purchase: https://shop.davidblaine.com/collections/playingcards/products/gold-gatorbacks

In a class by themselves, the unique Gold Foil Gatorbacks (Édition Dorée) are the newest luxury deck added to the Gatorback series. For the first time, David has chosen to use the advanced MetalLuxe® Technology Foil printing on the back of each card, showcasing the intricate design, color and luminescence while keeping the highest level of flexibility. Every card is printed on the highest quality premium casino cardstock that USPC has to offer. All face cards are printed in metallic ink.

The radiant white smooth tuck box is finely embossed and stamped exquisitely with white and gold foil.

The Gold Foil Gatorbacks with the MetalLuxe® Technology are destined to become collectors’ items whose value is sure to increase in the future.

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Deck Reviews! / DMC Elite Rouge - DMC & Cartamundi
« on: December 15, 2016, 08:40:06 AM »
link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRs0WNxLW9s

Purchase: http://sovereignplayingcards.com/

We are proud to announce the release of the latest version of the DMC ELITES – the ROUGE deck, created with the intention to be nothing short of the greatest deck of playing cards for performing card magic available today.

The new DMC ELITES : ROUGE deck is the fifth signature deck produced by Sovereign Playing Cards for elite British magician Drummond Money-Coutts and the fourth featuring our unique Optical Marking system. Each deck has been a collaboration between DMC (star of TV special Card Shark and 2015’s Nat Geo series DMC Beyond Magic) and designer Phill Smith (author of mentalism textbooks Mitox, Yokai and Mokele) combining their perfectionism and creativity to create a unique series of incredible decks. With a brace of serious improvements and upgrades, the ELITES : ROUGE deck is, quite simply, the best deck we have ever produced.

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Deck Reviews! / Kete Moon playing cards from Bomb Magic
« on: December 15, 2016, 08:38:26 AM »
link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUQKFTZf6aM

Purchase: http://bombmagic.tw/store/product/kete-moon-deck-special-edition/

Kete Moon, the self-titled debut deck, sold out rather quickly back in 2015. Now it’s back, it’s limited, and it’s gorgeous than ever – The first sequel that includes gold stamping! Moreover, the highly refinement of the box provides not only “better image” but also “greater image”. Gather 6 variations, put them in order and you will get one spectacular painting. “Sprinting Wolf” and “Blood Moon” are the symbols of Kete Moon. Both of them look wilder than the previous design. Normally, compare to regular printing, gold stamping has its limit and therefore is hard to paint on the fold line of the box. However, we did a fine job, and we also took some time to refine the combination of gold stamping and paper embossing. Put one on your hand to feel the beautiful texture by yourself! This special edition uses a color changing mechanism that are not common in the market. Do you notice the difference? The coloring of this special edition is different to the previous one, too. What’s more, the deck includes a special silver-back Joker for prediction magic. The deck also includes 55 playing cards, three of which are Joker, in case you need to play some casual poker game.

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Deck Reviews! / Blue Bomber playing cards from Bomb Magic
« on: December 15, 2016, 08:36:09 AM »
review link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2istG_6pNo

Purchase: http://bombmagic.tw/store/product/blue-bomber-playing-cards/

The design is all about paying our respect to the code effect in the movie ” The Matrix “, we’ve eliminated tons of drafts and made this our final choice, which also represents our brand image: time is constantly changing, we should always keep ourselves abreast of time,try to go beyond ourselves, and make sure we stick to our original design style at the same time. The high-tech style of the back design is aiming to demonstrate the code effect, which also conceals the whole marking system. I’d say, this deck of card is definitely meant to be used in performing magic tricks!

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Magical Cardistry Bonanza / Spell - O - Matic by Liam Montier & BBM
« on: December 14, 2016, 09:12:45 PM »
Title: Spell o Matic
Creator: Liam Montier
Publisher: Big Blind Media
MSRP: $ 25
Skill Level: all
DVD Run time: 24 minutes

Type of effect: spell to a spectator’s card

Manufacturer's Write Up:
 
Based on an original idea by Hen Fetsch, the SPELL-O-MATIC is an astonishing piece of card magic.

Imagine having a spectator name ANY card, and you spell straight to it! Then, another spectator does the same, and you spell to that too!

Then you have both spectators 'create a card', one naming a suit at random, and another naming a value! BOOM! It turns up when you spell!

Finally, both spectators create a card again, but they don't even tell you their choices! One chooses a suit, one a value, and you drop the deck to the table. For the first time, both choices are named, and you spell it, from the table top, with no moves or sneaky stuff! AND THEIR CARD TURNS UP WHEN YOU SPELL IT!

Works with any number of freely thought-of cards!
Easy to do - no sleight of hand!
Perform it entirely in the hands!
Perfect for walk around!
No reset required!
No Forces!

How accurate is the ad copy? Well… if I am to be technical… you do need to “reset” the deck after each selection, but it’s not hard. I would also add that “no sleight of hand” is a little inaccurate, there is a sleight… sleight that involves a “feeling” and “hitting” your card exactly otherwise this trick won’t work.

What's in the box? A specially prepared Bicycle Deck packaged with full color pamphlet instructions, plus downloadable HD video instructions!

Key points:
 
How are the production values: This DVD is well shot with a beautiful rustic location. BBM always makes wonderful videos. No distracting background music. Nice bumpers and Liam is a terrific teacher.
 
Is it well made: This is a USPCC deck with a few gaffs thrown in.

Is it well taught: Liam is a terrific teacher and he goes over the performance and the “science” behind why this works.
 
My thoughts (what I personally liked/disliked):
 
Storage? Does it "pack flat?"  Most of the deck is normal, so storage wise, this won’t be an issue, otherwise if you leave it all together, it’s an entire deck – nothing more nothing less.
 
Does it "play big?" This is almost an ACAAN routine, with almost no effort, the magician is able to conjure up and find any card named.
 
Difficulty / Skill level required: This trick is very easy, but you will need to practice the “feel” of this to get into a habit of making it hit 100% every time.
 
How much arts and crafts are involved? Zero – BBM has done all of the work for you. That said, once you learn how it’s done – you could make your own with any deck design.
 
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Absolutely, although this effect works BETTER with 2 or 3 spectators.

Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.
 
   X     Very Satisfied
_____ Somewhat Satisfied
_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
_____ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion
 
The combination of Big Blind Media and Liam Montier is a powerhouse and this effect is no exception. Throw away any spelling effect you are currently doing and grab this!
 
+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGEAs_J8rUw

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Magical Cardistry Bonanza / Billfold by Kyle Marlett
« on: December 14, 2016, 09:11:15 PM »
Title: Billfold
Creator: Kyle Marlett
Publisher: Vanishing Inc.
MSRP: $ 20
Skill Level: all
DVD Run time: 1 hour 13 minutes

​Type of effect: dollar bill transposition.

Manufacturer's Write Up:
 
Simple and stunning! In this highly visual effect, you can morph credit cards, playing cards, candy wrappers, tickets, and checks into real currency! The objects melt away and change into dollar bills without any perceptible finger movement.

Many effects are possible with "Bill Fold" but this one is a favorite: you wager a dollar that you will be able to find the spectator's card. You place the dollar in her fist. Then you reveal the WRONG card. "I guess you get the dollar," you say as you change the playing card INTO a dollar bill! When she opens her hand, she discovers that the dollar she was holding has changed into her folded selection. Use ANY currency-even plastic money.

The most attractive feature of "Bill Fold" is the idea that you will learn to customize this trick to any small paper object that you like. Use YOUR ticket stub, or a client's business card, or anything you want... and change it into real money!
 
How accurate is the ad copy? I don't know that 'many' effects are possible with "Bill Fold." There certainly are many 'applications.' But the 'effect' is the same.

What's in the box?  Includes instructional DVD and pre-made gimmick

How are the production values: Aside from the two times Kyle walks you through the arts and crafts portion - The entire video is Kyle against a blue backdrop with a stationary mounted camera.
 
Is it well made: Its is "goodly" made. For the most part, it's a disposable gimmick and it's not made to pass inspection. You're really paying for the DVD and the knowledge to make this device.

Is it well taught: Kyle covers the initial workings of the effect within the first 8 minutes. The next 12 minutes is all gimmick construction, because your gimmick depends on a folded playing card, eventually the card will wear out. You get 4 minutes of a behind the shoulder shot and then Kyle goes into a full routine.  Kyle also covers other applications of the gimmick.
 
My thoughts (what I personally liked/disliked): I liked the creativity and the flash to this effect, although when I was a young magician, I had a "dollar bill to card" that had zero working parts was all performed with speed and a wave of the hand. And was pretty much this same effect (except in reverse).
 
Storage? Does it "pack flat?" it's all the size of a folded playing card
 
Does it "play big?" it does get great reactions as long as it is connected to a larger routine.
 
Difficulty / Skill level required: this is a pretty easy effect.
 
How much arts and crafts are involved? very little, but if you have to build it from scratch, it could take a couple of minutes.
 
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Can't be done surrounded obviously and there is some clean up involved, i'd be a little concerned that the gimmick "talks" in some situations - so be wary of that as well.

Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.
 
_____Very Satisfied
    X   Somewhat Satisfied
_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
_____ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion
 
This trick is fun and flashy, but I don't know if it's my "style" nothing against Kyle's creation though. To me it feels more like a "how did he do that" effect than it does actual  "magic." The movement is obvious "something" happened and it was too quick to see and I think the spectator subconsciously picks up on it.
 
+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMjrcCio1js

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Deck Reviews! / Butterfly Playing Cards by Ondrej Psenicka
« on: December 08, 2016, 08:19:06 AM »
Chris Kenner - This is a game changer.

Daryl - This is the most ingeniously designed marked deck I have ever seen in my life! You can do miracles with this pack that can not be performed with any other deck of marked cards. Wonderful... absolutely wonderful!

Doug McKenzie - So *** clever ... these butterflies are going to fly off the shelves literally.

Héctor Mancha - I hate you for coming up with this.

Michael Ammar - A Beautiful, Brilliant Design.

Daniel Garcia - Such a good addition to a road less traveled... GREAT JOB!.

"The Butterfly deck will enable you to perform miracles not possible with any other deck. A true innovation in card magic."
- Richard Kaufman (chief editor of Genii Magazine - the largest selling magic magazine in the world)

What makes this deck so interesting?

The unique marking system hidden in the back-design of The Butterfly Playing Cards contains two different marking systems that can be used separately, but they will make you a miracle worker if they are combined.

Imagine: The cards are shuffled by a spectator and the spectator selects one without you looking. The card is retrieved and the cards are immediately shuffled by the spectator. All without you looking. You take the cards back and without looking at the faces or spreading the cards in any way, you know instantly what card it was.

Or how about this? The cards are shuffled by a spectator, taken behind their back, they take one from anywhere in the deck and hide it in their back pocket. Nobody, including the spectator, knows the identity of the card. They shuffle the cards again and give them back to you. You'll know the identity of the card in seconds without looking at the faces of the cards or spreading the deck in any way.

Don't believe it? Watch the video performance here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/butterfly-playing-cards-games-magic#/

Imagine being able to perform feats only possible using a memorized deck, but now with a shuffled deck of cards. The Butterfly Playing Cards enable you to see the positions of all the cards in a shuffled deck.

And this is not an ignorant endorsement, I own this deck and love it - here is what I had to say about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyPmglWSmX0

Here are a few more endorsements:

Jeremy Griffith - Easily one of the most creative and useful designs I've ever seen on a pack of playing cards.

Johan Ståhl - Congratulations to all card workers around the world. A new era has begun.

Howard Hamburg - I only wish The Professor was alive to have seen this. He would've called it a masterpiece.

Asi Wind - There are many new beautiful playing cards designs. However this design will blow your mind. I can't wait to explore the endless possibilities.

Harapan Santoso Ong - This deck is too good to be true.

Interested? Learn more here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/butterfly-playing-cards-games-magic#/

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video instructions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyEzwABXJWc

Needed: NFW & McDonald's Aces / marketed effects

Trick: Cause a spectator's chosen card to mysteriously appear in your back pants pocket

No palm!

Easy to do!

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Title: Zodiac Prediction
Creator: Liam Montier
Publisher: BBM
MSRP: $ 25
Skill Level: All
DVD Run time: 12 minutes

Type of effect: three phase prediction effect

Manufacturer's Write Up:
 
An incredible, three phase routine that allows you to predict your spectator's star sign AND selected card... and then turn the rest of the playing cards blank. All with NO moves or sleight of hand. This is mega commercial magic that anyone can do. It's a keeper!!!

Includes all the gaff cards you need to perform (25 Bicycle cards!), a beautiful A7 mini booklet, two black mini envelopes with 'zodiac stickers' affixed, plus downloadable HD video instructions!
 
How accurate is the ad copy? This is spot on

What's in the box? Gaffs cards, small written leaflet, black envelope and the download code for the video
 
How are the production values: This video was shot in the BBM library/set with Liam performing for a single spectator. BBM makes great videos and this one is no exception.
 
Is it well made: This is made with red Bicycle cards

Is it well taught: You know, it doesn't have all of the tips, tricks, care, inspiration and what not typically included, but you don't need it. The video gets right to the heart of the magic and holds your attention from beginning to end.
 
Storage? Does it "pack flat?" All of this will need to be "pre set" up into a deck stack So you will need the entire deck ready to go along with the little black prediction envelope.
 
Does it "play big?" I love how this also casually adds revealing someone's star sign. Don't discard that element, that can play very strong for people.
 
Difficulty / Skill level required: Very easy, the cards and deck stack do all of the work for you.
 
How much arts and crafts are involved? maybe a smidge
 
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Absolutely just so long as you have a table to perform on.

Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.
 
   X     Very Satisfied
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_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
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Another winner from Liam Montier and the folks down at Big Blind Media
 
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Title: Transcendence
Creator: Peter Pellikaan
Publisher: Alakazam Magic
MSRP: $ 25
Skill Level: intermediate
DVD Run time: 32 minutes

Type of effect: four card transposition / similar to NFW

Manufacturer's Write Up:
 
The most magical change of four cards you have ever seen! Four spot cards are shown front and back. The cards are mixed face up and face down. Now with no funny moves the cards instantly change to four court cards, which once again are shown front and back!!!

Transcendence is a super quick, ultra-visual packet trick that will fool your spectators badly.

Peter Pellikaan, the undisputed King of crazy packet tricks has created one of the best four card changes we have ever seen!

Transcendence comes complete with everything you need to start using it straight out of the box.
 
How accurate is the ad copy? no deception

What's in the box? Includes: in depth training DVD, gimmicks and carry wallet.

Key points: You do not need to use the cards that are provided, the DVD instructions use normal every day cards
 
How are the production values: very similar to other Alakazam videos. David Loosley and Peter Nardi sitting with Peter Pellikaan at a poker table going through the moves - multiple camera angles and well microphone.
 
Is it well made: German made Phoenix playing cards and a very "ancient" magician's utility is included.

Is it well taught: The initial teaching of the effect happens very quickly with David Loosley; it's only 10 minutes long. The remaining 20 minutes of the DVD is strictly devoted to various packet trick sleights; you will learn the
 
Eddie Titlbaum Count
Elmsley Count by Alex Elmsley
Master Grip
Opec Count by Edward Marlo
Combination Count Peter Pellikaan
Rumba Count by Jean-Pierre Vallarino
The Combo Count from Daryl
The Cut count
 
Storage? Does it "pack flat?" Only a few cards are needed - keep them in the card wallet provided
 
Does it "play big?" This isn't so much a fleshed out trick with a plot or patter, more so than it is a "packet trick" like you see in the trailer. It's going to take some fleshing out on the part of the performer.
 
How much arts and crafts are involved? Only a small amount, however, this trick will play better if you throw away the gimmick supplied, go to your local brick and mortar magic store and purchase "the good stuff."
 
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Yes, although it probably plays better with a table - and I would be wary of spectator's wanting to "grab" your cards - this trick ends very dirty - so audience management is key.

Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.
 
  _____Very Satisfied
_____  Somewhat Satisfied
_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
    X     Somewhat Dissatisfied
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At it's core this is a packet trick  -the cards provided and the utility are not needed for anyone with card magic experience. I would have preferred a single DVD containing several effects from Peter Pellikaan with no extras included.
 
To me it looks like Alakazam realized this might fall flat, so they included cards and a rush job utility to make the consumer feel like they got something worthwhile.
 
I also would have preferred Peter Pellikaan's performance alongside an explanation from Peter Nardi - Nardi is a much better teacher and Pellikann acts in the video like he just wants to "finish and leave."
 
+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4byp7uPn1uo

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Magical Cardistry Bonanza / Deceive by SansMinds Creative Labs
« on: October 07, 2016, 10:45:56 PM »
Title: Deceive
Creator: Sans Minds
Publisher: Sans Minds
MSRP: $ 25
Skill Level: Intermediate
DVD Run time: 41 minutes

Type of effect: signed card transposition

Manufacturer's Write Up:
 
SansMinds Creative Lab team is always pushing boundaries in revolutionary ways to enhance audience experiences.

SansMinds is proud to present to you Deceive. A revolution in spectator's hand card change that not only the spectator you are performing for can feel the magic, everyone around can SEE the visual change too!

Text description doesn't justify how powerful this is. Check out the trailer, NOW!

* Fully customizable with your favorite playing card designs
* Package includes gimmick material

* TV rights not included with purchase. Please contact SansMinds for TV rights.
 
How accurate is the ad copy? in the commercial. Christopher Dwyer states that after the transformation you are left "completely clean." That statement is not true as the deck will still be "dirty."

What's in the box? DVD and "pieces" to build your own gimmick

Key points: build the gimmick well and it should last you a long time.
 
How are the production values: SandsMinds knows how to make professional looking DVDs
 
Is it well made: as with most sansminds products - you make it and to be honest I am not an arts and crafts guy. This trick relies on an old card gaff (with a new twist) coupled with a familiar "ambitious card" ending. BUT.... this type of card gaff does not "look" (or feel) right under scrutiny. So be very wary of your performance areas and be extremely careful when you build this.

Is it well taught: Similar to other SansMins products, Jason does the trick on the street and Herman teaches it back in the studio. 12 minutes is entirely gimmick construction, which for a "first timer" will take you longer. In addition to all of the teaching, they also teach you the double lift, swing cut, double under-cut and the pinky break.
 
Storage? Does it "pack flat?" the gaff is the size of a playing card
 
Does it "play big?" this trick does get strong reactions.
 
Difficulty / Skill level required: This is certainly for a magician who is already proficient at card magic and has had some experience working with an audience.
 
How much arts and crafts are involved? tons
 
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Yes it can with some work, bear in mind this is a deck "set up" and can't just be slipped into your deck in the middle of your routine.

Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.
 
_____ Very Satisfied
    X    Somewhat Satisfied
_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
_____ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion
 
Sadly another effect where I wish there was an option to have this professionally made, I realize this drives up the price, but I think this is one of those gimmicks that will require some precision and careful attention.
 
+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIXi68ZZ4gw

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