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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review: Liberty Playing Cards
« on: April 21, 2017, 10:04:13 AM »
video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeeRkPisasA

Decks of cards perfect for poker nights with a traditional style but a modern touch. Designed by "Jackson Robinson"

Originally a kickstarter release and printed by Expert, this review is for the second release printed by Liberty Playing Cards in Arlington Texas

find all of your favorite cards here: https://rareplayingcards.com?rfsn=280990.3da4d

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video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnA3lV-qK1E

Frostbites pair a chill geometric abstract back design with custom minimalist faces. What started out two years ago as a one-way back design has transformed into a striking two-way design perfect for cardistry and magic.

The blue and white colorway features triangular shapes and a simplified compass rose design on the back. On the front, you'll find striped pips and geometric court cards.

The deck handles like a champ. Frostbites will be printed by The Hanson Chien Production Company (HCPC) in Taiwan. Hanson has produced several amazing decks, including the Chicken Nugget Deck and Odyssey Playing Cards by Sergio Roca. 

find your favorite decks here: https://rareplayingcards.com?rfsn=280990.3da4d

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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review: Divine Art by Guru Playing Cards
« on: April 21, 2017, 08:00:41 AM »
video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fvppdMroJA

100% custom illustrated deck of playing cards inspired by Hindu Mythology. Premium quality with a features combo never seen before.

54 Poker sized cards
Gold foiled tuckbox on 300 gsm cardboard paper with Matte finish
330 GSM German Black Core Card Stock with linen finish on one side*
Hot stamped gold foil on card back
Custom stamp/seal with metallic gold ink (numbered)
Gilded edges using superior gold foil
Extremely limited run of 500 decks in total

find your very favorite cards here: https://rareplayingcards.com?rfsn=280990.3da4d

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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review: RUN playing cards from Murphy's Magic
« on: April 21, 2017, 07:57:48 AM »
video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeUCh8TAays

Created & designed by acclaimed playing cards producer, Jason Brumbalow, the value and quality of the Run Playing Cards is unparalleled in its class. With a true survivor's attitude, this deck reveals its authentic, underground gambling roots in every inch of detail.

Cards Created & Designed by Jason Brumbalow
Illustrated by Chris Yoon

get your favorite cards here https://rareplayingcards.com?rfsn=280990.3da4d

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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review: Bicycle Mystique by Shapeshifters
« on: April 21, 2017, 07:55:14 AM »
video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7KDbLwA5_4

Designed by Shapeshifters playing cards, printed by the USPCC and distributed by Gamblers Warehouse, you are guaranteed to be enchanted by these mysterious, yet exquisitely produced playing cards. Gamblers Warehouse is proud to announce this intriguing, one of a kind, fully custom-designed deck. The Mystique Deck:

From top to bottom, all artwork is 100% Unique and Custom.
The deck will be printed on quality Bicycle® stock.
Special Limited Edition run of only 2500 decks
56 custom playing cards
Each Ace was intricately designed from scratch.
A highly-detailed card back echoes the design on the tuck.

The court cards are easily recognizable, yet completely unique. Attention has been payed to One-Eyed Jacks and the position of all the faces, so that they remain suitable for the most popular card games.

Buy your favorite decks here: https://rareplayingcards.com?rfsn=280990.3da4d

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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review: Star Deck by Lunar Saloon
« on: April 21, 2017, 07:51:50 AM »
video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eONzVg8qVQs

The battle for Proxima B rages in this custom designed card deck from Lunar Saloon. STARDECK is a custom deck of poker-sized playing cards, designed and illustrated by Lunar Saloon, and printed by The United States Playing Card Company.

STARDECK tells of four archetypal sci-fi factions as they vie for control over Proxima B, Earth's terrestrial neighbor in the Proxima Centauri system. Proxima B's native population, the aliens whose subterranean existence has earned them the moniker "Spades", defend their world from outside invaders. Their overwhelming numbers are enabling them to fend off Earth's militarized colonization effort. The Hearts, an advanced robot population, aid Earth's various civilian and military factions via combat, manufacturing, and espionage; all while advocating for equal treatment and representation on Earth. The Club, Earth's most decorated combat unit, was the first to touch down on Proxima B. Quickly overrun by the Spade horde, its surviving members defend their landing site from the planet's hostile natives. The Diamond Corporation, currently profiting from a lucrative arms market, are diversifying into natural resource commodities, arriving on Proxima B with the goal of claiming rights to the planet's unassigned lands.

Buy your favorite decks here: https://rareplayingcards.com?rfsn=280990.3da4d

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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review: HELLIONS by Daniel Madison & Ellusionist
« on: April 12, 2017, 08:26:30 AM »
review link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk4IrXhkRXE

"When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea." _ Eric Cantona

HELLIONS was officially introduced by Daniel Madison earlier this year, but it was IMPOSSIBLE to get your hands on one of them, with the exception of a few who managed to IMPRESS Daniel Madison through a series of challenges.

http://www.ellusionist.com/hellions.html

If you're signed up for the Hellions notifications you'll know that Madison posts sets of challenges as a way to win them for free. He's done this at least twice and Ellusionist has recently had a "secret" way to purchase them - however it's been radio silence of late.

If you didn't get your hands on them - live vicariously through my review.

#IAMaHELLION

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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review: Brooklyn 101 Playing Cards Launch Edition
« on: April 11, 2017, 02:10:51 PM »
review link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrzljcOEATs

Upon opening, the ambition of The Expert Playing Card Company is felt right away.  Without a doubt the finest handling cards printed by EPCC thus far.  They pass every test.
 
Smooth but controlled, soft but snappy, with sharp & flat glass edges right out of the box, these feature a slightly thinner Improved Classic Finish.
 
The design reveals the mission of The Brooklyn Playing Card Company: to create highly functional playing cards for direct and impossible performances.
 
One of the thinnest white lined borders ever printed surrounding a vintage diamond pattern, the back design is the most unassuming and minimal possible.

Get yours at:  https://www.brooklynplayingcardcompany.c

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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review - Gemini Playing Cards by Toomas Pintson
« on: April 11, 2017, 08:22:48 AM »
review link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Khq4QJoWDE

Gemini is a fictional casino deck inspired by treasured classics like Jerry's Nugget and Dunes Casino playing cards. Created by Estonian multimedia designer, magician and card flourisher Toomas Pintson, Gemini was made to look like a vintage deck you might find in an old Las Vegas warehouse from the ’70s.

Combining a nostalgic ’70s design and high quality modern day printing techniques by The United States Playing Card Company, Gemini is perfect for those who love and collect vintage casino playing cards but also want a premium quality deck for optimal handling.

Printed by USPCC on Bee© casino stock. In addition every deck has been Traditionally cut. Red Gemini handles and feels like a true casino deck.

Purchase all of your favorite playing cards here:
https://rareplayingcards.com?rfsn=280990.3da4d

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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review: Glamor Nuggets Playing Cards
« on: April 11, 2017, 08:20:35 AM »
review link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCl8HkmjztM

Relive the glory days of disco, bell bottoms and swinger parties with this retro deck.
An homage to the classic Golden Nugget Casino playing cards of the 1970s, these “far out” cards feature elegant black-and-gold card backs, and custom jokers and an Ace of Spades advertising the “Glamor Nugget Gambling Hall” of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. Printed in a limited edition of 1,000 decks, these cards will never be reprinted again due to copyright restrictions.

Can you dig it?

Purchase all of your favorite playing cards here:
https://rareplayingcards.com?rfsn=280990.3da4d

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Here is my new review link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu7D8GFzs-o

Marquis Playing Cards
A Classically Inspired Premium Custom Playing Card Series by Brendan Hong.

Brendan has his own unmistakable style and look. Beautiful court cards and amazing line work are a common element of all his work. The project will be printed by The Expert Playing Card Co. and will be presented in 3 versions, Noble, Royal and Imperial Editions. The project will feature some beautiful elements such as gold foil on the card backs of the Royal and Imperial Editions.

Marquis Playing Cards is an original set of high quality luxurious playing card designed by me, Brendan Hong. Marquis is inspired by classical style of playing cards of the 20th century. In creating the series, I wanted to create a set of playing cards taking that inspiration from the elegance and wonders of classical design of playing cards.

Brendan Said, "I wanted it to feel timeless. I spent a lot of time researching and looking at Victorian and Baroque artworks and prints to learn the language of their design. I think I could spend a lifetime trying to learn to do all the amazing and wonderful things that those designers were able to do, but I feel I was able to capture that feel within this design."

Check out this sneak preview from KARDIFY:
http://www.kardify.com/2017/03/first-look-marquis-playing-cards-by.html

Check Out his kickstarter campaign, currently in progress:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/526480055/marquis-playing-cards?ref=discovery

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Title: Parallels
Creator: Think Nguyen
Publisher: Alakazam
MSRP: $ 30
Skill Level: Intermediate
DVD Run time: Over 2 hours of card magic

Type of effect:  Intermediate card magic

Manufacturer's Write Up: Think is a professional close up magician from Belgium, who specializes in card magic. Humble and quite reserved, he has only shared his magic with a select few people until now. He has contributed effects for magazines such as Arcana (Korea) and Vanish (USA), to name a few, whereby his creations have been well received by the magic community.

Think's well-guarded secrets have continued to generate interest within the underground magic scene. His ideas and effects have allowed him to travel the world, sharing his unique style and presentations over many conventions and lectures.

In this DVD, Think has handpicked some of his favorite routines and sleights. There is something for everyone, from beginner to advanced card magic. His handling is elegant and subtle; the effects are mesmerizing and baffling. Magicians often describe his magic as if the cards are coming to life in his hands.

With extraordinary card magic that will baffle and entertain any audience, Parallels is sure to set the standard for the future of card magic for years to come, and is just the tip of the iceberg from this rising star.

How are the production values: Alakazam makes great professional videos – multiple camera angles, both of the talent is mic’d, shot well – with live performances and many times Think re-shows the performance back in the studio just for David.

Is it well taught: David Loosley from Alakazam accompanies Think Nguyen and helps him teach & break down each effect.
 
Difficulty / Skill level required:  Intermediate to advance
 
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
 

 My thoughts I was glad for David Loosley to be on this project, he kept all the instruction clear and helped be the eyes and ears of the viewer at home.

For me, the magic was strong, but it wasn’t my style. Think performs as “the advanced card handler” and a lot of his tricks are about him “manipulating the deck” and finding the mates of chosen cards. And even though the effects were all very creative and different, I wasn’t taken in by any story or patter that made the effects “interesting.”

This is certainly strong card magic, and I think fans of this style will eat this up and find LOTS to fill their creative bellies with.

+ 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=CRdrZE-PMqw

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Title: The Imagination Nation Project   
Creator: Michael O’Brien
Publisher: self published
MSRP: $ 35
Skill Level:
Pages: 106

Type of effect:  Card Magic book

Manufacturer's Write Up:

What makes magic so much fun to watch? Is it the compelling story, the sense of wonder it creates, or perhaps even the beautiful ballet of cards that the magician brings to life? To be honest, all of these things are correct. Magic is an art form and like any art form it depends on what kinds of emotions it evokes from its viewers. The ability to make a spectator's imagination run wild as they witness these impossible miracles taking place in the palm of their own hands is what truly makes magic such a wonderful experience. At the end of the day it is how a spectator feels that will make them remember this moment forever.

"The Imagine Nation Project" is a collection of 31 close-up magic effects that are designed to evoke a sense of wonder and excitement from your viewers whilst leaving them with an experience that they will be telling their family and friends about for years to come. Join magician Michael O'Brien on a journey through the imagination and discover what it is that makes magic so captivating. Learn some new sleights, techniques and build some new gimmicks that will take your magic to the next level.

Deep down we all have a child's sense of wonder just waiting to be discovered. It is your job as the conjurer to inspire your audience to take a step back from reality and truly enjoy this magical experience.

Full video review to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94sOvUjxqHo

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The Conversation Parlor / GIVEAWAY: 7 Sans Minds DVDs - full effects
« on: March 31, 2017, 02:24:18 PM »
CONTEST LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTlTWxG4Gf8

(watch this first)

PRIZES:

Mini Buds
Moving Home
The Case
Leap of Faith
Survival Kit
Devour
Float

OFFICIAL RULES: (Please read) The "March 2017" SansMinds magic give away starts right now (Tuesday March 28, 2017) and will run until April 9 at 12 am (midnight) MST Here is how to win.

1. Subscribe to this channel (winners will be verified upon selection)

2. Share this video on social media (including links and social media tags)

Examples:

Facebook: WOW @magicorthodoxy is giving away 7 FREE @sansminds #magictricks  – check out this link for more details! http://tinyurl.com/l547ack

Twitter: WOW @magicorthodoxy is giving away 7 FREE @sansminds #magictricks  – check out this link for more details! http://tinyurl.com/l547ack

Instagram: WOW @magic_orthodoxy is giving away 7 FREE @sansminds #magictricks  – check out this link for more details! http://tinyurl.com/l547ack

3. ‘Like’ the above contest video (on youtube)

4. Comment to the video that you have done all that is required and that you are entered into the giveaway. (on youtube)

PRIZE: 7 opened Magic tricks from SansMinds used in my previous reviews. All items are included and in like-new and near-new condition. No refunds or exchanges on prize items all are “as-is.”

Winner will be announced and notified in the comment section below

Only one comment per user will be accepted - all other comments will be deleted.

Q & A

Can I make a youtube video?
Yes, record your video and put the link in the comment section below.

What if I am not on social media?
Then you are ineligible for this month’s contest

How will the winner be selected?
I use a youtube random comment picker

How will the winner be notified?
I always contact the winner directly AND post their name to the comments

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Title: Visions
Creator: Matthew Wright
Publisher: Marvelous FX
MSRP: $ 30
Skill Level: all
DVD Run time: 1hour

Type of effect:  Two prediciton card effect

Manufacturer's Write Up: Visions is an incredibly powerful and simple double-prediction effect, suitable for walk-around and parlour. It can very easily be adapted into a full stage routine.

An envelope is placed in full view. A spectator is asked to imagine they are drawing a picture in their mind... it is a free choice and exists only in their mind. Next, a deck of cards is shown and all the cards are shown to be different. The spectator chooses a card. The envelope is opened and inside... paper-clipped to your business card is an exact match of their selected card. The spectator is suitably impressed, but they are soon astounded -- the card is turned over and their thought-of picture is shown to be drawn on the back of the card!

Visions is a real-world, working piece of magic which has been performed hundreds of times by creator and two-time FISM award winner, Matthew Wright. It can be played as a light-hearted piece of mental magic or a much more serious mentalism piece. Includes an hour of detailed instructions, plus handling for bonus routines with peek wallets and an in-depth look at the psychology of drawing duplications.

Whether you are new to magic or a fully seasoned working pro, Visions is an effect that you will be performing right away with devastating results. Highly recommended!

How accurate is the ad copy? It does say “no memory work” but that’s only if you are set to rely on a crib sheet during performance. Of course the more you memorize, the better. There is of course, “brain work” and that doesn’t always qualify as “self working” – meaning – you will need to “think on your feet” should the spectator chose a drawing or image that doesn’t quite “fit” your prediction.
 
What's in the box?  Complete custom deck in Mandolin back – custom tuck with built in crib, marked cards and crafting supplies

Key points: This is a self-working, self-contained, instantly resettable pocket miracle. There are no difficult sleights, no pocket writing, no stooging, no memory work, and it is 100% reliable. Everything you need fits inside a deck of cards plus the envelope (which comes supplied, but is optional in performance).
 
How are the production values: Filmed with a steady cam in a very dark room. Mostly it’s Mathew talking to the camera, but you do get a few table shots. Interestingly, Matthew does a “magic cam live” shot of a live performance where the camera is mounted to his chest. There are some instances where the microphone is recorded at different levels and your sound goes LOUD or quiet when the scene cuts.
 
Is it well made: Everything you receive is of the highest caliber. There is some criticism that the “markings” on the cards are hard to read. For those of you who wear strong glasses, or have trouble reading small print, I would suggest substituting for a Bicycle branded marked deck that YOU can read. OR using your own marking system – the card backs are barely examined during performance, so making your own markings should be no issue.

Is it well taught: Matthew goes over all the workings, including the psychology behind what images people will more than likely draw. The add copy says “no difficult sleights” and Matthew does teach this with a simple card force and a palm to pocket, but it is possible to do the effect without a load, but it’s not as strong. But for such a simple effect, that could probably be taught in a matter of minutes, Matthew does go over every nuance including performing this as “comedy” as he does – or serious. Matthew will also cover multiple outs so that the effect is 100% sure.
 
Storage? Does it "pack flat?"  It’s chiefly a deck of cards and an envelope. Matthew will teach you how to perform this without a table in a walk around setting, but I would argue that it’s better with a table. Of course the gimmicked aspect of the deck means that it can not be handed out or used for any other effects.
 
Does it "play big?" I think mentalism done well is always the strongest magic you can do and Matthew is an exceptional creator.
 
Difficulty / Skill level required:  Matthew teaches this for all skill levels, but the effect is of course stronger when you have more experience and more skill.
 
How much arts and crafts are involved? You will need to build your deck, you can use the supplies required OR use your own “rough and smooth” method.
 
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?)
 
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

 My thoughts I was a little disappointed that it didn’t work for my eyesight, but the trick is strong, I will be working on “tweaking it” for my personality and performance level.

+ 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=Irzw_AzfKec

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Title: Sherlock'oin 
Creator: Thomas Riboulet and Anthony Stan
MSRP: $ 35
Skill Level: all
DVD Run time: 42.48

Type of effect:  Vanishing object box

Manufacturer's Write Up: From the minds of Thomas Riboulet and Anthony Stan, all the way from France.

Sherlock'oin is an effect of pure magic! This is one of the most direct and clean methods of sending an object to an "impossible" place.

A selected and signed card is lost in the middle of the deck. You put all the cards back in the box and you borrow a coin from your audience. The coin is signed by a spectator and you make the coin magically disappear. The signed coin reappears instantly in the box and in the middle of the deck on the signed card! Audiences are amazed!
 
How accurate is the ad copy? No deception
 
Tricks that it is similar to:
 
Captivity by Rodolphe Candela
Block buster by Tony D'Amico
In a flash by Jay Sankey

What's in the box?  You will receive a custom gimmick printed by United States Playing Card Company, ready to use immediately and the download code for the video.

Key points:
 
45 minutes of detailed instructions (English and French)
Easy to learn - Instant reset
Spectator signs the card and the coin
You can even use a borrowed ring
 
How are the production values: Thomas Riboulet and Anthony Stan talking to you, there is some language dubbing. Stationary camera shot over the shoulder to give you a magician’s view.
 
Is it well made: This is handmade and should last you a long time.

Is it well taught: Chiefly the initial routine is taught, with some variations and ideas. I would have liked a section on making your own from your favorite deck (although it is obvious).
 
Storage? Does it "pack flat?"  It is the size of a standard deck of cards – and the ring or the coin can be borrowed.
 
Does it "play big?" Wonderful because it’s three tricks in one, it’s a card trick a vanish and an impossible location.
 
Difficulty / Skill level required:  Very simple, does not require any sleights.
 
How much arts and crafts are involved? None, but since the trick involves a signed card, you will need to keep replacing the deck with new cards to maintain it’s size.
 
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Easily, however the deck is a “one hit wonder” and you can not use it for any other effects.
 
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

 My thoughts: This a very powerful piece of magic than anyone of any skill level can do.

+ 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=fvqKr7x2f1Q

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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review: 30th Anniversary of Fraggle Rock
« on: March 27, 2017, 08:59:46 AM »
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zmD4p9sBMc

The Spare Room and Henson have come together to create a limited edition deck of Fraggle Rock playing cards produced by the US Playing Card Company. Featuring all your favorite Fraggles in fine form, plus recipes and other words of wisdom from The Spare Room.

Get all of your favorite cards like this one here: https://rareplayingcards.com?rfsn=280990.3da4d

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Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mlic6bIR-UQ

Denim is one of the most durable, indestructible pieces of clothing ever created. It is for the blue collared workers that don't mind getting down and dirty. Now introducing one of the most rough and tumbled decks on the market today, The Bicycle Denim Deck by Collectable Playing Cards. Every aspect of the deck comes down to the precise detail of a pair of blue jeans, It is simply perfect.

The tuck case is a freshly ironed denim backdrop with a leather Bicycle patch which brings to mind the iconic Levis patch. The leather patchwork is also featured down both the sides and top of the deck.

Printed by USPCC
Bicycle Branded
Air-Cushion Finish
Custom seal
Standard Bicycle Rider Back with faded markings against pure denim.

Get all of your favorite cards like this one here: https://rareplayingcards.com?rfsn=280990.3da4d

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Title: Mr. Lifto
Creator: Ryan Schlutz
Publisher: Big Blind Media
MSRP: $ 22
Skill Level: all
DVD Run time: 19:06

Type of effect:  Levitating card effect

Manufacturer's Write Up: MR LIFTO is a self-working slab of uber visual magic. A card is selected and lost in the deck. A heap of random cards are taken from the deck and piled up on the table. You gently rub your hands together to 'generate some static charge'!

Then you place your hand on top of the stack of cards, and slowly, incredibly as you lift your hand upwards, THE CARDS ARE STUCK TO YOUR HAND!

There is no visible means of support - yet the cards are stuck.
Suddenly the cards drop to the table. All except one. Their selection.
Powerful, visual magic that is super easy to perform.

How accurate is the ad copy? Spot on
 
What's in the box? DVD, gimmick needed (red or blue bike) and rig​

Key points: Comes with special gimmicks included. Just a grab a deck and you're ready to go! Simple setup that can remain in place all day, waiting for a chance to perform
No I.T. or complex setup Super easy to perform
 
How are the production values: Good quality DVD from BBM. Filmed at the BBM barn with Liam Montier as the assistant.
 
Is it well made: All made from Bicycle stock – you get everything you need.

Is it well taught:  Eight vignettes that walk you through materials, set up, handling and some extra thoughts. Virtually no skill is needed to pull of this miracle, the gimmicks do all of the work for you. Ryan and Liam are fun to watch together, although Ryan does seem to be “rushing” through the effect quickly, each video segment is only a few minutes long, at one point Ryan drops a card on the ground and at another point, he miscalls Liam’s selection – would have appreciated a s-l-o-w-e-r pace.
 
Also - at one point Ryan calls the effect, “Levo-Card” so perhaps they changed the name of the effect later?
 
Storage? Does it "pack flat?"  Gimmick fits easily into your standard back of cards.
 
Does it "play big?" Can be played as comedy or mystery – great diversity.
 
Difficulty / Skill level required: Zero, might play stronger if you can force a card and false shuffle an entire deck – but it’s not needed.
 
How much arts and crafts are involved? You need an advanced “rig” that has to be done “off camera” and could impede your performance of other effects. But if you started with this effect – you could easily ditch.
 
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Absolutely, it’s a fun effect.
 
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
 
My thoughts: I remember doing a crude version of this when I was a teen (although I can’t remember what I used) this is certainly a vast improvement with no visible means of support! Your spectator’s will be amazed!

+ 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=92QohSXzOjM

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video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjX5QXF3nEg

The set includes 2 decks, the expert at the card table revised book and a collectors box. The cards feel good and the videos are what I have come to expect from Ellusionist & Madison. In Erdnase by Madison, Daniel M has created a pure and clean mastery course for anyone who wants a real and honest tutorial in the work of card cheating. The time he spent on technique and theory is abundant and concise.

The cards are simplistic and on crushed stock, typical Madison courts with no bells, frills or extras

Product listing: http://www.ellusionist.com/review/product/list/id/2258/

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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review - Moirai Playing Cards - Stewart West
« on: March 22, 2017, 12:23:35 PM »
video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih-3dHZ3FeI

Custom playing card deck printed by USPCC on Bicycle playing card stock with an Air Cushion (linen).

The Moirai , also known as the Fates, are white-robed incarnations of destiny. Three sisters who control the mother thread of life of every mortal from birth to death. They direct fate – ensuring the fate assigned to every being by eternal laws takes its course without obstruction.

Take fate into your own hands by getting this beautifully custom designed and illustrated playing card deck.

The tuck case cover depicts the two-headed eagle - symbolic for the powerful empires that shape the world - but still have no control over the fates. The back of the tuck case shows the art that is also the card back - a twisting mass of vines - alive and dead. The case is printed in black and white with a spot varnish. The die-cut seal sticker has the initials of the three sisters - Nona, Morta, & Decima.

The playing cards common back - an illustration of intertwined vines, alive and dead. Each royalty card is a unique illustration showing the control Moirai have over their lives and ultimate death. The Ace of spades is decorated with the double-headed eagle. Every number card includes custom designed suites and pips.

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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review - VHS Playing Cards by Steven Guistolise
« on: March 22, 2017, 12:20:40 PM »
video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_u0mfWvO6Y

They say trends come and go, well it looks like an old trend is coming out of hiding. Collectable Playing Cards and Classics Playing Cards introduce the VHS Playing Cards! They dug through the attic and dusted these historic fossils off to bring to you! Yes, the cards do slide out of the side like a real VHS tape! Get these retro playing cards for your collection.

The back card is the actual VHS tape in all of its glory. No need to worry, it comes rewound.

The court cards are sketched onto a black grid. They chose the most retro fitted colors that they could think of. These royals pop like the 80s.

The numbered cards are also hand drawn to make it look like scribble. These also lay onto a black grid which expose the numbers and pips.


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video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTykb7y29vE

To many magicians and cardists and even some collectors, "Sybil" is synonymous to the famous card flourish that has become the basic foundation to many cardistry techniques today. It was the inspiration to the Oracle Cut created by Erik Mana when the Oracle deck was first launched.

Enhanced flourish back design
New frame design with thinner borders
New custom designed court cards
New Jokers and magic reveals
Embossed and foil stamped tuck boxes
Custom engineered tuck boxes (cigarette box style)
New precision cut card stock
'Master Finish' for better metallic ink shine
Produced by Expert Playing Card Company

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video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgRgL6nDARU

Hail Caesar!!! Rich and vibrant Playing Cards with an ANCIENT ROMAN theme. Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Cleopatra.....

The ROME: Antony and Caesar pair of Decks are printed by Legends Playing Cards Co. and focus on the time periods of the First and Second Triumvirates of Rome's history. The First Triumvirate ended when Julius Caesar defeated Pompey the Great and became Dictator, before his assassination by members of the Senate. The Second Triumvirate ended when Octavian defeated Mark Antony & Cleopatra, and eventually became the first Emperor of Rome (and given the name Augustus).

The ROME Tuck Boxes have Red and Blue textured background images, and are accented with GOLD FOIL designs.

Caesar's Tuck features an imperial Eagle and a customary Roman border design.

Antony's Tuck features a majestic Lion and a border design with hints of Egyptian styling (symbolizing Antony's final years in Egypt, with Cleopatra).

Both Tucks include the Roman banner, Laurel Wreath and SPQR elements on the Back. The Top of Caesar's Tuck has the words "ALEA IACTA EST and VENI VIDI VICI" - Latin for "The die is cast" and "I came, I saw, I conquered". The Top of Antony's Tuck has the words "TARUM ET CLAMA DIMIT CANIBUS QUATIT" - Latin for "Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war".

The Back Cards for the Antony and Caesar Decks are truly two of the most unique Back Cards in the world of Playing Cards! The imagery for the Back Cards depict the deaths of Julius Caesar (Red) and Mark Antony (Blue). They are inspired by two public domain paintings and recreated in my personal style ("The Death of Julius Caesar" and "Cleopatra Captured by Roman Soldiers after the Death of Mark Antony").

The Red and Blue center banners are at the inverse angle of the Face Cards' banners. This, and the feature of making all banner edges the same Black CMYK color value (30C, 30M, 30Y, 100K), allows for seamless designs on the edge of a full Deck. These features remove the chance of having any marked Cards from the edges.

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video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g632GIWcS30

Divinus reads Lux mundi Justitia (Justice is the light of the world), which is a motto of Johann Georg I, Elector of Saxony (1585-1656), next to an embossed Fleur De Lis. Divinus face cards all have a delicate frame to represent the limits of self control.

2 limited ed. decks with metallic ink and gold foiled, embossed tucks. Vol. II in the 'Light vs. Darkness' series by Nicolai Aarøe.

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