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video review:

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

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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review - Moirai Playing Cards - Stewart West
« on: March 22, 2017, 12:23:35 PM »
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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 »
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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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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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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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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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2 limited ed. decks with metallic ink and gold foiled, embossed tucks. Vol. II in the 'Light vs. Darkness' series by Nicolai Aarøe.

Obscura reads Felix Culpa below the embossed goat skull, representing Baphomet and the Underworld. Obscura has black faces, in a slightly 'scratched/dirty' look. The Obscura face cards are frameless to illustrate the unrestricted moral codex of the darker side of mind. There are no boundaries to the conscience.

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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review: Bicycle Nocturnal Playing Cards - CPC
« on: March 22, 2017, 12:03:00 PM »
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The Nocturnal Deck will keep you company during those long sleepless nights.

The Nocturnal Deck by Collectable Playing Cards is a crisp feature deck that will stand out in any type of collection. The dark yet vivid colors stand out amid a flurry of radical spikes and cracks. We combined a contrast of dark blues and dark reds against a black and silver card. The colors grow from dark to light creating a stunning fan.

Printed by USPCC
Bicycle Branded
Hand drawn artwork and custom pips
Custom seal
Air-Cushion Finish
The back card features floating spheres that pop off the card. Grey spikes and cracks surround the background and a red wave spirals into the center of the blue abyss.

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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review ANGLO ESP cards (for magic tricks)
« on: March 12, 2017, 08:37:12 AM »
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This is ESP Deck with Anglo backs in white on black design, printed by Offason of Sweden. The cards are the same high quality as Anglo Poker Ed09.

An ESP Deck consists of 25 symbol cards, originally designed by Dr. Joseph Rhine 1927 to test Extra Sensory Perception at Duke University. ESP Deck, Anglo contains:

25 ESP cards (5 of each: circle, cross, wavy lines, square, star)
25 ESP cards (5 of each: circle, cross, wavy lines, square, star), secretly marked on their backs
4 double faced cards(force card: circle).
Probably the best ESP Deck in the world...

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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review - Victorian Room by The Blue Crown
« on: March 12, 2017, 08:35:49 AM »
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Our story begins 100 years ago - the year is 1916. A mysterious man travels the world teaching people his sleight of hand. He was the best of his day but not many knew how he looked like except the ones fortunate enough to meet him.

They called him Ace Victoria. Arthur “Ace” Victoria was born in Birmingham, England. He later moved to the U.S. at the start of the century where it was said he taught Erdnase himself a thing or two. His travels took him all over the world. Although very little is known of him, the majority of information was revealed in his journal, which was found years later in India. His custom card design was found sketched in the journal along with many secret techniques and sleights devised by Ace.

The Blue Crown has taken upon the task of restoring the artwork found in the old journal and reprinting this amazing deck of cards. Designed by Rudy Faber, and finalized by Edo Huang. Concept by Alex Mihailescu. The Blue Crown is proud to present its latest installment in their playing card line. Enter the Victorian Room.

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Silver Arrows Video review:

Silver Arrows Back by Jackson Robinson and printed to exacting standards by Expert Playing Card Co.!

The latest expansion of the amazing Superior Brand line offers two new back designs. The Silver Arrow deck has an attractive white bordered back design which is perfect for your favorite sleight of hand. There is even a few subtle little design tweaks that will help you do certain kind of magic effects.

They are made with the Classic Finish so they handle beautifully and dependably. The faces are the standard Superior faces with a new Ace of Spades and pair of Jokers from Jackson Robinson.

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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review: VANDA playing cards (violet)
« on: March 12, 2017, 08:33:52 AM »
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Vända is the only rotationally symmetric deck of playing cards ever designed – every single card looks exactly the same right-side-up as it does upside-down.
LIMITED EDITION Vanda Playing Cards – Violet Edition
PRINTED BY: United States Playing Card Company
STOCK: Bicycle

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Deck Reviews! / Deck Review: Fate Chip Playing Cards
« on: March 12, 2017, 08:33:02 AM »
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Fate Chip Playing Cards are a special souvenir for any classic card collector. They are based on the principle of honoring classic cards and combine many classic elements and fashion into the design. Fate Chip also takes into account the needs of magic and visual effects in Cardistry, so the cards have a dazzling performance both in the static presentation and the dynamic process.

There are 51 standard cards that can be combined with other cards produced by USPCC forming a magical process.

The deck includes a JOKER, ACE, and two GAFF cards which can be combined into different magic effects.

They are printed by the U.S. Playing Card Company on Q1 quality stock and have a casino style design.

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Video Review:

Title: Erdnase x Madison   
Creator: Daniel Madison   
Publisher: Ellusionist
MSRP: $ 99
Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced
DVD Run time: over 8 hours

What is taught on the Video Series?

Shuffles & False Shuffles at the table - 1 hour and 33 minutes

“How I took the lessons from Erdnase and used them for my own good”

“This project isn’t me teaching Erdnase, it’s teaching what I took from Erdnase and how I made it my own thing.”

“There is no technique greater than the ability to control every single card in the deck.”

False shuffle theory
Table Riffle Shuffle
Push Through Shuffle
Scratch Cut
Blackjack Strip
Ladder Shuffle
Perfect Riffle Shuffle
No Soap Theory
Broken Running Cut
Coat Shuffle (also taught on Mechanic)
Jacket Shuffle
Ghost Shuffle
Broken Bridge Shuffle
Slug Controls

Shuffles & False Shuffles in the hands- 1 hour and 48 minutes

False Overhand Shuffle (also taught on Mechanic)
False ITH Riffle Shuffle
Vice Shuffle (also taught on Mechanic)
Cuts, False Cuts and Nullifying the Cut
Table Slip Cut 1
The Frank Hop (also taught on Mechanic)
The Table Blackout Shift (also taught on Moves)
The Madison Shift
Bypass Cut
Ghost Cut
Amnesia Cut
Over cut
Cuts, False Cuts and Nullifying the Cut ITH
The Classic Pass
The Broken Pass
SWE Shift
The Turnover Pass

Palming and Holding Out - 43 minutes

The Classic Palm
The Gambler’s Cop
The Hotel Cop
The Top Cop
The Slip Cop
The Squeeze Shift
The Ten Steal

False Dealing - 2 hours and 34 minutes

The Madison Grip for Dealing
The Bottom Deal (also taught on Mechanic)
Greek Deal (also taught on Mechanic)
The Second Deal (also taught on Mechanic)

Miscellaneous - 44 minutes (Legerdemain and extra)

Single Handed Shift
Maxican Shift and Brag
Erdnase Color Change
Stacking Ideas
Thank you and Credits

Title: Navy Effects 1
Creator: Jaehoon Lim
Publisher: Beyond Your Imagination
MSRP: $ 25
Skill Level: intermediate
DVD Run time: 90 min

Type of effect:  DVD of original color changes and effects based off of the color change.

Manufacturer's Write Up: While beginning in the Navy, Jaehoon devoted himself to the study of card color changes. Over the past two years, he has developed amazing and practical color changes.

Jaehoon is now ready to share this material in his new DVD, Navy Effects. Navy Effects focuses on brand new and practical card color changes.

Jaehoon shows you each color change in detail with multiple video angles, slow motion video, (A,B) cards and transparent cards to make learning faster and easier.

If you love color changes, this is a DVD you must have!

How accurate is the ad copy? This is true
What's in the box?   DVD & card gaffs

Key points: Jaehoon has made a unique DVD for beginners – to learn some basic skill and a few standard flourishes alongside his original color changes.
How are the production values: smells like men’s cologne when you open it – plenty of versatile shots as well as plenty of supportive sleights to full equip you for what you are going to learn. Jaehoon’s first language is Korean, but he tries hard to communicate in English through the DVD.
What is taught?  [Basic Skill] first 20 minutes
Thumb fan
Double lift
In-jog and Double cut
Secret reverse
Pinky count
Fan flip over
Riffle force
Bottom palm

Second part is all [Card Color Change] another 27 minutes
Rewind snap change
Hit change
J.H. shake change
Wink Change
Flick change
Shadow change

[Routine and Trick] – studio effects – highly edited
Winkey card
J.H. Red Hot Mama
Winner of the game
Color changing deck

- Gaff cards for the routines
Difficulty / Skill level required:  I’d say these are all intermediate to advanced level moves.
How much arts and crafts are involved? none
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) At the end of the day, these are all just card tricks and flourishes
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
__X___ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
_____ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion

 My thoughts Nothing against the video or Jaehoon’s creation, but at the end of the day the premise of this wasn’t for me. A collection of color changes and then tricks with color changes just isn’t my character. It was filmed well, but it just wasn’t interesting enough for me.

+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review:  ​

Title: The Touch
Creator: Robbie Moreland
Publisher: Vanishing Inc
MSRP: $ 30
Skill Level: beginner
DVD Run time: 2 hours and 16 minutes

Type of effect: 3 routines with coins and cards

Manufacturer's Write Up: There are only a handful of magicians in the world whose magic is truly extraordinary -- Robbie Moreland is amongst those rare few.

Elegant, astounding and effortless. Robbie embodies everything that magic should be and on this DVD, you will learn his three signature routines, all taken directly from his working repertoire.

How accurate is the ad copy? This is well written

What's in the box? DVD only

Key points: Watching this will not only make you a better magician, but it will also make you a better creator and performer.

How are the production values: Tricks are presented with real one real spectator (but no microphone) and a steady mounted camera. Tricks are explained with a moving camera, against a blue curtain.

Is it well taught: Robbie goes above and beyond to teach you every smallest detail in the tricks – no stone is left unturned.

1. Vibes (49 minutes) – An any card to any number routine that is filled with a few twists, turns and of course humor.

How to force a proper cut
The key card principle
The jog
The selection
The break
The Cut
The Ditch
The inflated deck principle

2. Bullet Proof (30 min) - One by one, 2 coins effortlessly melt through a solid table. And then his ending is that the glass goes through the table (instead of the last coin)

What you need
Types of napkins
Types of shells
Shell maintenance
The handout
The nest

3. The Burst – This is a four ace production / routine that follows a story about dynamite and explosions. It’s only a “presentation” meaning there is no audience involvement.

Pinky count
Pinky break
JK Hartman popout move
Radical Change – Richard Kaufman
Four Ace production
Baltazar Fuente color change
Fanning a deck
Flop Change – Steve Beam

Difficulty / Skill level required: the point of this DVD is Robbie literally turns over every rock on these effects so that anyone with any skill level can approach these tricks.

How much arts and crafts are involved? none

How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) These tricks are all tricks with a table – that should be mentioned – so they are good for restaurant and corporate walk-around.

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
___X__ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
_____ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion

My thoughts There was nothing here “for me.” A lot of these moves and effects, I could figure out while I watched the performance and did not require the 30 minutes of explanation.

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Ok - where did this deck come from? Who inspired it? Is this just a straight up USPCC release? Was it created by a graphic design house or a magic store? I can't find any credit for its inspiration?

Youtube Review

Playing Cards WIki

1 eyed Jack review

Art of Play

Thanks for any "rumors" or "alternate facts" you can provide

Title: The Gold Standard
Creator: David Regal
Publisher: self published
MSRP: $ 56
Skill Level: intermediate
DVD Run time: 27 minutes

Type of effect: Signed card appearing to a tie tack

Manufacturer's Write Up: What is The Gold Standard? It is an 18k gold-plated tie tack or lapel pin that does something special with great economy: a card is returned to the deck, and an instant later it is seen impaled on your tie tack. You can pull on the card, and spin it on the post. Best of all, when you remove the card from the tie tack, there is a hole in the card!

The card can be signed. The effect can be performed at any time in your act, with a deck in play. And it doesn't have to be a playing card. The Gold Standard can just as easily cause a signed bill to become impaled, or a business card - imagine handing out your card only to discover it pierced by your tie tack. When you remove the card, there's a hole running through it. You can then give that potential customer your business information with a permanent reminder of the effect he just witnessed.

How accurate is the ad copy? this is exactly what happens
What's in the box?  Gold standard gimmick and the DVD

Key points:  This is an elegant quality prop, custom designed from the ground up, with attention to detail. If you don’t wear a tie – this could be a gold pin on a lapel.
How are the production values: Mr. Regal is standing at a card table in front of a red curtain. He does appear to have a live camera person, but maybe not a lapel mic. His voice sounds a little echoey. At one time he says that they we are shooting in his “living room” and in fact he’s probably in a live theatre (like the Magic Castle) and the ambient noise could be an adjacent theatre.  Mr. Regal does a few “pick up” shots outside – and again, you hear ambient noise of birds and wind in the camera’s mic.
Is it well made: Looks like brass, but is made from stainless steel. Treated well, it should last you a lifetime.

Is it well taught: Mr. Regal performs this for a live audience in a parlor setting.  He goes over multiple phases and endings for the card to tie routine. Mr. Regal also gives full credit for inspiration as well as credits to previous talent who have created similar effects.
Storage? Does it "pack flat?"  Wears easily on your tie and the gimmick can easily be hidden in a finger palm.
Does it "play big?" I’d say any effect that David Regal uses in his own performance – is good enough for you and me.
Difficulty / Skill level required:  A well versed magician with an intermediate level of card skill will have no trouble with this routine.
How much arts and crafts are involved? None – everything is built for you.
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Absolutely, and I think this would work great for corporate and restaurant magic – where many magicians typically we a tie.
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 David Regal is magic royalty and pretty much anything he puts his name on is going to be “gold.”

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Magical Cardistry Bonanza / Magic Review: Devour by Sands Minds
« on: February 28, 2017, 08:16:14 AM »
​Title: Devour
Creator: SansMinds
MSRP: $ 30
Skill Level: all
DVD Run time: 57 minutes

Type of effect:  Vanishing deck effect

Manufacturer's Write Up: One of the most important aspects of magic is establishing a connection with the spectator. Magic should be for all age groups, and we are proud to present an effect that can connect with everyone.

Devour is a fun and interactive card revelation effect that can connect with all age groups.  Imagine that the box of playing cards comes alive, and destroys all the cards in the box except for the signed card!  The selection is a completely free choice, and the presentation is 100% customizable to cater to your personal style.  Check out the trailer to see how this great effect can enable you to connect with YOUR audience.

*Gimmick supplies included
*Customize to any playing card
*Customize the design to fit your style

TV rights not included with purchase. Please contact SansMinds for inquiries regarding TV.

How accurate is the ad copy? Not every gimmick supply is included, in fact MOST are not. This is a lot of DIY.
What’s in the box?  DVD and a few of the items you’ll need to make this gimmick, you will need 4 deck boxes and an entire arts and crafts kit.
What you still need: 4 card boxes, super glue, dble sided tape, scissors, ruler, extra cards and an xacto knife. In fact of the 14 things you need to build this – they give you 4.
How are the production values? Sans Minds always makes great DVDs – everything is well mic’d and well shot.
Is it well made: This is a total DIY project.

Is it well taught:  The first 8 minutes is the brief walk-thru about how to perform the effect. The next 23 minutes is all the build of the gimmick. The DIY part is all taught through pantomime and on screen text.
Personally, I don’t know why they begin with a deconstructed box – because they just walk you through putting it back together – why? Just start with a box already put together. Nobody needs extra steps.
Also the “action” of the angry face transformation – happens slower in real time and needs some misdirection so that your audience doesn’t see what is happening.

 Storage? Does it "pack flat?"  It is the size of a deck of cards, UNLESS you want an inspectable gimmick – then you need to carry an additional card case.
Does it "play big?" It gets a laugh, but it doesn’t strike me as “magic” per se. I don’t see how people can “suspend belief” that your box came to life and “ate” a deck of cards. I suppose it’s also possible to eliminate the humor part with the “angry face” and maybe use “mind power” to destroy all the cards? Or magic karate? I don’t know.
Difficulty / Skill level required:  this is very easy to do – borderline self working.
How much arts and crafts are involved? A LOT !!!
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Absolutely, just watch your angles (I've seen people flash on youtube)
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
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion
My thoughts – super expensive for what comes with it and the amount of building you have to do yourself. 

+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review:  ​

Magical Cardistry Bonanza / Leap of Faith by Sans Minds Creative Labs
« on: February 11, 2017, 08:50:42 AM »
Title: Leap Of Faith         
Publisher: Sans Minds
MSRP: $ 30
Skill Level: Intermediate
DVD Run time: 49 minutes

Type of effect:  Variation of Strange Travelers by Paul Harris

Manufacturer's Write Up:

Leap of faith creates a powerful connection between you and your spectator. SansMinds Creative Lab has modernized a classic plot and made it even more streamline and visual.

Imagine a thought of card, that only the spectator knows, visually vanishes in the performer's hand and reappears in the spectator's hand. No more complicated moves and you can quickly reset the effect.

When the effect is finished you will leave your spectator an impossible experience and a question in mind. How did you do it? This is Leap of Faith. Check out the trailer now to experience the impossible moment!
How accurate is the ad copy? This is basically the solution to ‘what would happen if the princess card trick and strange travelers had a baby?’
What's in the box?  DVD and a few needed supplies to build your gimmick.

How are the production values: Sans Minds always makes great DVDs, Jason is on the street doing the live performances – and Herman is back in the studio teaching you everything you need to know.
Is it well made: You make the gimmick, the reason it was not made for you is that it is very labor intensive. A good portion of this DVD is in gimmick constriction, be prepared to do a lot of arts and crafts.

Is it well taught: The entire first half of the DVD is gimmick construction and setup – the remainder is teaching you the routine.
Storage? Does it "pack flat?"  10 cards total including your “thick” gimmick.
Does it "play big?" If you’ve seen David Blaine perform strange travelers (un-gimmicked, I might add) then you’ve seen the reaction you can get from this effect.
Difficulty / Skill level required: You will need to build a convincing gimmick that involves, cut, paste, tape, and card splitting.
How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) As always with thick gimmicked cards, your angles are the “lines” that get created by light and shadow – be wary of them.
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
__X__ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
_____ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion
To be honest, I am terrible at gimmick building, glue gets everywhere and I can’t card split to save my life. At the end of the day $30 is too much for me for the amount of time and work that I still need to put into this bad boy.
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Title: Mediations
Creator: James Went
Publisher: Big Blind Media
MSRP: $ 35
Skill Level: Intermediate
DVD Run time: 3 hours

Type of effect: Collection of sandwich and triumph routines

Manufacturer's Write Up: An incredible collection of close-up card routines, smooth sleight of hand techniques and interviews direct from the mind of the UK's James Went.

James Went is best known as one of the stars of the Bafta award winning BBC TV magic show "Help, My Supply Teacher is Magic". Over three seasons, and thirty-nine episodes of the smash hit show, James demonstrated his relaxed, personable and engaging performance style. He is also a sought after consultant, having worked on the Discovery Channel show "Breaking Magic" with Wayne Houchin, BBC's "Killer Magic", and numerous major national theater productions.

Meditations, his first major release, extends to over THREE hours of material, and features ten of James' absolute favorite card routines, in depth tutorials on twelve indispensable sleight of hand techniques and fascinating interviews.

Learn just why so many professional magicians rate James so highly. Add his beautiful card work to your own repertoire and get a true insight into what it's like to work in TV magic in the modern era!
How accurate is the ad copy? No deception
What's in the box?  Two DVDs

Roy's Sandwich
For Krenzel
Conditional Triumph
SandIwich Thing

4 of A Kind Production I
4 of A Kind Production II
T.I.T Peek
T.I.T.T.I.E.S Peek
Top Card Production
Jack's Ginger Snap
Plus interviews

Poker Con
Selected Daley
Broken Triumph

Spread Peek
Relaxed Pass
Thoughts on Controls I
Thoughts on Controls II
Spread Pass
Spread Half Pass
Plus More Interviews

How are the production values: BBM always makes great videos that are beautifully shot and contain very attractive spectators. This DVD uses the same sets we’ve seen in earlier Liam Montier releases.

Is it well taught: James is teaching the experienced card handler. He is not very patient if you’re new to the art. Plus with some of the more experienced sleights needed, I’d say this is for people who at an intermediate level.
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
Most of the effects were variations on a theme – I think it’s nice to have 1 sandwich routine or 1 triumph routine in your arsenal, but I don’t need 4 or 5.
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Deck Reviews! / Black NOC GAFF cards from The Blue Crown
« on: February 04, 2017, 09:45:24 AM »
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What are we hooking you up with? Here are just a few of the things you can expect to find when you crack open your Black NOC Gaff Deck:

-Mispipped cards
-Double Facers
-Mnemonica stack cheat sheet
-Blank Facers
-Double Backers
-Reversed 'Mirror' Cards
-Mini Card Gaffs (You're going to LOVE these!)

Get your hands on these now and start showing people what card magic should look like.

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Deck Reviews! / Dapper playing cards by Vanishing Inc
« on: February 04, 2017, 09:41:30 AM »
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In conjunction with the House of Playing Cards and The Expert Playing Card Company, Vanishing inc has produced a deck that is just as perfect for magicians as it is for flourishers. They spread beautifully, they cut and faro perfectly and the minimalistic design and vibrant colour makes them stand out.

Like the Dapper Deck, the Dapper NOCs also integrate the signature paisley pattern. It features on the gorgeous, large pip Aces, as well as on the inside of the side-opening tuck box. The back design is maroon with a light black border which makes the cards look crisp and immaculate when they are spread or fanned.

As a final bonus, the backs are marked with a VERY deceptive system which allows you to know the suit of the card. It is easy to read and opens up a number of doors for incredible card tricks.

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Deck Reviews! / Black Rider Back 808s by USPCC
« on: February 04, 2017, 09:38:59 AM »
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The United States Playing Card Company began as a printing company called Russell, Morgan & Company. Russell and Morgan produced their very first deck of cards in a Cincinnati, Ohio factory back in 1881. The brand was called “Tigers” and the number assigned to these new decks was 101.

A short while later, the numbers 202 and 303 were used when the firm printed decks under the “Army” and “Navy” brands. The “Congress” brand and a few others were produced and given similar numbers in sequential order. Eventually Russell and Morgan introduced the Bicycle® playing card line and assigned it the number 808.

Over 125 years later, Bicycle® Cards became the most popular brand of playing cards in the world, and the number 808 continues to be used on the Ace and Jokers provided with each and every deck.

Deck Reviews! / Auto Cycle no 1 by USPCC
« on: February 04, 2017, 09:36:51 AM »
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Bicycle Autocycle No1 -- a Target exclusive.
They come in this purple, and a green version.

Introduced in 1901 and discontinued in 1906. This deck depicts a motorized tricycle (see a detail of the fantastic machine, below). Note that a bicycle chain acts as the inner border in the design. Listed by Mrs. Robinson as having been produced in green and brown, but nobody has ever seen even a single card in either of those colors. Decks in red or blue are also extremely scarce.

In another contender for most expensive single Bicycle card, on May 21, 2016 a red Autocycle No. 1 single sold for $179 on eBay, with three bids over $150. Relatively calmer heads prevailed as another red single sold for $63 (USD) on July 2, 2016.

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