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Jamie D. Grant
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Hiya!

This is a rare review for me. If you've ever read my Magic Friday column, you'll know that I never review an entire DVD. Usually, if I can find one effect on a disc that I can add to my repertoire, I'm pretty happy and, as a result, I've only reviewed single effects.

Jason England's Foundations, however, deserves a review in is entirety because of its fantasticity (I just made that word up) throughout! Also, as it's not a "tricks" DVD, I wouldn't be able to review it under my general guidelines and I really think that this disc deserves some praises.

I only wish I had this DVD ten years ago! Imagine having one of the world's greatest card men giving you 'the real work' for over three hours! Not only is Jason a card ninja but he's also an awesome teacher. And, unlike someone with ninja skills, he actually teaches things that I'll be able to do. I mean, I just learned the Centre Deal in only ten minutes! (Just kidding). I will, however, be learning The Diagonal Palm Shift properly. As well, my palming has already improved and I haven't even touched a deck after watching the DVD- just watching and, more importantly, learning, has already improved my skills. Priceless.

I'm a big believer in goals and it's one of my recent ones to fix some of my card flaws/laziness’s. My palming could use some 'touching up' (I'm being generous with myself) and Foundations is just the thing to teach me how to do all these moves correctly. For that, I'm thankful. It's also about time I learned how to deal Seconds- maybe that’ll be my second summer goal! I’m looking forward to it now that I’m confident that I’ll be learning the right away right from the get go. Sweet.

All in all, an awesome DVD that I only wished had come out earlier in my life. But hey, it’s never to late! Let’s get started...

10/10.

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kentfgunn
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Jamie,

Fantasticy just about covers it.

I just got the disc a couple nights ago. I've plowed through the entire disk. It is without a doubt the finest material on the real work outside a book.

If you've ever wanted to learn real-world gambling sleight of hand from a world-class magician, this is the product for you.

Diagonal Palm Shift
Bottom Deal
Center Deal
Second Deal
Greek Deal
Push Through
Palming
MacMillian Switch

That's what's covered on the DVD. It is the longest magic DVD I've ever bought.

I think if you want to learn any of the sleights above, this is your very best bet in getting them down smoothly. I struggled with learning a bottom deal for years. I worked with the Maze book for eight freaking years. My bottom deal still looked lousy. One hour with Jason's DVD and I have made some serious breakthroughs.

Card dudes:

http://www.theory11.com

Go getcha some.

I am in no way connected with Jason England or Theory 11. Met England once. Who knew he was this darned good! (ok I knew)
hbwolkov
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What distinguishes this DVD from others on the market? There are too many choices.
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silverking
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What distinguishes this DVD is the man doing the teaching.

Do a bit of research, and you'll find your teacher is somebody with some serious chops, who also has the ability to get students the information they need in order to properly learn the subject matter.

This is not true of all DVD's, and certainly not true of all teachers.
pepka
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I picked it up at a lecture recently. LOVE it! Like Kent said, go getcha some!
splice
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On 2009-07-16 01:31, hbwolkov wrote:
What distinguishes this DVD from others on the market? There are too many choices.


That's a real laugh.

The greek deal on this video I haven't seen anywhere else. It opened a world of possibilities for me.

The MacMillan switch is badly taught in an old book, and taught well on an out of print DVD by (suprise, surprise) Jason England and R. Paul Wilson.

I don't see where the bevy of other choices is, but if you've got secret sources that teaches these, along with every other move here, and all that by one of the top cardmen today, well, all the better for you I guess. Somehow I don't think so though.
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Splice,
No one can argue with your insight. Finding instruction for 2 of the many sleights highlighted on this DVD are difficult to find.
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Jamie D. Grant
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Hi gang!

You might want to check this out...

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Tom G
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This DVD sounds interesting. I do have a question. Having purchased a couple of Jason's Theory 11 tutorials (fantastic by the way), is this DVD all the same tutorials? Or have they been expanded on and re-filmed?
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On 2010-03-08 11:24, Tom G wrote:
This DVD sounds interesting. I do have a question. Having purchased a couple of Jason's Theory 11 tutorials (fantastic by the way), is this DVD all the same tutorials? Or have they been expanded on and re-filmed?


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oOMagiiCOo
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Tom G and yif:

I am pretty sure that the dvd is compiled from the 1 on 1 videos from theory11. I don't think they have been refilmed
Dan Bernier
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Having the opportunity to attend one of Jason's lectures, and being a previous owner of Foundations, I have to say that Jason has taken my card work up a few notches in a short time.

Foundations is a perfect start for anyone who is interrested in getting into serious card handlings. I went from 1+ to 4.5+ on the 10 scale just from Jason's teaching within a half year of practice.

Now, I don't only collect playing cards, I actually perform with them. And, I can perform confidantly.
"If you're going to walk in the rain, don't complain about getting wet!"
CALENIG
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Great news just spoke to Alakazam magic in the UK and they are going to sell Foundations DVD. I will look forward to ordering this!!!
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Any news about the next (second) Foundations DVD?
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