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Topic: George McBride: The DVD, from Big Blind Media
Message: Posted by: seigeman (Sep 20, 2007 06:09AM)

GEORGE McBride is notorious among his fellow magicians as a card man of devastating caliber! Get ready to learn the moves and routines that have earned him that notoriety along with the respect of some of the biggest names in magic!

A prominent figure in Glasgow’s underground magic scene, George earned his chops alongside some of the best known names in the field. Here, for the first time ever on DVD, the man himself unleashes the moves and effects that have firmly established him as one of the most creative and skillful card and coin handlers on the scene today. Get ready for something extra-ordinary. GEORGE McBride THE DVD will astonish you!

[b]What's on there...[/b]
Ace de Triomphe
Bar Room Blues
Cutting the Aces
Double Swap Sandwich
Open Assembly
Reversal of Fortune
Immediate Ace Spelling
Hotel Mystery
Discrepancy Assembly
Flight Path
BONUS: Twist Shift

£22.99 (insert your own currency conversion!) DVD (this is a PRE-ORDER promo price, by the way) from http://bigblindmedia.com/

I got an email from Owen at BBM telling me that this was on the way. Within seconds, I had already started to wonder what was going to grace me from the BBM team this time round...

Now... I am the proud owner of a little PDF booklet which is rather Duffie-esque, by a fella called George McBride (It's called 'best of osmosis', and is brill)

At first, I didn't even tie two and two together, but I HAD made the association between George and the 'Scotland Up Close' collection and 'Scotland Goes Mental' collection (complilation ebooks by Duffie).

Now... I'm speculating, but I think it may have been Dave Forrest who brought George on board at BBM, as a) they are both Scottsmen and b) they've surely worked together. (See... I told you I was like Sherlock Holmes)


OK, I won't get all nostalgic. Suffice to say, George's stuff has wowed me before, and it wasn't long before I saw the 'DVD menu' and the effect "Triola'... which I recognised straight away from Best of Osmosis.

So... first impressions? Well, Mr Forrest and Mr Packard have once again excelled themselves. The filming, editing and production are top-notch. I am not sure if it's totally intentional but there's a great high-contrast, high-saturation feel to the production, or it could just have been our telly... either way, the production in general ooooooozed quality from the get-go.

George himself reminded me a bit of Paul Gasgcoine (sp?) initially. But this soon wore off, fortunately!

Down to business: the effects were presented really well. I won't lie and say 'perfectly', as somehow George seemed a little 'nervous'. I am sure that's not the case, and it's just me being uber-critical... after all, the rest of the production is just so good that I HAD to find something to criticise!

George's audience includes the BBM regulars, Dave F, Owen P, Ian M. Big names themselves. But something that caught my eye was the sincerity with which the effects were received by these guys... even Dave—who I would class as one of the UKs foremost card guys—was so shocked he had to be beeped out. George's stuff is just so clean, simple, and direct that even the most challenging of moves is handle with exquisite ease.

I won't bore you by breaking down each effect (perhaps I will at some point), but there's a great mix in there, ranging from a cheeky full-deck colour change in [b]Bar Room Blues[/b] all the way to an outrageous 'spelling routine' (card-at-spelling) in [b]Immediate Ace Spelling[/b].

Oh, and there's also a fantastic 'Matrix' effect, which was absolutely spelbinding. No gaffs, gimmicks. And no extra coins.

Explanations were clear, and if anything over-precise. Nothing left to the imagination. With Mr Packard overseeing them, no detail is left unmentioned.

Each effect's explanation has its own credits section—fantastically done—whereby each move, sleight or subtelty involved in the effect is credited to the originator. This is something many have tried to do in their explanations, but I've never seen anything quite this thorough. Well done, guys.

The multi-angle filming and clarity of photography is way, way above average for a magic DVD. This is a standard by which others should set their sights. The only other DVD this year that made me sit up and bark was David Stones'... this is as good, but without the pretentious or poncey attitude.

The scene is basically set with George in a pseudo 'Casino Royale' outfit... tux and open bowtie. Great! I kept expecting him to bring out a tommy gun, but he didn't. (Also, look out for Owens upper arm tat... VERY distinctive!)

The culmination of fantastic magic, great performances, explicit explanations and the now familiar BBM sense of humour and candid approach mean that this is more voyeurism than magical instruction—you'll feel like you're watching a jam session rather than being taught directly.

I can't stress enough here that there ARE some gimmicks involved. But as with most things these days, the pain is outweighed by the gain. I wouldn't endorse this so highly if I didn't think that it's all well within any cardies' capability to make or obtain the stuff required.

This is definately a 'watch it a few times' DVD. I am on my second run through. This is mainly because I simply enjoy watching the performances. Usually, a second run is to pick up on the instructions/explanations, but this is great entertainment too.

Can I suggest to BBM a 'show' with the BBM 'allstars' performing live? I am guessing it would be a sellout.

The quality of every single effect here is great, and as I said earlier the Duffie-ness of this really caught my eye. There's also hints of Marlo and a HUGE homage to Elmsley.

(1=easy to do, 2=No sleights, but not so easy, 3=Some sleights used,
4=Advanced sleights used, 5=Suitable for experienced magicians only)

Sorry, but I'd give this a 4. Purely because anyone with no experience will get no value out of this stuff. It's not self-working, and it's going to need a lot of practice to get this stuff down to a performance-ready level. But it's worth it.

Sadly, I didn't pay for this DVD, it was a promo. But suffice to say I'd have paid at least DOUBLE the selling price for such a collection.

It's two DVDs in one: a great 'show' of performances, and a fantastic instructional too.

Oh, and there's some of the most mouth-watering teaser trailers on there for other BBM stuff you'll ever see... also all really well produced.

In fact, just looking at the teasers for other BBM home-grown stuff, you realise how far these guys have come, and what an impact they've made on the magic world.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this. Pre-order it ASAP.

And no, I'm not on a back-hander for this review. It's simply so good I needed to share my thoughts.
Message: Posted by: Cameron Francis (Sep 20, 2007 01:13PM)
My reivew got lost but I second what you said! Great stuff indeed! This is destined to be a "must have".
Message: Posted by: Alan Rorrison (Sep 21, 2007 08:00AM)
I told ya man. the scots are taking over!!!

Message: Posted by: Cameron Francis (Oct 3, 2007 01:27PM)
Just want to remind everyone that this dvd is coming out in a few days. And it is fantastic! I predict this dvd with be on a lot of "top ten" lists at the end of the year.
Message: Posted by: fasr eddie (Oct 16, 2007 01:56PM)
Hey guys,this one seems to be going without any comments,its a brilliant disc.
George's thinking and construction are great,my personal favourites so far are,immediate ace spell,discrepany assembly,open assembly and the excellent twist shift.
to be honest there is not a bad trick on the disc.
Message: Posted by: VinceUK (Oct 17, 2007 06:06AM)
I suspect that most of us who have ordered this DVD haven't received it yet. This is due to no fault of the guys at Big Blind Media but due to a strike by postal workers in the UK. I got an email off Owen yesterday saying that they were still having problems with the DVDs not yet getting through, even going as far as asking people to get in touch if people had received their DVD!

I'm looking forward to this one, I've got most of BBM's releases and have yet to be disappointed, I'm confident this will be a winner too.

Kind regards,

Message: Posted by: Alan Rorrison (Oct 17, 2007 07:50AM)
Yeah there is strikes happening all over the place in the uk just now. But sit tight this dvd will rock!!! Or as Owen puts it RAWK

Message: Posted by: Silly Walter the Polar Bear (Oct 17, 2007 10:58AM)
Not only is his magic cool but he was great in "The Hills Have Eyes".
Message: Posted by: Review King (Oct 17, 2007 11:02AM)
On 2007-10-17 11:58, Silly Walter the Polar Bear wrote:
Not only is his magic cool but he was great in "The Hills Have Eyes".

THAT's who he reminded me of. I couldn't come up with it.
Message: Posted by: Silly Walter the Polar Bear (Oct 17, 2007 11:27AM)
On 2007-10-17 12:02, Christopher Kavanagh wrote:
On 2007-10-17 11:58, Silly Walter the Polar Bear wrote:
Not only is his magic cool but he was great in "The Hills Have Eyes".

THAT's who he reminded me of. I couldn't come up with it.

Michael Berryman is the name of the actor in the movie (the original movie, not the remake).
Message: Posted by: Magic Power (Oct 23, 2007 01:34PM)
I like Double Swap Sandwich ,very nice double sandwich effect !

Message: Posted by: wpt1031 (Oct 23, 2007 04:21PM)
Do any of the tricks require gaffs?
Message: Posted by: Cameron Francis (Oct 23, 2007 04:47PM)
I think one does. But it is a gaff you make yourself. And it's VERY easy to make. The effect you get from it is KILLER.

Can't remeber if any of the others need gaffs. Most of the effects use a normal deck.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Oct 23, 2007 08:36PM)
This is weird. Everytime I think I post where it can be bought, I come back and it's not there. This happening to ayone else?

Anyway, here it is:
Message: Posted by: Review King (Oct 23, 2007 08:37PM)
OK, I can see it. It's there, so I must have thought I posted and didn't.
Message: Posted by: swtrocks (Oct 23, 2007 10:01PM)
Here's my brief overview/review (?) of the effects.

Ace de Triomphe: A very impressive amalgam of Mr. McBride's own handling of Bill Goodwin's Queens and a triumph-esque phase to find the last ace.

Bar Room Blues: For some reason, I did not particularly care much about this effect due to its design/construction. It starts with a few cards changing colors in an unnatural manner before the deck changes color as well.

Cutting the Aces: To put it simply - an above average ace cutting sequence.

Double Swap Sandwich: This is a very nice and fascinating sandwich effect with an expository phase that is in my opinion a tad too long. However, the great surprise ending is a worthy payoff.

Open Assembly: Great ace assembly with a complete backfire that caught me off-guard.

Reversal of Fortune: I'm not much of a coin guy, but it seems like a good matrix using only two cards (with a backfire too!)

Immediate Ace Spelling: A great effect that does what it says on the label. The aces are cleanly spelled to after a spectator shuffles the deck. The construction of the effect is quite curious too, going from consecutive false deals to self working within a few seconds of starting the effect. You also get to see Mr. McBride's excellent false deals up close.

Hotel Mystery: A 'cute' yet risque story-type effect. Quite entertaining and easy on the sleight of hand.

Discrepancy Assembly: An unorthodox assembly that made my eyes pop out. My only gripe is that laymen might get a bit confused, but great effect overall.

Flight Path: I honestly didn't like this effect much due to its awkward handling. It's a 'low-tech' travellers effect using a gaff that one can easily make at home.

Triola: A straightforward multiple-selection sandwich effect...or so it seems until the sandwich cards turn into the selections. One of my favorite effects on this production.
Message: Posted by: Cameron Francis (Oct 24, 2007 10:00AM)
Wow! You didn't like Flight Path! Man, I thought that was killer. Different strokes...
Message: Posted by: matt.magicman (Oct 24, 2007 11:57AM)
Just before I order...
how much of this is impromtu, ie: no big set up, gimmicks etc
also how much can be done strolling without a table?
Message: Posted by: Dave Forrest (Oct 24, 2007 12:17PM)
On 2007-10-23 23:01, swtrocks wrote:
Flight Path: I honestly didn't like this effect much due to its awkward handling.

OK, I completely understand - 'each to their own' and everything but WHAT?? Awkward handling? This has got to be one of the highlights of the DVD! It really doesn't get more 'streamlined' than this and I can tell you all quite seriously that George had kept this routine under his hat for a LONG time - and with good cause!

In this routine, four signed Aces invisibly fly to the magicans pockets one at a time. Each time, you show that you still have all four Aces in your hands then in an instant, you only have three cards and a signed Ace is removed from your pocket!

There a are a few methods out there for this Alex Elmsley plot - George's kicks all their arses!

swtrocks, I beg you man, go back and take another look! You are on the verge of ignoring something quite incredible!

Message: Posted by: ozman (Oct 24, 2007 02:34PM)
Foooooooooooooolks - the new MAGICSEEN magazine is out today, and it has a FAB 5/5 review for George McBride's DVD. (and 5/5 reviews are rare!).

if you wanna check it out, you can sneak a peak at:

Message: Posted by: swtrocks (Oct 24, 2007 06:06PM)
Alright, I guess I let my personal biases and nausea from camera movements influence my initial viewings of Flight Path. Upon watching the effect performed several more times, the handling did not seem even half as awkward as it seemed to me initially. But as impressive as the effect appears to me now, I still do not think it'll find a place in my repertoire; it does not match my style of performance and would interrupt the flow of my routines.

That aside, if anyone cares to know, there are also several other lesser and more general factors that keep me from subscribing to the general enthusiasm. These factors include the limitation of the signatures, the expenditure of four cards, the tendency of the phases to suffer from repetition (as is typical for the plot in general), and the lack of an overall climax (ditto).

Nonetheless, I would recommend everyone who gets this excellent volume to spend some time with Flight Path. It's a great effect, and thanks to the people that got me to take another look at it and reconsider my previous comment.
Message: Posted by: ferryascanio (Oct 24, 2007 11:21PM)
Are there many tricks that can be done standing (street magic situation)??
because I saw at the demo clip for Bar Room Blues (color change routine), it seems at the ending using lapping...
Message: Posted by: matt.magicman (Oct 25, 2007 03:06AM)
Ferryascanio, I am guessing that if david has posted without confirming this, and no one else has answered my reply then I am asuming that there is a lot of set ups, lapping, gimmicks involved in the routines
Message: Posted by: Dave Forrest (Oct 25, 2007 03:47AM)

Street Magic? Er...no, not really. You can certainly do a lot of it standing but if you're after 'Blaine-esque' style material this disk may not be for you.


I didn't post without answering your question - I just didn't read your post until now. There is (from memory) one gimmick on the whole DVD and there is an extensive set up (extensive meaning more than say, the four Aces on top of the deck) required for only one or two effects - maybe less. George uses his lap ONCE in the DVD and this can be quickly and easily worked round with very little thought.

Having said that, the DVD probably isn't for you anyway. If you're after a disk full of walk around material that you can immediately slot into your repertoire without any adaptation then I'm sure there are disks available that deal with this type of material exclusively.

Wouldn't want you wasting your money mate!

Message: Posted by: matt.magicman (Oct 25, 2007 04:07AM)
Thanks for the tip dave,
although, I am not after effects and dvd's that, once I have opened the box will be performing within minutes etc
its just that I do many strolling gigs, and when there are tables to use they are usually crammed with plates, cutlery etc...
so I am keen to LEARN effects that can be performed standing and the spectator have one had free (due to holding drinks etc)
I also try and adapt every effect I learn to suit my own performances, so having a few new original ideas and concepts would also be useful
have said all that, I think I will hold back for now as I am having great sucess with your own " what it isn't" effect, also I should get the new bill Malone dvd's through the post anyday now
maybe next payday...........
cheers dave,
ps. when can we see more from the fantastic ian morain?
Message: Posted by: Cameron Francis (Oct 25, 2007 06:18AM)
Matt.magician. Glad you are enjoying "What It Isn't"! :)
Message: Posted by: Review King (Oct 25, 2007 10:44AM)
I thought swtrocks gave a good review. Things he liked, didn't like. I agree with him on Bar Room Blues ( that's the only effect I've seen from the demo ).
Message: Posted by: ferryascanio (Oct 26, 2007 04:06AM)
Thank's dave for the advise ...
but may be I'll buy for it, eventhough there are to many set up for the routine inside ...
it's ok, may be I can find the usefull idea, or a good trick as an opener of my strolling routine or a closer (after switch the deck) ...
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Oct 26, 2007 11:55AM)
Strolling material....what is the two DVD set done by an English fellow, works restaurants and has a beard, there were very good and had stand up strolling close up....anyone recall off hand?

I have the McBride DVD in the machine now and am going through it and the routines.
Message: Posted by: matt.magicman (Oct 26, 2007 12:11PM)
Mark leveridge I think
Message: Posted by: rubadubdub (Oct 26, 2007 01:54PM)
Shaun Mcree
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Oct 26, 2007 04:09PM)
Yes! Shaun Mcree...if you want strolling stuff get his DVDs, excellent. I'll review the McBride stuff later.
Message: Posted by: matt.magicman (Oct 26, 2007 05:49PM)
Oh yes, of course Shaun Mcree!
I think that, after matthew j downden's party animal have been my best dvd purchases this year
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Oct 29, 2007 11:35PM)
Title: George McBride by Big Blind Media
Medium: DVD
Arena: Close up, cards (one coin matrix)
Available: Any shop, Distributed by Murphys Magic Supplies

I wasn’t familiar with George McBride prior to the release of this DVD. George hails from Scotland and the Brits were touting this DVD so highly that I was beginning to wonder if that Scottish lab that gave us that clone Dolly the Sheep had gotten hold of DNA from Ed Marlo and Dai Vernon and developed this guy to become a super human card machine. Then again the Brits are very supportive of each other so I figured I’d have to go through the DVD and decide for myself….and I have. First the production level is good, not great, the lighting could have been given more consideration, but it is better than a lot of what comes out and the sound is fine. George does not have a very thick accent and he could easily be understood, not always a give in with Scots. He was joined by other experienced magicians for the performance and explanations, not done for a live audience, who helped keep him on track. He does a great job in crediting and I like to see that as well.

I want to say that this wasn’t the high level card magic that I was lead to expect from the comments from the UKsters out there. That doesn’t mean it isn’t good solid card magic, it is, but they didn’t do themselves well by overselling it the way they did. It wasn’t necessary because it is better than average but not as good as some of what is out there. The material ranges from the very easy to routines that are well beyond my technical abilities, requiring seconds and all that good stuff. It also is not original material. What George did was take existing work and he made changes to the handlings that for the most part advanced the routines, which is really nice to see, and he is a good card man, not the best, but very good. When he did the coin matrix routine he flashed big time on three of the four moves. It wasn’t the best matrix you are going to run into and that was the weak point of the DVD.

The card material, for the most part, is the type you do sitting at a table and if you want to keep cards in the hands while strolling or doing table work then you will either have to do some major retuning yourself or look elsewhere. Since most magicians in the market for DVDs do work at tables at home or for friends then this stuff will be right up your alley. I won’t go into the contents too much because that is being done to death in reviews for this DVD and you can check out the list of contents in the ads. I will say that Immediate Ace Spelling was my favorite routine and I’d have to practice a couple years to do it the way George does. I liked Bar Room Blues, Double Swap Sandwich, and Hotel Mystery quite a bit, actually other than the coin matrix I liked it all but will have to develop my own presentations and alter the handling some to fit my performing situations. Again, after doing magic for well over 30 years it isn’t surprising that I wasn’t run over by the material but for you guys looking for stuff that will challenge you a bit, and at times a lot, this is a good solid collection to look into.

That about covers it. Like I said, this isn’t the second coming of Ed Marlo but you’ll find a very solid collection of magic and don’t go by me not liking the matrix, I’m not a matrix fan. This isn’t beginner stuff, for most you’ll want to give a bit of serious practice, and for that darn ace spelling a huge amount of practice unless you already have your second down then you are set. Well done by George and his cohorts. I will be using some of this material for the sit down situations I find myself and think a lot of budding card guys will find value and be able to build their abilities doing this material. This DVD is better than I’m making it sound I think but the praise kind of put me in that position.
Message: Posted by: Cameron Francis (Oct 30, 2007 07:29AM)
Well, balanced review as always, MagicSanta. Although I personally don't agree with everything you wrote, I can certainly see where you are coming from.

A note about flashing. I can tell you from experience that it is VERY difficult performing magic for the unblinking camera (which is usually locked down). Especially when you're dealing with more than one camera and you personally can't see the monitor. Sometimes flashes can be fixed in editing and sometimes they can't.

Plus when you shoot an instructional magic dvd, it is filmed in a very different way than you would film, say, a David Blaine or Chris Angel TV special. For an instructional dvd, it is very important that everything is seen in the performance. While most of the time this isn't an issue, there are going to be certain effects where the level of the camera or a moment which is usually covered by misdirection will work against the deceptiveness of the trick on camera and certain methods will become blatantly obvious. But, hey, it is an instructional dvd and you are going to learn how to do it in a couple of minutes anyway, so who cares? :)

I still think this dvd is exceptional. But then again, I'm not nearly as good as George.
Message: Posted by: Alan Rorrison (Oct 30, 2007 08:19AM)
To mirror what Cam is saying. I agree and can talk form experience. It is a very different situation when you are performing for a camera. As Dave and Owen will tell you this is something that I had to take a few takes to get used to.

Keep in mind that people are raving about this guy based on his materials ability to astound not just the lay but the magi live. The man has some serious chops and is some one many of the top card guys respect.

All in all a well rounded review though and I always value your opinion, your one of the few honest guys on here.

Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Oct 30, 2007 11:40AM)
Thank you....

Next on the ol' DVD player....Fingers of Fury! Bwahahahaha! I've also a lil' pamphlet called What It Isn't! Double Bwahahaha!

Oh, heck yeah he has some chops, like I said, some of his stuff is way beyond what I can do. Speaking of Scotland I was at an illusion show a couple weeks ago and they had a guy there who looked just like a miniture R. Paul Wilson. I am telling you he was a dead ringer for Paul, only he was about a foot shorter.
Message: Posted by: Cameron Francis (Oct 30, 2007 12:46PM)
Miniature R. Paul Wilsons! Collect 'em! Trade 'em!

Talk about some chops... Whoo-boy. Paul is pretty durn amazing as well.
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Oct 30, 2007 12:48PM)
First time I ran into Paul and watched him perform I thought he was goofing with his slow deliberate delivery....he wasn't.
Message: Posted by: VinceUK (Nov 2, 2007 08:07PM)
I'm still waiting for my copy of this DVD, hopefully our wonderful UK postal system will deliver it eventually........
Message: Posted by: VinceUK (Nov 6, 2007 11:48AM)
On 2007-11-02 21:07, VinceUK wrote:
I'm still waiting for my copy of this DVD, hopefully our wonderful UK postal system will deliver it eventually........

In reply to the above, as soon as Owen at BigBlindMedia saw this post he sent me a PM enquiring if I'd ordered it direct from them, and I've received a replacement copy today. How's that for customer service?

I should really have contacted them before I posted here, but I was more expressing my dissatisfaction with the postal service in the UK and my impatience at having to wait for this great DVD.

Message: Posted by: tntjr (Dec 6, 2007 05:08PM)
I had the same experience w/ Owen and Cullfather. He just sent out another. Good people.
Message: Posted by: andrelimantara (Dec 9, 2007 03:13AM)
Just get it...

it's good stuff material

Message: Posted by: montz (Feb 7, 2008 05:43PM)
I loved these DVDs (George has another one out, with the classics). Very strong material, and SERIOUSLY well constructed. Take a look at Ace de Triumph on the first disc! Everything just fits soooo well.

Well recommended, and also a great looking DVD, in terms of menu's, camera work and lighting. McBride Rules.
Message: Posted by: Mr. X (Mar 18, 2008 09:16PM)
If you have not bought this DVD yet....What are you playing at!?

I've been performing Immediate Ace Spell since it came out in the Crimp all those years ago and was absolutely crestfallen to find it on this DVD.

But the effect Flight Path soon cheered me up....thanks George.