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Topic: Pentacle by Craig Petty
Message: Posted by: Mike_T (Jan 23, 2009 08:31AM)
Here's what looks to be another exciting dvd coming out soon by Craig Petty.
Check out the trailer.

http://www.worldmagicshop.co.uk/pentacle-craig-petty-preorder-p-5773.html
Message: Posted by: Nico Zottos (Jan 23, 2009 01:34PM)
Oh boy I cant wait for this one. ..I just got done with the routines from Blank and now more. . .and....since when is Craig putting out all this card magic?? :D
Message: Posted by: Jaz2005 (Jan 23, 2009 02:56PM)
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On 2009-01-23 14:34, Nico Zottos wrote:
Oh boy I cant wait for this one. ..I just got done with the routines from Blank and now more. . .and....since when is Craig putting out all this card magic?? :D
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Hi Nico,
Acting on Doctors orders, we sometimes have to lock Craig in a room without coins. We let him have some cards as part of his therapy and bingo you have a whole range of Craig Petty card magic.
We are just in the finishing stages of his most awesome card magic called "Locked In A Room Without Coins" due for release later this year,

A new star is born.
best regards
jim
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Jan 27, 2009 07:26AM)
Hi Guys.

I guess the word is out about Pentacle. I must be honest, I am super excited about this release, a few top names have seen the material on this DVD and have raved about it. I think the best think with Pentacle is the versatility of the gimmick. With one card you can make so much happen and so many different effects. All the routines are designed so that you are immediately left with a regular deck to go into any other routine you want.

In with the DVD you get two Pentacle cards, one red and the other blue so that you can perform the routines with your favourite colour.

If anyone has any questions about the DVD or the gaff just let me know.

Thanks for your interest

Craig
Message: Posted by: Nico Zottos (Jan 27, 2009 05:08PM)
Great stuff....I was going to preorder although right now I am not too sure because I havent had anything good about my experience with World Magic Shop USA. . . Im really excited for this though.

Nico
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Feb 11, 2009 06:17PM)
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On 2009-01-27 18:08, Nico Zottos wrote:
Great stuff....I was going to preorder although right now I am not too sure because I havent had anything good about my experience with World Magic Shop USA. . . Im really excited for this though.

Nico
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Speak to Costas, I am sure he can sort something for you. One of the many great things I have always found about WMS is their customer service. They really care about people.

I cannot wait for the release though, I think people are going to really love the routines on here.

If anyone has any questions just let me know

Craig
Message: Posted by: feifei (Feb 12, 2009 03:11AM)
Looks wonderful! I am looking forward to it.
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Feb 12, 2009 07:21AM)
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On 2009-02-12 04:11, feifei wrote:
Looks wonderful! I am looking forward to it.
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Thanks for your comments. I have had a lot of people tell me they have been waiting for this release for a while. I cannot wait for the reviews to come in.

Craig
Message: Posted by: Russell (Feb 13, 2009 04:09AM)
I remember the first time Craig showed me Fast Hands. The final transposition blew me away, I had no idea what happened and just said 'What!'.

I know a lot of people were surprised to see Craig release Blank a couple of months ago with his reputation as a coin guy and that set has sold very, very well. Well in my opinion Pentacle contains some of Craig's best card work to date. There are 4 or 5 routines that really are 'worth the price of the DVD'. As with all of Craig's releases the key word is variety. He has loaded the DVD down with all types of routines so there is something there for everyone no matter your style, experience level or technical ability. For the record my favourite routine would have to be Fast Hands or Signed Card. I love signed card, it is an instant reset, everything is examinable and leads perfectly into Paul Harris's Bizarre Twist which is a huge bonus.

Recommended

Russell
Message: Posted by: Iain Moran (Feb 28, 2009 10:17AM)
This is another winner from the amazingly prolific Mr Petty.

I picked this up at the Blackpool Convention last weekend and I'm very impressed indeed! I've been using a couple of routines from Craig's "Split Happens" DVD for the past few months and have recently started to use my flipper coin again, which had been gathering dust for years, until I watched his "Flipped Out" DVD. I had started to think that Craig was just a coin man - but... I was wrong!

Pentacle contains what appears to be a super-simple gimmick - though the routines that Craig has created are really rather wonderful. One of my favourite quotes in magic is from John Carney: "Magic is the art of making the simple look marvellous". That is exactly what Craig has done with this gimmick.

I was particularly impressed with the variety of effects featured. There are colour-changes, transpositions, transformations, vanishes, etc. Also, most of the effects end with a regular deck, so are very practical for the working magician.

I’ve already started working on Skittles Pack which is really fabulous and will certainly be using Fast Hands and Signed Card at the very least.

Having seen that Craig's card magic is as good as his coin magic, I'm going to get his Blank DVD very soon.

Highly recommended.

Iain.
Message: Posted by: Rpascual (Feb 28, 2009 01:31PM)
Is the gaff easy to get if weared out?
or is it easy to make?
looks awesome
Message: Posted by: Nico Zottos (Feb 28, 2009 01:59PM)
It comes with 2 gaffs so it should last you a while, IF it gets worn out, yes you could make this but Im sure you could find replacements somewhere.

Nico
Message: Posted by: ferryascanio (Mar 1, 2009 11:17PM)
Is it easy to find the gaffs? it means standard gaffs?
Message: Posted by: Jaz2005 (Mar 2, 2009 09:38AM)
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On 2009-03-02 00:17, ferryascanio wrote:
Is it easy to find the gaffs? it means standard gaffs?
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Hi This gaff is produced by World Magic Shop exclusively for the Pentacle DVD and we will release replacements to those who have purchased Pentacle. Details soon.

However, just a point of note the gimmicks should last for a very long time if you do not abuse them.
Best regards
Jim
Message: Posted by: ferryascanio (Mar 2, 2009 09:58PM)
Ok, thank's Jim..
Message: Posted by: Doctor D (Mar 4, 2009 03:27AM)
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On 2009-03-02 10:38, Jaz2005 wrote:
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On 2009-03-02 00:17, ferryascanio wrote:
Is it easy to find the gaffs? it means standard gaffs?
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Hi This gaff is produced by World Magic Shop exclusively for the Pentacle DVD and we will release replacements to those who have purchased Pentacle. Details soon.

However, just a point of note the gimmicks should last for a very long time if you do not abuse them.
Best regards
Jim
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I would also like to point out that the gaff, and several versions of it, is also contained in Daniel Garcia's & Wayne Houchin's Ultragaff.
Message: Posted by: Mike_T (Mar 4, 2009 05:42AM)
Ordered this yesterday. I also wanted to mention the excellent customer service with World Magic Shop. Great communication and fast shipping. Pleasure to do business with them.
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Mar 4, 2009 06:10AM)
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On 2009-03-04 04:27, Doctor D wrote:
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On 2009-03-02 10:38, Jaz2005 wrote:
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On 2009-03-02 00:17, ferryascanio wrote:
Is it easy to find the gaffs? it means standard gaffs?
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Hi This gaff is produced by World Magic Shop exclusively for the Pentacle DVD and we will release replacements to those who have purchased Pentacle. Details soon.

However, just a point of note the gimmicks should last for a very long time if you do not abuse them.
Best regards
Jim
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I would also like to point out that the gaff, and several versions of it, is also contained in Daniel Garcia's & Wayne Houchin's Ultragaff.
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The Ultragaff deck is a great product but the Pentacle gimmick is not included in this set. There is something similar but the majority of the routines on the Pentacle DVD would not work with the Ultragaff version. Plus the real gold with the Pentacle product is the DVD and all the different routines that are presented. Ironically the version of the gaff in the Ultragaff deck was actually created and marketed by Steve Bates over 6 years ago. Steve Bates is the same person who created the Pentacle Gimmick.

Hope this helps

Craig
Message: Posted by: Adam Hince (Mar 10, 2009 01:52PM)
Pentacle DVD - Craig Petty
Available from World Magic Shop (http://www.worldmagicshop.co.uk) - £15.00/approx. $30

I’m a sucker for card gaffs. I don’t typically use them when working, but I do enjoy playing with them. Now imagine my surprise when I start watching Craig Petty’s newest release, and I see some card magic using a really cool gaff that I might ACTUALLY use when working! How can I be so sure that I might use some of this material, you may ask? Well, I already have.

For anyone who has ever read a review I’ve written here on the Café, relax: this one is not going to be a novel. I’m going to touch on my favorite items on the DVD and let you discover the rest, should you choose to purchase the product.

Upon, starting the DVD, the viewer is treated to a pretty cool effect:

RED/BLUE TRANSPOSITION
Four red cards change places with four blue cards!
Oh, you want a little more detail? Okay…A red and a blue deck are introduced. Four spectators each touch a card in different places in the chosen deck (i.e. the red deck). The cards are removed and the spectators are asked to each remember the card and then the red cards one-at-a -ime, change into blue cards. You spread the blue deck to show four red cards throughout the deck. These are removed and shown to be the selections.

This one immediately caught my eye (and I’m not saying that just because it’s the first trick on the DVD…). It is not really suited for strolling, and it does need a table. Normally, when these are the requirements, I skip right over the trick. However, I immediately saw a place for it, in a formal close-up all cards set I had been trying to put together. One of the nice things is, the deck where the four odd backed cards appear, can be a full deck stack. Once you remove the odd backed cards, you can move on and do anything that requires a stack. It’s a nice way to casually ring in a stacked deck without having to do a switch.

TWISTING THE CHERRY
I’ve always liked packet tricks. It allows the spectator to focus on only a few cards. This one is similar in effect to classic twisting plots, but the Pentacle gaff makes the handling fairly easy.

Four red-backed nines, flip over one-at-a-time, similar to a Twisting the Ace routine. To finish, you show the red-backed nines have changed to blue.
This is a nice little packet trick, and my only real complaint is that for some reason, the editing cuts to Craig’s left when he performs a move that really would play better from the front. Personally, when I watch a performance of a trick, I’d like to at least have a chance to be fooled.

FAST HANDS
Here’s a three-phased routine where you demonstrate one of the most common laymen answers to a magic trick: “It’s done with fast hands”. You offer to do a trick three times: the first time, it will be fast; the second time, it will be twenty times faster; and the last time, it will be the fastest trick in the world. You remove the two red fives from the pack. A card is selected (for instance the Queen of Diamonds) and is placed out-jogged in the middle of the pack. Very quickly, the card vanishes from the pack and jumps between the red fives. That was a fast trick! Now the fives are cut into the middle of the pack, and very quickly the pack is spread and now there are three cards between the fives. They are the other three Queens. Maybe it was closer to three times as fast, but still a pretty fast trick. You then remove the rest of the pack and will only use the four queens and the two fives. You spread out the four queens and set them on the table to one side. You spread the two fives and place them to the other side. After pausing for a beat, you scoop up the fives in one hand and the queens in the other, turning over to show that the four queens have traded placed with the two fives. A four-for-two transposition!

This one is nice. You can tell that Craig has been doing this for a while. The routine has a nice script, and it builds throughout. The last phase with the four-for-two transposition (or is it a two-for-four [244?]?) is very visual. (Did I just put brackets inside a parenthetical reference? [You bet I did!]).

SIGNED CARD
A card is selected from a blue backed deck and signed. It is lost in the deck, which is set aside. You remove four cards from your pocket and show them to be the four sevens. You state that you will use the sevens to determine the chosen card’s suit. You display all the sevens and they are seen to have a blue back. You close the spread and wave over the sevens and a red back appears. You count through the sevens and see that three of the sevens have red backs and only one remains blue. You show that the club, spade and diamond all are not red and show that the heart was the only one that remained blue. You show each of the sevens as you explain this. That tells you the selection was a heart. You remove the seven of hearts and place it on the table. After divining what the selection was, you flip over the seven of hearts to show that it has changed to the signed selection!
Great routine here! It’s a nice version of the Hofzinser Ace Problem where the backs change colors. This routine resets easily and can really be done in the hands, which makes it great for strolling!

CARDS TO POCKET
The Pentacle gaff can be incorporated into classic plots, like Cards to Pocket. In the routine on the DVD, Craig has five cards signed and one-at-a-time, they vanish from his hand and reappear in his pocket. Obviously, you wouldn’t want to have the gaff signed, so Craig solves this by having the audience sign stickers and place them on the five cards. Palming is involved in the routine, but the first (of only a few palms) occurs so far ahead in the routine that there is no heat. The Pentacle gaff allows for the hand to be shown empty (most of the time), when going to the pocket to retrieve the card.

As usual with Craig’s releases, there’s a “Sleights” section that covers, in detail, the moves that will be used in the routines. Also there’s a nice color changing deck routine at utilizes the Pentacle gaff hidden somewhere on the disc (Easter Egg). This DVD has tons of variety on it (as long as you’re looking for gaffed card magic). Kidding aside, there are tricks that are great for strolling, a formal close-up show and even those that like to play around with a new gaff. Recommended!
Message: Posted by: Rpascual (Mar 10, 2009 05:10PM)
Sounds like a really nice dvd but gonna have to hold back on it.. (money's tight these days you know) but this will definitely be in my to buy list so is blank:D.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Congreave (Mar 12, 2009 04:44AM)
I think the skittles pack is worth the price of the DVD, I know people say that all the time but that is some seriously strong magic. I also enjoyed the cards to pocket routine (a favourite plot of mine).

Great DVD Craig, well done.
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Mar 16, 2009 07:19AM)
Thanks for your review Adam, I am really glad you have enjoyed the DVD. Also thanks Chris, I am glad you liked the routine. Sissors83, when you get a copy I am sure you will enjoy the routines, any questions just let me know.

I have just come back from The South Shields Magic Convention and the sales of Pentacle were fantastic. Thanks to everyone who picked up a copy over the weekend.

Also Pentacle is now available through Murphy's and so you should be able to get it from your favourite dealer. If anyone has any questions about anything just let me know

Thanks again

Craig
Message: Posted by: Rpascual (Mar 23, 2009 11:12AM)
Hey before I order it if it is possible can I know for the whitewas routine what type of blanks do I need?
thanks
Message: Posted by: professorwhut (Mar 23, 2009 09:05PM)
Will replacement gaffs be available?

I have several other DVD/Gaff type effects where I keep having to buy the whole deal over and over again to get new gaffs. I am going broke doing this.
Message: Posted by: Rpascual (Mar 25, 2009 03:38PM)
I hope it is possible to make it.
I will be receiving my dvd on saturday if I'm lucky.
Ordered it with blank to start trying out craig's stuff.
Message: Posted by: professorwhut (Mar 25, 2009 08:22PM)
I think you will be very pleased with both Blank and Pentacle. I certainly am.
I also have a couple other of his DVD's. He is a very creative thinker indeed.

For some reason I seem to gravitate towards card tricks that require very special gaffs that do not seem to be available as refills. I could name at least 4 other DVD gaffs type effects that I have had to repurchase the entire unit when my gaffs wear out. Some of these could be custom made, however I do not intend to take on that task myself.

Anyhow, I will continue to look forward to Craig Petty's magic.
Message: Posted by: Rpascual (Mar 30, 2009 03:58PM)
Craig... pm sent.

a little disappointed with my pentacle gimmicks.
Message: Posted by: Rpascual (Mar 30, 2009 06:08PM)
For one of the pentacle gimmicks I received a joker which I can't really use for the routines. (you'll know what I mean if you have the dvd)

For the other pentacle gimmick I received a 10S and I can't use it for other routines neither (Especially the underground four of a kind transpo) you'll know what I mean if you own it. (the extra cards you need with that deck cannot be used)

The dvd is perfect it's just that my pentacle gimmicks are horrible and I can't work with them. (angry face)
I guess I'll need to buy some more gimmicks. (not very excited)
Message: Posted by: Craig Petty (Mar 31, 2009 04:46AM)
Hey EVeryone.

I have been so busy lately I haven't been on the Café for a couple of weeks. Thanks to everyone that has put a review up on the thread, I am really glad you are enjoying Pentacle.

For those of you that have the DVD I had a very clever magician share an idea for the gimmick the other day. His name is Dale Shrimpton and he suggested using a tilt move and a Pentacle card you could perform an ambitious card and actually let them decide how many cards from the top of the deck the card will rise to. I tried this out at a 40th birthday party on Friday and it is great. If anyone wants the specific handling for this let me know. Another of Dale's ideas is using the cards across handling performing a slow motion cards through table - HOW COOL IS THAT?

I am loving the fact that so many people are contacting me with ideas for the gimmick. There are so many super creative people out there, its fantastic.

Scissors mate I am so sorry you got the cards you did. This must have been an error at the packaging stage because nobody is meant to get a Joker. PM me your address and I will get a couple of new gimmicks out to you today. And sorry again, that was not meant to happen. Glad to hear you like the DVD though!!

Thanks again for everyone that has picked up Pentacle. I really appreciate and please, keep those comments coming!!!

Craig
Message: Posted by: jayder (Mar 31, 2009 02:41PM)
I got pentacle at blackpool after previously purchasing split happens and I'm very pleased with my purchase.As with all of craig's dvd's he gives you loads of routines on hs dvd's.
Message: Posted by: jayder (Mar 31, 2009 02:45PM)
I got pentacle at blackpool after previously purchasing split happens and I'm very pleased with my purchase.As with all of craig's dvd's he gives you loads of routines on hs dvd's.
Message: Posted by: jayder (Mar 31, 2009 02:48PM)
I got pentacle at blackpool after previously purchasing split happens and I'm very pleased with my purchase.As with all of craig's dvd's he gives you loads of routines on hs dvd's.
Message: Posted by: Rpascual (Mar 31, 2009 03:04PM)
Thanks craig a pm was sent. THANK YOU=D
Message: Posted by: Rpascual (Apr 1, 2009 03:27PM)
My Pentacle review

So you guys might or might not know Craig Petty. After watching this dvd you will get to know who this guy is. This is a very good dvd with the best of craig's card work to date. (Also liked blank!) Anyways I usually don't post reviews but I think I should. It's very good. The price is around 30$ and it's pretty good for what you get(dvd material). You receive inside a little envelope with the two gaff cards. I remember opening them like two days ago and just smiling and thinking hmm how in the heck I'm gonna make this work. Anyway so I look at the faces and they turn out to be a joker and a ten. I checked out the dvd and saw that most routines could not be performed with these two faces. So I contacted craig right here at the Café and he told me (It's on a post on the first page of this thread) that this wasn't meant to be and that he will send me some gaff cards because of this. I was a little angry that I didn't receive the correct ones but when I saw what craig wrote it made my day. One usually doesn't receive such service these days. There aren't that many people that would do this. Usually you would have to buy replacement gaffs even if you didn't get the cards you wanted or buy another set again. So anyways here is my review of the effects.

The dvd is around 2 hours and trust me you will not want to get out of your couch. I'll review my favorite effects.
First effect: Red/blue transpo

You choose four cards from a chosen deck (ex. red) and leave the blue deck to the side. You show the four cards and one by one they turn into blue backs. THen they are shown and the blue deck is opened and in the deck there is the red cards.

-Very nice trick. I don't think I would perform it since I don't ususally use two decks when strolling. It's easy to do for intermediate card magicians. (I should mention that everything in this dvd is for intermediate/ advancard magicians) If your into the two deck thing this is definitely for you.

Second Effect: Twisting the Cherry
This is a very nice packet trick. Basically what happens is that a four red backed nines turned face down, are shown ony by one turn face up. then you show the backs and they turn to blue.

-This is a very very nice packet trick utilizing the pentacle gimmick in a nice way. Something you will like to use. Very visual.

Third effect: NFW
Four cards are selected from the deck then shown and placed in the magicians hand. One by one these cards turn face up. Then the magician just waves it over the deck and the cards turn to four aces.

-Very nice change from four selections to aces. You will need some other gaffs thus not making it exxample. Those gaffs needed are standard gaffs so no problem finding them. Not examinable.

Fourth effect: Cards to pocket

-basically five cards are signed with stickers one by one they travel to your jacket pocket.

This is something you will like using. This is one of the effects that you perform for the right people at the right time. This is probably my favorite routine and uses the gaff in a really ingenious way. Thanks craig for releasing this effeect.

There are many more routines but I wanted to review the ones that caught most my attention. AAnyways if you guys are hesitate whether you want this or not.... You want this. don't worry you wont be sent wrong gaffs like I was. I was probably the only unlucky person to receive the joker but oh well doesn't matter. Anyways hope you found it helpful. If you have any questions let me know.