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Topic: Director's Cut new releases.
Message: Posted by: Mark Elsdon (Feb 17, 2009 10:58AM)
There are two new versions of Director's Cut soon to be available.

The first is Director's Cut II - The Horror Edition. This new choice of horror films was personally selected by Peter Nardi from his personal horror DVD collection. Trust me when I tell you that it wasn't easy for him to whittle it down to just 26 titles from his library of over 9000 horror films!

But he did it and this brand new set of cards opens up tons of new presentational possibilities. All your horror favorites are here, plus a few left field titles to keep the spectators on their toes.

This new set WON'T be available for Blackpool, but Peter, myself and one or two others will have a set with us, so if you'd like to check them out, please just ask one of us...

Secondly, Director's Cut III - The TOD Edition will be out late spring. When I created the routine (based on a Paul Hallas effect) which inspired Simon Shaw to put Director's Cut together, I had a second part to it that no magicians have ever seen. It uses a second set of cards which initially looks identical to the first set, but is in fact a hybrid TOD set. This allows me to extend the range of effects quite considerably and in ways not possible with the original set. Because of the way it is built from film posters, it allows each and every card to be completely different (and shown to be such) but still possess all the characteristics of a TOD. I know this sounds impossible, but it's true! This set is designed to be used in conjunction with the original Director's Cut set.

Again, any questions, please ask me about it at Blackpool.


Message: Posted by: daghank (Feb 17, 2009 12:23PM)
Excuse my poor english but whats that 'TOD' in youre message mean?

Also,when I first read the name of this thread,I was hoping for a release adjusted to stage,I hope they (or you) come up with it one day.
Message: Posted by: ALEXANDRE (Feb 17, 2009 12:54PM)
I posted about this in latest and greatest over a month ago and no one seemed to care.

I think it's great news. Looking forward to it. I work with the original cards all the time to yelps of amazement and excitement.

daghank, TOD means Tossed-Out Deck.
Message: Posted by: Mark Elsdon (Feb 17, 2009 12:57PM)
TOD deck is a magical acronym. It stands for Tossed Out Deck.

With regard to the latter: in fact my original routine was designed for stage, not close-up! I will have my original set of cards with me at Blackpool, so anyone who is interested is welcome to have a look at them.

As for the Director's Cut cards, I think that the cards are absolutely perfect for close-up and that Simon and Peter did a wonderful job. However, I appreciate the desire of some to have a larger set available for stage work. I'll discuss it with Peter at Blackpool and see if there isn't a possibility of having some larger cards manufactured. It's Peter's decision, so no promises, but we'll see...


Message: Posted by: daghank (Feb 17, 2009 01:01PM)
You really should let him know about the stage size idea and now after learning what TOD means,im really looking forward to see youre version of it,that idea is great :)
Message: Posted by: Roger Kelly (Feb 17, 2009 01:02PM)
Sounds interesting! Director's Cut has, for too long now, been on my wish list. I think is time to take the plunge. A safe bet with Alakazam's name to it I'm sure.

Not sure about Director's Cut IV though with Nardi's 'other' DVD titles!!

Good to hear from Mr Elsdon, the creator of my 'opener' Pre-Prefiguration!
Message: Posted by: Dr. Eamon (Feb 17, 2009 01:41PM)
I really like DC!

The cards would be a lot better for me if they were larger, so I´m happy to hear there is a possibility that there will be a larger set in the future...
and a double sided blank card would be great too!!

Hope to see the larger card set will hit the marked, and that Peter put a blank card out too, that would be really great.

BTW I have downloaded some of the covers used in the ´deck´ to use as a prediction (with a force effect) and that works great too!

Highly recommended!

Best wishes,
Message: Posted by: rowdymagi5 (Feb 17, 2009 03:29PM)
Any chance we could see the list of horror films?
Message: Posted by: asanghi (Feb 21, 2009 07:56AM)
That's a bummer...I just bought the original DC (it arrived y'day), and it seems that there's an upgrade right (DC3) around the corner! Could have waited...Alas!
Message: Posted by: ALEXANDRE (Feb 21, 2009 08:28AM)
Nothing wrong with owning both. The original is very cool and I use it all the time, movies we all know. I'll also be buying the Horror set for the more disturbing and bizarre occasions....
Message: Posted by: DrTodd (Feb 21, 2009 12:25PM)
Simon has been crafting some really great routines for DCII that you will all enjoy.

Great stuff

Dr T
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Feb 24, 2009 09:08PM)
I just got everything together with Directors Cut and now there are more versions? Dang you UKers!
Message: Posted by: rickywhite (Mar 2, 2009 09:50AM)
I'm glad to see that Simon's brainchild is continuing from strength to strength, I'm a big fan of the original DC and word on the grapevine suggests that in DC2 Simon & Alakazam offer more than just an additional set of cards, new routines perhaps? Either way, there's lots of scope for mixing the two sets of cards and just letting your imagination run riot!
Message: Posted by: Bananafish (Mar 2, 2009 10:20AM)
Thanks everyone for the great feedback. It means a lot to me. I am finalising the new manuscript that will feature many more ideas that can be used with the new cards and in many cases the original cards (and even a few effects that feature both decks).

People have been asking about the films selected for the horror version, and believe me it took a lot of painful agonising to whittle it down with Peter to come up with the final set. There were just too many to choose from so I am sure there will be a few disappointments in films not included, but I believe we have a good variety that covers all genres of horror film. Having been performing with the cards myself over the last few weeks I have to say the new routines are going down very well and they are proving to be excellent tools for some very atmospheric effects.

So you want to know the movies? no?

In no particular order - we have...

Amityville Horror (1979),
The Blair Witch Project (1999),
Childs’s Play (1988)
Dracula (1931)
Evil Dead (1981)
Frankenstein (1931)
The Grudge (2004)
Halloween (1978)
Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
The Lost Boys (1987)
The Mummy (1932)
Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
The Omen (1976)
Psycho (1960)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
The Shining (1980)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Underworld (2003)
Village of the ***ed (1960)
The Wolf man (1941)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Fly (1958)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Also - there will be an additional 4 horror films so at least there is a modicom of choice (although I have been happily using a deck of 30 films as I couldn't bear to skip any)

Carrie (1976)
Friday the 13th (1980)
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
The Ring (2002)

As well as that there will me an additional 4 mainstream films that can be used with the new set (I have several effects that utilise them), or can be used as alternatives to the original set. These are...

ET the Extra Terrestrial (1982)
The Sound of Music (1965)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Titanic (1997)

and then there will be a double blank card, and a duplicate of the Dracula card...

Filming for the Dvd should take place in a few weeks or so - so hopefully the release will be (as they say) imminent.

oh - and yes - there WILL be a stage size version. Watch this space...
Message: Posted by: MikeOB (Mar 2, 2009 10:36AM)
I cannot wait for this, I carry Directors Cut with me everyday. I like the fact that it is so compact. I just performed for a sales meeting and used a huge easel for the prediction. I like that you could use it for strolling and use a small note pad and for a meeting like that use a bigger writing space.
Message: Posted by: rowdymagi5 (Mar 2, 2009 10:41AM)
Im looking forward to purchasing the Horror Film version. The original is a quality item all the way!
Message: Posted by: Ian Rowland (Mar 2, 2009 02:54PM)
This is good news, Mark, thanks for the announcement.

I think Simon Shaw's Director's Cut is one of the best recent releases in mentalism. I raved about it in the Magic Circular a while ago, and I will be raving about the new editions in my next column. So simple (in an ingenious way), so versatile, so easy to use and yet (in the right hands) so full of impact and entertainment value. The idea of doing a TOD version is just wonderful.
Message: Posted by: andykean (Mar 2, 2009 04:34PM)
I can't wait for the stage version
The DC original is in my walkabout act.
Great news about stage version!!
Message: Posted by: Matthew Townsend (Mar 3, 2009 02:21AM)
I love the idea of using Horror Films!!

This will be on my "to buy as soon as I get my first pay slip!" list!!!

Peace & Love

Message: Posted by: JamesBiss (Mar 3, 2009 11:06PM)
Simon Shaw deserves an Oscar!

A stage version? Bravo!!!!!!
Message: Posted by: Floyd Collins (Mar 4, 2009 05:30AM)
Yes very excited to see a stage version...
Message: Posted by: IDOMAGIC2 (Mar 13, 2009 06:13PM)
Working for Alakazam I am lucky enough to have the horror edition (no there are no more available currently)and have mixed it with the original set to make my own unique version. If you already own Directors cut,and have been performing with it the Horror version will give you even more possabilities. As well as additional cards (see Simons list)it will also ship with new routines and ideas.
The Horror version will not replace the original version and if like me you want to create your own unique set, get directors cut start using it and add the horror version which will be available for pre order very soon.
Regards Mark
Message: Posted by: Jamie D (Mar 14, 2009 09:29AM)
I love the origanal directors cut and use it all the time.I can't wait till these two versions come out(horror and stage)Thats a great idea as well,mixing the two togethor.i'm exited for this one
Message: Posted by: MikeOB (Apr 13, 2009 03:04PM)
Is there any new news on when both DC II and DC III will be available? I have Directors Cut and it is my favorite effect to use.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D (Apr 13, 2009 03:43PM)
I believe you can pre-order them thru http://www.alakazam.co.uk or http://www.alakazam-usa.com
Message: Posted by: Bananafish (Apr 17, 2009 01:07PM)
Here's a question for everyone. What size cards do you want for stage work?

I am currently using a prototype set I made for myself which is 6x4. The reason being I still need to manage the cards, and anything much larger gets a bit cumbersome. (plus they were easy or me to laminate at that size).

I also have 4 of them laminated at A4 size, which I use for a stage version of the Monster ELite effect (that is in the Horror version manuscript)

So bearing in mind that Alakazam are keen to produce a stage size version - what size would everyone like?
Message: Posted by: VIEW (Apr 17, 2009 04:10PM)
Message: Posted by: Wolfmindreader (Apr 17, 2009 04:22PM)
Indeed, A5 would be a nice size for a stage version of this effect, I think!!
Message: Posted by: DeeChristopherMagic (Apr 18, 2009 08:44AM)
I think the 6x4 idea is a good one, That's about postcard size, right?

It's not uncommon to have movie posters as postcards - I've got an Argento signed Tenebrae one sat opposite me infact!

It gives a bit more realism to the props, rather than looking like a magic prop, there's a familiarity there as the audience is bound to have seen similar in the past.

Can't wait for DCII and I think Nardi needs to host a film night!!!

Message: Posted by: Robert M (May 29, 2009 12:23PM)
I vote for postcard size, as well.

Just received Director's Cut 2 - Horror Edition. The cards are beautiful. As a horror movie buff, this is right down my alley.

I made up my own deck using a few of the horror movies from the original deck and discarded a couple of new titles I'm not very fond of ("Jeepers Creepers", "Killer Klowns..." and "Interview with a Vampire"). That's the beauty of this - you can customize your deck any way you want if you have both sets.

Simon and Peter did a great job on this. This is something I will definitely use!

Message: Posted by: Torkova (May 29, 2009 12:26PM)
I would love a 4x6 postcard size set of the original version of classic movies. Was putting off buying it for that reason of not wanting it to look like a card trick.
Message: Posted by: MikeOB (May 29, 2009 10:53PM)
I just received Directors Cut II today and I just finished going through the DVD. This is one of my favorite effects. I ordered it through Alakazam and Mike Rappa called me back to let me know when they had it in. I was really very anxious to get this. Mike is a very patient guy lol. I am very happy with Alakazams customer service.

I have the original Directors Cut and you can combine both sets as Robert had posted. I still have to go through the additonal routines that is included which I will do tonight. I know I am going to be up all night. I am sure once more people get this we are going to be hearing some great routines, combining both sets and using the horror set especially during halloween. Overall this is going to be a blast to perform.

Message: Posted by: ragingcalm (Jul 16, 2009 12:54PM)
What's happened to DCIII?
Message: Posted by: A.J. (Jul 16, 2009 01:13PM)
Directors Cut II cards are great...they have a bolder, darker title bar on the bottom edge of the card. Very easy to read. It gives the spectator an added data point for the poster he/she is looking at.

Directors Cut I cards have a title bar but not as bold/dark of print...so not quite as easy to read. Not a problem though...the cards are still quite clear and readable.

A brilliant effect.

Message: Posted by: lunatik (Jul 18, 2009 06:26PM)
I haven't picked up part 2, but I read somewhere other ideas for this effect. I'd like to see a version of directors cut that had old and new action movies, horror, comedy, western, sci-fi, etc. In other words, just a great all around mixture. I'm sure if there's a directors cut 3 that one could take some from each of the 3 releases and would be able to make a custom set.
Message: Posted by: MikeOB (Jul 18, 2009 06:43PM)
I have both sets and it is one of my favorite effects, I like the fact that you could mix both sets. Mixing a third set would be awesome. I think with Directors Cut III they are waiting to see how well Directors Cut II did in sales. I really hope they do a DC III. Simon may have said it is suppossed to be a Tossed Out version.

Message: Posted by: Moonlightshadow (Sep 7, 2009 11:06AM)
On 2009-03-02 15:54, Ian Rowland wrote:
This is good news, Mark, thanks for the announcement.

I think Simon Shaw's Director's Cut is one of the best recent releases in mentalism. I raved about it in the Magic Circular a while ago, and I will be raving about the new editions in my next column. So simple (in an ingenious way), so versatile, so easy to use and yet (in the right hands) so full of impact and entertainment value. The idea of doing a TOD version is just wonderful.

Hello, mr. Rowland...

It's nice to hear that you rave about this product,but I do wonder if you could rave (read : review) a bit more in here ? I would love to read a full review from you.
Unless it was a private rave, of course.

Message: Posted by: SeanTaylor (Sep 9, 2009 11:17PM)
Long before this superb item was released, I built a deck of movie posters from collectable postcards. I have 50 of them and a sequence of effects similar to those in the Chuck Hickok books only not using US States (which is of no interest to people in Australia). I have a 3 part sequence which plays really well.

I have used an alphabetic stack and can vary the missing posters every night so the memory sequence looks really clean and very plausible. Even in trade shows, the effect can vary with each performance yet it looks like instant photographic memory.

Sean Taylor
Message: Posted by: Gregory57 (Oct 27, 2009 09:28PM)
Any updates on the stage or TOD version?
Message: Posted by: Michael Peterson (Jan 1, 2010 03:20AM)
I got this for Christmas & I absolutely love it!

I memorized the dates of all the films, if the person who selected the film has not seen it, I ask them to concentrate on the poster, name & date.

I like doing it this way as I can add another hit, I also like the fact that I can tell them if it's the original or a remake their thinking of.

There is so much potential with this, I stayed up until the early hours of the 26th playing with this.

Nothing but great reactions from this!

Message: Posted by: bond19 (Jan 1, 2010 04:36AM)
It one of my most performed closer and never fails to get a fantastic reaction. Like the idea of incorporating the film dates!

Thanks Mike
Message: Posted by: Michael Peterson (Jan 1, 2010 05:26AM)
Your welcome!

Message: Posted by: Sean Giles (Apr 13, 2011 08:28AM)
I'm having the same problem as many, not being able to access the 2 PDF files. Would someone be so kind to email them to me. Whatever you need as proof of purchase, just let me know. I've emailed Alakazam but have no response as yet.

Message: Posted by: espresto (Apr 13, 2011 10:21AM)
I have also been racking my brain on how to open those PDF files. I also will give proof of purchase. Any help will be appreciated.
Many thanks!

Message: Posted by: Sean Giles (Apr 13, 2011 12:49PM)
Thanks very much for the kind pm's with offers to help. I have managed to access the files using a different computer. If anyone else has the same problem I'd be happy to help out.

kind regards
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Apr 13, 2011 01:13PM)
So whatever became of the TOD version of DC? Does anyone know?

Message: Posted by: Sean Giles (Apr 13, 2011 04:51PM)
What is the TOD version?
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Apr 13, 2011 07:06PM)
It is a Tossed Out Deck...built around movie themes -- which I think would be a capital idea!

Message: Posted by: Mark Elsdon (Apr 14, 2011 12:42AM)
I was just speaking to Nardi about it a week or two ago.

I think it might be on the agenda for this summer...


Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Apr 14, 2011 07:51AM)
It would be a great twist on a classic. I think it's a great concept...as long as the movies can be easily seen.

Message: Posted by: Robert M (Apr 14, 2011 10:04AM)
I particularly liked the horror version since I collect horror and SF movies - mostly 50s and 60s movies like "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (orig.), "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", etc., etc. I appreciate the fact that Peter took a chance on this. Not sure how well it sold, but I love it.

A postcard size edition would be nice.

Message: Posted by: mystic1 (Apr 16, 2011 11:28PM)
Was a DC III ever released? (TOD version)
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Apr 29, 2011 08:29AM)
I too am anxiously awaiting the TOD version of these (hopefully larger stage sized). Not being a fan of horror or sci-fi, I like to see a blockbuster version using the biggest hit movies - (as mentioned) Titanic, E.T., Forrest Gump, Grease, Saturday Night Fever, The Graduate, Avatar, Jurasic Park, Dirty Dancing, Sound of Music, Batman, American Pie, Animal House, Jaws, Star Wars, Pretty Woman, Speed, Risky Business, Blazing Saddles, Naked Gun, Wizard Of Oz, West Side Story, Rebel Without A Cause, Top Gun, The Baywatch Movie (just kidding), etc.

I could also see one with hit T.V. shows. Lot of possibilities to spice up TOD.
Message: Posted by: JBCloseUpMagic (Aug 11, 2011 04:54PM)
Hey Everyone!!

This is my first actual post, so I wanted to make it a good one. I saw on some of the forums about Director's Cut that people were discussing ways to carry around the cards. I came up with this idea because the card case the trick comes with just wasn't cutting it and didn't look professional enough for me, even though Im just a hobby. This is what I came up with...




All I did was get a hinged baseball card holder, Scanned the front and back of a Blockbuster DVD case, Resized it to fit the front and back of the baseball card holder, then used double stick tape to attach everything.

I think it goes really well if anyone uses the patter about loving movies and carrying their DVD collection around with them everywhere. Also after you get the cards back from the spectator after they select their movie, putting the cards back into the case helps do the "secret move" without anyone thinking twice about it since you're just putting the cards back.

If anyone wants to use my idea feel free. Id feel honored if professional magicians thought it was good enough to use.

Message: Posted by: asanghi (Aug 11, 2011 05:12PM)
Great idea JB (and great first post by the way). A seed of a thought...since Blockbuster is now defunct, one can probably think of some patter related to how before your local Blockbuster store went out of business, they gave you a copy of all your favorite movies you rented from them as a parting gift for having been such a good customer etc.

Cheers, Apurva
Message: Posted by: DrTodd (Aug 12, 2011 01:20AM)
Simon will be chuffed I am sure..very cool idea and adds credbility...
Message: Posted by: StuartNolan (Aug 12, 2011 03:30AM)
That's very nice!
Message: Posted by: Nicolino (Aug 12, 2011 04:51AM)
Elegantly looking, JB! That's style....!
Message: Posted by: JBCloseUpMagic (Aug 12, 2011 03:01PM)
Thanks everyone!! Im glad people actually like my idea! :)
Message: Posted by: Mark Powell (Aug 12, 2011 05:58PM)
[quote]...since Blockbuster is now defunct, one can probably think of some patter related to how before your local Blockbuster store went out of business[/quote]

Blockbuster is still alive and well in the UK... for now! :)
Message: Posted by: Andre Hagen (Jun 3, 2013 10:21PM)
Want a nifty way to carry your Director's Cut Horror Version? This "Horror Vault" cigarette case is just perfect with half the cards on each side:


You're welcome!

Message: Posted by: jonnyboy (Jun 3, 2013 11:18PM)
Very cool. Great selection. Thanks.
Message: Posted by: Andre Hagen (Jun 4, 2013 05:18PM)
On 2013-06-03 23:21, Andre Hagen wrote:
Want a nifty way to carry your Director's Cut Horror Version? This "Horror Vault" cigarette case is just perfect with half the cards on each side:


You're welcome!


I don't have the original Director's Cut, but with the wide variety of cases available I'm sure one would work.
Message: Posted by: wanderwizard (Jul 13, 2015 06:09PM)
This looks great,was going to get Screen Test but this is going to be my purchase for this month
Message: Posted by: bond19 (Jul 14, 2015 04:56AM)
Directors cut is very strong. I've been using since its original release and it's one of the cleanest and most direct routines that I enjoy performing. For an alternative to screen test buy Directors Cut and the newly released Visionary v2 (totally different feel, but very clever and direct too).
Message: Posted by: Stephen Young (Jul 16, 2015 04:18AM)
Thank you Bond. Much appreciated.
Message: Posted by: Peter Nardi (Aug 4, 2015 01:02PM)
Hi Guys,

Just to let you know both Directors Cut 1 & Horror versions will be back on the market very soon.


Message: Posted by: bond19 (Aug 4, 2015 03:20PM)
I'll buy a few packs to see me out. I have been using my original set at every walk around gig since it's first release!! Still in decent order too
Message: Posted by: Peter Nardi (Sep 2, 2015 09:00AM)
Hi Guys,

Just to let you know that after years of being off the market, Directors Cut & Directors Cut Horror are finally back in stock.



Message: Posted by: bond19 (Sep 2, 2015 03:21PM)
Peter, are Directors Cut exactly the same as the original release? Mine are starting to look worn after many years of loyal service.

Message: Posted by: Burf (Sep 3, 2015 12:09AM)
Been waiting for these to be available again for ages - look forward to getting a set of each very soon.
Any chance of a Stage Size version as well?
Message: Posted by: Bartelli (Sep 14, 2015 02:26PM)
Just checking: do any of you also have the impression that the pictures on the cards are printed a bit too dark? I need good lighting to easily distinguish the different posters.
Message: Posted by: koreancanuck (Sep 15, 2015 03:17PM)
[quote]On Sep 2, 2015, Peter Nardi wrote:
Hi Guys,

Just to let you know that after years of being off the market, Directors Cut & Directors Cut Horror are finally back in stock.



Peter [/quote]

Thanks! I finally got the original set just recently from Alakazam. Great idea and product. Been using the horror edition at a couple of small events. Can't wait to try this out. :)