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I want to first say, that I am in no way affiliated with Mr. Bishop and that the opinions below are solely mine, and were not influenced in any way. Now that that’s out of the way, on to the review…

Glenn Bishop’s new release, The Punch Deal Pro, is a DVD that focuses on an underused technique known as ‘the punch.’ There are no performances in front of a live audience in this DVD, and was purely released to teach. There are five effects performed and explained on the video, and seven other sections that relate to the topic (second dealing, culling, putting in the work, etc.). This is geared towards the intermediate to advanced magician who wants to add gambling themed material to their show. The DVD comes in a plastic bag with a print-out of its contents. I was hoping that the disk came with a case, but it’s not really a big deal. The menu is easy to navigate and looks professionally made.

The effects on this DVD are very easy to do, and require little to no set-up (after you put the work into your deck of course). However, don’t let the simplicity fool you. These effects pack a punch, and I’d be surprised if you didn’t walk away with at least 2 or 3 items that you will use. The two effects that really stood out in my mind were The Magician vs. The Card Shark Poker Deal as well as the GEM Poker Deal. Imagine this: You patter about the well-known card shark vs. magician story, where both men challenge one another to see who the better card shark is. The "card shark" or the spectator inserts the four kings anywhere in the deck. The card shark gives the deck a shuffle and even cuts the deck to make things as fair as possible. Next, he deals out five hands of poker and the spectator sees that the he has managed to deal himself the four kings. Not to be outdone, the magician in the story gathers up the deck and deals out a five handed game of poker and as a kicker, ends up with a royal flush! This is one of those effects that doesn’t require any knuckle busting sleights, but is guaranteed to slay an audience.

There are many other gems on this DVD such as Jack Pyle's entertaining performance of his bridge deal, which is also explained on the video. This is another terrific effect and the beauty of it is how you can allow the spectator to shuffle the deck before the deal. The teaching on The Punch Deal Pro is superb, and there should be no problems learning from Mr. Bishop. I wish the video quality were a bit better because it seems more VHS than DVD quality, but that won’t stop you from understanding what’s going on. Also, I wish there was a main menu that listed all the sections of the DVD so the viewer doesn’t have to scroll through various pages to find a section.

Glenn Bishop’s DVD is an excellent resource for expanding your knowledge about ‘the punch’ and the ways it can be applied to magic. If you ever wanted to have a spectator shuffle a deck of cards and then deal yourself a winning hand after a few shuffles (or even no shuffles), then I suggest you invest in Mr. Bishop’s latest project. If you are looking for some strong magic to entertain audiences, or even fool your magician buddies, then I think this DVD would be a wise purchase. It is available from Glenn Bishop’s website at http://www.bishmagic.org/ for $33, which includes shipping. Keep in mind that he is limiting its release to only 100 copies, so I suggest you grab a copy before they run out!
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Thank you very much for the review. I am glad you like the routines and the ideas. And thank you for your suggestions in how to improve the product.
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Very nice review. I'll definitely pick this one up!

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I can't wait to get this!
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Your order is in the mail shomemagic.

It is very nice that Tommy, Doc, Jaybs and others like the information and what is on this DVD. The DVD's I put out is basic basement productions I do not have the ability to put out stuff like the big DVD companies. I have a basic video camera and pinnacle software that I use for editing.

But I do feel that they do have value. There is very little about the punch deck out there and this has some interesting things and how to use the punch for magic.

I feel that Jack Pyle, Dai Vernon, Ed Marlo, and Charlie Miller would have liked the information that is on this DVD.

Thanks again for the interest and the kind words.
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I just want to add that Glenn has excellent customer service. If you ever need help understanding something or anything of that nature, he's always ready to assist you. Great customer relations goes a long way...
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I like Glenns card magic, I have his 2 "underground" dvds with lot of amazing stuff from Glenn.
This new DVD is now on my wishlist!
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The video of the punch cull looks good for real games of poker.
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This DVD is one of my best! The quality is great, the ideas are wonderful, and the material is so useful. I use the punch deal so much more often now after watching and learning the material from the DVD. This is one of my top DVDs about the subject of gambling. Glenn truly is one of our best contributors to magic. Since I started reading Glenn's material, I started using his ideas and material and I've learned so much. Glenn's stuff is practical, not at all difficult, and the overall result you get is absolutely satisfying. There's absolutely no doubt that Glenn's material, out of all things out there, is one of the most useful.
I consider Glenn one of the best ever. His ideas and contributions are so good. And when you put out good material into use, you've done something right. And that's what Glenn did to our art, and I consider Glenn one of the best ever.
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Michael
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Thanks very much ImpromptuBoy/Michael for the kind words about my ideas and my DVD -4 the Punch Deck Pro. I do my best to search out things that I can use in my own show. Things that I find useful. But also not that hard to do because if the idea becomes to technical then it is harder to do for an audience and harder to make entertaining.

Thanks again for the kind words and I hope everyone has a great holiday season.
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My thanks...

Sales of the DVD Glenn Bishop Punch Deck Pro DVD-4 will end on March 31, 2006 that is after March 31, 2006 it will no longer be offered for sale through my web site.

My thanks to people that have enjoyed this DVD and for the kind words.

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Gentlemen,

I do have the pleasure of having all of Glenn's DVDs. I must say that the Punch Deck Pro DVD is his best work! No one on my opinion ever covered this hidden gem fully. In the DVD Glenn shows ways of preparing the punch using household items to the more expensive Punchers.

Glenn's idea of combining the Molinari Cull and the punch is superb. I say this because I know the merits of learning this. I have always been a culling fan as I have my own way, and I happen to fall in love with the punch idea ever since I saw it from Marlo. I don't think I would have ever thought of combining the two.

Glenn is also an excellent teacher. He goes through the explainations thoroghly and he even uses different colored backs for clarity in he explanations. Very thoughtful as a teacher I must say.

The routines you will learn in this DVD will baffle even magicians in the know. Mre so it will entertain laymen as well. If you like Glenn, myself and a few, are into gambling de,os or do gambling type magic, this is a must have.

I must admit that Glenn is a personal friend in the Café. My opinion on his DVD however has nothing to do with my review. If you are a serious student of card magic and is interested in gambling demonstrations, heck even gambling per se, consider this DVD.

I am actually glad Glenn decided to stop selling this by March 31.

Rannie Raymundo
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Thanks Rannie but - I have had to move up the closing date of my web site DVD sales from March 31, 2006 to TODAY!

What this says is that I am no longer selling DVD’s at this time. The Glenn Bishop Punch Deck Pro, DVD - 4 is off the market and goes into storage. The same as my other three DVD’s. Tested Card Work for Card Shark Magicians DVD-1... Tested Tricks For Table-Side Tricksters DVD-2... A Different Look at Classic Card Work DVD-3...

All DVD reviews and ordering information has been removed from my web site.

I may come back and sell the first 3 in the fall season and I may not. I have other goals and plans that must come first and I need to focus my attention on that.

My thanks to the people that liked the DVD projects that we did.

Onward!
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On 2006-03-07 16:20, bishthemagish wrote:
Thanks Rannie but - I have had to move up the closing date of my web site DVD sales from March 31, 2006 to TODAY!

What this says is that I am no longer selling DVD’s at this time. The Glenn Bishop Punch Deck Pro, DVD - 4 is off the market and goes into storage. The same as my other three DVD’s. Tested Card Work for Card Shark Magicians DVD-1... Tested Tricks For Table-Side Tricksters DVD-2... A Different Look at Classic Card Work DVD-3...

All DVD reviews and ordering information has been removed from my web site.

I may come back and sell the first 3 in the fall season and I may not. I have other goals and plans that must come first and I need to focus my attention on that.

My thanks to the people that liked the DVD projects that we did.

Onward!

After thinking about this for the last two weeks instead of taking it off the market I have just decided to raise the price closer to what I value the material on the punch DVD-4.

Onward!
Glenn Bishop Cardician

Producer of the DVD Punch Deal Pro

Publisher of Glenn Bishop's Ace Cutting And Block Transfer Triumphs
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