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They are due for an August 15th release. But my suggestion is if you're interested, go to bigblindmedia.com and get on their mailing list, you would have a chance to get a discount on the DVDs.
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I've ordered these today and I'm really looking forward to receiving them. Everything I've bought from Big Blind Media has been first class. I have bought several of their DVDs and effects so far and have rated everyone highly.

And no, I'm not connected with any of the guys at BBM.
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I was completely dragged after watching the trailor of Linker. Also having all those free bees after joining their mailing list, I feel really guilty! So, I have already placed my pre-order as well. It seems a good deal paying 24.99GBP for two DVDs + free shipping.

I really can't wait to receive it and hopefully I should get it this week.
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Wow I had no idea this thread was here. Man I hope I do not disapoint. Thank you for all the kind words, Im humbled


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Got mine on the way, cant wait to review this as well!
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I have got mine yesterday and watched it all through, there are some good and bads. BTW, Can anyone tell me if there is a review for it yet? If so, where do I write one for it, becasue I haven't written one before. Cheers guys
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Sorry that you felt some of it was bad. I cant please everyone and I am happy you find some good in there. I just hope the good you did find was worth the money.

ps. any reviews go here http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewf......mp;47604

Thank you for your time and support.

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Hey guys,

Here's my review of these crackin' disks, which was originally posted over at TalkMagic Smile

Here's the first glimpse of the next release from the Big Blind Media stable; the newest Magic Media company, headed up by the redoubtable Mr. Owen Packard.

BBM stormed onto the magic tuition scene in 2006, and now boasts a glut of very-highly quality titles, each headed-up by a different magical face, including The Trickery, The Cullfather, Strip With Jon Thompson, Covert Magic, Connected, 2wo Faced, CTW....and now...Fingers of Fury!

Fingers of Fury is a Two-Volume Set, featuring the effects of Alan Rorrison and, unlike some of the previous releases, comprises a hugely eclectic bag of close-up miracles.

This review relates to Volume One

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The Effect

FINGERS OF FURY, VOL. 1

Volume One contains no less than SEVEN, amazingly diverse, effects, all wrapped up in the presentational lovliness that is fast-becoming a trademark signature of BBM's titles:

1) DEEP IMPRESSION

A freely-chosen card is viciously-sliced directly into the magician's bare arm - no messing around, no long build-up (although there is a HUGE scope for building your own back-story to this amazing feat) - just have a card chosen, and visually plunge it directly into your naked, innocent arm-flesh, to a depth of several inches!!

I say: Stunning!! Simply one of the most unexpected card effects I've seen in a long, long while.

The detailed instructions, provided by both Rorrison and Owen P cover everything in a lovely, relaxed step-by-step fashion, even employing a differently-coloured card to explain the required moves in detail.

Although this requires the construction of a gaff, it's very VERY simple, and will take no more than 10 minutes, tops.

I'm almost certain I've seen Alan Rorrison dem this effect somewhere else on the 'net (I recognise that chunky watch of his!) - If this IS the case, you can be sure it would've cost the price of this entire DVD alone!


2) RELENTLESS

Our magician takes out his mobile phone, and takes a picture, in close-up, of the spectators palm. A coin, beloning to the spec is marked by them, and then the magician simply rubs this onto the on-screen photograph,....where it immediately melts through the screen, and becomes an actual part of the photograph! Mere seconds later, the phone is given a shake, and the marked coin falls through the screen, onto the table.

I say: A very nice, visual piece, which I plan on using myself.

However, it has to be said that some mobile phones are going to be more suitable for this than others, and there is a bit of business which is (as admitted on the DVD) only 90% certain.

As a bonus, this effect includes an alternative handling, using a chosen playing card, from which a corner is torn.

In this version, it's the pipped corner which is melted through the phone's screen, before being shaken back out, and shown to exactly match the torn card.

Oddly, this varient is actually so much stronger than the main coin version, and doesn't suffer from the potential small uncertainty of the coin version; I'd recommend this over the main effect, any day of the week!


3) 3 SHOT SLAMMER

A very nice, incredibly-slick coin & shot-glass routine, in which a coin penetrates a borrowed shot glass from underneath, is then 'thrown through' the bottom, and finally vanishes from the magician's hands totally...only to re-appear instantly under the tabled glass!

I say: This is a phenomenal imprompteau bar-friendly effect, which requires absolutely no prep work of any kind.

The explanation Owen and Alan provide on this effect is both incredibly thorough and very, very funny (watch for Owen's sly, subtle plugs...not!).

The effect is explained from various angles, and there is absolutely no feeling that anything's being rushed-through here. That said, the final phase is of significantly higher-difficulty than the first two, and is potentially somewhat angle-sensitive.

Irrespective of this, the final effect will be more than worth the extra effort involved, and everything ends up nice and clean.


4) EVOLUTION
The magician removes a few of his business cards, and sets about drawing a finely-crafted portrait of his spectator. Unfortunately, our man's skill in art is rather lacking, and so he settles for a stick-man, instead...

The spec signs the card, on the reverse side, and the card is waved through a lighter on candle-flame momentarily.

In full view, the magician rubs the poor little stick-dudes head, which promptly vanishes...only to re-appear in a completely different position on the card! The card is - of course - handed to the startled spec as a souvineer of an amazing decapitation.

I say: Yet another, very visual, piece, but one which does require an extra purchase of a fairly readily-available item (not too sure on price, but I wouldn't imagine any more than £5.00, and should last for hundreds of performances).

Instead of using a business card, it's also possible to perform the same effect with a bank note - good news for those of us who don't yet have business cards!


5) HELLS BEND
A very simple, clean coin-bend, using a borrowed coin. The coin is simply held at finger-tips, and blown on...at which point, it visibly droops. The bent coin can be freely handed to the spectator as a keepsake.

I say: This is a little more sleight-intensive than some of the other effects on the DVD, but should be relatively easy to master within a few hours (Sleight-Level 3-4/5).


6) LIGHTLESS LIGHTS
Invisible lights are plucked from the air by the magician, and dropped into his other empty hand. He then cups his hands together and multicoloured, twinkling lights are suddenly seen to appear from nowhere.
A similar effect can be produced, using a borrowed shot-glass, or transluscent lighter.

I say: Hmmm....not entirely sure about this one; Lightless Lights, to me, doesn't actually feel like a fully-developed effect, and comes across as more of a 'filler' item.

It's kinda' in the same vein as Ellusionist's Ultra Smoke, or Electric Touch; a utility effect, rather than a fully-developed routine.

That's not to say it wouldn't prove very effective as part of a larger effect, but further develolment is left purely in the hands of the viewer.

You also have to make an additional purchase of a somewhat specialised item, though you are given several starting points.


7) BROKEN HOME
Imagine: The magician asks for your keys. He slowly flicks through your key-ring, before finally stopping at a single key. Openly, he grasps the shaft, and snaps it cleanly-off, at finger-tips!

What's that? It's your front-door key? Oops! Not to worry, however...a simple rub of the broken parts, and your key is visually-restored - right in front of your eyes!

I say: Amazing! Absolutely bleedin' amazing!

Remember Sankey's leaving home (which sells for more than the price of this entire DVD)? This is even stronger!

There are some mid-level sleight's used (around level 2-3/5), and a little something extra to buy/prepare, as a one-off prep, but visual magic doesn't get any better than this!


Cost: £14.99 (per volume) direct from Big Blind Media



Difficulty

(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)
1-4 - a whole gamut of effects, and everyone will find something immediately suited to their current skill-level.



Review
Following hot on the heels of their lastest release (Strip With jon Thompson), BBM are continuing to raise their own personal game, as each new release pushes their production style further and further.

Fingers of Fury absolutely does not disappoint, in this respect; the presentation and production values are now second-to-none, with Owen Packard now noticably far more relaxed, and beginning to inject significantly more doses of his own personality and sense of fun into his slick, polished babies.

Picture and sound quality are simply excellent (although the sound levels do vary between the Presentation and Explanation segments, and I found myself reaching for the volume control a couple of times, in order to prevent from being deafened by Mr. Rorrison!), and the shooting and editing are perfectly executed.

Unlike previous BBM releases, Fingers of Fury features a very wide variety of effects, and every close-up worker will find plenty to value within.

Rorrison is an excellent teacher (especially when prodded with Owen's "Going On A Bit" stick, to keep him concise - I kid you not!!), and I'd love to see more of his innovative thinking in future releases (oh - hang on - I've still got another full volume to review, haven't I?!)

The whole DVD was an absolute pleasure to watch, from start to finish, powerful, visual magic, great teaching, and some truly jaw-dropping, eye-watering visual comedy, breaking the whole thing up (imagine Alan happy-slapping a hoodie-version of himself, who frequently doubles for his own spectator...it's bizarre in the extreme, and very, very funny.

Oh, and during 'Evolution', watch Owen distract Alan to the point where he struggles to find the word, 'distain'....only for Owen to also fluff up on providing the solution, and coming out with 'corcern', instead - just like one of my book-tests!!


Overall
Something for everyone - like a huge, delicious lucky-bag of magic, but with none of the tat, and all at a price half of that asked for by far lesser productions.

Just get it!

9.5/10

Release Date: Mid August


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...And here's the Volume 2 low-down:



Here's the second glimpse of the next release from the Big Blind Media stable; the newest Magic Media company, headed up by the redoubtable Mr. Owen Packard.

BBM stormed onto the magic tuition scene in 2006, and now boasts a glut of very-highly quality titles, each headed-up by a different magical face, including The Trickery, The Cullfather, Strip With Jon Thompson, Covert Magic, Connected, 2wo Faced, CTW....and now...Fingers of Fury!

Fingers of Fury is a Two-Volume Set, featuring the effects of Alan Rorrison and, unlike some of the previous releases, comprises a hugely eclectic bag of close-up miracles.

This review relates to Volume Two


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The Effect

FINGERS OF FURY, VOL. 2

Volume Two contains six cracking card-based effects, all stunningly-presented in the kind of glossy, eye-popping fashion that we've now firmly come to expect of BBM.

1) WHITESIDE & PENMAN

This is a two-phase effect, the first phase of which - I must admit - had me (and no doubt any sane spectator) kinda' cringing :shock:

A card is selected, and our skillful magi offers to find it's partner (i.e the same colour card, with the same value), by simply counting off cards, and spelling the desired partner's name - say the chosen card is the King of Clubs, the magician then spells out K I N G O F S P A D E S...lo and behold...the King of Spades is revealed.

Once the spec is suitably-revived from the drooling trance he's oddly fallen into, the effect begins in proper :twisted:

Our teasing magi folds both of the 'Soul-Mate' cards down their centres, and tears them asunder. The spectator then selects a piece of each (a totally free selection), and these mismatched pieces are placed, face up and side-by side onto the top of the deck, forming one torn card of two different suits.

The magician simply rubs the tear, and it [u]visually heals[/u], leaving one, perfect card, comprising of the two suited halves!

A perfect souvineer, to let the spec go home with Smile

I say: This one took me completely by surprise - two phases, which contrast dramatically, in terms of impact; the first phase was Uncle Charlie at our Christmas party, when I was six...the second, Uncle Copperfield, who suddenly turned up to rescue me from permenant catatonia, when all seemed completely-lost.

Without tipping anything, you will need to make a gaffed card, or buy one (though these are very easily sourced, and a supplier is given, if you're not of a creative ilk), and everything else is very easily picked up (Sleight Level 2/5)

Oh - and watch out for the glorious 'Cock-up Alert', during this effect :wink:


2) LINKER

Woah! A classic of magic - the linking playing cards!

A single card is chosen, folded, and the middle torn out, leaving just the border.

The middle section is then likewise torn, leaving a smaller 'hollowed rectangle'

Without any messing around, the two are slammed against each other, and visually link - no cover, no suspect 'rubbing' - just...BANG! ...And there's now one piece hanging off the other :shock:

There are two possible endings; either an equally-visually-impressive unlinking, or a forcible tearing-apart.

I say: WOW! There's several vesrions of this effect doing the rounds right now, and here's one that's completely imprompteau, and amazingly-well taught!

All of the set-up is carried out right under the audience's noses, and leaves you set to perform to multiple tables.

There's two versions taught here, once of which leaves you totally clean, and everything can be given away :shock:

In short, if you get this DVD, do me a favour, and skip this effect totally - I want this one for myself :wink:

Better still, immediately after the explaination, there's also a lengthy, 'over-the-shoulder' look at the handling; don't think this indicates any serious sleights either - I'd rate this as a Difficulty-level of 2-3/5!


3) NO WAY

A very nice varient of the classic 'Twisting The Aces', which owes more than a nod to Gary Freed's 'NFW'

The Magician displays four Jokers; he gives the 4 cards a quick shake, and one Joker turns inexplicably face-down. A few more shakes, and - one-by-one - the remaining Jokers all follow suit, and turn over.

Whilst this alone is eye-popping enough, when the packet is turned face-up, there's not a single Joker in sight; all four cards are Aces!

I say: Okay - this is exactly the same effect as NWF - nothing added, nothing taken-away.

However (and this is a HUGE however for those of us who are left feeling a little exposed at the somewhat dirty ending of NFW), this version uses no gaffs whatsoever, and the [u]four cards are immediately examinable[/u]!

Yup - read that last line again :shock:

As with all of the BBM titles I've seen to date, there is one effect on the DVD, which will pay for the entire collection; for me, 'No Way' is that effect!

There are two, intermediate-level moves, used in this effect, both taught flawlessly by young Mr. Rossison (this chap's one HELLUVA teacher, and no mistake). I'm digressing here, I know, but one of the very reasons I've been so impressed by this 2 - volume collection is the sheer amount of utility sleights taught by Alan; the raw 'stuff' of so many other effects, limited only by your imagination...


4) POLTER DECK

Yet another classic of magic (see a pattern forming here yet?!) gets the Rorrison shake-up.

Polter Deck is a superb 3-phase take on the Haunted deck:

The deck is mixed by our kindly - if baffled - spectator, and a single card is freely-chosen, and lost in the deck.

Mysteriously, the top part of the deck begins to move - completely of it's own accord - and the cards effectively cut themselves to the selected card!

The card is removed, and placed, out-jogged and face-up, into the middle of the face-down pack. Our magician waves his hand over the deck, and the face-up card immediately jumps to the very top of the pack.

Finally, the chosen card is turned face-down, and shuffled into the deck. With no messing about, and only a wave of the hand, the deck again forcibly-rejects the chosen card, which literally leaps out, flying directly towards the spectator!

I say: To my utter surprise, like most of the effects on this volume, Polter Deck uses absolutely NO GIMMICKS :shock:

There are only a few 'moves' (if they can really be called that) used to achieve this - frankly - killer routine, and the whole thing is no more than a Difficulty level of 3/5, tops.

In short, if you've ever watched a single-phase haunted-Deck routine, with your mouth open, only to be left feeling both disappointed and dirty (my usual state on a Saturday morning!) on receiving it, then Polter Deck [u]WILL[/u] restore your faith in imprompteau card magic.

The real haunting aspect of this effect? IT CAN BE DONE WITH A BORROWED DECK (A fact that even Alan and Owen keep schtum about :wink: )!!


5) JOKING

From a face-down deck, the magician attempts to locate two Kings, to help with the forthcoming effect. Oddly, he stuffs-up, albeit in a very visual way, by causing all four Kings to spontaneously-appear, face-up at the top of the face-down deck.

The two un-needed Kinds are placed off to one side, and the other two retained.

Our kindly spectator chooses a single card, which is signed by him across the face, and then shuffled into the deck.

One of the two 'helper Kings' is chosen by the spec, and placed - face up - onto the top of the deck. the Magi gives this a quick rub, at which point it vanishes down into the deck. The remaining helper-King is likewise added to the top, where it, too, dives down on a search and locate mission.

The face-down deck is then spread: In the dead-centre of the spread, both of our face-up bounty-hunting Kings are revealed...with a single face-down card, sandwiched between them...our spectator's signed choice! :twisted:

Both Kings and the signed card are removed from the deck, and held, face-down. The spec's card is brought to the top of the trio, removed, and rubbed onto the table...where it promptly desintigrates - al that's left are the two Kings.

The Magician then takes the remainder of the deck, which has been sitting in full sight, the whole time, and spreads it. One card is revealed to be face-up...yup - it's the spec's SIGNED CHOICE!

The two Kings are again taken and tabled, face down, whilst the signed card is once again shuffled into the deck. The deck is then riffled towards our clever Kings, which are spread to reval.....errm...well, nothing, actually :shock: Oddly, it's all gone somewhat tits-up!

Of course, it's always good to have a back-up plan, and attention is quickly-drawn to the two indifferent Kings, which have been sat patiently, to one side since the start of the effect. These are spread, to reveal one, solitary face-down card, sandwiched in-between them....you guessed it :wink:

I say: Boy, oh boy...this is one looong 3-phaser!

In fairness, it does take considerably longer to describe, than to perform (I know....it took me so darn long to write a description, that I blocked, and ran through the effect itself - minus any serious consideration of the required sleights).

Joking is quite involved, in some senses, though won't be majorly difficult to get-down.

Very nice indeed...with only one downside; sadly, the phases don't seem distinct enough from each other to give any real sense of 'build', from start to finish.

HOWEVER...that said....taken in isolation from the effect, as presented, the moves taught here are, quite simply, WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD, if you're preapred to adapt and utilise them in other effects; again, Alan's teaching, under Owens 'poking' is First-Class, with a capital F and a capital C Smile

One other, major bonus, with this effect is that - again - you're left totally clean on both start and finish.


6) 242 (AKA 'Knacky Litle Git')

Your spectator shuffles the deck, prior to choosing a card, which is then lost into the deck.

You, being an omnipotent miracle-worker say that you'll attempt to cause the selected card to return to the top of the pack...which you do...only it unfortunately appears face-up :oops:

Trying desperately to resolve your unfortunate cock-up, you give the card a rub, and...phew!...it finally behaves and turns face-down.

However, on displaying it, the lil' bugger is now a totally different card!

Turning the errant back face down, you literally spank the naughtly thing onto the table, where it visibly becomes the chosen card, once again.

I say: a VERY nice 'Wham! Bang!' of an effect, 242 will, however, require some work to get it down pat.

There are only a couple of sleights used here...but it's not without reason that the word 'knacky' is used by Alan, and it's a great testiment to his skills that he's able to present it in such an effortless fashion; this guy has officially become my god - at least until I can pull this effect off :wink:


Cost: £14.99 (per volume) direct from Big Blind Media



Difficulty

(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)
3-4 - Somewhat more demanding than Vol. 1, this volume does produce far more bang for it's buck, if cards are predominantly your thing.


Review
Following hot on the heels of their lastest release (Strip With jon Thompson), BBM are continuing to raise their own personal game, as each new release pushes their production style further and further.

Fingers of Fury absolutely does not disappoint, in this respect; the presentation and production values are now second-to-none, with Owen Packard now noticably far more relaxed, and beginning to inject significantly more doses of his own personality and sense of fun into his slick, polished babies.

Picture and sound quality are simply excellent (although the sound levels do vary between the Presentation and Explanation segments, and I found myself reaching for the volume control a couple of times, in order to prevent from being deafened by Mr. Rorrison!), and the shooting and editing are perfectly executed.

Unlike it's sister-volume, Fingers of Fury Vol. 2 is more of a traditional BBM offering, concentrationg solely on one type of magic.

Rorrison is an excellent teacher, and I'd love to see more of his stuff a little further down the line.

As with volume 1, this whole DVD was an absolute pleasure to watch, from start to finish; innovative, visual magic, great teaching, and some truly jaw-dropping, eye-watering visual comedy, breaking the whole thing up (imagine Alan happy-slapping a hoodie-version of himself, who frequently doubles for his own spectator...it's bizarre in the extreme, and very, very funny.)

As a huge, extra bonus, which I'm sure many folks will miss, the sleights and moves taught here are seriously worth far, far more than the price of the DVD itself....ignore this at your peril!

Also...find out why Owen, from here on in, to me, will be forever known as 'Passless Packard' :shock: :wink:


Overall
Packed, chocka-full, of great card magic...all of which exceedes the norm...I'm somewhat saddened that it's come to an end as quickly as it has

9.7/10

Release Date: Mid August
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Very good review!
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I aim to please! Smile
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How much of this can be done in a proffessional, strolling enviroment?
ie: no table, in the hands, un gimmicked...impromptu?
its looking hopeful from the reviews so far...
better tell the wife it finally looks like I may have my birthday present sorted for this year!
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All can be done strolling.Im strolling magician!! 7 of the effects are completly impromptu. One has a set up that you need to do each time but takes 5 minutes to set you up for a week and the rest have a one time set up.

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Thanks for that alan
I'll go for it.......
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There are some stuff here that are great, although I cant find one of the materials(for my fav. effect on the dvd) where I am at the moment which sucks.
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Yeap, thanks but the price for shipping is crazy. Just for a pen...
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