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RELEASED 5TH OCTOBER. AVAILABLE NOW TO PRE-ORDER!!

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!

What's on there...
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
Triola
BONUS: Twist Shift

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


Overview
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)

BACK TO THE DVD...

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 Bar Room Blues all the way to an outrageous 'spelling routine' (card-at-spelling) in Immediate Ace Spelling.

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.


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)

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.

Overall
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.
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My reivew got lost but I second what you said! Great stuff indeed! This is destined to be a "must have".
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I told ya man. the scots are taking over!!!

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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.
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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.
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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,

Vince
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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



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Not only is his magic cool but he was great in "The Hills Have Eyes".
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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.
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

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On 2007-10-17 12:02, Christopher Kavanagh wrote:
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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).
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I like Double Swap Sandwich ,very nice double sandwich effect !

Best,
Richard
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Do any of the tricks require gaffs?
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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.
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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:
http://penguinmagic.com/specialorderproduct.php?ID=9604
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

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OK, I can see it. It's there, so I must have thought I posted and didn't.
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

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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.
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Wow! You didn't like Flight Path! Man, I thought that was killer. Different strokes...
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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?
thanks
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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!

Dave.
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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:

http://www.bigblindmedia.com/assets/PDF/......seen.pdf
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