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I've been hearing much about these 3 peoples Videos and DVDs and I'm just wondering which do you suggest is the best for card magic. I'm just a begginner, and I hope that helps.
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I have been recommended more Daryl vids.dvds than any other and the majority of write ups seem to say as far as cards go he is up there. buti guess it's down to the person people find things explained by one easier than another.
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If you want simple and killer tricks, get Ammar. Simplicity is the key my friend...
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Profile of zeroG
My opinion is this,
Ammar will give you the most commerical material with great explanations, but his presentation is rather geeky.
Daryl will give you awesome technique, his presentation is fun and not as geeky.
Sankey does not teach the classic commercial tricks, he only teaches his own material. But his material is awesome. His presentation is a little geeky but (IMO) funnier than Ammar and Daryl.
Bottom line:
If you want the classics Ammar & Daryl are the guys to learn it from, if you want fresher stuff go with Sankey.
But I predict that you will end up getting and learning stuff from all of these guys eventually.
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Profile of gandolf
I did quite a bit of research on this site and others, and came to the conclusion (based on people's responses) Daryl is the way to go for technical learning. As this is what I need right now, I decided to purchase one of his DVD's. I think if you are looking to learn "tricks" and the moves which make them work, you can't go wrong with Ammar, or my favorite, Bill Malone's series. As noted above, Jay Sankey is great, but emphasizes his own stuff. If you are new to cards, get your fundamentals down first.
By the way, don't overlook books..... Smile
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Profile of Hernan
I am a big Sankey fan, no doubt.
But Brad Burt has the best teaching deal. He will refund your money if you don't learn the effects.

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Profile of LeConte
Daryl's EOCS Vol 1-8 is awesome (I love all 8 by the way), but should only be purchased on DVD format. To have these on VHS is not practical. DVD brings his encyclopedia to life. It is because of this series that I will now buy a DVD player that holds five disks. I can't wait to have 5 DVD's in at once from Sankey, Ammar and Daryl for example, or 5 DVD’s from the EOCS in the old player so I can kick back over my pad and practice and review a ton of material without the needing to get up and put in a new DVD every so often.

If the price of the series could be somehow made a little more attractive, then there would be no reason for a beginner not to get this set!

I have read many posts that praise the Brad Burt series, but I think that it only out on VHS.

Royal Road $10
Card College 1 & 2 $70
Ammar’s ETMCM Vol 2 $30
Daryl’s EOCS 1-8 $250

That’s $360 bucks on magic and a subscription to Genii is $48 so say around $400 dollars total!!!

Royal Road and a deck of card for $12 bucks!

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zeroG's opinion is enough for those who need to choose among the three. Personally, I think beginner should go for Daryl first. Then he/she should progress to Ammar and Sankey.This way provides you the clear path of what the magic should look like. And the level of difficulty wil increase as you progress.

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Profile of dillib
Sankey has some easy stuff but he also has difficult tricks. IMHO, he is the most entertaining one out of the 3.
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For cards, I would definately go with Daryl. For a mixture, Ammar.
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Profile of rrubin98
Since you're a beginner, I recommend Ammar's Easy to Master Card Miracles series. He demonstrates the requisite sleights on the DVDs. To supplement your knowledge of sleights, I highly recommend Daryl's Encyclopedia of Card Sleights on DVD.

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Profile of Sjiwi
And for what it's worth : Kaufman has a video (and a DVD shortly) "Basic Card Technique", which is about... euhm... basic card techniques Smile
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Profile of HuronLow
And one of the BEST resources for basic card technique, well, specifically the double lift, is Gregory Wilson's Double Take video. Greg is one of the best teacher's in my opinion and he never ever fails to produce quality products. This is a must have.

And for you general question,IMO go for Daryl. =p
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Profile of Snidini
My vote is for Ammar's if you want some killer routines that aren't knuckle busters and the bonus tricks are an added treat. You'll definately want to get these on dvd also.

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Profile of LeConte
Ammar's series does not cover the ever important DL in any real detail so I would get Wilson's Double take and the Ammar series together!
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I would actually buy ETMCM together with "Roberto Giobbi's Card College" Smile
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