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If you guessed that prodigy Daniel Garcia had vanished, you guessed wrong. He re-enters Ellusionist with three gems that will build reputation in any act.

"Bent" - a coin warps easily when simply held between the palms. Ends clean

"Touch" - a coin moves from hand to hand slowly… let them burn your hands

"Slink" - two elastic bands link and you can watch them go through each other… the most visual linking ever created

Bonus: includes Daniel’s version of the elastic classic: Crazy Man’s Handcuffs

3 Tricks + 1 Daniel Garcia - what more could you want? The teaching is vintage Garcia, filmed at the Ellusionist Studios in Sausalito, CA

Learn these gems. Go forth. Maximize impact.


The Effects:

Bent - A coin magically bends while squeezed within your hands. Both hands are shown empty, and the coin is given away as a souvenir. Four (4) different handlings are taught, and they all are super visual.

Touch - A coin is placed on one side of a table. Both of the magician's hands are shown empty. You rub the coin, and it magically travels to the other side of the table.

Slink - Two ordinary rubber bands visually link together, and then just as visually they unlink.

What You Need:

To start performing right away, go get yourself a SL Coin Bending Tool, a whole bunch of quarters, and some rubber bands. That's all you should need.

The Teaching:

Daniel Garcia taught these three (3) tricks absolutely fantastic. He not only went over everything more than once, there were also freeze frames with captions reminding you what to do. Daniel seems happy to be there, and is very enthusiastic. He is a wonderful teacher.

The Quality:

Like most other Ellusionist products, they film with excellent cameras. The video and sound quality are spot on. The DVD cover is also very nice. I couldn't have asked for a better production job.

My Review:

Bent - This turned out to be my favorite trick on the DVD. The only real problem is that there are some clothing restrictions. Daniel teaches four handlings, three (3) of which you end clean, two empty hands. In the first, second, and fourth handlings a coin is squeezed within your hands, and when they are opened the coin is bent. I really like this approach, it really shows that magic doesn't have to be visual to be good. The third handling is done with one hand. You just take the borrowed coin, shake it, and it bends. Both hands are then shown empty. Daniel gives you a unique approach to 'dodge' some of the clothing requirements, which might be useful for some younger magicians. All in all, this is my favorite effect on the DVD.

Touch - As Daniel Garcia publicly stated, this effect was created on the set and he no longer performs this. This is most definitely the weakest effect on the DVD. While it does have a small amount of potential, I don't like this. If you watch the video, you might be able to figure it out. On the DVD, Daniel teaches you some great subtleties that make this better. The only way I can see this being performed is at the beginning of a Matrix routine, as a starter. This is not an opener or a closer, but can in someway be added to existing routines. In my opinion, if Daniel Garcia created this on the set, it shouldn't have been on the DVD.

Slink - This was the main reason why I bought this DVD, but it turned out to be my second favorite effect. It's very open and visual, and the spectators love it. There is a small amount of set-up needed, but with misdirection this can be done under the spectator's' noses. In my opinion, this is best to be done after another rubber band trick, such as the Crazy Man's Handcuffs. While I feel some methods for linking rubber bands are stronger than this, such as Nabil Murday's, this is fantastic for impromptu rubber band magic, when you are asked to perform on the spot.

Crazy Man's Handcuffs - This is thrown on the DVD as a bonus, it fits perfectly with Daniel Garcia's Slink. I think this is incorrectly labeled as his own handling, because I was not able to see a different between this, and the handlings that are spread throughout various other sources. It was a nice little bonus for people who didn't know this classic, but shouldn't have been called Daniel's handling.

Additional Thoughts:

Another reason why Bent is fantastic is because of the unlimited amount of possibilities. Not only can you bend coins, but you can also turn chewed gum into wrapped gum, and other various tricks. If you use your creativity, you'll find many ways to use Bent. Also, many other items can also be used in Touch.

Overall:

I really liked this DVD, but I feel Touch and "Daniel's Handling" of Crazy Man's Handcuffs brought this down a little. While it was still nice to have them included on the DVD, I felt that it could've been better. I rate this a solid 9/10.

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"but I feel Touch and "Daniel's Handling" of Crazy Man's Handcuffs brought this down a little."

Most of Garcia's products are not orginated with him. Torn, Warning...
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Torn and Warning are original.
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Let's not start THAT again!
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On 2008-10-18 15:37, maximilian wrote:


Most of Garcia's products are not orginated with him. Torn, Warning...


Your first post. Just visiting from the Ellusionist forums to cause trouble?
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the saddest are, "It might have been"

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Yeah LOL Did someone paid you to tell what you said max?
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No, I just hate to see other magicians get ripped off.

(Warning was already published in 1961 and is probably even older. The difference between Torn and Doumergue's Ripped and Restored are too small to produce a DVD.)

@ Christopher Kavanagh

I'm a fulltime magician. Do you DO magic as well or only write in forums?
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Chris is a worker and well established here. If you had been on the Café for more than two posts, you'd know that newbie.
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On 2008-10-18 23:49, Christopher Kavanagh wrote:
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On 2008-10-18 15:37, maximilian wrote:

Most of Garcia's products are not orginated with him. Torn, Warning...


Your first post. Just visiting from the Ellusionist forums to cause trouble?


Hey... you've got it backwards. The Ellusionist people don't trash the magicians that the posts are about, they try to trash the people making the posts. *grin*

Sheesh.. just when you think you have everyone trained.

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On 2008-10-19 06:45, maximilian wrote:
No, I just hate to see other magicians get ripped off.

(Warning was already published in 1961 and is probably even older. The difference between Torn and Doumergue's Ripped and Restored are too small to produce a DVD.)

@ Christopher Kavanagh

I'm a fulltime magician. Do you DO magic as well or only write in forums?

Of course the CONCEPT for Warning was not original. It was actually taught to Danny by Brian Brushwood who taught the CONCEPT right here http://revision3.com/scamschool/pilot/. It dates back to the Civil War actually. What Danny did is he took that concept and made some really creative additions to make a full effect out of that concept.
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On 2008-10-19 06:45, maximilian wrote:

I'm a fulltime magician. Do you DO magic as well or only write in forums?


I m sure you are NOT the ONLY fulltime magician here in this forum. Perhaps the majority of us can DO magic, including yourself. Maximilian, I have no mean to criticise you as a FT magician as I never seen your performance. However I have seen a FT magician perform to my magic club before. He plainly EXPOSE magic to us, instead of entertaining us.

Christopher is a a dictionary and have been helping out lots of other members.
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This product is interesting,
I've seen the demo......
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On 2008-10-21 05:06, Miraclemakers wrote:
This product is interesting,
I've seen the demo......


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Both Bushwood and Garcia have creative minds.

So much of magic has turned from the ART OF MAGIC to the ART OF MARKETING. If someone can bring back a trick that might be 100 plus years old and sell 10,000 DVDs of it.... that is the magic!
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I liked this dvd allot when I first watched it, but after performing Slink almost everyone has "figured it out" not excctley but the idea behind it.
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On 2008-11-06 18:36, fridoliina89 wrote:
I liked this dvd allot when I first watched it, but after performing Slink almost everyone has "figured it out" not excctley but the idea behind it.


Can you elaborate it on your post? I don't have the DVD. If I and others are interested in reviews to decide on a purchase and come across your comments, more information would help.

So I'd be interested in your age. Years of performing experience. Have you ever performed rubber band magic prior to this? Do you perform for pay?

You say almost everyone has "figured it out". How many times did this happen? Is it friends and family?

Please understand that I'm not trying to be a wise guy or insinuate anything.
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I agree with the original poster, I don't see anything new with DG's Crazy man's handcuff routine from any other routine I've seen, except for the fact that he omits a couple repetitions of the first phase from different angles like I learned from Ammar.

Slink is a great addition, and I have yet to be caught or have someone figure it out. I think it's strongest when it follows CMH like it is done on the DVD, as it feels natural to progress to a slow, in your face link, and the prep is done during the offbeat after the CMH kicker.

I'm don't have much to praise about the other effects on the DVD. Personally, I find the transpo a little uninspiring, and the coin bend is nothing new.
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Slink's definitely a highlight of the disk. Touch was, as Danny has said, not meant to be on here. The coin bend, while nothing overly amazing, is a nice contribution on Danny's part.
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Sorry wrong forum... Smile
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This sounds like a great DVD, but I cant find it on the ellusionist site. Can someone provide an updated link please?
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