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aussiemagic
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Has anyone got Bill Abott's "five card opener"? The video on his website doesn't really give much insight into the routine. Considering the cost, I would like to know more about it before purchasing this.

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It's funny. I used a slight of hand version of the effect as my talking opener until I quit performing magic in October 2007. Wayne Dobson performed a 5 card opener as well. I would imagine, like Dobson's and my own, it's a version of the 6 card repeat, although I'm not going to speculate on the specifics of Bill's routine. He does supply a gimmicked set of standard and jumbo cards along with the other needed props along with a professional routine. I would say that $80 is a minor investment for a professional working routine with all the props.
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Its a great routine. Its deceptive. The method is really good. The patter he gives you is great and its a really easy great routine.
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Blackdeck have you used it with paying audiences? If you have how's the response?
That might help aussie make his decision.
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Thanks for the replies. Yes, I would be interested to hear people's experiences of performing it for paying audiences.
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No I havnt used it for paying audiences but I attended a lecture of Bill Abbott and everyone loved the effect and a lot of people bought it.
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Any link to buy this or look at it?

I do a 5 card repeat and always looking for a new and cleaner way to perform it
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http://www.billabbottmagic.com/public/IS......?ProID=5

That should take you there...

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Thanks Ken

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I got this and I am imnpressed! Bill Abbott is a worker! No doubt about it! And he gives this routine a thorough going over!

Quality stand up material is hard to come by, Bill gives you a great addition here. Even if you already do this routine, I think it would be a worthy investment! I have nothing to gain from supporting this routine I just like
to let fellow magi know my opinion, because there is too much junk out there!
This routine is a worker and I am very happy with my purchase! I highly recommend it!

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I have had chance to make new promo video for my Five Card Opener available at http://www.billabbottmagic.com I have also lowered the price and written some new info based on numerous questions I received about the effect and the package.

Here is link to the demo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozA0UgrdJx4

Here is the Ad Text:

Introduction - From Bill Abbott
“When I was in high school I was doing a lot of shows on the weekends and most of those shows were mixed audiences of kids, adults, teenagers and seniors. I needed an opener to get everyone’s attention, hold their attention and keep their attention. The problem with the standard six or five card repeat is there is a lack of any real conclusion or finale to the effect. I wanted to have a genuine eye-opener that took the audience by surprise. That’s when I began working on the Five Card Opener.”

The Opener
“The “opener” of any act is a tough choice for any performer. How do you get everyone’s attention and hold their attention as well as amaze and entertain them all at the same time. This is my solution to this eternal question. The Five Card Opener gets the audience’s attention. The Five Card Opener holds their attention. The Five Card Opener amazes. The Five Card Opener entertains. In addition to all this the Five Card Opener will work for any audience.“

What is the Five Card Opener
“The Five card Opener has it’s roots in the classic five/six card repeat but it's similar only in method (slightly). The Five Card Opener is a completely fresh approach with three sequences that build with a definitive climax that is a big surprise. It has been my "talking" opener for the past 20 years and l use it at all of my magic shows. Corporate shows, family shows, college shows, etc. The Five Card Opener can be a whole new way to make your show fun!”

The “Real” Secret
“The real secret behind the Five Card Opener is that it is an audience response ‘conditioner’. I have had corporate audiences (almost asleep after a long banquet and two hours of awards and speeches before my show) up and out of their seats at the beginning of my show using The Five Card Opener. It sets the tone for how the audience responds to the ending of each effect/routine because it also acts as a call back. There is a verbal trigger that the audience responds to every time you say it during the show, and they will react however you expect/direct them to. The Five Card Opener makes triggering applause throughout the show in all the right places easy, natural and above all fun. For example you can have the audience shout out a corporate slogan, perform a standing ovation, a specific school cheer, a company name, etc.”

Simple To Do & Gets Reactions
“I know in performing this off the top of the show, I will not have any mediocre reactions to any of my effects because I'm giving them an outlet to respond in a big way. And they do. Even the most jaded ones. For the working performer you could literally 'drop' this into your show the next day. It’s big and visual and takes up very little room for a routine that plays to such large crowds. There are no angle restrictions. No special lighting or staging considerations. Work away from tables and out of your pockets, making an instant connection with your audience. And the best part is that it’s so easy to do. Basically, if you have opposable thumbs (which means your not a monkey!) you can perform The Five Card Opener.” - Bill Abbott

Included Props
Handmade gimmicked Bicycle Playing Cards in poker-size with wallet.
Handmade gimmicked Jumbo Playing Cards for audiences from 100-1,000.
Portable/collapsible free-standing container to keep the cards in pristine condition, to be sure your stage is clear and to really sell the mysterious climax of the routine!

Instructional DVD Featuring:
A LIVE college performance of the routine.
A LIVE family performance of the routine.
A detailed routine handling of both the poker and jumbo-sized cards
The “real” secret of the Opener with all the psychological subtleties to make this routine play as strongly for you as it does for Bill.
Alternate Performance and Handling Ideas:
-Breast Pocket Only
-”Messy” Poker Presentation
-Jumbo Cards and Table
-Jumbo Cards and Pop-Up Basket
Full Performance Script in PDF exactly as Bill performs this at every show. (Remember the script is a template to add to, subract from and get creative with.)
And much more...

PRICE $60

The Five Card Opener is available only at http://www.billabbottmagic.com
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I am in
My previous purchases from Bill have been real workers.
Smart Ass is a masterpiece looking forward to this.
regards
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If you have ever worked cold, had to warm up your audience as you go then you are in luck. Bills Five Card Opener not only gets them warmed up but gives you a call back throughout your show that you can use to pump them back up and get them back with you. If you have ever performed late with no opening act or a flat MCEE and trust me I have had a few you will know how having a tool like this can make your show. It is not a simple five card repeat this is a true professional piece that you will want to have as your opener as soon as you get it and watch Bills well done and detailed DVD. And the best part is this effect is SO SIMPLE! Truly if you can count up to 9 you will have no problems performing this.

I personally make and buy a lot of my effects; I showed this to my wife last night and asked her how it played for my show as an opener. She said YES you will get a lot of millage from this one, then she proceeded to ask “How much did you spend for this one” I told her and her next comment was, “Well worth it, I would have expected a lot more” A true testament of this great effect and its value.

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On 2009-06-07 09:37, aceofharts wrote:

I showed this to my wife last night... then she proceeded to ask “How much did you spend for this one”

Floyd


Boy, whatever reaction we get from our wives, that question is never far behind, is it? I can usually see my wife mentally calculating her next purchase when she asks that one (which is only fair).
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You've released a lot of weight Bill...
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Thanks Floyd for the nice review. Your wife's response was the clincher!

Yes Futureal, change of pace and lifestyle has helped to get some unneeded pounds off. Thanks for noticing.

Cheers

Bill
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I don't have any experience with this opener but I will tell you one thing: bill abbott's products are the best quality and they are certainly worth the price!
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I have been working a summer camp all week. I did the opener today for my afternoon show 2:00 pm. It was a huge hit,the response was as Bill said it would be. Trust me I wish I would have opened with it at the start of the week.
Very Nice!!!

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That's great Floyd! It's always encouraging to hear success stories after putting out a piece of magic that I has served me well for so many years,

Bill
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I received the Opener a couple of days ago, and did it tonight for an all-adult event. It went very well. I was very pleased with the result, and am looking forward to using this more frequently.

Brian
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