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The DVDs are being duplicated as I type and WILL be available at Magic Live. We may also do some online pre-order sales in the coming weeks that will ship to customers a few days before Magic Live so that everyone (around the U.S. at least) can get their copies at about the same time.

More info as we get it.

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I've been waiting for this DVD for a while, very happy to hear it's so close.
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Thanks for the update Jason, I'll definitely be putting in a preorder.
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Put me down as well for a preorder!!!!
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Please don't put me down for pre-order or even post-order of the Steve Reynolds Zarrow Shuffle.

I have more than enough false shuffles to last me a lifetime, or perhaps two lifetimes if I use them judiciously. Smile
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I am just an old card sharp shuffling about the card room but I like to see what's new to me.
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On Jul 22, 2015, tommy wrote:
I am just an old card sharp shuffling about the card room but I like to see what's new to me.


You got me interested. You get the book and if you like it, maybe I can borrow your copy. Smile
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I am a bit skeptical that there's a whole DVDs worth of new material to be done on the z shuffle. The thing that makes the shuffle so great is that there's so little to it. It's not like the kennedy middle or the table faro or something like that; so difficult that new work on them is always welcome if only to see what other people are doing with their hands when they do them. So I'm curious to see if people think this brings anything new to the zarrow other than new tricks for a full deck stack, which I have plenty of books about already that I haven't ever finished.

EDIT TO ADD: reading the original post by Steve, I see that there's going to be material on other table riffle shuffles and also some stuff on the get ready, which makes more sense than just a full DVD on the zarrow shuffle. Now I'm curious.
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Who said anything about "new material on the Zarrow shuffle?"

What's wrong with just a really well-thought out teaching methodology by a guy who does the move as well as I've ever seen it done?

The Zarrow as a concept can be encapsulated in 15 seconds. But then so can a tabled faro or the Kennedy center deal. Teaching those moves in any meaningful way (as opposed to just describing them) is another matter. Teaching is more than description. Teaching involves not just being able to accurately describe something, but also having the ability to anticipate and correct problems that students will encounter as they progress with the move and its variations/applications. That may require an entire DVD or even several DVDs depending on the move.

The thing is, if a guy does a move significantly better than you do it, is willing and able to teach it, and if you want to do the move better, then you buy his product. If one (or all) of those factors don't apply to you, then you don't buy it.

If you're looking for new you might be disappointed. If you're looking for "better" you won't be.

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On Jul 24, 2015, JasonEngland wrote:

Who said anything about "new material on the Zarrow shuffle?"

What's wrong with just a really well-thought out teaching methodology by a guy who does the move as well as I've ever seen it done?

...The thing is, if a guy does a move significantly better than you do it, is willing and able to teach it, and if you want to do the move better, then you buy his product. If one (or all) of those factors don't apply to you, then you don't buy it.

If you're looking for new you might be disappointed. If you're looking for "better" you won't be.

Jason


Good points Jason. Seem like it would be of great benefit to many readers on this forum. From what I have seen from most attempting the Zarrow Shuffle, because it appears to be such a simple move to master they end up murdering it.

From what you have written, this approach might improve the shuffle considerably for many.
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I have seen many top card magicians perform and teach the Zarrow and learned to do it as they taught it. Then I saw Steve perform his version of the Zarrow in person and close up. My jaw dropped because I could not tell as I did not see all the tells I have been accustomed to see.

His approach is excellent and I can't wait to get his DVD and I am more than OK if all he teaches is how to perform his version of the Zarrow.
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Just an update for everyone, Steve's DVD titled Z. is now available for preorder on his site. I just preordered mine. There are a lot of glowing recommendations from guys like Steve Forte, Jack Carpenter and Alan Ackerman to name a few. Can't wait!
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If anyone needs the link to Steve's Zarrow shuffle DVD here it is. Although a few "pre-pre-orders" managed to sneak in over the past few days, today is the official launch of the DVD in pre-order and we should be shipping by Friday. (DVDs are expected to arrive on Thursday the 6th.)

http://www.stevereynoldsmagic.com/products/z

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On Jul 24, 2015, JasonEngland wrote:
Who said anything about "new material on the Zarrow shuffle?"

What's wrong with just a really well-thought out teaching methodology by a guy who does the move as well as I've ever seen it done?

The Zarrow as a concept can be encapsulated in 15 seconds. But then so can a tabled faro or the Kennedy center deal. Teaching those moves in any meaningful way (as opposed to just describing them) is another matter. Teaching is more than description. Teaching involves not just being able to accurately describe something, but also having the ability to anticipate and correct problems that students will encounter as they progress with the move and its variations/applications. That may require an entire DVD or even several DVDs depending on the move.

The thing is, if a guy does a move significantly better than you do it, is willing and able to teach it, and if you want to do the move better, then you buy his product. If one (or all) of those factors don't apply to you, then you don't buy it.

If you're looking for new you might be disappointed. If you're looking for "better" you won't be.

Jason

Very well put.
Surely he can put it in a book, seeing as that's how everybody says is the best way to learn?
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Anyone else having a problem trying to use PayPal to order this?

I keep getting an error that addresses don't match.
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I know I don't post here often, but here I am.

If you have any questions, I'm available to answer them.

Here are some answers to some of the questions I've read here:

1. Yes, the DVD is finished and is in the PRE-ORDER PHASE.
2. It will be ready to ship on the 6th of August 2015 from Las Vegas (I'll be at Magic Live! talking about the Zarrow Shuffle).
3. I am a magician and not a gambler/cheat.
4. I've worked on the Zarrow since I first saw Brother John perform it in conjunction with "Two-Shuffles Harry"--I was 15 (I'm 38 now).
5. My inspiration for this handling is Edward Marlo (see: Prime-Time Marlo [1994]).
6. This information has been in a book for the last 5 years and I shared this with those who attended my workshop and briefly available to the masses (my masses are about 25 people!). You can become one of "my masses" by asking to be on my mailing list. Come join the fun.
7. I chose to make a DVD since my EXPLANATION is as complete as the book--the information is taken directly from my workshop.
8. Consider "Z." a book on tape with visual aids.
9. I'm sorry for any problems with Paypal. It might be better to go to: http://www.stevereynoldsmagic.com/products/z
10. This is not one or two finesses. It's not just about the Zarrow Shuffle, but also about how to execute a clean and direct Riffle Shuffle.
11. It's not just for the EXPERTS, but for the average card handler as well (and coin handlers that want to learn to shuffle).
12. Why another book/DVD on the Zarrow Shuffle: Because I think I have something significant to add that has not been shared before.

Let me know if I missed anything and I will try to answer it/them to the best of my ability.

Thanks for your time.

Steve Reynolds
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On Aug 3, 2015, Ray Tupper. wrote:
Surely he can put it in a book, seeing as that's how everybody says is the best way to learn?


Like Steve said just above me, he has put his ideas in a book, he just didn't distribute it widely or easily.

But that aside, I don't know that the blanket statement that books are the "best way to learn" is true. I tend to agree with that sentiment when talking about learning full routines from start to finish (although even then I can think of exceptions), but I've always maintained that video frequently has the edge when one is trying to learn a move or technique (especially one involving timing or coordinated actions).

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I'm looking forward to receiving this. When I get it into my head to perfect a sleight, I try to obtain everything that's out there.
Over the last few years, I've spent a lot of time trying to perfect a Zarrow that looks like a standard riffle shuffle, not a Zarrow shuffle. I'm fairly satisfied with the results up to now. I'm curious if Steve's method incorporates some of the ideas I've come up with.
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Nicholas,

Thank you. I would love to compare notes. Maybe I'll learn something from you.

I'm the same way when it comes to working on moves, etc. There's a lot out there. I always assume that there's someone who has spent more time on it than I have. So, since I've now spent considerable time and energy on the Shuffle (and related techniques), I thought it was time to get this stuff out. This was due partly by a demand by those I have shared these ideas with over the years.

Once you get it, Nicholas, and have spent some time working through it let's talk.

It's easy to become territorial and guarded with moves that you've made your own. I try not to be that way. So, any time you want to talk, we can.

I'm sure some of the real inside guys out there will be critical of my work. So be it.

Steve
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Finally.

Success in ordering!
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