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Thanks so much for all those reviews! Great job, and very helpful!
Did you seen Caleb Wiles lecture? Just wondering ;-)

thanks again!

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Wow. You did watch them all.
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On Oct 21, 2014, MagicBrent wrote:
Wonderful job! I was under the impression in the Greg Wilson trailer that he did paper balls over the head but didn't see you list it. Was considering getting this just for that because Greg is so great at misdirection even if there is a lot of carryover from his Penguin lectures


He did session on it but he didn't teach it per-se. At the very end of the lecture he told a couple stories about the paper balls over the head and even performed a bit but there wasn't much of a step by step process. At the end of that performance he turned to the camera and basically said that it didn't need to be explained.
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On Oct 22, 2014, merlin2812 wrote:
Thanks so much for all those reviews! Great job, and very helpful!
Did you seen Caleb Wiles lecture? Just wondering ;-)

thanks again!

merlin


Joshua Jay's is next in line then Caleb Wiles. Usually I post the reviews 1-2 weeks after the air date. Depending on how long they are, how much material they have and how much spare time I have in the week.
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Thank you for writing these reviews!
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Thank you for all the reviews. Lots of work.
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Joshua Jay is a young guy that has done tons to communicate to magicians at all levels. He is a very talented creator, publisher, and teacher. I think most will enjoy this lecture.

Hitchcock: This may be my favorite effect in the lecture. A card is torn, multiple cards are selected, the selections are found and there are two or three kickers depending on your view. This is an outstanding piece of theater, I don’t want to spoil the effect but it is has such a strong finish that you must see it! The deck even finishes clean and complete.

Inferno: This was voted the trick of the year last year. It is so cool. A matchbox is placed on the spectators hand, they pretend to burn all of the cards in a deck besides one. That one card is found to be the only card in the matchbox. This has the potential to be as strong as an effect like the invisible deck. The selection process is extremely fair and the sleight of hand necessary is fairly easy to do. You may need to purchase the gimmick in the DVD in order to perform it. If you are hazy on the questions to ask check out the uncut trailer on Murphy’s website, the performance scenario is just different enough that it may help out.

Trumped Triumph: A card is selected and the deck is shuffled face up into face down. With a spread all the cards are sorted out except for the selection. It is removed and when the cards are spread all of the cards of the selections suit have been reversed. You will need a table for this one but it adds a second kicker to the already powerful triumph.

Color Change: A single card magically pops out of the deck and changes with a wave of the hand. This is a slick, tough, fairly workable color change of a card. With a weeks practice you’ll have this down.

Lateral Bottom Deal/Triumph Aces: This is a fast paced ace cutting routine using a very cool move called the lateral bottom deal. The cards are all shuffled at the beginning and the last ace is found reversed in the middle of the deck. I love the pacing on this and the various subtleties he has added. Even if you don’t like this routine you will probably walk away with a couple subtleties that you can add to an existing routine.

Back in Time Meets the Jennings Display: Joshua Jay talks a bit about Jay Sankey’s triumph Back in Time and how he has updated it to make it a bit stronger. This makes it much harder to do to achieve the same effect but it makes it stronger in my opinion.

Prism: This is not a normal rainbow deck. Josh teaches how to do a handful of different effects with the deck and then when the time is right you can change the backs color. There is no deck switch! You could do a 5 minute set with this deck and as a finale change the deck colors without ever doing a deck switch.

He teaches a handful of classics here including card under box, think stop, and be honest what is it.

Phantom Deck: This is Josh’s update on the Omni Deck. The handling isn’t too different but the effect is slightly different. If you like the idea of making the deck turn transparent than this may be for you. It’s really a matter of taste as to which you would prefer, the phantom deck or the Omni deck.

Any card at Any Book Page: Any card is selected and any book page is named and the selected card is found on that exact page. This is a very interesting version of the Any Card at Any Number plot. I love that you can personalize the book to fit what ever occasion you are using. A note on the book, you will need a large book with a loose binding. This will not work with a some paperback books but most people will have a book that it will work with. I love the theater that surrounds this effect.

Triad Coins: This is a new coin gaff which allows you to easily produce or vanish 3 coins. He shows various applications for this including productions and vanishes of a few different types. These will be available sometime in 2015.

Clean Coin Vanish: This is a total coin vanish that is very deceptive. You Do not need sleeves but there is a small wardrobe requirement. I will be using this.

Coins and Cylinder (Performance Only): Josh performs a modern version of the coins and cylinder. He does not teach every aspect but he does explain that he uses the Triad coin gimmick as well as the Clean Coin Vanish during the routine.

Blind Card Trick (Performance Only): This fried me, and he didn’t teach it. The spectator thinks of a card while the magician is blindfolded. That card is found and the rest of the deck is shown to be completely blank on he faces.
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Thanks for the detailed reviews ! I can never find any reviews for these lectures so this is great Smile
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Goatears, what a great effort and much appreciated! Now if I can get you to sign up for the Penguin Live Lectures you would be my superhero. Smile
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Goatears, what a great effort and much appreciated! Now if I can get you to sign up for the Penguin Live Lectures you would be my superhero. Smile


Haha, thanks! I've seen a couple of the Penguin Lectures but at this point I'd have A LOT of catching up to do!
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I love Patrick’s Style. Everything he does looks impossible and he always surprises me with his the simplicity of his magic. This lecture is a great place to go if you would like to learn some of the magic on his most popular downloads, with a couple tricks on his DVD Patrified.

Extortion (Performance Only): A bill is given to a spectator and one of another denomination is held by the magician. With a small shake the bill is held at the fingertips and changes into the spectators bill. This is outstanding and is available at Sans Minds Magic for purchase.

Inflict: A card is selected and lost in the deck. A joker is sandwiched in between 2 kings and it visually changes into the selection. The Joker is then revealed to be reversed in the deck. This handling is closer to the handling taught on his Wire download at Theory11. It differs a little from thee handling taught on Patrified. This effect is very visual and much easier than I expected it to be although it still is tough.

DIY Aces: The spectator cuts the deck four times and finds the aces. This is probably the easiest trick that he performs. This is taught on Patrified as well but he gives a slight modification that helps make the trick a bit more dramatic. It is just as easy as the original but it does require a second more of preparation.

Collectors: The four aces are used to find 3 selected cards. The aces vanish visually from the top of the deck and pop out of the middle with the selections. This is an unpublished routine and I love it! A version is taught for 1 and 3 spectators. The control that he uses is very difficult and the productions are not self working but I was pleasantly surprised with the difficulty of it.

Thumbshot: Patrick shares a method to shoot a single card out of the deck. He insists it is an old move but Patrick does it as well as anyone out there.

Ice Shot: Created by the little known magician Valdemar Gesture, Patrick shows you how to shoot multiple cards out of the middle of the deck.

Birthday Card Trick: The magician writes “Happy Birthday” on a playing card. A card is then selected and signed. Magically the selected card becomes the birthday card. This is Patrick’s take on the mystery card plot. You will learn a small variation on his Mirror Force here which isn’t terribly difficult in practice but in this routine it gets fairly difficult.

Reflex: This is the full ring routine taught on Patrick’s download at Theory11.com. A ring slowly penetrates the magician’s finger over and over and over again. This is a very strong effect, and it looks so good in Patrick’s hands.

Vector: This is an impromptu haunted pack. The deck slowly cuts itself and then the selected card pops out. This has some funny angle considerations, Patrick prefers to perform it on the ground. There are various pieces of this that get difficult but the trade of of performing a haunted pack with a borrowed deck may be worth the sacrifice of time.

Paul Harris Pop Out Move: Patrick has tons of work on this and he jams a bit here showing its various applications. One of my favorite pieces was superhero themed. He dribbles the deck and seems to blow the selected card out of the deck.

Vow (Performance Only): Patrick has a new DVD coming out with a few versions of the anniversary waltz. Patrick is always innovative in his approach to the classics. Here 2 signed cards cleanly fuze together.

Mirror Force: I love this move, it is a switch, control and force all together in one move. This is very versatile and if you put in the small amount of practice that you need to master it you will have a great piece of magic.

Morph (Performance): 4 cards are selected and they all change into the aces visually. This is available on Patrified as well.

Tilt Subtlety: This is a nice way to make the spectator feel like they push the card in when you are actually performing the tilt.

I love Patrick’s magic. It really feels like it is gimmicked magic but for the most part it is all performed with a perfectly normal deck. This is a great one stop shop for some of Patrick’s best downloads.
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Caleb Wiles is a lesser known card magician that has been slowly gaining popularity over the past years. He has various downloads available as well as a bi-monthly magazine column. If you are looking for card magic that is unique but not incredibly difficult than this is the place to go.

Re-Swindled: 4 jacks change places with 4 random cards, they change places again, and they then change into the aces. This is based on Paul Harris’ trick Reset with an added kicker ending. This is a nice commercial effect with a lot of good magic, if you already perform reset you could consider performing this. If you don’t do Reset Caleb’s version is very good.

I-Deck: The presentation here is a little bit corny in my opinion. This feels like an ambitious card trick that uses computer language as motivation for the appearances and changes in the effect. I have never been a huge fan of the ambitious plot or the idea of a “computerized” deck. This is not really my thing but if you are looking for ideas for an ambitious card trick then this may suit you. He ends with a production of a four of a kind as well as an idea to finish with Jay Sankey’s Paperclipped. He does not explain the inner workings of Paperclipped here so you will need to purchase that elsewhere.

Replicator: This is a color changing deck that can be used to follow I-Deck. The scripting is again computer related except this time it involves a virus infecting the deck. This leads to a card being selected, changing color and then the deck changes color as well. This can be performed with a signed card and was not too difficult to do. As with most effects of this type the deck itself is kind of limited to this specific trick.

Make a Wish: A card is selected and signed. It is lost and a picture of a birthday cake appears on the back. They then can blow the candles out and the flames disappear. This is an effect that you can go into at any time during a set. Caleb created this so that the moment that he finds out about a birthday at a restaurant gig he can go into it on the fly. There’s not a whole lot new here but it is a useful effect to learn. He gives some ideas here to personalize it for many different holidays .

Deal or No Deal: A card is selected and signed. The spectator then places a small suitcase on the card that they think is theirs. The suitcase not only finds the card but the card appears in the case as well. This is very strong and has a nice hook. There are a couple pieces of difficult business but it is worth it if you like the effect.

The Fully Automatic Card Trick: This is an epic effect, the cards are never touched by the magician. With the help of some cue cards the spectator is able to find their card, its other mates and the aces. This is very baffling and could easily close a close up set. You will need some table space for this effect.

Paparazzi: 2 envelopes are placed in the deck at random places. It is revealed that the entire deck has celebrities names on the back. The envelopes contain photos of the cards they were placed next to. That sounds a lot more complex than it is. If you are familiar with the gemini force then you get the gist of this effect. There are multiple points that he goes over to make the trick much more powerful and compelling.

Clue Cards: In this effect 4 special cards are used to divine a spectator's card. There are multiple kickers here and it really ties everything up in a bow at the end. This was based on a unique principle created by Paul Harris and at the end it feels like an early Harris effect to me. It is simple, quirky and almost self working.

Magician Fooler: Every magician needs one of these if they perform for other magicians often. Caleb, very generously, reveals this. A card is selected and shuffled into the deck while the magicians head is turned. After a moment the magician is able to name the card selected.

Caleb Wiles is a talented guy for sure, his card magic is unique and fresh. I kind of expected more impromptu magic but in its place there was a lot of unique card magic with interesting plots.
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Nicholas Einhorn is a polished professional and the type of magic that you will learn here will suit almost any professional magician. With the contents of this lecture you get a ready made act that you could use for the rest of your life with much success. Oh and he was clever enough to fool Penn and Teller so there’s that too.

Money Deck: The magician makes a ribbon spread, flips it over and on gathering the spread 4 coins appear. This is a visual, nearly self working instant production of four coins. You will need a gimmicked pack of cards as well as a close up mat. This is easy and elegant with minimal crafting skills required, a perfect opener for a formal close up act.

Classic Coin Matrix: This is a straightforward coin matrix. 4 coins are placed in the four corners of the mat. Four cards cover the coins and the coins progressively teleport to one corner of the mat. This is an excellent routine, it is fairly classical in execution and you will need to perform it on a mat.

Unicorn Coin in Bottle: A coin is inspected as well as a bottle. The bottle is corked and the coin is slammed through the side of the bottle. This is of course a worker of a routine, Einhorn has added many touches to make it stronger, more elegant and more suitable for walk around. If you already perform a walk around version of this effect than Einhorn’s handling may improve your own. If you do not perform this, Einhorn’s handling is a great starting point.

Coin in Bottle Pro Tip: This is an interesting idea for preserving old coin in bottle gimmicks. This will not fit all performers but it is an interesting way to disguise the more worn places in the gimmick.

Signature Triumph- A blank card is shown to be tucked away in the magicians wallet, on it is written “You Will Chose the...”. A card is selected and signed, it is lost in the deck and the deck is shuffled face up into face down. With a shake the cards all right themselves, with another shake the selection reverses itself in the deck. Returning back to the card in the wallet it is completely removed and is revealed to completely have predicted the spectator’s selected card. Not only that but when it is turned over it has become the spectator's signed card. This fooled me, it is a commercial mash up of triumph and card to wallet.

Co-op: This is Einhorn’s version of the Chicago Opener. It is quick and flashy and very commercial. A card is selected the back is shown to have changed colors and it immediately changes back. The Chicago Opener has been a go to piece for me and I have yet to find a variation that beats the original. Co-op seems to water the magic down and you are not left clean, that and the fact that it is highly unoriginal in method means that it was a low spot in the lecture for me. That said it is a strong professional piece, but it is bound to be compared to the original by magicians.

Gold Rush: Using a piece of cotton a borrowed ring is polished and in a burst of flame it vanishes and appears among the keys of the magician. This is a nice routine that you can use if you own a ring flight with a reel. There are a couple touches that he adds here to make it more portable and easy to get into. He mentions that he only uses this for parlor but it instantly resets which would make it great for walk around as well.

Rainbow Deck- A mystery card is introduced, and put aside. The deck is shuffled face up into face down, a card is selected and lost in the deck. With a snap all of the cards right themselves with the exception of the selected card. The selected card matches the mystery card and the rest of the deck lives up to its name. This is mind blowing. There are so many climaxes and every single thing fooled me. I didn’t have a clue. This takes a special deck of cards but it is more than worth it for the impact it has

Ring on String- This is a full fledged professional routine mixing his Pro-flite gimmick, nest of wallets, the invisible deck and the ring on string. This is a multi phase routine all using a borrowed ring. He does explain how both the nest of wallets and Pro-flite work but you will need to purchase them to perform this. The ring on string moves are excellent though and you can perform them all with just a shoelace and a single borrowed ring.

Nest of Wallets: Here he teaches a short simple routine with his nest of wallets. A signed coin vanishes, a sharpie vanishes, the sharpie returns and the coin ends up in the middle of the nested wallets. This is just a simple illustration of how powerful the nest of wallets can be as a utility device. It can be applied to any small object.

Autographical Transposition: 2 bills are signed, one by the magician and one by the spectator. As they are folded they switch places. This has been done by others before I don’t think it is the most powerful use of the utility move. I know that Jay Sankey has performed something very similar to this and I’m sure others have as well.

Serial Number Divination: Almost as a side note, when the magician asks for a bill they are able to divine a few of the serial numbers. This is a pure piece of mentalism but I wish it would play a bit bigger. The way he frames it you almost have to do it as part of a bigger piece of magic.

Hidden Influence: The spectator deals down to any card of their choosing, it is then revealed that the card they stopped on matches a card that has been in the magicians wallet from the start. This is a strong piece and the way it is staged it motivates the movements. This is a minor variation of a classic piece of magic that I know Max Maven, Teller and many others have work on. If you have been in magic for long you will know the method and besides his choice in props I can’t see this being a huge improvment.

Classic Force: Einhorn gives a couple tips on this force and an interesting routine or two that you can use to practice and perfect it. This isn’t completely new but it is clear that Einhorn knows what he is doing and he shares tricks that he has learned from performing in the trenches.

IMP Force & Applications: The magician lets a handful of cards drop from hand to hand and the spectator manages to glimpse one. Every single time the magician is able to divine the selected card which is only ever thought of. This is another classic with Einhorn’s tips. It is an impromptu version of the force made popular by TV magicians and was used on Now You See Me. Einhorn’s ideas are far from revolutionary here but he covers a lot of applications that you might find to be helpful.

The Martini Deck: A card is selected very fairly from a red deck and it is shown to be the only blue card in the deck. It is then cut into the middle, a new card is selected and it is shown to be red, the rest of the deck is then shown to be completely blue. This is a wonderful new application of a well known principle, with some excellent tips and tricks that will make it more powerful no matter how you do it.

Thought Extractor Book Test: As the magician flips through the pages of a borrowed book the participant says stop. They remember a word on the page and the word is revealed by the magician. This is amazing, it makes so many other book tests obsolete. You can use a borrowed book, you can write a prediction before hand and the only gimmick you need is a small card or bookmark. I can’t say much more without giving away more of the method but this was worth the price of the lecture alone.

ESP Reading: 5 boards with ESP symbols are placed in envelopes and mixed. The magician is blindfolded and is able to divine which symbol was placed where. This fooled me badly, it is an ingenious method that completely looks like real mind reading. This could be released seperatley and I’d gladly pay $40 for it.

This was an outstanding lecture. The magic that he taught that was not his own had unique touches and full routines included. You learn close up, walk around and stage magic. I can see most magicians getting something out of this whether you are just beginning or a full blown professional.
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Mark Calabrese is a clever dude. His magic is on a different level than most. Everything he teaches on this lecture fooled me, badly. Even when I know what he was doing there was still enough grey area for me to be completely befuzzled. That said I don’t know if I will be performing any of the magic he taught. It is not difficult to do, it is all practical, and it is all powerful but they types of gimmicks he used will not suit my style. That said it may suit yours.

DVS: Mark tips the secret of his DVD produced and released by Criss Angel. He shows you where to purchase the gimmicks and goes through painstaking detail explaining how to use it both at a table and in walk around. These are all card tricks and they all use borrowed decks of cards. The DVS gimmick is brilliant and practical, it just weirds me out a bit and I wont be using it.

DVS Peek: The deck is shuffled, a card is peeked and the deck is shuffled again. The magician then deals through the cards using his intuition finds the selected card. This is an outstanding effect that you could perform blindfolded if you’d like. It is straightforward and to the point.
Copy Cat: The magician shows a prediction cards. The participant takes the deck reverses one card under the table and upon spreading the magician shows that his prediction matches. It’s that easy, you will end a little dirty at the end but he shows an easy way to clean up using a Dani Daortiz effect that you will need to learn separately.
Open Prediction: A prediction is made on the table. The spectator takes the deck and they begin dealing the cards face up. They deal one face down and the rest are dealt face up. The card they deal face down is cleanly shown to match the prediction. I can’t see a way to be closer to the holy grail of open prediction effects. I know there must be something out there but this one is very good. It is almost self working and the illusion is so clean it is almost worth sacrificing my comfort and using the DVS device. It does require some set up before hand.
The Hindu Card Trick Revisited: The spectator cuts to a card, cuts it into the deck a couple times and shuffles it away. Just by dealing through the magician can find the card selected. This involves a lot of dealing and cutting. Mark suggests only performing this for magicians and I have to agree. It is very dry, cancels out common methods as you go and is very deceptive.
Quincy: A signed card vanishes from the deck and appears in the magician's pocket. It is then lost in the deck again and manages its way back into the magicians pocket. This is bold and difficult. It combines some tough sleight of hand with the DVS device and you are left with a strong piece of magic.
DVS Wash Control: Through multiple shuffles and a wash, spreading the cards all over the table in a haphazard way, you are able to control the selected card. This is very fair. No real routine is taught but you can reveal the selection how ever you’d like.
DVS Dead Cut: Using DVS you can dead cut any predetermined card including a selected card. You can also use this as a card stab if you’d like.

Grab: A spectator names a card and the magician reaches into a dribble and pulls out the named card. You do need a gimmick to perform this and a lot of practice. He doesn’t really explain how to do it with any named card but you can use this for a selected card, a predetermined card or even a force. Even with the gimmick there is room for error and you need a lot of practice.

Traction: Under the guise of Shuffle tracking the magician cuts to a named four of a kind, finds the aces and they switch spots. This is a solid ace cutting routine with a nice kicker. Even if you don’t like the whole routine you may still like pieces of this. It’s almost like a repeat ace cutting routine if you perform it exactly as Mark it has some tough parts. You can get rid of most of the work if you set up the deck before hand.

iF@$#: A spectator takes the magicians phone. The magician is texted a word and the magician is able to divine it. The magician can then very cleanly reveal the spectators passcode. This is going to take a lot of commitment on the performers behalf. It will fry people with crazy direct mentalism and it’s easy to do. What you need to use to pull it off though is out of reach for many magicians. Those who are able to use it will fry their audiences. He gives a couple tips on the center tear as well.

His methods are not for everyone, but for a select few this lecture will give magicians reputation making material that is extremely powerful.
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Jesse Feinburg is a young guy that has made a big name for himself. He has consulted for Criss Angel, and released multiple effects with Paul Harris. His magic is surprisingly practical and easy to perform. If you purchase this there’s you will be sure to take something away with you.

WTS (Performance Only): A mini Altoids container is opened and a Sharpie is produced. Jesse will be releasing this in the future. It is a utility gimmick that allows you to produce or vanish a Sharpie. The applications they talk about are impressive but he does not reveal anything pertaining to the method.

Spello Change: Scribbles on a card box slowly morph into a word or phrase that reveal itself visually. This is a simple, deceptive, visual effect that doesn’t take up any space in the box.

Coin in Box: This is a clean subtle coin through box. The coin is placed inside the cellophane, the box is turned over and the coin vanishes. It is then found inside the box. Using a similar gimmick you can switch out a prediction made on a box as well. I’m not sure about the idea to switch out a prediction but I do like the coin in box. It is clean, easy and non obtrusive. You might be able to combine both the Spello Change and the coin in box but I don’t see it as necessary or wise.

Yaya: On the DVD put out by Paul Harris you get a handful of ideas using this gimmick. On the lecture you will learn how to make a Sharpie lid vanish visually and reappear at your finger tips. The visuals are interesting here but I’m not sure if I love the effect.

McStraw: I know Dan Hauss has some work on this as well but jesse’s has some stark differences. Basically the red stripe on a straw slowly and visually changes yellow. You are then able to change it back to red, and you finish with one side red and the other side yellow. This is an interesting piece but I don’t see a really good place to perform it.

Call Box: A flat empty card box is displayed fairly, it is shown to be empty and the magician pulls their cell phone out of the box. Of course to perform this you do need a phone that can actually fit in a card box. There are some angle issues here but it is a completely normal box and phone.

Blurr: You can borrow a phone for this, the magician slowly erases the apps on a phone. Then they reappear instantly. The magician then makes one spectator lose the power to see the phone apps, but when it is shown to the rest of the audience the phone is normal. This is outstanding and completely baffling. I feel like this was the best piece in the lecture, if you have the right kind of phone (a newer iPhone) you have a great impromptu miracle without any apps. Jesse was not sure if it would work on Android phones, it doesn’t. My family all have Android phones of different models and it wont work on any of them as is. That doesn’t mean that with some work you can’t fix it up to get a similar trick.

Rip Off: A card is taken out it can be signed (I don’t see this as necessary) the corner is torn off placed in the magician’s mouth and it restores itself. Another corner is torn off and it appears in an impossible location. It is impromptu and only uses a single card from a borrowed deck. He makes reference to Blake Vogt’s Regeneration because they share some similarities, the credit really goes to Dalton Wayne’s Bite Me as his version of the same effect is much more similar. In either case Jesse has made removed the gimmicks. He makes reference to a Daniel Madison effect as well. Really this is a Jay Sankey idea that Madison has a lot of work on. Anyways, Feinberg's effect is unique and to the point.

Syncro: Jesse’s take on the Erdnase color change. Two cards change at once with a pass of the hand, you will swear he uses dupes but he doesn’t. This is super cool and I was completely fooled. You can use this to also reverse a card in a visual way.

Animate and Restore: This is a cool trick but he really struggles with the handling and slaughters the presentation. I’m not sure but they may have cut out part of the performance as well. The gimmicks involved are complex and I can’t see many performers using this. If you like this effect I would recommend checking out the DVD released by Paul Harris. It’s worth mentioning that Jesse really didn’t feel like sharing this but was coaxed into doing so. This explains some of the tough to watch performance.

Shadow Box (Performance Only): A card is selected and signed. The lights are dimmed and using the light from a cellphone you can see the shadow of everything in the box. The magicians finger enters the box and the folded up selected card materializes. This is neat, I can’t think of a professional performing environment where it would work. If you like this you will not learn it on the lecture. Instead you will need to check out the DVD put out by Murphy’s.

So that’s it you get a handful of funky fresh magic by one of magic’s most creative young guys. If you like the effects in most cases the methods are very practical with the possible exceptions of Mcstraw, and Animate and Restore. There is definitely stuff here that I would like to add to my repertoire.
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Before this lecture I was familiar with some Chris Korn’s television work as well as a few things that he has created with coins. He is a laid back cool guy, I think of him as a type of mix between Hugh Laurie and Owen Wilson. The majority of the lecture focused on coins with some other random items.

Fire Ball: The magician offers a participant a shot of whatever they would like. They name their poison. The magician then lights a piece of paper and in a blaze of fire a small bottle appears with whatever type of drink that they chose. This is a fun quick trick that I can see working at a club or bar. You will probably need a jacket for this unless you’d like to change his handling.

3 Coin Vanish: 3 coins vanish in slow motion and they reappear. This is a funky visual routine with a handful of surprising moments for magicians and laymen. It is of medium difficulty, most will be able to do it with a few weeks practice. You don not need a table but will need a common coin gaff.

Jam on Sleeving: Chris covers a few ways to practice sleeving and teaches various ways to use sleeving while performing. This is, as Chris would say “the real work on sleeving”. There are some great tips here.

Coin Flury: This is similar in method to David Roth’s flurry but he talks about phones as he justifies every move of his. Finally instead of a jumbo coin he produces his cellphone. This is a great modern coin routine that is highly motivated. I love his motivation here and his idea to replace the jumbo coin with a phone, it is much less “magicy” now and a bit more “street”.

3 Fly: Chris Korn has his roots back with the likes of Troy Hosier and Chris Kenner. Korn’s take on Kenner’s classic is very pretty and eliminates an awkward move used in the original handling. 3 coins held at the fingertips visually disappear and reappear in the other hand. The presentation looks very similar to Kenner’s original but with the addition of a unique coin gaff you can now clean it up so it is even more deceptive.

Hot Summer Night: This is an idea for a card revelation using condensation from a glass of water. I can see it being a very strong revelation but it is not performed because it requires a “Hot Summer Night” to work. This could work well at a bar or resteraunt where you have a moment alone at a table to set things up.

The Story of FISM: Chris takes a break for a minute and tells his hilarious experience at FISM. There’s no magic explained here, just a good story with a little bit of potty humor.

Television Magic: Here Chris talks about his various experiences on television. He gives some great insight as to what to look for when performing for a network and explains what you might want to do to maintain your credibility.

Impromptu Cups and Balls: Chris’ ideas on the cups and balls. Using objects from around the house Chris shows how he puts together a powerful piece of magic at a moments notice. I do like his sequence here and how he gets his final loads but I am not a fan of his choice of props. Of course you are not limited to the types of cups and balls that he uses.

So that’s it. If you like gaffed coin magic or bar magic you may enjoy some of this lecture. If you enjoy being able to throw together some killer magic at a moments notice then you may also like this lecture. I enjoyed it all around. If you dislike coins I would probably steer clear and check out another product.
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Bizarro is a creative guy, he is probably my favorite magician named after a Superman villain. He goes about making magic differently than anyone else in the industry. In this lecture he let’s you in on some of magic’s different secrets. This is not a classic “do a trick, teach a trick” lecture. You will learn a couple effects but for the most part you will learn how to build, sculpt and create your own props.

As a disclaimer this really isn’t a lecture for young magicians. There are a couple adult jokes that might not be great for the younger crowd but more importantly the tools and materials used to create the props are in many cases very dangerous.

Oreo Box: A box of Oreos is shown to be empty, it is torn at the seam and opened up as proof. It is folded up and it refills itself. The magician can then pass out all of the cookies to be eaten by the audience. This is probably the simplest prop to make in the lecture but it still requires a lot of arts and crafts. I think out of everything that he discusses this is the thing that I am most likely to make and perform with/

Sprite Production: A napkin is displayed on both sides with a picture of a sprite bottle on one side. The bottle is produced with a wave of the napkin. This is a nice simple bottle production. It is pretty classic in method. You do have some clothing requirements in order to perform it.

The Incessant Cap: The bottle of Sprite is shown to be missing its cap. It then a pears magically on top of the bottle. It is then removed and jumps back onto the bottle. You can make this as long or short as you’d like. This requires a lot of arts and crafts and some extra little bits that you will need to purchase. The effect is very bizarre but I the effect doesn’t really fit my style.

Straw Penetration: 2 straws are removed from a package, and they are both bent in a hook. They are then passed magically through each other. Bizzarro’s good friend Kyle Marlett used this with candy canes on his show the weekly with Penguin magic. Personally, I feel like the effect is better with candy canes but you learn the basic method here and with a little work you can work out the candy cane version.

PK Pin Wheel: Using only his mind the magician causes a pinwheel to spin. This looks very simple and really the method is fairly simple but it will take a lot of work to construct. I do like his various ideas with the prop even if it can’t be examined by any means.

Nose Be-Gone: With a sneeze the magician’s nose pops off and nothing but a black hole is left. He then reattaches it with a twist. If you like sylvester the jester type magic than this is for you. The gimmicks can be set up for relatively inexpensive and you have a cartoon like effect. He also teaches a way for you to pull your face off leaving a big black hole using a similar method.

CD Card Transpo: A signed card turns into a CD and ends up inside of the CD player where the CD was moments before. Will Tsai released completely different effect with a similar method a few years ago. You will need to do some arts and crafts as well as make some electronic changes.

Rock and Roll: A CD case is opened and a rock and a roll are pulled out. The CD is then removed and the case is shown to be very flat. This is similar to the classic briefcase illusion with smaller props that may fit the style of some.

Silk Through White Board: Bizzaro is very well know for his silk through hand effect and as far as I know this is as close as he has come to revealing it. A small red dot is drawn on a white board and a silk is slowly pushed through. Now while this has similarities to the silk through hand it is obviously different in effect and method. This is much closer to the classic silk through mirror in method.

Props and Creativity Section

Printing on Fabric: This has many uses in magic. He covers what types of ink and materials to use as well as a handful of props that this will help you with.

Making A Little Bottle: Here you get to see Bizzaro in action creating a prop. He takes a small Corona bottle and slowly transforms it into a small Heineken bottle. He goes over the best tools and materials that you will need to make it for yourself. Much of the knowledge here can be used in other situations and props.

Reels: Bizzaro talks a ton about badge reels and their various uses. He gives 3 or 4 ideas throughout the lecture using these neat little gadgets.

Adhesive Porn: Bizzaro talks about all the different types of glues that you can use on different type of materials. He also teaches how to mold with some types of glue. He really goes into detail on glue here and I really can’t say much more without re-giving his lecture.

Fixing Problems: Using a salt shaker launcher as an example he talks about how to make one and how in a pinch he solved a problem he had. There is an interesting lesson in this to be had concerning creativity.

Latex Props: Here he takes us through how to repaint and put new life into old latex props. He also goes into detail on how to make your own latex props. He walks through how to make molds and goes through different materials that will help in the creation of your own latex props.

Springs: Here he lets you in on where he gets some of his springs. If you want a prop to snap or pop this is worth looking at.

Crash Course in Electronics: Here Bizzaro takes electronics and breaks them down in laymens terms. He shows how to make LED light light up, make things spin, open and close. With just things that you’d get at Radioshack you’ll be able to make up your own moving props. He even glazes over wireless.

V***f***: With this neat gadget Bizzaro takes you through how to make copies of props shells and molds. This is commercially available device and it’s uses are nearly endless in magic.

This is a crazy lecture and it’s tough to compare with the other products out there. There were tons of times that Bizzaro skipped over little things but there were also times where he would just throw in an extra idea here or there. If you want to make your own props check it out, I feel like I’m a pretty crafty guy and I learned a lot. If you are looking for tricks this probably isn’t for you.
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Just a note from Bizzaro that some of the things listed above were not specifically taught as effects but as examples of prop making. The face off gag mentioned in the nose effect was just to illustrate the point of the materials used.

We do appreciate the detailed walk through!
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