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I seriously doubt there are many who will read this who don't recognize the name Aldo Colombini. And in the interests of full disclosure (and as anyone who is familiar with my work knows), he was my dear friend and early mentor. I miss him terribly. So I make no apologies for possibly being a bit biased about his work. I think he was a wonderful magician, and I'm certainly not alone in that regard, as he won just about every award one can win in the world of magic. And talk about a prolific creator! Few have as many solid products on the market as Aldo. I believe "OutStanding Magic" is one of those VERY solid products.

This is a DVD download (within the zip file you get the chapters in individual clips in both mp4 and wmv formats) on stand-up magic for parlor, platform, and stage. There is a good mix here of routines with rope, balloons, paper, cards, and more. Here's a quick breakdown of the routines . . .

1. Clean Cut Rope: There are many C&R rope tricks out there. This one is unique. A knot is tied in the center of the rope. An audience member cuts the knot off on both sides, and then the rope not only restores, but a knot is seen at the center. The knot magically vanishes to end. This is a good quickie and will work well as a standalone effect or a phase within a longer rope routine.

2. Doggie Dexterity is a cute interlude with a balloon doggie, a selected card, and some great gags. Fun!

3. Tear for Two is a reveal of two selected cards via apparently randomly tearing (cutting) a folded piece of paper. This one is not my style, but in Aldo's hands (I've seen him do it live in a show) it played great, and it will for those it suits, too.

4. Card on Plate: A VERY easy to do effect with a spinning plate that ends up revealing a selected card. Some will overlook this because of its simplicity, but it plays great for audiences of real people.

5. Stranger in Paradise is my favorite effect of the bunch. A deck of cards is isolated in a clear glass. You begin moving cards from the rear to the front of the deck until your participant stops you. The card where they stopped is the only odd-backed (stranger) card in the deck! Aldo gives several presentation variations for this.

6. Jumbo Jumble is an old favorite of mine. I have this routine as it was originally released in the 1990s as a standalone effect. It's a McCombical Deck routine with small packets of Jumbo Cards. No gaffs/gimmicks, easy to do, funny, and a strong magical climax.

7. ecnahc tsuj: As you may have noticed, the title of this one is "just chance" spelled backwards. And as you may have surmised from that, this is a "just chance" routine. It's SUPER simple and direct handling of the classic effect. Six numbered envelopes are displayed. An audience member chooses five of them, such that you are left holding just one. She looks through the five--they are all empty. The one you hold has money (or whatever you'd like) in it. This could easily be adapted for use with multiple spectators and different presentations.

8. Comedy Napkin Tear: Here's another one I like a lot. A sicker comedy napkin tear, with a "magician in trouble" aspect. Fun, funny, magical, and really easy to do.

9. Real Danger: Aldo's handling of the "Smashed" plot. 4 closed paper bags are shown. 3 are chosen by audience members, leaving you with the final one. Each participant is given an opportunity to switch the bag they chose with yours. Then they all smash their bags, which are empty. You start to smash your bag but stop. You open the bag and remove from within it a broken glass bottle! A unique method. Very strong!

10. Not Gone is a quickie mentalism trick with ropes that can be done pretty for close-up to stage.

11. Dig It: A cute, silly revelation of a selected card. This would be a good MC bit.

There's a lot of strong, usable material here that you will be able to learn and perform pretty quickly. I use several of these routines to excellent response. If you do parlor/platform shows (living room birthday parties, school assemblies, after-dinner shows, etc.), I think you will, too. At only $10, it's a GREAT deal, worth MANY times your investment. Highly recommended.

You can buy this as an instant download at Lybrary

You'll find tons of Aldo's other video and ebook downloads at his Lybrary page
"Love God, laugh more, spend more time with the ones you love, play with children, do good to those in need, and eat more ice cream. There is more to life than magic tricks." - Scott F. Guinn
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