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John Bannon - Move Zero Volume 2


On Volume 2, you will find ten eye-poppingly powerful routines, none of which requires a single move. Zero. No gaff cards. No gimmicks. No marked decks. Nothing but you, an ordinary deck of cards and a shell-shocked audience. Most of the routines are even impromptu, meaning that you can perform them after being handed a deck and asked the age-old question, "Can you show us something?"

However, Move Zero Volume 2 won't just teach you awesome tricks. You’ll also get an invaluable front row seat at the explanations for each routine. Hugely in-depth, these mini-lectures expose John Bannon's remarkable thinking and crucially explore not just the "how" of a trick but the "why"!

As card shark Jon Carey said "A lot of self-working material is too procedural with no rhyme or reason. Bannon has the uncanny knack of wrapping simple but meaningful presentations around his work and you will see this time and again in Move Zero."

And, on top of that, you'll also learn seven indispensable techniques that can be added to other tricks and routines. These "trickbag" skills will empower you to enhance and develop every card trick you do in the future. With these tools in your armory, you'll be able to turbo-charge ALL your performances.

Forget everything you think you know about self-working card magic. It's time to plug into MOVE ZERO!

Liam Montier and Big Blind Media have really made a name for themselves releasing DVDs on self-working card magic over the last few years. Each new volume seems to outdo the previous. And with someone like John Bannon in front of the camera, well, it just does not get better than that. When Volume 1 was released, there were nothing but superlatives in every discussion across the web. Every trick was as good as some that other companies released as one trick DVD's. This, of course, made it one of the best magic values around.

I was sure Volume 1 could not be topped. Oh, ye of little faith! Bannon has done it again! Hallelujah! This is one great collection of card tricks that require no knucklebusting moves. No gaffs (although John teaches a couple of crimp techniques that will be required for one or two of the effects.) There is one thing that did disturb me as I began watching the DVD and that was John's extensive use of both the Balducci Cross Cut Force and the Jay Ose False Cut. Most everyone is familiar with the Cross Cut Force and if you don't know the Ose Cut, you should and this will teach you. As John went through trick after trick using these techniques, it finally sunk in on me why this was a valuable thing. Although the same techniques are used, the trick, plot and outcome are different. It takes a very creative magician to create such variation in using the same basic elements. But don't worry. He teaches some other very good things along the way. The down under deal, Gilbreath's Second Principle, the Probability Cull, sunken key card and just his attitude and philosophy. I think this could inspire viewers to create some new things from basic elements themselves. If not, you have some great stuff here and it is all easy to do.

Some of the tricks can be done "right out of the box." After watching the DVD once, I have performed "Pedal to the Metal" for three groups where it absolutely killed each and every time. A couple are more involved but are worth the extra effort. John's teaching technique is flawless and complete. You will have no questions after watching the video. As always, his crediting is extensive, not only for the elements he uses but also for the inspiration for each trick.

Speaking of tricks, let’s take a look at them.

51 Fat Chances - A self-working Open Prediction effect utilizing the Cross Cut Force. Don’t think this would fool a magician but it will slay the public.

Leverage - I am not normally a fan of indicator card effects but this requires no setup and the procedure is well hidden. I will be using this one.

Tiny Contrary Killer - Brilliant simplified version of Kenton Knepper's Kolossal Killer that requires only two cards.

Pedal to the Metal - Currently my favorite trick. You will have it down after one view. Two new techniques are taught here. The Pedal Force and the Probablilty Cull, neither requiring any moves.

Matchismo - Nice number prediction using Gilbreath's Second Principle

Chronic - In the hands clock-type trick utilizing the reverse Faro.

Dead Reckoning - The spectator has full control of the cut, looks at the top card and buries it in the other half of the deck where the performer spells to it. Self working and best of all? Instant reset.

AK47 - From a shuffled deck, a card merely thought of is found. This one is rather involved and you will probably want to take notes as you learn it but it is a very powerful effect.

Bannon's Triumph - After a face-up and facedown shuffle, the spectator is asked the suit of her card. The deck is spread and every card in that suit are the only ones face-up. Not only that but the entire suit is in order with the only missing card being the selected one. One of the easiest Triumphs you will ever do.

Free Willy - John's fortuneteller friend Esmeralda has given him a written prediction which accurately names the selected card. Corbuzier's Free Will trick is listed as an inspiration.

Conclusion: A lot of magicians issue a multiple DVD set all at once. I feel this gives you too much to try to learn at once and quite often means some of the magic is not up to the quality of the rest. By releasing one disk at a time, John not only gives you the time to really absorb his lessons but actually puts you into a position where you just can't wait for the next disk to be released. Not only makes the material more accessible but a brilliant marketing strategy. Buy this and be prepared to give up a few evenings.
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I have just been informed that the release date for this is August 1 so mark your calendars.
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Thanks for your review. I share some of your thoughts on the (over?)-use of the cross cut and Balducci force. For that reason I wouldn't want to perform too many of the effects with similar elements in the same setting. That being said, there are some cracking effects amongst these two volumes - several of which I can see going straight into the 'use this immediately' pile! I've already tried a few out with some success. I've written a full review here -
Thanks, Phil

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Although I like most of Bannon's effect I don't seem to like Pedal to the metal that much after performing it a couple of times. The effect is rather indirect and confusing to spectators in my experience (why all those deals). A more direct experience imo is Prophet Motive which essentially is the same effect, only more freedom and much clearer to spectators, I perform that one all the time.

AK47 is killer though!
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