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Dr Jim
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I was wondering if there were any reviews for Advanced Card Control Series DVDs 1-8 by Allan Ackerman.

Thanks!

Jim
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I have been waiting for these to be released on DVD for some time. I have not seen the VHS version, but from what I've read over the years on the Café, it is well worth your investment. I would not hesitate to get the other two new Ackerman DVD's as well.
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These are solid tapes. They contain a lot of good material, and in my view they are well worth buying.

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I have the VHS version, and the tapes are great!
LeConte
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I made a mistake in my earlier post. There is one new DVD in addition to the series on sleights, not two as I had stated.
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The original videos great as already stated.
I would think DVD would make it much easier to find what your after.
There is some serious stuff here
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Good investment
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An excellent investment for any library!!!
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I wish I had the DVD's , I have the video set , so that means a lot of searching on the video tapes when you look for a specific sleight , flourish etcccccccccccccccccc ....
gentleman
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Does anybody have any more information on this set? I am having a hard time deciding between this set and Darryls set. Any help would be great.
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Hi,

I have both the Daryl and Allan Ackerman DVD sets, and honestly I prefer the Allan Ackerman set.

Why? Because I find that Allan teaches (more details and tips) while Daryl mostly shows (not many details).

Also the fact that Daryl uses Bee cards "bugs" me a bit, as sometimes it is harder to see well, because of the lack of white border.

It makes an excellent visual DVD reference-library.

I highly recommend the Allan Ackerman Advanced Card Control series.

If you still want some more info in these 2 sets of DVDs, I strongly suggest you do a search, as they have been discussed many times before (I remember I asked myself a long time ago!) Make sure you do the search ALSO in the "archive" section too.

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gentleman
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Thank you for your input. I have done a lot searches but never came up with enough information to help to me decide betwwen the two. Again thank you
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Allan Ackerman’s Advanced Card Control Series is a very meaty series of DVDs. Each has a specific topic and goes into great breadth and detail from one of the most disarmingly graceful card workers of our day. I say that because his demeanor is light and genuine yet disarming. You wouldn’t think this slightly shy, loveable character has such devastating hands!!

But that is not the best part of this series. As I found when he lectured here in San Francisco years ago, Allan is an exceptional teacher. His attention to detail and the ability to clearly communicate these details is outstanding. Ackerman makes every move seem very attainable and that is inspiring. This is a series on advanced card control. It is not an encyclopedia of sleights, although such a work has its own benefits.

For instance, Ackerman’s series goes into detail and variations, and shows you applications of the controls which an encyclopedia simply couldn’t. It is exactly this detail which gives you the ability to achieve what many consider the backbones of Advanced Card Control and to apply them in the real world. The backgrounds of most of the moves are graciously discussed and credited, which is outstanding if you wish to do further study on a move. It also makes for great anecdotes and stories which Ackerman includes as well. These are the touches which keep you connected with the history of the moves and the men who created and perfected them.

If I could encapsulate my feeling about these DVDs I would have to say, “It is like being at a legendary session where entire arsenals of cardwork are being shared.” From core moves to personal nuances all the work is there, from Allan direct to you.

Cheers,

Tom
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The DVDs are excellent. I agree with the previous posts-- Mr. Ackerman goes into more detail than Daryl while still covering a lot of material. Not all the subject matter is the same, however. If you're interested in a particular sleight(s), you'd best look at the contents of the different sets before buying. BTW, http://www.magicproshop.com/ has got the Ackerman DVDs at a good price.

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gentleman
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That is a wealth of inforamtion that I needed thank you all for your post I am going to order it now.
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I have Daryl's "Encyclopedia". Is it still worth the money to get the Ackerman series?
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I just ordered Allan ' DVD set. I have bought Daryl's encyclopedia before.
From the reviews at magic Café, I found that both are very excellent DVD. So I think I have made a good choice, just have to wait for DVD to arrive and start a long weekend learning new sleight Smile
Badger
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They are the best dvds on card control out there, get them!!!
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I have been on this forum for about a month now and I have used the information found here to help direct my magic purchases.

In that period of time I have not however found a lot of support for the Ackerman card control series. most people either go with daryls encyclopedia of card sleights or they rave on and on about bill Malone OTL.
why is it that most people don't see the value in what Ackerman has to offer.

The magic shop in my area has deal where I can get 3 dvds for 100 bucks, and I'm trying to decide if I should get the allan ackerman dvd's on shuffles, the one on false deals, and the one on controls, or if my money would be better spent substituting the vol on controls for one of bill Malones otl tapes.

thanks in advance for your advice

just to let you know what type of stuff I'm into. I absolutley love magic tricks, but right now my heart is more into the mechanic, sleight of hand type of thing.
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If you like mechanics, then the Ackerman series is an invitation into many devastating, lesser known sleights. Take it!

Just the other day I finally got around to watching the counts DVD from the series. I mean, how many versions of Elmsley, Jordan, etc. do you need? Well, once again Allan provides the goods!! Toward the end of the DVD there are some very deceptive counts which are very clean and open. Moves combined with optical subtleties which open up a world of possibilities.

Cheers,

Tom
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