Sunday, December 18, 2011

Torn and Restored Coin - Super Magic - Trick 7

So I finally got enough time to sit down and film this. Personally I think I have held off shooting this because I am not completely thrilled by it. I think the idea is great, this is a very interesting take on the torn and restored plot. But…and it is a big but, I think the handling on this is a little rough. I think when done in person this will probably look good, on camera….you be the judge. As stated above, I think the idea is great I think the mechanics supplied in the book leave a little to be desired.

Pros:
Unique idea that would be a nice departure from a card trick in a close up magic set
If you put the time in and clean up some of the handling you would probably be the only person doing this effect
Cons:
Mechanics in the book are a little rough and need to be worked out
Non-ordinary “pieces-of-eight” needed

P.S. – A big thank you to Diamonds magic for making this trick possible. Check out Diamond’s Magic for any magical needs – www.diamondsmagic.com

Sunday, September 4, 2011

What's Going On...

Hello everyone out there in CyberWorld, I am back... I hope for good this time. I don't know how many people actually read this thing but if you do I appreciate it. I am still working through Super Magic and I have most of the book down. I am just now working on filming all of the effects. So what happened....where did I go.....
As always life seems to get in the way so quickly. I have had one of the best summers of my life. I actually was a semi-professional magician this summer. Never thought I would ever say, or type those words anywhere, but I can! This summer a fellow magician and myself got a gig doing eight shows on the shores of Misquamicut Beach. The experience was incrediable and I even got to start the last show with one of my favorite pieces of close-up. The even better news is that we got asked back for next year, and this time for a 10 week run!
So now what is going on, this blog has been in the back of my mind the entire time and I am ready to finish it off. I am looking forward to filming all of the effects and hopefully hearing some comments on them. If you like what I am doing, or what I put up let me know.
Now, I just need to find my video camera...
-Dave

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Three Way Display - Super Magic - Trick 6

So after two fun filled weekends of magic conventions I am back to my blog. So here we go trick/flourish 6 from super magic... Enjoy



Pros: Nice flourish for the middle of a card routine or act.

Cons: If you are a lefty, as I am, the flourish isn’t as pretty if you are right handed. When you are a lefty you make three reverse fans instead of three normal fans.

Well video six is really more of a flourish than an effect. Hopefully this video does the flourish justice. Well six tricks down and some great ones coming up.
Thanks for watching

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Revised Revelation - Super Magic - Trick 5

Here is a video of the fifth trick in super magic, Revised Revelation. Let me first say this is personally one of my favorite effects in the book. The idea is very simple four cards are lost in a deck and found in a very visual manner. Plus this is effect can be done completely impromptu.



Pros: Very well structured routine, and could make you look like a real master of cards with very minimal work.

Cons: Initial set up that is done, but this can be avoided. If this is your opening card effect you could set up the deck before hand and just go into the effect. (A very small con in my opinion)

Well hopefully this video did the effect justice. This is, and will probably always be, one of my favorite Paul Harris effects in print. In a few days I should have the next video ready, Three Way Display.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Grasshopper - Super Magic - Trick 4

Here is a video of the fourth trick in super magic, Grasshopper. Alright, Paul Harris admits right off the bat this is one of his favorite quickie effects. Guess what, I would have to agree. This is a very streamlined sandwich effect, only 5 cards are used, the 4 Kings and the selection. This trick would be done probably as a prelude to a larger sequence of sandwich tricks or maybe even for an encore because of the cleanliness of the transposition.



Pros: Great quick trick for when you have 1 minute to perform a trick. Exceptionally clean transposition of the selected card. This is a great impromptu effect and you are left completely clean in the end as well. Mr. Harris recommends this looking up “Illusion” from the Magic of Paul Harris as a complimenting effect. My opinion would be to look up Aaron Fisher’s “Search & Destroy”, and try that as a follow up to this effect.

Cons: Two big con’s in this effect in my opinion. First and foremost the display of the card jumping across is a little weak. This is not a show stopper but it is a weak point in the effect overall. The second flaw I see in this routine is the last move executed. Now this is not as weak as the display but if the angles or timing is off it would ruin the effect.

Even though there are some slight cons overall, I don’t think this should detour you from learning and playing around with this effect. Four tricks down, a few more to go.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Trick Three - Hi Ho Silver

Hi Ho Silver, alright I am not a big fan of this trick to be honest. Here is the trick in a nutshell: You introduce a deck of cards and a half dollar. (I included the wand as motivation) You take the coin in one hand, cover it with a card. Then impossibly the coin jumps from under one card to the other. No gaff cards or coins, just pure sleight of hand. So here is the trick:



Pros: Perfect quick trick for the right situation. This effect could be a simple way to get a spectator involved in your magic. I think this would go great after a matrix like effect or a prelude to a coin across effect. Just some ideas

Cons: Once again, you a kind of foreshadowing what is about to happen. Once the coin is covered by the card I think the spectator might have a feeling about what is about to happen.

Coming up next, Grasshopper!

See you next week

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Trick Two - The Library Card

The library card, what a great idea. You have a card selected, introduce a book you are currently reading and then the impossible happens. A page and the selected card change places. No gaff cards, just pure sleight of hand. So here is the trick:



Pros: Handling of the signed card is very slick. I like the fact you can involve the spectator throughout the entire trick. The magic happens in their hands!

Cons: I feel when the page pops out the deck the trick is over. Even though the transposition is impossible the spectators know how the trick is going to end. Only solution I have is riffle a couple times and let nothing happen. Build the tension, then riffle and the page shoots out. Just a handling idea...

Overall I feel this trick would play very well for the public. I might re-edit this when I get a new computer.

Coming up next, Hi-Ho Silver!

See you next week