Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Review - Four Cast

Christmas is around the corner and I guess this is a great time to make a purchase during this season. It is shopping time!

If you make a purchase at Peter Duffie's online shop right now, you are entitled to receive a copy of "Four Cast" featuring four lovely card routines.

The pdf contains 17 pages and easy-to-do card routines. It is a fairly small file (297 KB) and as always, the author provides colourful photos to support the explanation and everything is well laid-out.

So, let's get down to serious business by reviewing each of the following items.

Revelations
This is one of my favourite items of the book. Somehow this routine reminds me of or has a feel when I first read the author's previous "Cards in Principle" and "Ulterior Motifs" eBooks. The author has a knack of applying a very simple card principle to end this two-phase routine. I believe you will use it as soon as you read it. The plot is very simple, have two cards chosen and you reveal the selections in a very interesting way. I think the second phase is very strong where the second spectator ends up with all the Spades cards in her hand. Sounds coincidence? Not really. I really like this and it is good!

One at a Time
I am sure most of us (cardguys) like the "Collectors" routine and this version somehow caught my attention. It does not involve heavy sleights or moves and is a nice three-phase collectors routine. The revelation of the three selections appeals to me especially the third selection. I believe if it is done correctly and smoothly, it is a nice piece of eye-candy item.  

Table d'hôte
This is an interesting revelation on the spectator's selection which can be done seated or walkaround situation. The author has added a neat touch on Alex Elmsley's "Repulsive Aces" with an emphasis on card through table with a nice display. It is very easy to do and there is a proposed handling that you cause the spectator's card to pocket. I think both handlings are equally excellent.  

Psychologistic
This is my favourite card discovery based on a principle published by Phil Goldstein and has a little CAAN feel to it. I really enjoyed this effect very much coupled with an interesting presentation. I really like the phase where the performer shows four cards that represent the four suits of playing cards and one of the cards vanishes that matches the suit of her selection. The spectator then counts the cards and her selection is found at a number. I really look forward to performing this very item for my next Christmas gathering. 

To sum up, I really enjoyed the four card routines in this collection especially "Psychologistic" and "Revelations" perhaps I should say they are very easy to do and great impact to any lay audience.  The four routines can be done with a regular deck. In addition, the above routines somehow make me feel as though I revisit the author's previous excellent work on card principles. The author is pioneer in card principles. If you favour card principles and would like to explore your horizon and the amazing possibilities in card magic, then I urge you to take a look on the above eBooks.

Available at: http://www.peterduffie.com/

ALSH

Friday, December 16, 2011

Designing Card Miracles (Hardback)

This is one of my largest projects featuring my first hardback card magic book. It is my dream to publish this book since I got serious in card magic for the past few years. This book is available exclusively at my online shop.

The book contains 27 card effects which include sleights that are culled directly from my working repertoire and personal note books. It is divided into five sections; "Simple Tricks", "Impromptu Tricks", "Tricks with Odd Cards", "Tricks with Set-up Cards" and "Sundry Sleights".

In this collection, you will find the material ranges from easy to difficult with various plots. Most of the material puts more emphasis on direct and entertaining card magic.

The format of the book is A5 and hardback format. However, the book is not available at the moment and I have no intention to print this book in large quantity. Once I have a number of buyers, then I'll send this book for printing. If you would like to secure a copy, kindly send me an email to pre-order this book. Thanks!


CONTENTS & EFFECTS

CDP: An effortless four ace production that you will use! A spectator cuts the deck a few times and you produce the other two Aces by casting a magical gesture over the cards! This is a very simple and magical production of the Aces!

ROYAL HIGHNESS: Spectator freely names out certain number. After some byplay and counting the cards in the process, the spectator unknowingly produces the four Kings. 100% works all the time!

TRIU3PH: This is a three-phase version inspired by Dai Vernon's "Triumph" and with a strong emphasis on visual card magic. Perfect for walkaround situation.

TRANS-CASE: The performer introduces two packets of cards; the four Aces and Kings. The Ace-packet is placed in the card case and the flap is closed. The King-packet is placed on top of the card case, with a magical wave over the Kings; the Kings visually change into Aces! The performer places the four Aces on the table and the card case is opened, the performer tips out the four Kings. Everything can be examined both before and after the routine. A visual card magic at its best!

THE HUNTERS: My personal favourite card sandwich effect to date! A two-phase routine where each of the phases seems impossible. The spectators have no idea how and when the magic takes place until they discover the big final climax by themselves!

INVISIBLE ENTITIES: The performer turns a freely named four-of-a-kind into invisible cards! None of them can be seen in the deck. With a snap of fingers, the freely named four-of-a-kind appears in the centre of the deck!

DIVIDE & CONJURE: This is my best-selling item in the year of 2009 and also published in The Linking Ring (August 2010) magazine. This effect is inspired by "Spectator Cuts to the Aces" theme and an added powerful twist that involves 3 selections.

CARLYLEBON COPY: An impromptu card magic effect inspired by the “All Backs” plot. Four awkward cards that have no faces, only backs on both sides are outjogged in different parts of the deck. With a snap of fingers, the four outjogged cards magically change into freely named four-of-a-kind and the deck can be given out for examination.

ASTRAL PROJECTION: Inspired by the famous Hofzinser four ace problem. Four Kings are removed and placed onto the table. A card is selected and it's placed under the spectator's covered palm. The performer casts a magical gesture and one of the Kings changes places. The performer has the spectator's selection and the King that matches with the spectator's selection (suit) is now under the spectator's palm.

VISITOR IN MY POCKET: This is my impromptu handling of Larry Jennings' "The Visitors" that takes place in the performer's pocket. A fusion with transformation and transposition that will fry both layman and magician!

FOUR-ACE PRODUCTION: An impressive looking three-phase four-ace production you will enjoy performing!

THE CHARRED CARDS: The performer burns the back of a court card. The first phase where the perfomer causes the burnt card to turn invisible and locates the spectator's selection. For the second phase, he applies the ash mark onto the spectator's palm and magically transfers the ash-mark to locate the final selection. Bizzare card magic at its best!

INVISIBLE TRANSITION: Three ghost cards take the image of a spectator's card. What is left in the remaining packet will astound your audience.

A BANDED HOFZINSER: One of the Kings reveals the suit of the spectator's selection in a very bizarre manner.

A STRANGE CARDSHARP: Inspired by Magician vs. Gambler plot that ends with a colour changing deck kicker. Imagine Mr Elmsley meets Mr Vernon and they sit together for a gambling demonstration. In the game, the spectator is accused at cheating by using marked cards! This is one of my challenging cards routines.

CHAMELEON COLLECTORS: An interesting two-phase collectors routine that ends with a colour changing on the collectors cards!

JOKERS ON THE WILD SIDE: An effect nearly looks like CAAN that combines with Card Fusion concept and it looks impossible in the hands of the performer!

A LUCKY HAND: A five-card packet is used to locate the spectator's mental selection and ends with an unbelievable climax that you think it's unfair to kill them in silence!

THE SUMMONER: First published in Magicians Do Red Nose Day (March 2011) for a charity purpose. A spectator cuts the deck a few times and in the process, she produces the four-of-a-kind without knowing how. Included a bonus handling that focuses on a gambling theme.

HOF FOR A CHANGE: Hofzinser Ace Problem combines with card flourish and a magical transformation that will astound your audience.

MIX FLUSH ASSEMBLY: This is one my favourite Ace Assembly routines with a kicker ending. I usually reserve and perform this routine as my final closer as I consider this is one of my strongest routines in my current working repertoire.

THE ESSENCE OF SPADES: My personal all-time favourite effect! This effect involves transposition and transformation that ends with a big finish! No one will ever play cards with you again!

A DELIBERATE APPROACH: Inspired by Aldo Colombini's "Slow Approach" with added phases and kicker ending. This main emphasis is on solving a mystery puzzle.

THE ESSENCE OF COLOURS: Inspired by Mike Powers' "Virus" with a strong emphasis on a strong and kicker ending.

TWISTING ON THE BIDDLE TRICK: A multiple phase routine combines with three spectators' selections. Imagine Biddle meets with Vernon and they end up having a card sandwich! This is my all-time favourite card routine.

THE A-FLIP SHOT: This is a visual production of a single card or cards in your hands instantly! Can be used as a revelation and has endless possibilities. For those Lennart Green lovers, you might like this but it would be great if someone says this rather than myself.

FLIP-DROP SWITCH: This is my version of "Drop Sleight" that is very easy to do which has multiple applications to other popular card work.

ALSH