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Topic: Is Jeff McBride - The Art of Card Manipulation good?
Message: Posted by: erictan8888 (Oct 30, 2003 06:32AM)

I am considering getting Jeff McBride - The Art of Card Manipulation.... is it good? heard a number of different accounts on this product.

I am willing to put in effect and practice, but I would like to know if the teaching style is good or not.

eric :)
Message: Posted by: dAvId tOnG (Oct 30, 2003 07:26AM)
You won't go wrong on these tapes. They are one of the best teaching tapes in the area of card manipulation. I would suggest getting the DVDs instead because of the huge volume of materials inside. And Jeff McBride himself is a very good teacher. Clear solid instructions
Message: Posted by: rgranville (Oct 30, 2003 08:22AM)
I will second Mr. Tong's assessment. Jeff McBride is a very good teacher, and his videos are excellent. The reason some people have been disappointed with [i]The Art of Card Manipulation[/i] is two fold: the material is definitely platform magic and [b]not[/b] close up, and the material requires LOTS of practice. But if you want platform card manipulations, and you're willing to put in the practice, [i]The Art of Card Manipulation[/i] can't be beat.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Oct 30, 2003 11:06AM)
These are OK if you like cards. Most magciians prefer to work with tigers.
Message: Posted by: redstreak (Oct 30, 2003 12:19PM)
What rgranville said.
Message: Posted by: Evan Williams (Oct 30, 2003 02:21PM)
These have some of the best card sleights I have learned on them for stage manipulation and otherwise.

Volume one has great beginner maniplation sleights to get you started, as well as a full close-up routine that is killer for loud areas since there is no need for much patter.

Volume two has a bunch of incredible sequences and small routines for stage manipulation. Including glove and silk manipulation, this material cannot be beat.

Volume three has some very difficult material on it, but the quality still is at its best. This has more sequences as well as some very hard yet extremly startling effects and manipulations that are sure crowd pleasers.

Like rgranville said, most slieghts on these videos do require a lot of practice, yet it is all worth it when you see yourself in a mirror or on tape producing cards out of nowhere like a pro.

Hope this helps,

Message: Posted by: djvirtualreality (Oct 30, 2003 02:36PM)
To answer it shortly YES!
Message: Posted by: thk5353 (Oct 30, 2003 07:22PM)
Hmmm, I just got mine today!!! Watched through vol 1 and 2. It seemed pretty good, I just can't imagine how I'm going to practice those crazy productions when hands can't even conceal a poker card!
Message: Posted by: Evan Williams (Oct 30, 2003 07:56PM)
Well, there are ways around problems with the size of your hands. Sure it helps a lot to have big hands, but it is very possible to do all (or most) of the productions with smaller sized hands.

A few tips though:

[list] [b]
[*]Try using bridge sized cards instead of poker, they are easier to backpalm and do some of the productions with or without small hands.

[*]Make sure your cards are very soft and broken in. This way they will flex a lot easier so you can warp and conseal them.

[*]PRACTICE! I admit that those crazy productions seem impossible at first but they just take time. I'm sure McBride himself at one point many years ago thought he could never do decent card manipulation. You just have to take it slow and one step at a time. It my take weeks and weeks of practice to learn one single sequence, but it will all be worth it in the end if you are serious about card manipulation. [/b][/list]

Message: Posted by: kihei kid (Oct 30, 2003 08:08PM)
I have volume 2 and whether you want to learn just a couple flourishes or many, these are what you are looking for.
Message: Posted by: Mistro (Oct 31, 2003 05:38PM)
Yes!!! They are excellent!
I highly recomend them to you.
Message: Posted by: phantomace (Oct 31, 2003 07:16PM)
It's very good! Great for card manips! Plenty of things there and should be in every cardmans library.

The teaching style is very good, but not as in depth as De'vo(detailed visual instructions w/repeated behind views), Ammar(super sessions w/repeated behind views), or Daryl for that matter. But it is still very good.
Message: Posted by: strmagiceet (Nov 1, 2003 12:38AM)
I disagree with the whole using bridge cards, if your hands are really that small, and I doubt it cause my hands are as small that even a bridge card can be seen if palmed.

if your backpalming, the card will be in a curve type of way so no matter what it will be concealed. I do back palms with huge index paper and it works. if you are doing fan productions....< that's gonna take you a year to get down ( where you don't flash) theni would reccommend bridge
Message: Posted by: HiraseMagic (Nov 1, 2003 09:19AM)
IS there any color change being taught in these 3 volumes?
Message: Posted by: spatlind (Nov 1, 2003 09:58AM)
There are a few on Vol 1;

Basic Color Change
Wink Change
Window Change
Snap Change
Message: Posted by: HiraseMagic (Nov 1, 2003 11:01PM)
Thanks a lot. I think I will get it soon.

Message: Posted by: Geoff Weber (Nov 2, 2003 10:41PM)
These videos are still my best purchase ever. I just did my card manipulation act on stage Saturday night and it was killer. Thanks Jeff! (thanks go to Tony Clark too!)
Message: Posted by: DanielGreenWolf (Nov 3, 2003 10:39PM)
I know I'm just adding to the large amounts of praises, but the art of Card Manipulation was the first magic taching set I got and it spoiled me. I cant have anything that's not as good as Jeff's teaching style and detail after that.

Message: Posted by: erictan8888 (Nov 4, 2003 06:56AM)

just got my vol 1 and absolutely loved it. but I heard that volume 2 and 3 are more for stage.... so I should not be getting those....
anyway volume 1 will keep me busy for a long long time....

thanks jeff, for such a wonderful video.

eric :)