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Topic: Review required: Elegant Card Magic of Rafael Benatar
Message: Posted by: invalidity (Nov 14, 2003 02:03AM)
I'm thinking of getting into elegant card magic along the lines of the Acanio and Duvivier. Material which is suitable for parlour settings with minimalist handling.

Does anybody have this video and what are your opinions of it? I am especially interested in the Ascanio sleights.

Message: Posted by: korttihai_82 (Nov 15, 2003 06:00AM)
I have them, but I donīt like them very much. I havenīt watched them for a long time because I didnīt like them at all. The only good thing in my opinion was the Ascanio sleights and double lift section but all the routines and tricks were just horrible.
Also Benetar speaks not so good english and his performance style is very slow and explanations even slower. It is hadr to stay awake when watching these tapes, but that is just my opinion.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Nov 15, 2003 07:43AM)
I love 2 effects from the tapes, Countdown and Photomat. I don't really care for the rest, but if you get 1 item from a tape or book, they say it's worth it. :cool:
Message: Posted by: invalidity (Nov 15, 2003 10:01AM)
Thanks for the input. Joseph, could you elaborate on what you liked about those 2 effects you mentioned and why the rest were not up to scratch? Actually, I was quite interested in getting the tapes partly just for the Ascanio sleights.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Nov 15, 2003 11:49AM)
Photomat is a card to pocket effect that requires no heat at the critical moment, and uses Williamson's peel off signature for a superb overall effect. Countdown is a four kings to one packet effect, with a real surprise ending.(regular deck for both items)The Ascanio section is very informative, and the double lift section will take a lot of work to do them like he does. My opinion of the Ascanio and double lift variations is that they are not 100%, since he messes some of them up on the tape. I would stick to a good double lift and the original Ascanio, but I would give the tapes a good overall review only because of the 2 items I mentioned before. :)