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Topic: Jack Carpenter -- All In DVD
Message: Posted by: Cameron Francis (Mar 1, 2013 07:18AM)
This is gonna be goooood.


Jack is an AMAZING card man! Can't wait to see it!
Message: Posted by: murrari (Mar 1, 2013 07:53AM)
Looks awesome. Jack is a genius...
Message: Posted by: Ben Train (Mar 6, 2013 10:04PM)
I was at the shoot for this (obviously- you can see me in the DVD!) and I have to tell you, there are some KILLER pieces on this dvd. Great material, useful utility moves, and expert instruction.

There's one of the best center deal demos you'll ever see (it couldn't look more real unless you were really doing centers), a diabolical hand muck routine, a super easy and commercial transpo... and at least a dozen other great things.

Don't miss out on this set.

Ben Train
Message: Posted by: Jack Carpenter (Mar 7, 2013 12:24AM)
Thanks Cam, Ben, and Murrari!

I do want to add that this DVD is for Cardmen, and preferably those with a bent and predisposition to pursue and perform techniques and routines from "the Card Table", and the cardsharks that are "wont to haunt such." That's different than someone that "does card tricks." There is some practice involved, and I want you to know what to expect going in.

This DVD will NOT make you a better magician.

It will NOT make people like you more.

It will NOT make you like people more.

It will NOT make you a Star.

And it will not "Finally" provide with the "Ten routines you're finally going to do", among the thousands you already have access to.

Those things are up to you, and they always have been.

If you run into anybody selling you the things listed above, always head the other way.

I don't teach "How to Be."

I Teach "How to do."

The good news is, despite the limited number of men who practice and perform gambling related material, the opportunity for your own character development is wide open. A sampling of the men, past and present, that have succeeded with professional gambling demonstrations as entertainment proves the point: John Scarne, Martin Nash, Mickey MacDougall, Richard Turner, Darwin Ortiz, Andrew Wimhurst, David Malek, Sal Piacente, Tony Cabral, Jason England, Paul Wilson, and more. All these men present vastly different personalities and performing styles. There's room for you. (If you like to practice.) True, very few opt for this road, but I think that's what makes it a "good thing." You won't be doing something everybody else is doing, so the competition is less! (If you like to practice.) I'd say less than a hundred men in the world can do a competent gambling demonstration as entertainment. Compare that to the 40,000 that do ambitious card. (I'm not talking about somebody who performs "only card tricks, and passes that off as a "demonstration." Even laymen can sense the difference.)

That being said, rest assured there are plenty of card tricks, and even a couple that are very easy that I use all the time.

Message: Posted by: Zombie Magic (Mar 7, 2013 01:40AM)
On 2013-03-07 01:24, Jack Carpenter wrote:
....I'm not talking about somebody who performs "only card tricks, and passes that off as a "demonstration." Even laymen can sense the difference.

Jack, you've seen me perform? Next time say hi after the show. I'll tip the work on my Las Vegas Card Cheat routine. I show a deck and all the faces are blank. I snap my fingers and now all the faces can be seen. Lay people always say "I'd hate to play cards with you".

OK...back to the real world..

Jack, I LOVED your A-1 videos from the late 90's, so I'm looking forward to this new set you have out!
Message: Posted by: Fingers_Fidge (Mar 7, 2013 08:09AM)
Is this exclusive to penguin or is there going to be a UK outlet ?
Message: Posted by: Jack Carpenter (Mar 7, 2013 08:36AM)
Zombie, so YOU"RE the guy that liked those videos?? Thank you so much. Just a warning for everybody though- I'm still pretty much the same "Mr. Personality" now as I was then. My low key presentational style that lets the context and the material speak for itself works just fine in real life, but in a long teaching session . . . not so much. (That's why they always surround me with people that CAN keep it lively- and it works. With Ben Train, Tyler Wilson, Chris Mayhew, and Zach Lambert, you'll have a great time!)

The artificial context that must be created for instructional videos- though necessary- has always been problematic for me. It's a stressful and difficult process for me. 2 or 3 days of work per every 2 hours you see. I know some that thrive in that environment - not so much for me. What infuriates me the most is that with intricate card work, if you make a mistake while shooting, you can't continue on and recover as you would do in real life. (Would confuse the viewer during the instructional portion, not to mention make for a hell of a long video!)

Anyway, I'd love to see your Las Vegas Cheat routine Zombie!

Fingers Fidge: You can't get this in the UK? Prohibitive mailing costs? Right now, it is currently with Penguin only I assume, but I also assume they will job it out at some point. Unfortunately, I don't have any say about that. Exclusivity at initial release is counter productive in the "digital age" I would think. I think you lose more sales with that approach (not to mention pirates) when you don't have suppliers in Europe and Asia. But I don't own the business, and I assume they know what they're doing. Sorry about that!

Message: Posted by: splice (Mar 7, 2013 11:17AM)
On 2013-03-07 01:24, Jack Carpenter wrote:
It will NOT make you like people more.


This hits all of my buttons. I'll be ordering a copy in the near future for sure. Jack, is there any way to get it from you/autographed by you?
Message: Posted by: Ray Haining (Mar 7, 2013 11:20AM)
I have the two DVDs, "An Evening with Jack Carpenter." The work on the pass is just great. And Jack's bit for the bent corner in three-card Monte is a wonderful variation on that theme. Most of all, the disks were inspiring, a bunch of excellent card guys sitting around exchanging ideas. Highly recommended. I'm sure these new DVDs will be great also.
Message: Posted by: BrandonWilliams (Mar 7, 2013 01:41PM)
Really looking forward to this set.
Message: Posted by: RevJohn (Mar 7, 2013 02:48PM)
This is my next purchase.

What a great thing. Been waiting for this for a while.

The A-1 tapes, and the Evening With DVDs are great.

Message: Posted by: Jack Carpenter (Mar 7, 2013 03:28PM)
On 2013-03-07 12:17, splice wrote:
On 2013-03-07 01:24, Jack Carpenter wrote:
It will NOT make you like people more.


This hits all of my buttons. I'll be ordering a copy in the near future for sure. Jack, is there any way to get it from you/autographed by you?

Thanks Splice. (And everyone else for the gracious comments.) I'm actually waiting for a batch to arrive, but I won't be hurt if you don't wait, and pop an order from Penguin. They're very fast, and it'll be at your doorstep in a flash. Right now, the best way to get a copy from me is at upcoming lectures and/or conventions - I'm getting a website up to facilitate future orders of past and present products, but I'm not ready yet.

And if you order from Penguin, you're paying me too! So don't worry about that! It's actually a good thing that Penguin sells as many as they can - All things being equal, they reach FAR MORE people than I could possibly reach, if I were so inclined to market this stuff myself. Not to mention that they pay all the bills! (This was produced by an outstanding outfit, Paper Crane Magic out of Columbus, and quality work doesn't come cheap. Regardless of what you think of my work, you won't be disappointed by the production values of things coming out of Paper Crane, via Penguin. )

It takes a lot of work and discipline to "self-market" your own material, and frankly, I don't want to disappoint anyone with "unreliable delivery", and let's be honest - I much prefer making a living performing and teaching the stuff in person, and sell a few DVD's in the course of that. I don't want to become a full time "retailer." (That's just a fact- if your stuff IS successful, you'll spend half your life taping envelopes and mailing stuff out. I like to imagine that I have better things to do).

That being said, I DO like making money, (it impresses the wife) so the more you buy from Penguin , the sooner the bills get paid, and the more I will make too! In fact, it would be good if everyone buys TWO sets just to be safe. :)

Again, thanks to all for the gracious comments- am really looking forward to hearing what you think of this latest offering.

Message: Posted by: Blindside785 (Mar 7, 2013 03:38PM)
This is next up on my list. I was studying over "Expert Portfolio" last night. His material is top notch. I use the impulse change every time I perform.
Message: Posted by: Zombie Magic (Mar 8, 2013 03:29AM)
On 2013-03-07 01:24, Jack Carpenter wrote:

This DVD will NOT make you a better magician.


Well....I'm going to take issue with that. I've tried for YEARS to do Marlo's Estimation. Just couldn't get it down well enough to perform it.

So, I put on the first disc of your set and your doing an ace cutting routine ( Running The Aces ) and after the 3rd ace is revealed, I'm "guessing" a crimp, but I really don't know. Just at that moment Ben Train says "I have no idea what you're doing". That was it for me. I figured this set is just for me to enjoy and never do the routines. I'm OK with that because I actually think there's a lot to be learned from just watching performances.

Well.....then you tipped it. So I don't know if it's the behind the shoulder explanation, you're teaching or that it's not really all that difficult, but I can do it right off the bat ( btw everyone, there is no crimp. Just a simple, clever method that can be done with any deck ).

If the only thing I'll be able to do is that incredible ace cutting running routine, I'm very happy.

So Jack, I'm already a better Magician. I do an ace cutting routine with a breather and it doesn't look as good as Running The Aces. So, my routine is out and yours is in. I have zero loyalty to anything I perform. If something is better and I can do it, I throw my method/routine under the bus!
Message: Posted by: Cameron Francis (Mar 8, 2013 07:19AM)
While Jack's routines usually aren't self working, I have found that a lot of his stuff isn't quite as hard as it looks. I mean, don't get me wrong, you have to practice. But usually the needle on "Knuckle Bust O Meter" doesn't sway into "UNLESS YOU'RE ALLAN ACKERMAN, DON'T EVEN BOTHER" territory as much as you might think. That said, I haven't seen this DVD set yet so it's tough for me to comment on difficulty level.
Message: Posted by: Jack Carpenter (Mar 8, 2013 07:28AM)

So glad you liked Running the Aces. . . and as Cameron said, most of the stuff is well within the abilities of most card handlers I think! (There are a few things that will take some serious practice, but there's plenty in which you'll be pleasantly surprised!)

And thanks for the "better magician" comment!

Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Mar 8, 2013 07:41AM)
Mr. Carpenter,

I only know of your work from discussions with other magicians. For some odd reason that has to do with llamas and - well, I better not go there - I have none of your material. Everytime I would go to buy something of yours it was NEVER in stock anywhere. Maybe this is similar to Yogi Berra's comment that "nobody goes to that restaurant anymore because it's so busy." In other words, people are snatching up your material at a rate which has left me bereft of Jack Carpenter goodness. The llamas and I are not pleased - until now. So, it's off to Penguin and even if the international shipping is high, I am getting these.

Besides, Zombie digs Running the Aces and I respect his opinions, so, I HAVE to get it. He's a zombie you know and zombies have a special liking for llamas. It's true!

Message: Posted by: ted french (Mar 8, 2013 08:03AM)
These DVDS are unlike anything out there. First of all the material is first rate but the look and feel of everything on the DVD is entertaining, fast pace and presented in a light hearted that is both charming and humorous at times. Needless to say but I am a HUGE fan of this set.
Message: Posted by: Jack Carpenter (Mar 8, 2013 08:09AM)
Thanks so much Ted!

And Vlad,

I am so sorry about the shipping costs to Europe. I can tell you that the few times I've mailed stuff to Europe for friends that I was shocked at the expense. VAT and local taxes (depending on the country) seem to be designed to shut down commerce! (In Italy, the local delivery guys wouldn't give a set of DVD's to a friend of mine until the he paid them a "tax" that was far greater than what I spent to send it! In America, if some delivery guy showed up at your door, and said, "Hey, looks like a friend of yours sent you a present, and paid for it already, but we're not giving it to you until you give me 50 bucks," he probably wouldn't be able to walk back to his truck!)

I wish Penguin (and other distributors) had people in Europe to replicate DVDs in country, but I'll bet there's a good reason they don't.

Message: Posted by: Zombie Magic (Mar 8, 2013 11:05AM)
Yesterday I had the same problems most people do. Then about midnight I put in the first disc of this set and I had new problems: I stayed up until 4:30 a.m. watching with my cards.

I really only got these on impulse and thought they would be entertaining ( there is much to be learned from watching performances and explanations, but not actually doing the material ).

I'm not a move monkey but there's material here I can do and some I can't/won't be able to. A man's gotta know his limitations;-) ).

Poor Uncle Joe is a FUNNY routine. It's 6 card repeat without the uninteresting patter that usually ruins it ( I think Michael Finney had a funny routine for stage )

It seems Uncle Joe is playing poker and show he has 5 Kings. Well, his "friends" are kind and tell him a he can't have 5 Kings, so he discards one and...yep, he still has 5 KIngs.

Jack delivers the end line perfectly and makes this a winner. And.....I can do it. No, I'm not dedicated, it uses Daryl's combo and Elmsley count and I could already do those.

Jack's punchline sold me. I do think you should change patter, etc. when learning the work of others, but I'm not going to come up with a better punchline than what Jack used, so I'm using it.

Having Ben Train,Chris Mayhew, Tyler Wilson and Zach Lambert at the table wit Jack was a great idea. They don't intrude and ask questions that anyone watching would have.

I'll write up more as I go through the set.
Message: Posted by: Ray Tupper. (Mar 8, 2013 03:39PM)
I must say the reason I hope this product does well,is not because of the quality of material and teaching,which I know will be top-notch(I've only got the L and L ones),it's because Jack comes across as a very nice bloke.
I have the same affinity with Alan Ackerman.It's nice to see good magic be produced by good people.I don't
mind giving my money to nice people.
These pair go someway to neutralising the other tossbags who hawk their wares unscrupulously.(See numerous posts full of drivel and hype from undeserving "creators" in this same forum.)
I hope my small contribution goes someway to paying your electric bill. ;)
Good on you Jack!
Message: Posted by: Glenn Morphew (Mar 8, 2013 06:12PM)
I can't wait to get mine!

Jack has got to be my favorite magician/creator. If you never have, go visit and subscribe to his youtube channel.

Jack's expert card handling is only exceeded by his cleverness and his ability to consistently churn out new material that entertains and fools me.

I hope you're already working on your next project Jack, We'll be waiting!

Message: Posted by: magicphill (Mar 9, 2013 11:09AM)
Watched both DVDs over the course of today

There are some lovely utility moves on Disc 2 which could be applied to a number of routines. Although not too difficult they will certainly take time to perfect
Message: Posted by: Zombie Magic (Mar 9, 2013 11:17AM)
I'm still on disc 1 and loving what I've seen.

If you look at the trailer, at 00:38, you can see a bit of Running The Aces and hear Ben Train say "I have no idea what you're doing". lol


Yet, there are no difficult sleights.
Message: Posted by: Zombie Magic (Mar 9, 2013 07:43PM)
Disc 2

These are moves and tricks. These are not monkey moves. They could be, but Jack has touches that make them easier then some traditional teaching/procedures that I've come across. Some guys like to do difficult moves to show they can. Jack goes for what works and looks best.

Among other sleights, Jack teaches the Zarrow Block Addiction. It allows you to turn over 4 cards, but any number of cards can be turned over. It's not difficult and the illusion leaves them seeing/sensing nothing has happened.

Direct Switch: is a way to switch 4 cards. PERFECT for doing an assembly or even a pseudo losing the 4 aces into the pack, but they are actually in your full control on top of the deck. The are so many applications for this in other tricks.

General Utility Control: Another simple ( yes, I can do it ) control of 4 cards. It looks so clean and fluid. I watched it 3 times and couldn't catch the move.

Multiple Card Switch and One Two Switch ( sounds difficult, but it's not ). Jack takes 4 queens and one at a time they change to the 4 aces.This is beautiful card magic. If you can do an Elmsley, you have a showpiece. When you're showing it to magic friends at the club, you can throw out Al leech references and sound ( as you should ) like you have historical knowledge.

Jack shows another trick with it ( reminds me of Al leech's sleeve Aces, but it's done all at once ).

The two tricks Jack did to illustrate the switch were not throwaways and are visual gems.

Retention Switch: This is like the convincing control, but face up. check the trailer at 1:18. You spread through the cards and have them name one, up jog it and put it on the table face down and it's a different card. There are so many applications for this. Not difficult and VERY forgiving in it's not having to be perfect ( in fact, the messier the deck, the better it looks ). The retention of vision is beautiful! It even looks good being done slow.

Spread Switch: Anther beautiful retention of vision switch. This one will take some work to look smooth.

Toss Palm: I have seen professional Magicians as well as amatuers cock their right pinky, move the deck up, back down and just making it look "movey" ( that's how it looks when I do it ). Jack first discusses and then shows the Erdnase bottom palm and then does his toss palm.

Jack tosses the deck into his hand and the card is palmed. There is nothing to see. It just happens. 1 card, or multiple cards ( 4 aces, 2-4 selections ).I went to the mirror and did it. I tossed the deck into my left hand and the card was palmed. This is game changer for me.

Barstool Steal: A way to palm a card under the disguise of pushing it into the middle of the deck. If you are good at palming cards, you can do it with some practice.

Tip for the Diagonal Palm Shift: Jack tips a way to avoid that click sound you can get with the DPS.

2nd Dealing Tips: A great way to have to the larger motion cover the smaller motion to make second dealing easy to do. If you tried and couldn't to a second deal, you'll be able do it now. When you see how large the brief Jack has to take the second card, you'll see why anyone can do this. At speed, the blur covers everything.

Jack also goes over stud dealing the seconds face up.

Bottom Dealing Tips: If you're interested in bottom dealing Jack gives his tips for making it smooth..

Jack now goes from gambling to card magic.

Imagine: I think this is great mentalism trick.

Jack spreads the cards and Chris Mayhew choses one. Chris puts it back in the pack and shuffle the deck. Now Ben Train just thinks of a card and 'sends it' to Jack. Jack takes a card from the deck and places it face down in front of Ben.

Mayhew and Ben announce their cards. Jack spreads the deck and Chris's card is the only one face up in the deck. Jack turns over over the prediction of Ben's thought of card and the prediction is correct.

If you can force a card and do a top change, then you can do this gem.

Touch My Heart: This is a a FANTASTIC, 2 card/transpo trick. There are actually 3 tricks with just 2 cards. I think EVERYONE will be doing this. Check the trailer at 2:09 for a small bit of it. And it's very easy to do ( just a DL ).

The Vanishing: 4 jacks cause 4 indifferent cards to vanish and then the jacks turn to aces. Not difficult, but requires a set up and practice to make it flow. Less experienced performers may shy away from showing 3 suits as 4, others may put this into their set.

Four: Another visual stunner using the Zarrow Block Addiction. Jack shows ALL 4 jacks, they get placed on the table face up in a pile. The pack is cut in 4 equal piles and the jacks are picked up, but they have turned into the 4 aces. Yes, all 4 aces are thrown face up on the table, thanks to a wonderful Bill Goodwin unload of a single card ). On top of each pile are the 4 jacks.

The tricky part will be cutting the 4 piles. That will take practice as 3 of them have to have a jack on them. But, only 2 piles use a sleight to make it happen. Jack uses a top card cover pass, but you can cheat and use a slip cut. Unless you perform for other Magicians, this works fine.

The practice will be worth it. I lOVE this routine.

Card Matrix: Jack shows 4 aces and lays them down in the 4 corners like the classic coin trick. One at a time they gather. They get turned over and they are the 4 queens. It has a very Ammar "Shadow Coins" look to it. It uses the Zarrow Block Addiction to start it off and the teaching is from below, through a glass table and this makes it easier to learn.

Well, that's it. I wanted to write up descriptions for you because the ad just listed the names of the tricks. I think the trailer ( it's done very well ) and Jack's reputation may have some believing this a Gambling/sleight intensive set. It isn't. There's something for everyone, from gambling themed to card magic and a stunner like the Touch My heart ( 2 card transpo ) only uses a DL.

Hope all that helps!

Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Mar 11, 2013 05:38PM)
I recently received this and while he says this is a DVD about "how to do", not "what to do", I found a number of things in there that the makings of great routines. He teaches some really good moves and I found that most of his moves are a lot easier than many other moves I have tried (and often failed) in the past. It seems Obvious to me that he has really spent some time trying to get the most magic out of the least complicated of moves, and I really appreciate that.

Message: Posted by: Zombie Magic (Mar 11, 2013 05:50PM)
Touch My heart ( 2 card transpo ) will fry people.

THis is also a "fun" set to watch. It's very lively ( some all card trick videos/DVDS can cure insomnia ) and Jack knows how to teach.
Message: Posted by: Jack Carpenter (Mar 11, 2013 10:01PM)
Thanks so much "IKJ" - much appreciated and I'm so glad you picked up on the value of thinking through a sleight - which more often than not results in something more deceptive and often "easier." Practice is important- and equally important is making sure you're practicing the "thought out" version first!

And Zombie - I think I'm gonna have to send you out on the road as a franchise!! Thanks again!

Message: Posted by: Ben Train (Mar 13, 2013 03:27AM)
I know this will sound silly... but I cannot believe that I'm involved with this project. Jack was, and is, a hero of mine.

When I first saw Jack do the running the aces it did indeed fool me. He did it several times and it fooled me. When he explained the method I felt like a little kid- because it was EASY and practical.

There is a lot of killer stuff on this set. I haven't seen the dvds yet (I ordered a copy!!!) but I can't wait to check it out!

Message: Posted by: Ryan930 (Mar 13, 2013 10:41AM)
This DVD set certainly looks very entertaining, looking forward to getting it for my next purchase. Appreciate zombie's review here too.
Message: Posted by: oscarf (Mar 17, 2013 07:00PM)
I have had just about the identical experience to Zombie Magic. I was away last week, but I knew the discs had arrived, so when I got back last night, I too stayed up until 4:30 AM, even though it like to killed me, as they say. I love Running The Aces and Poor Uncle Joe, both of which I could pick right up. Most of the rest is just a matter of having some time. I have bought a mountain of stuff over the decades, and even more over the last two years, but this two-disc set is the best money I've spent on magic in as long as I can remember. FANTASTIC!
Message: Posted by: Glenn Morphew (Mar 17, 2013 07:26PM)
Zombie's detailed breakdown and review on page 1 is spot on.

If you love card magic and haven't ordered this, be nice to yourself and pick it up. You'll be glad you did.

Great job Jack!

Message: Posted by: sgtgrey (Mar 17, 2013 08:41PM)
Zombie has already posted most of what needs to be said, but I'll add to Jack: my wife simultaneously loves you and hates you. She loves you because because you're magic is amazing and entertaining to watch, and she couldn't help but love seeing how excited I got when watching All In. At the same time - she hates you because every 5 seconds I was dragging her away from her book, saying "watch this!"

Btw...I am one of the 9 hybrid stackers- THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for releasing that! :)
Message: Posted by: Jack Carpenter (Mar 18, 2013 11:03PM)
OscarF and Sgtgrey,

You guys have made my year! It's responses like that that make it all worthwhile. And Sgtgrey, I'm thrilled you're working on "The Hybrid Stack!"

Message: Posted by: Eric Johnson (Mar 21, 2013 11:37AM)
I can only add, Thank You Mr. Carpenter! This is the kind of material I've been waiting a LONNNGGG time for!
Great Material, Great Instruction, Great production quality.

Message: Posted by: Pierre Emmanuel (Mar 27, 2013 07:59AM)
Excellent material, the best DVD I bought since ages, but I feel frustrated.. too short ! Yep ! 2 DVDs, and I'm sure Jack still has tons of stuff to say.
Do you have a release date for the second volume ? ;-)
Message: Posted by: Jack Carpenter (Apr 3, 2013 01:25AM)
Thank you so much Eric - glad you're into the material!

. . . and Pierre- oh yes- there's more on the horizon, but I've learned my lesson regarding announcing a "release date" for anything! (Never been right yet!)

But I have a question- would you prefer a DVD or a book? I'm thinking that performers that are into the kind of thing I do, tend to prefer books. . . but I don't really know. Maybe a hybrid approach? (Release a book, with an accompanying DVD that has performances only. . . something like that?) I've been toying with that idea for some time- but it all comes down to what is marketable, and if that market can support the production costs. (Might do the next project all by my little self, if I can make a few bucks, now that I have the time to devote to it.)

This forum may be a great place to take a poll:

1. DVD ?

2. Book?

3. Book with DVD performances only?

Which would you be more inclined to pay hard earned cash for? (I have no idea. . . would LOVE to know.)

Message: Posted by: APC (Apr 3, 2013 01:51AM)
I haven't picked up All In yet, though I hope to in the near future. In regard to your question about what medium to use - I would like whatever allows you share the most material at the lowest cost to us! I'd love a book with online (to reduce cost hopefully) performances and tips for longer routines or something like that. If you could fit the same amount of material on a DVD for the same price, then I'd take either!
Message: Posted by: kazpet (Apr 3, 2013 03:31AM)
I am a collector, for me I like the DVD. This is particularly true when it done by the creator of the effects. I own many card tricks. This is now one of my favorites. Watching Jack perform on these DVDs is truly magically. Getting the book without a DVD for me is like getting the lyrics without the song. I would also say that the book DVD combo presented by Fraser Parker in True Mysteries(another great product) is good way to package both.
Message: Posted by: Pierre Emmanuel (Apr 3, 2013 06:10AM)
Hi David,

I have the Expert Portfolio N1 - (ouch there is no N2) - it contains excellent routines, but sometimes hard to follow, even with a deck in hand. I love books too, but DVD avoids spending time trying to revert-engineering some part that are not the heart of the routine.

Plus.. how would you transcript some fluidity in your motion or timing ? Dvd is good for that.

In this DVD you are citing Al Leech quite often, so I started working on his work, I knew nothing about him ..

Bill Goodwin sold "Reflection" with a booklet describing the background of the tricks, the origins and his motivation.

One extremly good point of yout production is that people around ask legitimate questions, the one I asked myself too.. The best moment is even when someone tried one of your move whiile you were describing it, and you gave more details to help him - This interactivity can not be done in a book.
Message: Posted by: Pierre Emmanuel (Apr 3, 2013 06:14AM)
I meant Jack... but typed David, as david entered the room... ooops !
Message: Posted by: Eric Johnson (Apr 3, 2013 08:32AM)
I am first and foremost a book guy. Love Em'! Have 165 in my Magic libray. Love the thought of a book with a DVD of performances though. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Message: Posted by: Daren (Apr 16, 2013 02:07PM)
Have ordered this set and am looking forward to it, in the touch of heart routine is just the one phase shown as per the youtube videos, or is it part of a longer routine?
Message: Posted by: Zombie Magic (Apr 19, 2013 05:28PM)
This is one of my favorite dvd sets not only because the magic is so incredible, but I can do much of the material. Most "card" dvd's, I can't. The performers are incredible, but the material is far past my level.

The material on All In looks like move monkey stuff, but most of it isn't. The beautiful filming and Jack's teaching make it within the reach of anyone that knows their DL's, Elmsley's, etc. Just the basics.
Message: Posted by: snape (Apr 19, 2013 06:47PM)
Book plus DVD
Message: Posted by: Daren (Apr 20, 2013 03:49AM)
This is an awesome set, I love it
Message: Posted by: Zombie Magic (Apr 20, 2013 03:51PM)
Poor Uncle Joe is such a fun routine to perform.

Imagine is a killer mentalism trick. Don't pass this one by by of you can't do a classic force. I use a cross cut and it works perfect in this routine. The first part, where the selection turns face down in the face up deck, has a Brainwave feel to it.

Touch My Heart is one of the greatest 2 card transpos ever.

This will be remembered as one of the best card magic dvd sets ever produced.
Message: Posted by: Zombie Magic (May 12, 2013 08:30PM)
Here's the Touch My Heart routine:


And Running The Aces:


Both are so easy, with big impact!

Jack Carpenter
Message: Posted by: Shikanominarazu (May 12, 2013 09:49PM)
Loving the DVD. Practicing chunks of it now. Still having trouble figuring out what's going on with that Table bluff shift but I'll get it eventually. And I love the 451 stack. It's loads of fun.
As to your poll, I'd say Book and DVD as well, but only if the DVD shows performances for an audience. I'd like to see how these tricks play "in the wild" as it were. If not, I vote for a book (maybe consider an ebook?)
P.S. As soon as my riffle stacking gets a little stronger, I'll be sure to be one of the 9 guys doing the hybrid stack.
Message: Posted by: Paul Magic (Jun 25, 2013 01:35AM)
Beside touch my heart, running the aces (see above) I like hustler's rip (a great three card monte routine), poor uncle sam (kind of 6 card repeat with kicker), the vanishing, Four (logical set up for a interchange routine), than the sleight section (Barstool steal, 1-2 switch, the retention switch, etc), and... oh there is a lot to like about this DVD set! Great catch (and free of shipping cost using the flat pack option :))

Regarding the discussion DVD vs. book: I tend to prefer a DVD as I like to see the live performance. Thus, in case of book I would like to get DVD/downloaad with the performance of the tricks.
Message: Posted by: spyrosaba (Oct 9, 2013 08:52AM)
Hello Jack,
I haven't got the DVD's yet but I am sure I'll get them in the next weeks, specially after the comments here. I have the "An Evening with Jack Carpenter" DVDs and I really enjoyed them.
As for the DVD vs. book: I prefer the DVDs, I like to watch the performances and I find it easier to follow the explanations and the moves by watching them than by reading them.
Message: Posted by: S-Branham (Oct 11, 2013 10:41AM)
I will always prefer book over DVD. With that being said, the All in DVD is great because of the talent sitting around the table: Tyler Wilson, Zach Lambert, Chris Mayhew and Ben Train with Jack discussing every move and routine.

watch the trailer - http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/3347

Killer info...

Message: Posted by: Chris Aguilar (Oct 11, 2013 11:26AM)
On 2013-04-03 02:25, Jack Carpenter wrote:
Thank you so much Eric - glad you're into the material!

. . . and Pierre- oh yes- there's more on the horizon, but I've learned my lesson regarding announcing a "release date" for anything! (Never been right yet!)

But I have a question- would you prefer a DVD or a book? I'm thinking that performers that are into the kind of thing I do, tend to prefer books. . .

Hi Jack,

Put me down in the "strongly prefers a book" category.

You could always supplement a book with a few choice "instant download" type offerings for those "visual learner" types out there.
Message: Posted by: Gerry Hennessey (Oct 11, 2013 11:35AM)
Excellent DVDs. Brilliant technician. Bravo Jack.

Highly recommended.

Message: Posted by: Zombie Magic (Oct 20, 2013 01:49AM)
I've been re-watching these over the weekend ( a great set can always be revisited and you can pick up new things ). The filming is beautiful and Tyler Wilson, Chris Mayhew, Ben Train and Zach Lambert were so professional. They just leant Jack support and asked pertinent questions.

Oddly enough, this isn't a move monkey set. Thanks to Jack's concise teaching, most of the material is well within the grasp of anyone that knows the basics of card handling.

Look at the trailer at 00:38 and 1:05 into it. Those ace cutting routines are SO EASY: http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/3347
Message: Posted by: robvh (Oct 21, 2013 12:09AM)
I assumed this set would be largely knuckle-busting, finger-flinging stuff and was reluctant to pick up a copy. The comments here have changed my mind.

Also, I know Tyler Wilson and Chris Mayhew personally so it'll be fun to have a DVD with some of my friends around the table. I also know Ben Train but I'll still buy a copy.

Just kidding, Ben. I love you too.
Message: Posted by: Zombie Magic (Nov 29, 2013 06:07PM)
The "All In" DVD set is a Cool Box deal, for the next hour, for only $19.95!

Message: Posted by: billy_overheat (Dec 26, 2013 08:46AM)
On 2013-03-08 08:28, Jack Carpenter wrote:

So glad you liked Running the Aces. . . and as Cameron said, most of the stuff is well within the abilities of most card handlers I think! (There are a few things that will take some serious practice, but there's plenty in which you'll be pleasantly surprised!)

And thanks for the "better magician" comment!


I knew this DVD for quite a long time ago but having no luck searching it in local store. Found your website and IF I'm still having no luck, I'm gonna just order it from you together with Modus Operandi. If I'm not mistaken, Tyler did help to promote the book somewhere, is it?
Message: Posted by: Atom3339 (Dec 26, 2013 11:18AM)
Jack, Two of my favorite DVDs. Good job, Jack!

BTW, I have ALL your books and DVDs.
Message: Posted by: greig ewen (Jan 5, 2014 06:55PM)
Sad to say but this is my first exposure to Mr Carpenter and all I can say us wow. What a great offering this is. There is at least 4-5 items on each DVD I'm working on. My kind of magic.

I'm of to pick up some more of Jack's work. Love it.

Message: Posted by: tobajer (Jan 5, 2014 08:19PM)
This DVD set is amazing, but if you are begginer - as me - I would wait a while. Start with Pathways to Mastery by Aaron Fisher first for some basic to advanced card handling. Anyway I am happy with my purchase - will need some time to get to it. Sooner or later... :)
Message: Posted by: Loz (Feb 2, 2014 10:58AM)
Anyone know who is/will be distributing this in the UK?


Message: Posted by: ehands (Feb 18, 2014 05:42PM)
I think a Jack Carpenter book with accompanying DVD of performances would be terrific.
Please let me know if there is one.
Message: Posted by: Ihop (Mar 14, 2014 09:10PM)
"All In" has gotten an excellent and lengthy review on:

If you go there, be warned the language is explicit.
I've seen links to there on the Genii forum. Apparently the reviews are x-rated but honest.
Message: Posted by: cbharrelson (Aug 23, 2014 04:24PM)
Jack, your work is absolutely amazing! your double duke is the best I had seen. The hybrid stack triple duke floored me. I have been doing card magic for 53 years your work is the most brilliantly devised I have ever seen.
Message: Posted by: krazykat (Mar 3, 2015 08:02PM)
I would prefer the book and DVD combo for the next release...
Message: Posted by: Dapperdan (Dec 2, 2015 09:55AM)
Picked up All In using a Penguin Black Friday coupon and all I can say is WOW! This will definitely bring my card magic to a whole new level! Thank you, Jack!
Message: Posted by: Ramius (Dec 2, 2015 04:13PM)
It's one of my favorite DVD's.
Message: Posted by: vegasvic (Mar 3, 2016 09:48AM)
Got this a week ago...Watched it probably 10 times ....I am already doing the Hybrid stack (BTW here is a tip for practice when your first learning it helps to turn the cards being stacked face up it did for me anyway). PURE GENIUS and if you are willing to put in the work it is VERY DOABLE and will amaze people. Jack Is a great teacher and Ben Train and the guys are excellent asking all the right questions. Got it from penguin on an instant download. I put Jack up there with my other favorite Bill Malone. Bills live lecture at penguin is full of ingenious and useful tools just like this. Jack please do an All in 2!!!!

Vegas Vic
Message: Posted by: joseph (Mar 3, 2016 04:43PM)
Agreed, highly recommended...