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Topic: A Game of Life & Death
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jun 17, 2017 12:19AM)
Greetings, magi! The new digital release of my effect A Game of Life & Death, long out of print, is now available on my website. I published this effect as a dealer item many years ago, and after it went out of print, I regularly received emails from magicians asking if it was still available. In fact, I've recently received a bunch of messages from folks on this site, and I've been telling them they won't have to wait much longer, because it's nearly ready. Well, now it's available, for the first time in digital form: complete script, instructions, and printable props so you can give away a cool souvenir whenever you perform it! You can watch a full demo here: http://www.davidparr.com/store

Glad to finally be able to tell folks that it's back!
Message: Posted by: afinemesh (Jun 17, 2017 01:27AM)
Looks like fun
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jun 17, 2017 03:14AM)
Thanks, afinemesh! It is fun to perform, as it has a lot of room for interpretation and change of tone.
Message: Posted by: Perkins (Jun 17, 2017 05:01PM)
This is a fabled effect. I have hoped to get a hold of it for some time. Many thanks, David... I have it now. Let the games begin.
Message: Posted by: Sebastian Oudot (Jun 17, 2017 05:25PM)
That's a great trick David.

I really liked the presentation.
Message: Posted by: Magical Dimensions (Jun 17, 2017 05:28PM)
Nice routine.... I can see this being done with tarot cards or other types of cards. Maybe the vintage 1800 style deck.

I would like the routine better by having the death card selected..... That is what Incubus would do in his chamber (from the book, The book of haunted Magic) :)

Yes, I like this routine. Another sale is coming your way....


Ray
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jun 17, 2017 06:04PM)
Thanks, you guys! Good to know folks are gonna enjoy using this!

Something I've been thinking about: You know how online magic demos often deliberately avoid showing the effect? I was determined to take the opposite approach, to actually show a performance ó twice, under different conditions.
Message: Posted by: afinemesh (Jun 17, 2017 06:14PM)
[quote]On Jun 17, 2017, David Parr wrote:
Something I've been thinking about: You know how online magic demos often deliberately avoid showing the effect? I was determined to take the opposite approach, to actually show a performance ó twice, under different conditions. [/quote]

That's what sold me!
Message: Posted by: Sebastian Oudot (Jun 17, 2017 06:14PM)
[quote]On Jun 18, 2017, David Parr wrote:
Something I've been thinking about: You know how online magic demos often deliberately avoid showing the effect? I was determined to take the opposite approach, to actually show a performance ó twice, under different conditions. [/quote]

That was indeed a good idea. Especially mixing two different performances into the final video montage.
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jun 17, 2017 07:17PM)
Thanks, guys. It was a decision made because of the number of times I've watched demo videos and said out loud to the screen: "Just let me see the effect!"
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Jun 17, 2017 07:40PM)
Ha, its video photo shopped, cgi,trap doors, & hidden stooges....lol
Yes I also appreciate the uncut, start to finish performance you did & shared. It does get aggrivating on the cut aways & say the same as you do - I just want to see the whole effect !

After Fridays big releases, need to replenish my funds but will be getting this, love the premise & routine, innocent looking but nicely devious !
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jun 18, 2017 04:05AM)
Glad you appreciate the straightforward approach to the video demo. And thanks, everyone, for the compliments on this routine!
Message: Posted by: Sudo Nimh (Jun 18, 2017 11:20AM)
Hands down, this is my favorite bizarre card effect of all time, and has been since David first released it back in the early 2000's.

Frankly, I would have liked for it to remain underground - which is about the highest compliment I can give it.

Congrats on your re-release David.
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Jun 18, 2017 03:31PM)
Just purchased. This is so fun and definitely my style and something I will do. Thanks for sharing this with the community David.
Message: Posted by: gothicmagic (Jun 18, 2017 06:57PM)
It's a great effect,
I've used it for a number of years and always loved the structure, scripting and premise
hopefully all present it with the respect it deserves ;)
Message: Posted by: Magical Dimensions (Jun 18, 2017 08:48PM)
I am fixing/making my own cards for this routine. Nothing like a cool deck to add a little wow. Now I will be able to use a tarot or the series 1800 deck for this....



Ray
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jun 19, 2017 12:39AM)
Many thanks for the kind words! It's good to know that this piece is finding its way to folks who will get enjoyment and real use out of it.
Message: Posted by: afinemesh (Jun 19, 2017 02:39AM)
Purchased! I LOVE it!
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jun 19, 2017 03:06AM)
Thanks muchly!
Message: Posted by: David Eichler (Jun 19, 2017 07:45AM)
Yes, David, I picked it up last night and read it as I was camping in a hammock. Great reading to go to sleep by and take into my dreams...
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jun 19, 2017 12:16PM)
[quote]On Jun 19, 2017, David Eichler wrote:
Yes, David, I picked it up last night and read it as I was camping in a hammock. Great reading to go to sleep by and take into my dreams... [/quote]

David, you have odd tastes in sleepytime reading, but I really appreciate that!
Message: Posted by: David Eichler (Jun 19, 2017 01:46PM)
I resemble that remark.

As with my previous purchases from you, this is excellent and very applicable in the real world. Thanks for making it available to those of us who did not get it the first time.

All the best,

David
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jun 19, 2017 03:44PM)
Thanks, David. I do try to build a significant degree of practicality into my material so I can perform it in a variety of circumstances.
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Jun 19, 2017 09:38PM)
Finally had time to purchase, sit back & read thru thd pdf.
LU-uuv it !! Absolutely & simply devious !!
Something I definitely know I will use ! & can't beat the price for this devilishly clever card effect !
Glad you re released it, thank you 😀
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jun 19, 2017 11:13PM)
Thank you, Merlinsmagic! Glad you'll have fun with this effect.
Message: Posted by: rowdymagi5 (Jun 20, 2017 07:15AM)
Excellent effect. I have had this one for years. All you need to do is work on a presentation. I lost my card that came with the original.

David, I hope you continue to offer your effects to the magic community! Great Stuff!!
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jun 20, 2017 08:05AM)
Thanks, rowdymagi5! Happy to say that I have plenty of ideas for more projects to release...
Message: Posted by: Magical Dimensions (Jun 20, 2017 02:47PM)
This routine looks so cool using the Series 1800 cards. It gives it a spooky feeling. I have also used a thicker paper stock for the calling card. I then did a tea bath and an oven bake while ending with a wax job to the calling card. The calling card now has a great weird wild look about it. It really looks the part.

I am also working on making this more of a voodoo routine where the death card is the one selected and the message is quite different. Then by using a pendulum, mojo bag and a chant, everything turns out alright for the sitter. The curse is removed and everyone lives happen ever after.....until the next time they are unlucky to met me....

I like making new routines fit me and this routine is great for doing that.



Ray
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jun 20, 2017 04:31PM)
[quote]On Jun 20, 2017, Magical Dimensions wrote:
This routine looks so cool using the Series 1800 cards. It gives it a spooky feeling. I have also used a thicker paper stock for the calling card. I then did a tea bath and an oven bake while ending with a wax job to the calling card. The calling card now has a great weird wild look about it. It really looks the part.

I am also working on making this more of a voodoo routine where the death card is the one selected and the message is quite different. Then by using a pendulum, mojo bag and a chant, everything turns out alright for the sitter. The curse is removed and everyone lives happen ever after.....until the next time they are unlucky to met me....

I like making new routines fit me and this routine is great for doing that.



Ray [/quote]

Fantastic Ray! I love seeing your post, you have taken something and made it your own.

BTW, the mojo bag should not be seen, otherwise it loses it power. ;)
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jun 20, 2017 04:52PM)
Thanks, guys! Glad you're having fun with it!
Message: Posted by: Magical Dimensions (Jun 20, 2017 06:14PM)
Tony, thanks for the nice comments.


David, is it OK to post one of the presentational ideas that I am playing around with? It seems to get a great response. No explanation, just what it looks like to the sitter. It is just the way that you do it, only different. :) I can PM you about it first if you like.



Best
Ray
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jun 20, 2017 06:35PM)
MD, could you vague that up a bit? ;) Yeah, of course, PM me...
Message: Posted by: orchid666 (Jun 26, 2017 06:55AM)
I recommended this effect to someone on the Cafť recently, and as it happens, ended up having a great few chats with Mr Parr, who has very generously contributed a beautiful routine to my new magazine MagicVampire. It was fate!!
Really glad to see 'Life and Death' out again. I've had mine years and still use it to this day.
If you are in the U.K, Hobbycraft sell a pack of A4 parchment thin cardboard that's very close to the original cards David produced.
Kneill X
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jun 26, 2017 11:00AM)
Thanks muchly, orchid666! I'm really looking forward to seeing the next issue of your magazine.

In the UK, are pre-perforated printable business cards available? Here in the States, they're gettable in parchmenty card stock.
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jul 3, 2017 01:07AM)
Big thanks to everyone who has picked up A Game of Life & Death! I've gotten very nice messages from folks who said they are thrilled to be able to put the effect back in their repertoire ó and give away the calling card at the end. Huzzah for modern technology!
Message: Posted by: jamesmwood (Oct 30, 2017 05:43PM)
Just performed this routine twice (on the day before Halloween) and received applause both times. It's spooky without being hokey. Very well structured -- a miniature piece of drama.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Oct 30, 2017 07:01PM)
Just picked this up. A really solid piece of theatre. Love it, David. Looking forward to meeting you at ECSS.

Christopher
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Oct 30, 2017 08:40PM)
I used this tonight and it was a perfect piece of the evening.

Thank you, David!
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Oct 30, 2017 08:49PM)
Have been using this since I got it & have had great reactions with it !! Small cost with a big punch, worth every penny !
I use an 1800's spare deck I had that adds to the storyline for me.

I really enjoy this & weave it in with a few other effects that people have loved & responded to this story & effect very well !!

Thank you David 😆
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Nov 1, 2017 05:25AM)
Thank you, James, Christopher, Tony, and Merlinsmagic! Many years ago, when I made the decision to begin publishing my magic, I made a promise to myself that I would only publish material that I actually use, so that other magicians could get use out of it too. Iím very happy that youíre all having as much fun with A Game of Life & Death as I have. Happy Halloween to you! Stay spooky!
Message: Posted by: asanghi (Oct 12, 2019 11:25AM)
Picked this up and loved it! Hereís a question though ó any ideas on how to do it without the gaff? The original criss-cross force may be a bit weak. Any suggestions would be most welcome! Thanks
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Oct 14, 2019 02:40AM)
Asanghi, several magi have sent me their approaches to performing A Game of Life & Death with different card forces, so there are ways to do this with a regular deck. I have always used the Henry Christ force described in the booklet, for the simple reason that it gets the job done while looking very clean and hands-off, which makes it very difficult for laypeople to reverse engineer or explain away as sleight of hand.
Message: Posted by: asanghi (Oct 14, 2019 02:45AM)
Thanks David; yes, I agree that the method with the DB card is very clean and hands-off. It's just that I'm really, really trying to reduce gaffs in my performances (just as I'm really, really trying to lose those last 5 pounds :)

Anyway, if there are one or two card forces that you recommend so I can do this without the DB, I'd really appreciate your pointing me towards those.

Btw, I saw your Penguin lecture -- one of the best I've seen (I think I said that in my review as well).

Finally, I had contacted you through your website -- had a question on Dinner with B. But haven't heard back from you so just wanted to find out -- did you even receive that query?

Cheers,
Apurva Sanghi
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Oct 14, 2019 02:54AM)
Asanghi, thanks for the compliments on the Penguin lecture! Iím glad you enjoyed it. Sorry I canít be more helpful in pointing you toward workable alternatives for A Game of Life & Death, but like I said, for nearly two decades Iíve only performed it one way, as described in the instructions.

I donít think I received your query about Dinner with the Borgias. Can you please resend it?