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Black Deck Book by Ellusionist
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Description:
To accompany the Gaff Tiger Deck, Ellusionist has compiled and sought-out the most interesting, attention-demanding routines we've come across for use of the Black Tiger Deck (and Gaff Deck).

The entire goal of the book is not to teach sleights-- not to teach moves-- but to give you a literal one-stop resource for creative ideas with the Black Tiger Deck and Gaff Deck
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  • Ownership of the Black BOOK is the only way to gain access to the new Black Deck FORUM.
  • Learn high-impact card work specifically designed for the Black Deck
  • Learn deck switches, color changes and fully scripted tricks that HIT HARD.
  • Learn routines and effects that can only be performed with the Black Deck
  • The book contains a complete listing of all the Gaff Cards including suggested powerful uses for each one.
  • Learn proper care, tricks and tips for taking care of your black deck.
  • The entire goal of the book is not to teach sleights-- not to teach moves-- but to give you a one-stop resource for creative ideas with the Black Tiger Deck and Gaff Deck.


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When Brad sent this book to me, I was just a bit curious. After all, I was more then impressed with both The Black Tiger and Gaff Tiger Decks that I had received earlier.

The production of the book is very slick. The cover is in color and the book itself is perfect bound and contains 95 pages full of information that any Black Tiger Deck owner will find very useful. Besides tips and ideas, the book also includes effects and routines which many will find useful. The writing style is easy to read and includes nice clear photographs where needed.

Here is a listing of the various chapters:
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Acknowledgements
Black Deck Creation by Mike Kelley
Foreword by The Shaman
Introduction by Brad Christian

CHAPTER 1: The Black Deck and Your Audience

Is That a Trick Deck?
Get People Used to It
Ways to Introduce the Black Deck

Magician’s Special Edition Mike Delbert
Bicycle® Production Mishap Mike Delbert
Treasures from Black Magick Roy Ornelas Jr.
The Art of Cartomancy Roy Ornelas Jr.

CHAPTER 2: Black Deck Care and Additional Notes

Black Deck Care---How to Do It Right

Sharpie® Care with Your Black Deck
Using a Card Clip
The Black Deck Revolution---Other Options and Ideas
Trick Black Decks
Black Deck Presentation Concepts
The Zombie Card
Voodoo
Black Magick
Scratches on the Cards

CHAPTER 3: Tricks

Negative Flip Ken Sasamura
Hypnotic Induction Magius
Divergent Animation Malcolm Vendryes
Radial Telepathy Richard Agnew
Strange Art of Fortune Telling Roy Ornelas Jr.
Outcast Division Dominick Cancilla
Black Mantis Raymond Singson
Time Splitter Brad Christian

CHAPTER 4: Bonus Tricks Sleights and Deck Switches

Risk (The Routine)

The Redline Cut
Black Deck Blackjack
Black Deck Death
The Black Awakening
The Genius (Bonus)
Cerebral Calibration (Bonus)

CHAPTER 5: Color Changes

Open Finger Color Change
Bob McAllister’s Bet-A-Dollar Color Change

CHAPTER 6: Deck Switches

Black Deck Morph
Chris Schuh
Ed Marlo’s Standing Deck Switch

CHAPTER 7: Working with Ellusionist Black Tiger Gaff Deck
Bonus Section

General Utility Gaff Cards
Special Artwork Gaff Cards

Closing Words
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I will point out that the book does not attempt to teach you how to handle cards, but focuses on the many pathways that are made possible with the Black Tiger decks. Uses for the various cards are explored including ideas and presentations for mental effects, bizzare tricks and ideas that can make a standard trick using what appears to be a normal deck become a real reputation maker. We are also treated with the history of the deck and tips on caring for these very special cards.

The author explores issues that might arise from using a deck of black cards and finds new and interesting ways to exploit such situations. While I didn't agree with everything I read, I did find plenty of useful information that warrants keeping this book in my library for future reference and I think you will too. If you own a Black Tiger Deck or are thinking about purchasing one, this book is a must have and I highly recommend you pick one up. Smile

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Suggested retail is: $24.95
(Purchase the book & a Black Tiger deck together $49.90)

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Black Deck Book can be ordered directly from Ellusionist.
You can contact them at: team@ellusionist.com

Visit Brad Christian's website to order direct:
Ellusionist.com

Ellusionist
49 LYFORD DRIVE #1
TIBURON, CA. 94920
U.S.A.

Phone: 1-866-244-2426
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