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LEGEND: A GHOST STORY BY STEVE Fearson

Effect: This is a new Animated Deck effect from Steve Fearson... a cased deck of cards eerily moves as the spectator touches it the entire time. This is all accompanied by the legend of famous Mexican gambler Pancho Diablo, who never lost and was accused of cheating. Because of this accusation, he was killed, and it's said if you call his name 3 times, he will appear.

Review: Steve told me about this one months ago, and from the description it sounded rather hard to believe. It sounded like an effect that would require some sort of electronic system to accomplish. Then, when the product page appeared and I saw the price of $20, I knew that couldn't be the case. Later on, a demo emerged, and it looks just as unbelievable as it reads. The part that especially threw me is the claim that the spectator touching the deck as it wiggles out of the cellophane will actually feel a great deal of pressure, like a force is pushing the box out. I was literally clueless.

Finally, last week, mine arrived in the mail. Naturally, the first thing I did was rip open the DVD and put it in my player. The method is incredible. Really. It's not electronic in any sense. In fact, the gimmick is made of 4 primary materials... it can be made in under 15 minutes with tools you already have in your house. The three props that might be harder to find have been graciously included in the DVD package. The gimmick is hidden in plain sight the whole time. The spectator can burn the box, the cellophane, anything, and they will never see a single thing.

The gimmick isn't necessarily difficult to construct, but it isn't too easy either. It will take a lot of precision at certain points but nothing too challenging. Steve provides enough material to make 2 gimmicks and on the DVD offers many additional sources to restock on the materials.

On that note, we are brought to the DVD. The DVD is nicely produced, with clear picture and sound quality... there's nothing note-worthy but nothing to complain about either. Steve provides the entire script for the Legend of Pancho Diablo to accompany the effect, but if you're like me, you won't use it. It's not that it's not a good script or premise, it is, but I personally hate performing a routine the same way others perform it. As such, my scripting is considerably different.

Anyways, on topic... Steve performs the entire effect, including all three phases he uses plus his script. It looks amazing. Immediately afterwards, he takes you through all of the materials you will need to construct the gimmick and how to get them if you don't already have them. Although his detail is appreciated, this part dragged a bit for me and I found myself fast forwarding a bit. Finally, we get to the construction of the gimmick. Steve actually constructs a brand new gimmick real-time, making it easy to follow along. I particularly like this about the Construction portion of the DVD... unlike a lot of other how-to projects in which they do not show you how to make it in real-time, Steve's approach is a nice touch.

This effect, like many of Fearson's effects, is quite flexible in regards to appropriate performing conditions. It can be creepy, spooky, magical, or fascinating, depending on how you approach it. It can also be performed in a variety of venues, from restaurants to formal parlour shows. It is not, however, suited well to stage performance for obvious reasons... a single deck of cards moving a few inches isn't going to be all that impressive to spectators 100 feet away.

Should you buy this DVD? If you like levitation and animation effects, this is a must. If not, it's still worth your consideration... even if you don't use it, you will still appreciate it's clever method.

Overall, on a scale from 1 to 10, I give Steve Fearson's LEGEND an 8/10. This is a solid, powerful piece with an extremely unique method from one of today's leading inventors in levitation and animation effects. If you hate do-it-yourself projects, do not get this. If you don't mind a little effort for an effect of this nature, by all means get this.

Legend can be purchased at http://emagicsupply.com/112-LEGEND-82-custom.html

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Great review, thanks!
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Does this trick include candy? I love candy.


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I've been looking at it myself, thanks for the review.
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I like the effect and the story.
It will work great in a Bizarre context.
Already order it and waiting to scare someone...
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After download and watch it, I like it a lot.

Second Michael excellent review.

It will work great in a Bizarre routine so I'm looking to build the gimmick using a Tarot deck.

Takes some time to make the gimmick but it's not difficult at all.

I give to this effect 4 skulls of 5.
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This looks really good. Would it work well for table hopping?
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Absolutely... it's great for table hopping, formal close up, etc.
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This looks really good!
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Yes is look very good, I get my Legend and sold out. and I order 3 again because this effect is wonderfull I recommend this. And Steve Fearson is Good service and good explain in DVD. You will Get Gimmick + DVD and story incredible.
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On 2009-09-04 21:11, hendramagic wrote:
Yes is look very good, I get my Legend and sold out. and I order 3 again because this effect is wonderfull I recommend this. And Steve Fearson is Good service and good explain in DVD. You will Get Gimmick + DVD and story incredible.


You ordered 3 again? Why? Wouldn't one be good enough?
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Because I think Hendra ia a dealer.

Also I bought the d/l and was able to make it quite easily. I had some material from a container already in the form it was supposed to be. I just needed to do a little trimming.

It works well, it just needs to be presented well.
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Yes I am dealer in Indonesia. thanks Mr.Slyhand. thanks.
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Is there any bad angles related to this effect?
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No angle problem at all.
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You can do it absolutely surrounded. Above, below, sides, back, front, whatever.

I didn't have everything in the house to make it but improvised with what I did have and it still works great.
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Is this not Steve's previously released effect "Static Elevation" with a new presentation?
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Can the deck of cards be examined?

Or can the cards be used for other effects after doing this one?
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Yes, the cards can me examined and used in other tricks.
I am getting so tired of slitting the throats of people who say that I am a violent psychopath.

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On 2009-09-15 21:42, daffydoug wrote:
Is this not Steve's previously released effect "Static Elevation" with a new presentation?


Yes, in all honesty, it is. Is this a problem?
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