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Caleb Wiles
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Rich Aviles... Rich Aviles... Rich Aviles

It's probably a name you haven't heard before. Well, now you have... three times. Get used to it; you'll be hearing it a lot more from now on. Why? Let me tell you.

I first met Rich at the SCAM Convention in January of 2008. When we sat down to session, he proceeded to fry me with great idea after great idea. Since then, we've become good friends. He has continued to impress me with both his humor and creativity when it comes to magic.

A long while ago, Rich told me that he was working on writing up some of his original routines. I was so excited to get my hands on his material that I continued to hound him via email about when it would finally be released. Much to my chagrin, he was patient about making his first impression to the magic community. He didn't want to make the mistake of rushing into the magic market like so many others do these days. So, he continued to work and I continued to wait... and wait... and wait.

Imagine my excitement when I heard a rumor that Rich would be the "newcomer" lecturer at the annual Tri-C magic convention at which I was performing. Imagine my further excitement when I got the news that Rich would be publishing his new book through Vanishing Inc Magic. My wait was finally over... and it was worth every minute.

Rich gave an outstanding lecture at the convention. It truly had something for everyone. From a KILLER self-working prediction effect to a CRAZY color change (that looks more difficult than it is), all in attendance were impressed with the material offered. After the lecture, I rushed to the table and made my purchase of Rich's new book, Above The Fold.

If you've ever been to a convention, you know how crazy busy you are the entire time you're there. It's a wild ride that doesn't include much time for the simple things... like sleep. This convention was no exception. So, after only two hours of sleep on the final night, I headed to the airport to catch my flight home. I boarded the plane and with a bag full of new books from the dealer's room, I pulled out Above The Fold. Over the next few hours, I poured over the contents constantly amazed at the quality of the material. Here are a few of my favorites.

Fax Machine Change-
This is one of my favorite color changes. It's funny to see in action. It's magical, and not that difficult to do. In effect, a card changes as it animates through the deck. You can download a free preview of this color change by checking http://www.vanishingincmagic.com/.

Pocket Protectors-
This is the killer prediction effect I mentioned early. Rich has taken a relatively unexplored idea by Alex Elmsley and turned it into a real showpiece. It is self working; it plays equally well in close up or parlor situations; it will fool magicians; it will entertain laymen; it seems absolutely impossible. A lot of guys are going to start doing this. I will be one of them.

Bystander-
The magician hands the cards to the spectator... and they do everything. They select a card and lose it in the deck all on their own. The magician announces that earlier he placed two Jokers face up in the deck. Amazingly, when the cards are spread, it is revealed that the spectator placed her selection directly between those Jokers. Finally, the magician reveals that he predicted everything from the very beginning.

Big Black Arrow-
This is a trick with an iPod or iPhone (or any other device that supports video) that mixes technology with sleight of hand. There are plenty of trick apps on the market, but most of them just make the audience believe that the technology is responsible for the magic. This is not the case with Rich's trick. The audience will have nowhere to run.

Overall, the book features seven moves, ten full routines, and two quick ideas for handling a couple of common problems for cardmen. The explanations are clear and fun to read as Rich infused the text with his clever wit and personality. He also has a background in design which means that the illustrations and layout are top notch. I'm totally impressed with everything about this book. Highly recommended.

- Available from http://www.richaviles.com/ and http://www.vanishingincmagic.com/

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Blindside785
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I'm very proud to have pre-ordered this. I shot him an email and he answered on my questions in length. He's a stand up guy.
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Lovin' this book. Rich is the real deal. I had the opportunity of seeing many of the effects from Above the Fold during Rich's superb lecture in Charlotte, NC. So much great card goodness in here. Attendees were immediately playing with Fax Machine, Asher Twitch and Pocket Pocket Protectors. And these are just three of many awesome effects!

Rich is a great writer, teacher and thinker. I appreciate the touches of humor and entertainment tips along the way. Fantastic book!

Highly Recommended.

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I also saw Rich perform his material in Charlotte and can attest to how good it really is. There is material appropriate for hard-core move monkeys all the way to those who enjoy virtual self-workers. Pocket protectors, for instance, is and effect that is very simple to perform, but also very powerful. It would be appropriate for walk around or even in a mentalism show. Asher Twitch is a fantastic version of Twisting the Aces for those who like the look of the Asher Twist, but not specific moves involved or the angle restrictions. As John G. says, there are many other great moves and effects between these pages waiting to be discovered by the masses.
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Rich is a great guy and Above the Fold is a great book. There's something in there for beginners with no card skills and experts. I agree with the above posts. Pocket Protectors is so simple yet so powerful. Rick also makes the book easy to read by keeping it funny and entertaining (just like him).

With the book you also get a do it yourself Fire Wallet! I can't believe no one has mentioned this. I saw Rich perform this for Tony Miller and no one could stop laughing.

For just such a great price this is a no brainer for any level magician.
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Ok I'm slowly being convinced..I just find that reviews of books often sound just
like the advertisment!

I suppose if an effect is described too well it will be re-constructed.
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Got mine today, Loving what I see so far!
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Mr. Aviles has penned a great, great book.

I would have paid the cover price for a manuscript of Bystander and Pocket Protectors...and there is SO much more superb work.
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Hey guys,

Thanks for the kind words. I'm happy to see that you're enjoying it!

Denis Behr just added the book to his database with notes about each item. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/dty96f

Rich Aviles
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My favorite two items from the booklet: Pocket Protector, in which a freely chosen card is predicted in a most unusual way

and...

2 Legit, a sweet little double-color change.

BEAUTIFUL booklet and cheers to Rich for writing such a from-the-heart, funny, and interesting collection.

Josh
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Pocket Protectors is great. I added something that I think makes it even cleaner and stronger. All you Boris Wild fans will know what I added.
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It's possible to be a Boris's fan ?
I don't think so ! lol
Anyway, it's a great book !
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Does Pocket Protectors use a mexican turnover ? I read somewhere that it was based on Alex Elmsley's Mexican Prediction
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Hey magicphill,

One of my goals when creating Pocket Protectors was to allow it to be performed standing and without a table so the Mexican Turnover is not used. Hope this helps.

Rich Aviles
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Thanks for the heads up definately intrigued by this so I'll bite the bullet and buy
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Great Book.
I got it for Xmas, all the material is GOLD.
Seriously, GOLD.
An absolute BARGAIN considering the amount of brilliant thinking there is in this little bad boy of a book.

Best wishes,

Kyle
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Hey Gang,

Shane over at Online Visions just posted a review of the book. Since this is a review thread, I thought I'd drop it in. Check it out by clicking here: http://bit.ly/gX24Ld

Thanks, again, for your continued support!

Rich Aviles

P.S. If you'd like to support my efforts, please order directly from http://www.richaviles.com Smile
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Asher Twitch. So that third Ace doesn’t magically turn over, correct? Or am I reading it wrong
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