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Peter Nardi
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Hi Guy's

It's nearly time Smile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0FClfZL1......embedded

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Wow!
I shall be picking this up at Blackpool as long you have enough copies since I'll be there on the Saturday only!
This looks so amazing! Smile
-Benny
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Hi Benny,

No need to worry we will have stock.

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Peter
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Saw some of Joe's work at The Session. Not only have I never been fooled so many times on the trot, so badly, but I've also never enjoyed being fooled quite so much. Simply excellent work from a truly fantastic guy - I can't wait to see more of his work.
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When will this be released?
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End of February.
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Penguin has them in stock: http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S15138

Disk 1

Rainman

Prediction v1

Prediction v2

Stocan

Psychological spread force Simple math

They match

Spread switch

Spread triumph

Spread Strip out shuffle

Hofzinser's aces

Flow ace production

Count to aces

Think stop Subconscious poker 10-card poker stack



Disk 2

LLL peek

Centre deal

Stand up royal flush/ace selection Jazz gambling Demo

4 stop

Fair deal v1

Fair deal v2

In hands riffle faro shuffle technique

Out of this world

Values

Matching the poker hand Memory poker

Spectator poker dealer Mental selection

Riffle strip out shuffle Table Faro technique
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Received mine this morning at 9am! Gonna be an interesting day. Will report back later with my views....
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Be good to get your thoughts Roger as I have been thinking about this
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It's sure worth a look at.

Joe has one of those styles that you instantly 'warm' to. Both in performance and instruction - (the latter of which is all too much a problem for some magicians these days!)

Okay - this may be viewed by some as one of those ever increasing and unnecessary two-disc sets where one could have done! But having said that - there are some niceties amongst the tricks that explain in some fine detail some of the moves going on.

All in all, there's something here for everyone at any level. Some very bold stuff too!

The opening Rainman might have some checking their routines to see if they can move to two decks instead of just one. Sadly, not me - but it was a brilliant effect.

If you're into psychological manipulation of your spec - you'll love some of this!

There's a neat alternative to the Shuflfing Lesson premise (Chad Long) which is something I'll introduce into my repertoire.

Out of this World was brilliant in performance - but 'in the real world' - I'm not so sure and went down as DVD filler to me. As did quite a lot of the sleep-inducing poker dealing stuff. I'm amazed that the producer didn't edit out the extensive yawn by one of the spectators! Unless he/she left it in there for its comedic value. It certainly made me laugh!

Be warned - there's some set-ups required. Some of which can be done on the fly. But quite a bit of simple semi-auto and impromptu stuff.

Perhaps I was expecting more from this, I dunno. It's a good production and well worth a study. Is there anything of use for inclusion your 'worker' repertoire - I'm not so sure.
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Roger

Many thanks for the very honest review

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Thanks Roger
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Roger , thanks for the review and the heads up for the Rainman routine.

That routine has me scratching my head:

http://youtu.be/C0FClfZL1uU?t=2m24s
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I've watched both of the DVDs and am very impressed. Practically everything on Disc one fooled me badly and most of it is very simple and easy to do.

A strength of these routines is that the participants are apparently making all the decisions and the performer is apparently doing nothing at all. I'm reminded of David Berglas.
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Here is the review I did for Duncan Trillo's http://www.magicweek.co.uk

Since the Elmsley count was introduced in the mid-fifties there has been a trend to add moves and counts to card magic, as well as complicating the effect to such an extent that a layman will be unable to describe what happened.

Some modern published routines are more akin to lessons in juggling than lessons in magic. I will call this the new school of card magic which has given birth to the move monkeys.

The old school of card magic (as I would describe it) had clear direct effects that were easy to understand and had a good, surprising climax. Most importantly the magician appeared to do nothing. The magic just happened.

The old school was influenced by people like Erdnase and Victor Farelli amongst others and their influences are found in later classics like Royal Road, Expert Card Technique and Greater Magic.

Can you name a card DVD or book published in the last ten years that does not include ace assemblies, collector or sandwich tricks, multiple false counts etc? Difficult, yes?

Well, here is one ....

Inscrutable is definitely old school. Strong direct effects that will fool magicians and laymen. And most of them are technically easy to do. Easy technically, yes (though there are some advanced techniques on Disc 2), but they do require audience management skills and a confident performer. Advanced beginner and upwards.

Joseph’s routines remind me of the direct presentations of Dani daOrtiz, frequently mixing devilishly simple methods to create miracles. Yet their styles are completely opposite. Dani is extrovert and in your face. Joe is quiet and unassuming. Yet both use their personalities and characteristics to maximum effect.

If you have seen disc 3 of Dani’s DVD set you will find some similar work on Disc One of Joe’s set. By studying both you will see two contrasting styles use similar methods and help you develop your own natural rhythm.

So what of the routines? Most are done from a shuffled deck in use - and shuffled by the audience too. A few require a set-up, most times you can do this in a previous trick or during down-time.

My favourite is the Math trick. From a shuffled (by the audience) deck you deal some cards in front of three participants. They each decide how many they get. You then toss small bunches of cards onto the table until someone shouts STOP. These are now counted, by you or an audience member. You announce that the total number of counted cards will equal the sum of the top cards of the three piles. These cards are turned over and their values added. The totals match. To a layman this appears totally impossible. This routine would work well with the effect where a participant cuts the deck in three piles, you turn over the top cards of two of the piles and can deduce the value of the top card in the third pile.

Disc Two features a number of gambling routines and demonstrations. Some are simple in method and some require advanced skills. All are direct and best suited for sitting down around a table with clients after a gig.

The downside for a working professional is that most of the routines require a table. Most close-up pros prefer routines that can be done in the hands both for strolling and visibility reasons. Having said that I have a number of routines that require minimal table space and a few others that do require more space. The latter I keep until after the meal when tables are less cluttered.

Aged thirteen, young Master Barry bought, at a local bookshop, Expert at the Card Table, Expert Card Technique and Scarne on Card Tricks. These were his only influences for the next few years and their theories and advice permeate through his work.

I highly recommend this two DVD set, for the overall directness of effects and the devastating miracles you will create for your audiences.

Available from http://www.alakazam.co.uk and all good dealers
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I have not worked any of these effects yet so a strange review.
I was fooled, a lot. I am not fooled that often so I had a great time. Joseph is a low key performer, neither super funny nor super "mysterious."
Where layman are concerned fooled does not equal entertained so I really don't know how these low key but inexplicable effects will play.
In addition as pointed out above, a lot of table work and not strolling quicky effects.
But still I was fooled and when you're a magician that's a feeling you don't get that often so check them out.
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Being a mentalist that uses cards, my favorites were

RainMan
Prediction 1 & 2
LLL Peek
Dealer Mental Selection
Math Trick
Memory Poker

I will use these.

In fact, had a chance to try them out yesterday, and they packed a punch.

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I have tried out a few of these as well to good response.
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Thanks for the reviews, I just ordered Smile
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Inscrutable by Joseph Barry is a great DVD. Joseph has a very casual performing style. I got the feeling, as a spectator, that weird, wonderful, and magical stuff was happening. Joseph, at times, was just as amazed as the spectators were...which is awesome; In that the feeling (and I could be wrong) is - "Hey! I don't know how it works either, but isn't it cool!"

Anyway...this is really a wonderful DVD.
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