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Dorian, I do the grab technique a handful of time on the download, while I am talking conversationally and teach the effect with Madison. I do the actual grab effect 5 times, and I nail it 5 times. when I say in the video that I'm going to actually attempt the effect, I hit it. I think the misconception is that I try to do the grab and I miss, which is not true. I am TEACHING, and EXPLAINING how the method works, all the while I am dribbling cards explaining how to properly dribble the cards and how to properly grab the chosen card.

I DO also explain what to do IF you miss their chosen card. there are a few outs as well as justifications I have if that were to happen, but unlike MOST magic that is out today , this is something that needs to be PRACTICED. this is not something that you download at 5pm and watch the 30 minute video and at 5:45 you go out and do it. this should be worked on, practiced, and re practiced until you are confident you can hit it. hope that answers your question.

if not please feel free to pm me any questions or concerns

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Thanks for this valuable information, Mark. Of course I also think that magic needs to be praticed, I hate this kind of trick saying "easy to do / you can do it right away after watching the DVD..." that deserves magic more than anything else.

I am really interested by what you came up with "Grab".
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I really appreciate your trick, Mark. I bought it the first day, and loved it ever since!
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On May 20, 2014, doriancaudal wrote:
Thanks for this valuable information, Mark. Of course I also think that magic needs to be praticed, I hate this kind of trick saying "easy to do / you can do it right away after watching the DVD..." that deserves magic more than anything else.

I am really interested by what you came up with "Grab".


Dorian,
if you look at the product page for "grab" you will see that it says "intermediate/advanced". That is to give people the warning/full disclosure that this must be practiced. I don't know what skill level you would consider yourself, but I believe that if you can dribble cards, you can accomplish the effect. you don't need to be able to do a pass, diagonal palm shift, or a 2nd bottom, or center deal, to accomplish this effect. just be able to dribble cards. which I teach in the download. so as difficult as it seems, everything you need to do the effect is provided for you

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Any other reviews ? Smile
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I just purchased this, this is a really good and solid method. It is not too difficult, if you know how to dribble cards, a bit of practice, and you get the feeling of the grabbing move. It is really a pleasant feeling when you hit it the first few times when practicing.

To answer my own question, it is not possible to have a card named, take the deck and do grab. You would need to do something additional before. Mark explains the way he performs Grab: he has a card selected, placed back in the deck, and does the grab move. It is far less easy to do it with a named card directly, even with a MD.

This is a good product, seemingly impossible for the spectator, thanks Mark.
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I was dubious… how could this work. Tried it a few times. Couldn't get it. AND THEN…

BANG! It just started happening. One after another; dribble, catch, dribble, catch. NAILED IT.
People are amazed. Impossible looking.

And one of the few effects that when you do it… even you're amazed!
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I was dubious… how could this work. Tried it a few times. Couldn't get it. AND THEN…

BANG! It just started happening. One after another; dribble, catch, dribble, catch. NAILED IT.
People are amazed. Impossible looking.

And one of the few effects that when you do it… even you're amazed!


I completely agree with you, amazing trick!
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Here is what happens when you don't practice enough Smile http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2K2gpr4vKQ

By the way, has someone esle than me scratched his head around Grab + MD ?
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T and t reviews grab and coin ring thing by dan hauss they performed it and said it is really good but quite hard.
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Guys! I have a great variation on grab- if you feel like showing something utterly "impossible".
The method is that you put two twin cards next to each other and classic force one of 'em (if it fails, you perform grab with the selected card). It's very important that the spectators understand that you can not possibly see the selected card and that the selection was a free choice. after a successful force you then explain what twin cards are. thereafter you perform grab and find the other matching twin card.

I have personally gotten incredibly great responses from this variation, and hope you guys will try it as well. Please leave feedback on what you guys think Smile
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Otto, that is a routine that I give in the download
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Otto, that is a routine that I give in the download



oh yeah I forgot about that, haha awkward ... but it's a great idea though.
But do you talk about classic force as well? guess I have to watch your download once more...
great idea though Smile
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I got this trick and I have mixed feelings about it. I don't really like making gimmicks and while this is just a slight gimmick I don't feel I could go into a lot of other routines with the same deck or without a switch and it not causing some hiccups. Trick is very clever and it isn't easy. Even while he is demonstrating it, he misses a lot.
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I got this trick and I have mixed feelings about it. I don't really like making gimmicks and while this is just a slight gimmick I don't feel I could go into a lot of other routines with the same deck or without a switch and it not causing some hiccups. Trick is very clever and it isn't easy. Even while he is demonstrating it, he misses a lot.


I usually use the joker as my main card, and when I move on, I just say that I'll take out the jokers. Works well for me.

Even though Mark misses it sometimes, doesn't mean that you can't hit it EVERY time. It is just a matter of practice, and as he says in the video: missing makes the trick more realistic.
I find this trick to be close to perfect, and the gimmick is so easy that it doesn't matter.
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Cardnerd, don't do the trick then. IF you want to separate yourself from the boys, I would say , learn the tough stuff and don't limit yourself to saying things like "i don't like making gimmicks". You don't need to switch the entire deck because of one card. do what Otto said and use a joker as the gimmick card , OR use an advertisement card which will give you an excuse to get rid of the card. OR you could palm it off on the offbeat and place it in your pocket as you retrieve the box OR you could come up with your own solution if none of mine make you feel better. I miss it because it is not something that is 100%. I would consider grab the "condom" of card effects. its 98% effective but it requires work on your end. this isn't a self working trick and the gimmick doesn't do the work for you. it HELPS you accomplish the effect. here is a tip that I haven't published and I think you will benefit from.When I perform grab, and I miss, before I reveal the card I place the card down on the table. as I place it down, I glimpse the card to make sure I hit the correct card. if I'm wrong, I cull the correct card to the top of the deck and either perform a top change or double lift. this is something you can do whilst practicing actually doing grab.

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Cardnerd, don't do the trick then. IF you want to separate yourself from the boys, I would say , learn the tough stuff and don't limit yourself to saying things like "i don't like making gimmicks". You don't need to switch the entire deck because of one card. do what Otto said and use a joker as the gimmick card , OR use an advertisement card which will give you an excuse to get rid of the card. OR you could palm it off on the offbeat and place it in your pocket as you retrieve the box OR you could come up with your own solution if none of mine make you feel better. I miss it because it is not something that is 100%. I would consider grab the "condom" of card effects. its 98% effective but it requires work on your end. this isn't a self working trick and the gimmick doesn't do the work for you. it HELPS you accomplish the effect. here is a tip that I haven't published and I think you will benefit from.When I perform grab, and I miss, before I reveal the card I place the card down on the table. as I place it down, I glimpse the card to make sure I hit the correct card. if I'm wrong, I cull the correct card to the top of the deck and either perform a top change or double lift. this is something you can do whilst practicing actually doing grab.

mark


that's a great idea! Thank you, Mark.
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Thank you both for the suggestions and tips.
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Mark showed this to me in person quite a few times and it's just awesome!!!! Smile

I think of this as something like a pass. We spend so much time learning the technique, be we don't show anyone unless they are magicians. This move, is a move that we can show the time and practice to the spectator and still create a truly amazing experience, without giving anything away...

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I performed grab at a wedding yesterday, and had a huge succsess with it. I was attending my cousins wedding and I said in my speech that I would like to perform a card trick. I said: since you have found each other, I will try to do the same thing. I pulled out my split splades (which has a blank card I had written my cousin and her husband's name on)
I then said that they should shuffle the deck. I did the same thing, located the card and performed grab.
Best reaction I've ever gotten. The point of this story is that you can suit grab for different enviroments, which is why I love it so much.
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