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Available now. I liked the trick in the demo.
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Some excellent self working material on this dvd.

It's by John so you know its good.

Check BIGBLINDMEDIA site for details of the effects.

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Self-Working Card Tricks by Karl Fulves - 72 tricks for £4.99

- 7p per trick

Sublime Self Working Card Tricks by John Carey - 10 tricks for £25.87

- £2.59 per trick

Hmmm, let me see. Smile
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Not sure this a reasonable comparison -- unless you know the quality of Carey is <= to Fulves. In general quality > quantity, at least for me, so waiting on reviews.
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It is also available as a download so maybe we will get some people chiming in soon.
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I am surprised that no reviews have popped up yet.
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On Apr 5, 2017, rowdymagi5 wrote:
I am surprised that no reviews have popped up yet.

We are waiting on your review.
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Yup....I may have to be the first. Give me a few days and I will report back.
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Got this. It is okay. Geared towards beginners. Nothing really earth shattering or new. I think priced a little high.
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Yes You CAAN was the standout for me- I really liked that one.
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Based on the quality of the several effects I downloaded of John Carey's from his Vanishing Inc projects. I would have no reason not to get something else by him. (I have just met my "magic spending quota" for a while.

I really need to stay off the internet for a while... I get too tempted at times. Unfortunately, if you don't check constantly, you miss out on some bargains.
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I am a huge fan of John Carey and Big Blind Media. Big Blind Media´s earlier Self working card magic dvds have all been great and John has released a lot of hard hitting and very practical material for workers in the past. So what could go wrong? that's at least what I thought and what made me buy the download.

However, I am very disapointed in this project. Sure, the material is easy and self-working but I do not think that the routines are that strong. There are SOOOOOOOOOO many powerfull self-working card tricks out there and many of them appears on earlier BBM releases. I don't have any place in my routine for decent material. I only want the best.

A lot of the routines are the sort of thing that you can come up with when you are siting around playing with a deck of cards and combining methods just for fun. You can come up with great magic that way but a lot of the time you will find that there are better versions out there from someone who has put some more thought into them.

I just Think the material felt a bit flat and uninspiring. If you are new to magic and want some great self working or easy material I would recommend BBM´s other dvds with self working card magic or Johns earlier dvds which contains some self workers and a lot of easy and practical magic.

This dvd gets a 3 out of 10 from me. A huge disapointment.
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Quick review: Great for those JUST starting out in Card Magic

Title: Sublime Self Working Card Tricks
Creator: John Carey
Publisher: Big Blind Media
MSRP: $ 27
Skill Level: Beginner
DVD Run time: (?)

Type of effect: DVD of 10 beginner level effects

Manufacturer's Write Up: Renowned card worker John Carey has a stellar reputation for creating practical, powerful card magic. Tricks that play brilliantly, and shock audiences, but are eminently DO-ABLE. Carey is known for employing clever thinking and choreography rather than complex moves and techniques, but on this project he has distilled it down even further and crafted 10 routines that require NO sleight of hand AT ALL!

Often entirely impromptu, these routines are simple in method but staggeringly impactful.

The TEN sleight-free tricks include gems like:

Yes, You CAAN - a brilliant self-working 'Card At Any Number' routine that requires NO DECK! Everything you need will slip into your wallet, and you'll be prepped for a total mindblower anytime/anywhere!

Sync - a thought of card routine that seems utterly impossible - a card 'constructed' by your audience is divined with almost zero procedure. Super clean. Super awesome!

One Hand & One Card - a card is selected, disappears from the deck and then appears in your pocket. ALL WHILE YOU HAVE ONE HAND STUFFED IN YOUR POCKET! Super clean. Ridiculously easy.

Plus seven more stunning examples stuffed with cheeky ruse's and deceptive routining in place of difficult sleights to make you look like a mega-skilled card shark.

Featured routines -

1. Opening Time
2. Think as I Think
3. One Hand & One Card
4. Yes You CAAN!
5. Scattered
6. A la Goldman
7. Dice CAAN
8. Sync
9. Make Believe (a coin effect!)
10. Redford Unplugged

How accurate is the ad copy? Good hype – no deception

What's in the box? Single DVD with 10 effects, a performance video and an explanation video

Key points: You'll be able to perform all ten routines immediately and really concentrate on engaging with your spectators and creating magical moments.

How are the production values: BBM always makes good videos. Multiple camera angles, simple, easy to follow teaching, everything is well mic’d, well set with beautiful assistants.

Is it well taught: John Carey is a very soft spoken, slow, easy to follow teacher. It’s almost like learning magic from your Sunday School teacher.

Difficulty / Skill level required: Zero – these effects are even easier than previous “no skill” BBM titles. I was able to “learn” all of these effects without ever watching the explanations. They are THAT easy.

How much arts and crafts are involved? Zero

How practical is this in the real world? (can it really be done?) Very easy

Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.

_____ Very Satisfied
___X__ Somewhat Satisfied
_____ Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied
_____ Somewhat Dissatisfied
_____ Very Dissatisfied
_____ No Opinion

My thoughts I love no skill card tricks – you say, “self working” and I dial right in, but even these effects were TOO EASY for my taste. I think these tricks would be great for those just starting out in card magic, and would like some simple card magic beyond the “dover” offerings of yesteryear.

+ Hey do you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas? Visit this link for my video review: ​
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I don't think this is the strongest DVD ever put out by BBM, but I certainly wouldn't write it off. There are some clever little subtleties here. I do wonder whether John's very understated performance style works against him here - since I can see some of these routines playing more strongly with some thought. I also wonder if (as magicians) we forget the impact that even simple things can have on laymen. That being said, there's at least one routine on here which I think may well not fool a layperson since (to my mind) the mathematical principle is well known. But you'll have to read my full review to find out which one!

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