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DavidKenney
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Title: Parallels
Creator: Think Nguyen
Publisher: Alakazam
MSRP: $ 30
Skill Level: Intermediate
DVD Run time: Over 2 hours of card magic

Type of effect: Intermediate card magic

Manufacturer's Write Up: Think is a professional close up magician from Belgium, who specializes in card magic. Humble and quite reserved, he has only shared his magic with a select few people until now. He has contributed effects for magazines such as Arcana (Korea) and Vanish (USA), to name a few, whereby his creations have been well received by the magic community.

Think's well-guarded secrets have continued to generate interest within the underground magic scene. His ideas and effects have allowed him to travel the world, sharing his unique style and presentations over many conventions and lectures.

In this DVD, Think has handpicked some of his favorite routines and sleights. There is something for everyone, from beginner to advanced card magic. His handling is elegant and subtle; the effects are mesmerizing and baffling. Magicians often describe his magic as if the cards are coming to life in his hands.

With extraordinary card magic that will baffle and entertain any audience, Parallels is sure to set the standard for the future of card magic for years to come, and is just the tip of the iceberg from this rising star.

How are the production values: Alakazam makes great professional videos – multiple camera angles, both of the talent is mic’d, shot well – with live performances and many times Think re-shows the performance back in the studio just for David.

Is it well taught: David Loosley from Alakazam accompanies Think Nguyen and helps him teach & break down each effect.

Difficulty / Skill level required: Intermediate to advance

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

__X___ Very Satisfied
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My thoughts I was glad for David Loosley to be on this project, he kept all the instruction clear and helped be the eyes and ears of the viewer at home.

For me, the magic was strong, but it wasn’t my style. Think performs as “the advanced card handler” and a lot of his tricks are about him “manipulating the deck” and finding the mates of chosen cards. And even though the effects were all very creative and different, I wasn’t taken in by any story or patter that made the effects “interesting.”

This is certainly strong card magic, and I think fans of this style will eat this up and find LOTS to fill their creative bellies with.

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I bought this when it was released and I've been loving it. There is A LOT of material on here.

They really need to do something about the ad copy though.. the ad copy does not do this product justice at all. I took a leap of faith and bought it because of what I saw in the trailer. But nowhere in the ad copy does it say that this is a 2 DVD set (which I was pleasantly surprised by), nor what routines/moves you learn... nothing. I bought it from penguin, idk if it's just them or every ad copy is like that but it really is a shame because this is a great dvd. It deserves more respect than the ad gives it.

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S22336
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Think showed me a few highlights when I met him at Blackpool, and it was really remarkable, he is fully one of my favourites now. Essentially what I think I liked was that he uses what might otherwise be throw-away cardistry style moves to create narrative moments of magic. Like, a slick whole-deck spin is used not to show off, but to show how time slows and reverses within the trick. Really lovely. I ordered the DVD yesterday and I'm looking forward to getting stuck into it.

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I personally really enjoyed Thinks First DVD "Parallels".

Almost all of the material on the DVD set is really visual magic.
All of the routines are explained extremely well in a really clear and relaxed matter.
I will deffinatly be adding some of the material from Parallels to my repertoire and if you are thinking about buying the DVD set then don't hesitate as it is amazing!

Kind Regards,

Rico Weeland
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