The Magic Café
Username:
Password:
[ Lost Password ]
  [ Forgot Username ]
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » Latest and Greatest? » » Only Slightly Sleighty by Ryan Schlutz (8 Likes) Printer Friendly Version

 Go to page 1~2 [Next]
Titanas
View Profile
V.I.P.
1960 Posts

Profile of Titanas
Ryan Schlutz is known as a genius creator of easy to do card tricks. His bestselling DVD's 'Miracles Without Moves' and 'Effortless Effects' have armed countless magicians with material that has blown spectators away but required no sleight of hand skill to perform.

On Only Slightly Sleighty Ryan unleashes seven brand new barnstorming card routines that take everything to the next level. Most of the routines are still sleight-free or super easy (and those that aren't are still easily achievable by magicians of any skill level), but Ryan also teaches extra options for those who want to incorporate some sleights into the equation and add extra layers of deception to the material. Everything is taught on the DVD, so you can start simple and then build your way to card ninja expert!

The focus of the tricks on Only Slightly Sleighty is giving your audience the feeling that THEY have control of everything. Ryan has honed and refined these routines with the implicit target of making the audience feel like they have made every decision. Because if THEY made decisions, then the tricks truly ARE magic! It's a masterclass in audience control and relaxed misdirection. You'll have a lot of fun performing these routines, and you WILL fool people!

Features:

Future Card
Shuffles Therapy
Long Way Out
Any Card To Any Sum
Magic Camp
Combined
We Do As We Do

Plus, a great bonus section on how to use Pencil Dots and Edge Marking to expand your magical skillset and add a very special tool to your magical armory.

More info:
http://www.murphysmagic.com/product.aspx?id=59203


Best regards,
Titanas
Product Developer @ Murphys Magic Supplies
videoman
View Profile
Inner circle
4668 Posts

Profile of videoman
I really like Ryan's stuff so I'll be picking this up for sure.
Well maybe 95.2% sure Smile
Magic KL
View Profile
Inner circle
1827 Posts

Profile of Magic KL
Just saw this on FB as well. I love Ryan‘s effects too~
RSchlutz
View Profile
V.I.P.
483 Posts

Profile of RSchlutz
Thanks guys. I am 95.2% sure you will enjoy it. Smile

Ryan.
Cameron Francis
View Profile
V.I.P.
6987 Posts

Profile of Cameron Francis
Looks awesome as usual. Ryan always fools me. And that not hyperbole. Even if I sort of get one aspect of a trick, he'll fool me with another part. I'm sure this material is no exception.
NUMBERED - A killer predicted card at any number out now! http://cameronfrancismagic.com/numbered.html
Jacob Smith
View Profile
Inner circle
1760 Posts

Profile of Jacob Smith
I frigg'n love Ryan Schlutz.

Seriously one of my favorite people I've had the pleasure to meet through cons and of course Penguin Live.

I have no doubt this is going to be a Collection Of Card Killers! (love the acronym on that phrase)

Anyways...

Looking forward to hearing the nearly guaranteed positive response and checking it out when I can find the time to secure then view a copy!

Congrats Ryan!

XX,
-Jacob
Maestro
View Profile
Special user
815 Posts

Profile of Maestro
I recently got Slightly Sleighty and just wanted to post a review.

What you get:
There is a little over 2 hours of card material covering 7 effects, in DVD or download form. All of the effects are performed for spectators and then described thoroughly. Production quality is great, typical for big blind media.

For many effects there is both a beginner version which is easier to master, and then a more advanced version which will add in some extra shuffles or sleights. Generally though the technical aspects of the tricks will be relatively easily attained by both dedicated beginners and intermediate card magicians. While there are great touches and some relatively unique ways of controlling cards on this DVD, there are no knuckle-busting sleights. While the effects will require at least some practice, it will generally be the audience management and presentation portions of the effects rather than card handling. Intermediate card handlers will likely be able to pick up the effects rapidly.


What I thought:
Overall this DVD is great for anyone who wants to add some anytime, anywhere non-gaffed card effects to their repertoire. Most importantly, the effects are entertaining and high quality. Some of the highlights for me are as below:

"We Do As We Do", a coincidence effect where both you and the spectator select cards, mix the cards, and then each deal cards down onto the table one at a time, mirroring each other. Anytime the spectator says stop, you turn over your cards and they are both of your selections. I have seen other version of this card plot, but this is by far the easiest and most fooling version I have seen, and it does not use marked/gaffed cards.

"Combined", sort of a pseudo selected card at any number. A card is selected and thoroughly lost in the deck. About 6 double-faced cards with different values on the faces and backs (which you can make yourself by just gluing normal cards together) are placed into envelopes and mixed and flipped randomly by a spectator. The cards are taken out of the envelopes in whatever orientation the spectator chose, and it is obvious that if the cards were mixed differently a different number would have been produced. Without the magician touching the deck, the spectator deals down to that number and it is the selected card. I can see this one playing very strong, and I have heard it is quite the magician fooler as well. Will definitely be trying this one out.

"Shuffle therapy", an impromptu mind reading effect in which a spectator selects a card, it is lost, and then the magician mix clumps of cards randomly together. It feels like there is no way that the magician could no where the card is, much less the identity of the card. Using a very sneaky ploy that I was not able to figure out after watching the performance, the magician is able to both locate the card face down, and divine the suit and value. I found Ryan's presentational tips that disguise the secret moment in this effect very valuable, and you could definitely apply this thinking to the rest of your magic.

"Future Card", the opening effect. A card is freely selected by the spectator and placed aside. The deck is mixed by both the spectator and the magician. The magician and spectator take turns dealing cards down until they want to stop, but for both cards the spectator gets the option to change her mind multiple times. Despite having multiple times to change her mind at every point, the two cards are found to represent the suit and value of the card freely chosen by the spectator before the trick began. It is hard to describe in print, but it feels impossible that Ryan could be controlling the outcome of any of the three cards involved, but that is exactly what he does. To me this trick represents Ryan's style and thinking about card magic, highly recommended.


These were just the highlights for me, but all of the effects were high quality, and they all had tips that you could apply to other tricks. I cannot really think of any major negatives to the DVD, other than for many of the effects it would be helpful to have at least a small table surface available as frequently the spectators are chaotically mixing cards and this may help them. All effects can be done standing and surrounded however.

Overall, Ryan's magic has a very hands off and non-linear feel. Methods are layered on top of each other which made backtracking the methods impossible for me, much less laymen. His thoughts on misdirection and audience management are beyond his years. If you have not seen Ryan's magic before you will be in for a treat as his style and handling methods are unique. If you have seen other material from Ryan, you will likely have some new favorites.

5/5 from me,
Maestro
BMWGuy
View Profile
Inner circle
Texas
2253 Posts

Profile of BMWGuy
Hey guys,

I have only seen DVD 1, but so far it is good. Maestro gave a good review.

I will be reviewing this fully tomorrow.

Stay tuned.

Alex
PRESET by Alex Alejandro & Dan Harlan now available for a special introductory price!
MikeMgc
View Profile
Regular user
160 Posts

Profile of MikeMgc
Maestro's review above is spot on, I loved Future Card, looks totally impossible.

Picked this up from BBM at Blackpool and the effects are all very strong indeed, the kind of effects I like (and My Target audience like - They are Thinkers, Logicians and Problem Solvers) heavy on subtlety with layered methods.

Suffice it to say, I was badly fooled by all of these, I have Ryan's other releases from BBM which are all very good, this in IMHO is Ryan's best release yet. If you like Self Working or Nearly Self Working - Semi Automatic Tricks - you will love this.
RSchlutz
View Profile
V.I.P.
483 Posts

Profile of RSchlutz
Woah! Thank you all for all the love. I really appreciate it.

Ryan
Maestro
View Profile
Special user
815 Posts

Profile of Maestro
Quote:
On May 24, 2017, BMWGuy wrote:
Hey guys,

I have only seen DVD 1, but so far it is good. Maestro gave a good review.

I will be reviewing this fully tomorrow.

Stay tuned.

Alex


Thanks, interested to see what you thought too.
BMWGuy
View Profile
Inner circle
Texas
2253 Posts

Profile of BMWGuy
So last night I decided to try out some of these on some of my neighbors.

The hit was

Future Card & We Do as We Do.

And these are smart guys that know a little bit about magic, and they were absolutely dumbfounded.

Do yourself a favor and get these DVDs, its worth it just for the above routines.

Alex
PRESET by Alex Alejandro & Dan Harlan now available for a special introductory price!
RSchlutz
View Profile
V.I.P.
483 Posts

Profile of RSchlutz
I love Future Card!! If you seen me in person in the last couple years you better bet I did future card for you. Also We do as We do was a challenge I work on forever. It is always done with a marked deck and I wanted a version where the deck could be normal and shuffled. Happy you guys are digging them.

Ryan
MadisonH
View Profile
Inner circle
1427 Posts

Profile of MadisonH
I'm a little late to the game, but I just got this and I absolutely love it. I had only ever seen Ryan's "Sense-Sational" download from Vanishing Inc many years ago and I remember being not only very fooled by the demo, but also very amazed at the intricacy of the method and the layering involved within. I've seen Ryan's name come up a few times on Penguin Magic but never purchased any of those effects (turns out, I was really missing out.)

Now onto the review of Only Slightly Sleighty

DVD 1:

Future Card: The DVD starts out with a routine called Future Card. Essentially, someone selects a card without looking and it gets placed to the side. The deck is shuffled and cut bu both the performer and the spectator. The performer then deals through his half of the deck and has the spectator call out stop. Once they do, they get a free choice of one of several cards (quite comically.) They eventually decide on one which is placed in the center of the table next to a business card. The spectator then begins to deal through their half of the deck and the performer stops them at some point. The spectator gives the performer the same comical choices the performer gave earlier. Ultimately, the performer lets the spectator decide which card should be used. This card is placed on the other side of the business card on the table. The business card is turned over. This side of the business cards has two words. "Value" with an arrow pointing to one of the selected cards, and "suit" with an arrow pointing to the other selected card. These cards are revealed and used to make a new card based on what the business card said. Low and behold, the card removed in the beginning to revealed to be the card just made.

This is a fantastic routine which is very fooling. Watching the full performance, I had some ideas, but definitely couldn't follow it all and was fooled by various aspects of the routine. There is a bit of set up involved, but it would be pretty easy to get into while searching for a selected card in a previous effect or using some culling. This effect makes use of a special card you can make up at home which gives you a very unfair edge against the spectator.



Shuffles Therapy: A performance of this can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rht-hin7c8w&t=130s
In essence, a deck is shuffled. A card is selected and lost back in the deck. The deck is shuffled by the spectator and the performer. The performer simply feels the cards and somehow feels which card is their selected card despite the fairness of the procedure. Not only that, the performer can even name the card before it's revealed.

The first time I saw the full performance in the video above, I was totally fooled. It took me watching it several times to even get a general idea about the method. Even then, there was a lot I didn't understand about the routine. The good news is, this routine is incredibly easy to do. There's no set up other than a secret weapon (mentioned earlier.) This secret weapon makes this one of the most fooling card revelations around. However, Ryan also covers how to do this with a borrowed deck without loosing anything the secret weapon offers. It is every bit as powerful and fooling.



Long Way Out: Picture Chad Long's "Shuffling Lesson" done with three people instead of two and instead of finding all four of a kind, they first select three unknown cards. They each then find the three remaining mates of the cards which were placed off to the side.

This is Ryan's take on Shuffling Lesson and I was fooled again by the performance. The thing that is difficult to express about these routines without seeing them is how hands off and care free Ryan is in his handling. The spectators will always remember it as them shuffling cards all the way through, and yet, something unexplainable has happened. There is a bit of a set up, but over all, the routine is simple to execute. Ryan also teaches a nifty way to switch 3 selected cards for 3 forced cards. This effect also uses the secret weapon.



Any Card Any Sum: This is a strange one. The cards are shuffled, and a spectator freely removes a bunch of cards. These cards are shown to be random and are then handed to one of the spectators to hold. The other spectator selects a card which gets lost into the deck fairly and casually. The deck is left on the table. The first spectator now begins to mix the small packet of cards face up and face down. Eventually, the cards are spread and the value of all the face up cards are added together to create a number. The other spectator picks up the deck and counts to the number. Surprise surprise, their card is found at the number just summed from the face up cards.

This is obviously similar to an ACAAN but with a very different feel. Again, the reason this routine is so powerful is because of how clean the handling is. There aren't any unnecessary moves, and the deck is tabled long before a number is reached. All the work is done before anything even begins. This is ALWAYS a good position to be in as it leaves no room for the audience to backtrack. This effect is done with a borrowed deck with no set up.


DVD 2:

Magic Camp: Okay this is a mammoth of a routine. The performer has two spectator help him out. The performer teaches the spectators some lessons he learned at magic camp beginning with each spectator attempting to cut a certain number of cards and keeping those cards to use throughout the demonstration. During these lessons, each person cards are shuffled and dealt and each person freely selects a card. Everyone makes a note of their selected card on a post it so they won't forget it. The cards are all given to someone else in the group and that person looses the card in their packet. The packets are shuffled and then the packets are switched to different people in the group. With new packets in hand, the performer teaches everyone how to deal some cards specially (second deals, center deals, etc) Once 5 cards are in front of each person, the rest of the deck is put aside. Each person now turns all the cards around the middle over so that each packet has one face down card in it. The packets are all switched one final card. Each person removes the face down card and sticks their sticky note on the back. The rest of the cards are put away. Each card is cleanly turned over and each card is the selected cards from earlier.

While this routine is long and process driven, it is UTTERLY fooling and so much fun to perform. The whole thing is very playful and involves the two spectator, making the process an enjoyable part of the routine. The fact that each person shuffles a chosen card into their packet and then later finds those cards is amazing. I was fooled badly by the performance and had no idea how it worked. There's a nice combination of methods used here which cancels out the other methods. This could be a show stopper. I have performed it already and they were speechless and left scratching their heads. This is the only effect on this DVD set which requires a full deck set up, but this is VERY easy to get into if you know how to cull cards. (This one routine takes up half of the second DVD)



Combined: Double faced cards with all different low numbers (1-10) are placed in separate envelopes and handed to a spectator to shuffle and flip repeatedly for as long as they want. As they do this, another spectator selects a card which is then lost in the deck in a fair and casual manner. The deck is then shuffled by all three people. All the double sided cards are removed from the envelopes in the orientation the spectator left them in. The values are added together to receive a number. The selected card is found at the number.

This reminds me of Any Card at Any Sum from the previous DVD, but the double faced cards are very fooling and make the routine seem extra impossible. (These double faced cards could just be an index card with different numbers written on each side. It's quite a clever method and again, all of the shuffling the spectators do make it seem absolutely impossible. And once again, the dirty work is done before they even know the trick has started.



We Do As We Do: The spectator spreads the deck for the performer to select a card. The performer does so and returns it to the deck. The performer then spreads the deck so the spectator can select one. They do so and return the card to the deck. The spectator then mixes half of the deck while the performer mixes the other half. The spectator and the performer both begin to deal cards off the top of their deck one at a time, at the same time. The spectator stops whenever they want. When they stop, the performer also stops. The cards stopped at are placed on the table and the rest of the deck is put away. The performer names the card he selected earlier and the spectator names the card they selected earlier. Amazingly, the performer found the spectator's card and the spectator found the performer's card both at the exact same location in their halves.

This is a GREAT routine. It requires a minor setup of a few cards which is very simple to get into from a previous effect of some sort. It's a way to perform the classic effect without the need for a marked deck. In my mind, this is reminiscent of "Diplopia" by Paul Vigil but without all the hard work. I believe the two routines would be seen as the exact same effect in the eyes of a layman. This is another fooler, and AGAIN, the handling is so fair and the spectator does so much shuffling that it truly seems impossible for the performer to have any control.



Tips on the Secret Weapon: Here Ryan discussed some tips on how to make the best "secret weapon" that is used in most of the routines in this project.



General Thoughts: I was really blown away by this project. Ryan has some truly spectacular effects in this DVD set. The biggest through line throughout this project is how much control the spectator has in each of the effects. This amount of control and choice given to the spectator truly makes these simple effects appear impossible. Liam Montier stands beside Ryan in the explanations and keeps him on track and plays the role of the spectator in the explanations. It's a great system which leaves no stone unturned. Another thing about all of the effects on this project: they are incredibly easy to do. None of the effects are sleight heavy, and yet they will have more impact than some of the most advanced card routines on the market. Of the project, my favorite is Magic Camp. I just love how fun the routine is, and I believe it is super memorable for the spectators involved. Not only is it fun though, it is so freaking impossible. It's the fairest trick of it's type and will easily fool a room full of magicians. Another of my favorites is We Do As I Do. It's simple in it's methodology, but very hard-hitting. Shuffles Therapy is also great. I wasn't AS KEEN on "Combined" and "Any Card At Any Sum," but I think that's mainly because I already have my favorite methods for ACAAN. That said, they are both still very valid effects and I'm sure they would fool laymen AS WELL AS magicians. Over all, I really enjoyed this project. There are many effects I want to add into my repertoire. As a matter of fact, I want to add many of these into my repertoire for those times I meet fellow magi because I think these would leave the magi speechless. I consider myself very knowledgeable about magic and card techniques especially, and I was very fooled by many of these effects. (Even though I was familiar with ALL of the principles used in the methods.) Ryan just has a unique way of camouflaging the methods with apparent chaos which leaves you thinking it CAN'T be done how you originally thought.

I highly suggest picking this up. It is a great project loaded with hard hitting and impossible card magic.

Madison
If you enjoy my thoughts on the cafe, please consider donating a coffee at the link.
https://ko-fi.com/madisonhagler
MadisonH
View Profile
Inner circle
1427 Posts

Profile of MadisonH
I forgot to say something else which is a small point but is something I wanted to mention:

Ryan talks about a way to make spectators forget the dirty work in a couple of these routines and that advice is brilliant. Don't overlook it! If you started implementing that idea any time you had to do the dirty work, your tricks would seem so much cleaner. It literally makes them forget that moment ever happened. It's good stuff!

Madison
If you enjoy my thoughts on the cafe, please consider donating a coffee at the link.
https://ko-fi.com/madisonhagler
RSchlutz
View Profile
V.I.P.
483 Posts

Profile of RSchlutz
Woah Madison that review was unexpected and intense. Really appreciate your time and you made my day that you picked up on the little things I was trying to teach. Especially the part you added on about making spectators forget what happened. To me that is the most valuable thing to learn on the DVDs. The tricks are just to help teach the concept.

Ryan
amprice99
View Profile
Regular user
101 Posts

Profile of amprice99
I love reading Madison's reviews and have purchase items based on them. This one will be another purchase.
Terrible Wizard
View Profile
Inner circle
1973 Posts

Profile of Terrible Wizard
Sounds cool Smile
RSchlutz
View Profile
V.I.P.
483 Posts

Profile of RSchlutz
Another review for those that want more info.


http://www.bicycle-cards.co.uk/2017/06/1......-review/

Ryan
MadisonH
View Profile
Inner circle
1427 Posts

Profile of MadisonH
Just wanted to report back and say I performed the "Magic Camp" effect tonight for some laymen college friends of mine who haven't seen me do much magic at all. They were floored by the performance. Before we revealed the cards, they had all started to say, "there's no way this is going to be our cards... there's no way." And then of course, it was. That is such a POWERFUL effect. It truly feels impossible.
If you enjoy my thoughts on the cafe, please consider donating a coffee at the link.
https://ko-fi.com/madisonhagler
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » Latest and Greatest? » » Only Slightly Sleighty by Ryan Schlutz (8 Likes)
 Go to page 1~2 [Next]
X
[ Top of Page ]
All content & postings Copyright © 2001-2020 Steve Brooks. All Rights Reserved.
This page was created in 0.32 seconds requiring 5 database queries.
The views and comments expressed on The Magic Café
are not necessarily those of The Magic Café, Steve Brooks, or Steve Brooks Magic.
> Privacy Statement <

ROTFL Billions and billions served! ROTFL