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 Post subject: V2F by G (DVD)
PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:37 pm 
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V2F by G (DVD) Review

V2F is very visual vanish or transformation of a signed card followed by a card to impossible location. What you are buying are two "moves" and a few routines and ideas built around these two moves. The two moves are the vanish and a clever method for a card fold (I don't think I'm giving anything away because the demo clearly shows a card folded in quarters). The vanish is simply stunning and the card fold is very deceptive.

"MELT any card with just a wave of your hand. Any deck. Anytime. Anywhere."

Is the marketing fluff farce or fact? I'm pleased to say it does just about everything it claims to do.

Degree of Difficulty

Moderate to difficult. Easy to do poorly. Hard to perform it effortlessly. First, prepare to burn a few decks of cards perfecting the V2F move. Every time you execute the move you will destroy a card - should be fairly obvious from the demo video. It is rare that I write a review without having performed the effect for real people but I will admit that I haven't perfected this yet. I plan to practice this move until it is perfect before performing for a real audience and I hope you will too.

Teaching

The teaching is good but not great. The teaching segments are silent except for the music and with subtitles to explain the details over the move. You do get some good over the shoulder angles to learn from. G is pretty clear in these segments however I wish there was more detail on the subtleties of the V2F move. It's hard to explain without exposing the method but I found it a bit difficult to find where the selected card is in relation to my right hand when beginning the move and how to hold the deck during the vanish.


Quantity of Effects

I've seen a couple reviews that knock the DVD for lack of material and being overpriced. I don't agree or disagree. I think this depends on why you purchased the V2F. If you are looking for a killer ambitious card sequence, a nice, no-palm card to impossible location or you are struggling to learn the Mercury card fold, V2F may be pure gold. I fall into that category.

It's not a long DVD but I think there is reasonably good value. Here's what you get:

Card to Shoe routine - this is the basic effect and it's very good. Perhaps not a complete routine but makes a great climax for any number of routines.

Ambitious Card phase - G shows you a pretty standard ACR sequence using Marlo's tilt move. Then applies V2F for the climax

Card Under Wallet routine - this is the full length V2F routine. This is a multi-phase routine where the signed, selected card vanishes and re-appears under your wallet. The next phase is where the entire deck disappears except for the selected card. The deck reappears under the wallet. The climax is V2F Card to Shoe. A very nice routine.

Bonus applications:

G quickly teaches several other applications (not full routines) of the V2F move including a torn and restored card, a color change with or without a DF card and finally an "invisible" deck. This is not THE invisible deck that you're thinking of - it is using the V2F move with an Omni Deck (a clear, arcylic deck) to turn a deck of cards invisible.

G Coin Matrix

G throws in an impromptu coin matrix routine. I haven't tried it but it looks pretty good. Four coins instantly assemble under one hand. Like many other coin matrices, this probably requires a pliable, quiet surface to perform on.

Quality of Effects

V2F is pretty impressive. The simplicity of the move is rather genius. It is hard to believe that no-one thought of this before G. Perhaps they had and it just never became a well-known move.

The reason I purchased V2F is because I immediately recognized the application of the moves. I've been working on a card-to-ring box effect (ala Tommy Wonder) and V2F has enormous potential in an ACR climax sequence. I think V2F would fry people in conjuction with John Kennedy's Mystery Box prop.

Production Quality

Excellent. Music is tasteful and not too repetitive. Video is clear and the angles are good.

Overall: 7/10

If you're looking for a super visual card effect, a nice impromptu card-to-impossible location, or an alternative card fold method then V2F is for you. I knocked off a couple points for G's lack of explanation on the finer points of the move and the brevity of the DVD. It is perhaps a bit overpriced for the average amateur mage (like me). Then again, if I can weave V2F into my ultimate ACR it will have been worth several times what I paid for it. Only time will tell if this is a keeper or a sleeper.

Note: The card box color change is not taught. It should be obvious how it is done after watching the DVD. The problem is that you'll need to destroy a card case each time you perform the effect or have custom cards printed that look like a card case.


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 Post subject: Re: V2F by G (DVD)
PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:00 pm 
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I bought this just out of curiosity. Now I already perform Paperclipped from time to time but to be honest I have not tried this. I work mostly in pubs, bars and the amount of people I perform for and the proximity I am to others (spelled crowded!!) I am not sure this would be a tool I would use? I will still try it out and go from there. Good Honest review!!!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:09 am 
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Thanks!

I'm about 2 packs (100 cards) into my practice of V2F and it's looking really good. It is pretty much angle proof - should work great in a crowded bar. There are a couple "tells" that can expose the method if you are not careful. I'm having to discover the little subtleties that G doesn't cover like the best angle to hold the deck when starting the move.

One thing I really like about this move is the amount of control you have over the card fold. It's a really ingenious method because you do the dirty work right in front of the spectator while they are burning your hands.


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 Post subject: Re: V2F by G (DVD)
PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:58 am 
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Thanks for this review. I have been very curious about this since the promo came out. I actually like the fact that it mercury folds the card. I just sprung for a Porper strong box so all of a sudden everything is getting the mercury fold. Plus it might give me something to do with all those old decks I have lieing around.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:11 am 
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I ordered this today. Love his work so far.


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eostresh wrote:
Thanks for this review. I have been very curious about this since the promo came out. I actually like the fact that it mercury folds the card. I just sprung for a Porper strong box so all of a sudden everything is getting the mercury fold. Plus it might give me something to do with all those old decks I have lieing around.


Eostresh I'm working on some material with the card fold you might enjoy, I'll let you know when I have a draft, maybe you could take a look.

-JT


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:34 am 
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You can share with me too. I'll take a look :)


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Love to see it as well.


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I don't want to hijack this thread, but I'll make one of my own when some of the stuff is typed up. Thanks for the interest though guys!

-JT


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Okay I bit! I also picked up imagine while I was at it. I'm looking forward to this!


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imagine kicks butt. Love it and I allready used it this past weekend and at the bar and it killed everybody.


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miniserb725 wrote:
...I'm working on some material with the card fold you might enjoy, I'll let you know when I have a draft, maybe you could take a look.
-JT


How is that material coming along?


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