Havent posted a review here in forever, so here ya go. Hopefully I get some responses this time.
This sleight was released on Friday, and I've devoted all my weekend practice time(A lot, I don't have to sleep over the summer, so atleast 15 hours) Its a cool sleight, but I should say, if your an intermediate or advanced cardman, you've done this before. This a move everyone has come up with. But Mr. Brown offers some nice finer points and has a very nice clean-up for the sleight that makes this On Demand a good one.
What they say- The Venus Trap is a single technique that will leave you with the power to control, vanish, change and switch a card.
The Venus Trap is an updated handling of a sleight published by George Pughe way back in a 1949 issue of The Linking Ring under the title of, Pughe's Alternative to a DL.
Many magician's have since played with the idea and released their own version, such as, Bill Goodwin, Junstin Hanes, and Daniel Garcia, however, we have seen no one more cleanly execute the sleight than Chris Brown and are proud to present this video.
What I say- This is a cool sleight. As I said before you have probably done this before, and by watching the demo you may know the method. While this isn't a magician fooler, this sleight has the ability to make its way into my repotoire. I will definently use it as a control(Made my own variation of the one seen in the demo) I do not know if I'll use it as a 1for1 switch. I really like the idea of controlling the card and leaving an X card outjogged in the center, and that is what I really gained from this download. Its not shown in the demo, but this is taught. Its a great lead in to sandwich tricks, or transpos(Like Tivo) It adds a ton more to the control in my opinion when you have the card put back, close the pack, then push it in. Thats how controls should look. It just looks so clean.
The download teaches the 1for1 switch, 2 controls, a vanish, and a little trick at the end. All the apps he shows are cool, but you will come up with quite a bit of stuff with it yourself.
Your probably thinking this thing is really angle-sensitive, but as Chris says in the video, its not as "angly" as you would think. Done properly, you should be able to do this for 4 or 5 people.
Quality is great, obviously. Chris is a great teacher, and I hope to see more from him. Judging from his youtube videos, guy got skillz yo.
Overall if you want a cool and somewhat easy sleight to bite into, this is perfect. As I said earlier, I'm definently going to use this as a control. In my opinion, anything thats good enough for you to use, is worth what you paid andthensome(pun intended)
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