THE GRADUATE BY AARON FISHER
The Graduate is Mr. Fisher's contribution to the world of visual ambitious sequences. Ten years in the making... you would assume this to be a piece of great quality. You would be right.
A few weeks ago, Mr. Fisher released a demo video of The Graduate... a slow motion, in the hands visual ambitious sequence that looked absolutely perfect. I watched it numerous times, every time no less blown away and virtually clueless to the method. Many people had guessed a Top Card Cover Shift... they were wrong. I scrutinized the demo, looking for some sort of tell. Nothing... the fingers were completely motionless, and I was baffled.
Now, I've had the good fortune of winning a free copy of The Graduate. Aaron graciously sent me the package, which includes a full 30 page ebook describing the effect as well as a video download for visual learners.
First of all, I must commend Mr. Fisher for what he's done with the video download portion... He'll no doubt irritate the lot of "visual learners" who are too lazy to flip a page and read, since the video download is less than 4 minutes long and a minute and a half of that is devoted to a performance of the effect. Essentially, the "explanation" is a silent, exposed view performance of the effect at half speed. Aside from being a visual guide for the reader of the book, this video is essentially useless. If you try to learn the effect off this video alone, you will face extreme difficulty and the chances are you will not be able to pick up the sequence from it. This forces the visual learner, who buys the package solely for the instructional video, to read the freaking book and do some work for his art for once. If this was Fisher's intent, and I have a feeling it was, then bravo.
Anyways, besides that, the main event... the ebook itself. The ebook, for a single minute-long ambitious sequence, is 30 pages long. You read that correctly. Thirty pages for an effect that takes a minute to perform. Again, bravo... this ebook is fantastically detailed without dragging or becoming redundant. There are clear, black and white photos aplenty that will leave you questionless... no stone is left unturned. Aaron covers every single little nuance of the effect to make sure you get it working to the visual perfection he has managed to obtain after ten years of work.
With that, I bring you to the difficulty of the effect... I was shocked at the ease of it. Not to say it's entirely simple, I'm nowhere near ready to perform it, but it's surprising how easy it is to pick it up. It won't take you long to grasp the technique, provided you follow the text exactly. The move to accomplish the effect is very nuanced and precise... you must be pretty exact in order for the move to work to its full effectiveness... or work at all. For instance, Aaron spends literally five pages of the manuscript describing how to position the outjogged card in the deck. Yeah, it's that precise. However, if the directions are followed, Aaron teaches how to get these fine points dead-on every time. He's an excellent teacher who covers everything with great detail and clarity.
All in all, I'm extremely excited about The Graduate. The manuscript itself will make you think about your own card magic and it WILL improve you as a card magician in general. This is no overstatement... it really makes you appreciate attention to detail. Aaron Fisher understands how to construct a great card effect. With this manuscript, you will not only learn a fantastic effect, but walk away with tools to improve your card magic in general.
I've seen and learned a lot of visual ambitious sequences... Shigeo Futagawa's, Ray Kosby's, Chris Kenner's, Dan and Dave Buck's, and Chris Mayhew's to name a few. All of these are excellent utilities, and my intent is not at all to undermine them when I say that Aaron Fisher's "The Graduate" is THE best contribution to the visual ambitious card plot I have ever seen. It is visual, nuanced, and visually perfect. The move to accomplish the rise requires virtually no movement and there will be NO finger movement visible whatsoever. It is also the most angle-efficient version I've ever seen. You will NOT be disappointed with The Graduate. Card magicians will find an excellent effect, and serious students will take away that and so much more.
Congratulations, Aaron. Ten years have paid off.
Purchase The Graduate by Aaron Fisher at http://www.aaronfishermagic.com/graduate.htm