I must start off this review with a few points...
First, it has been YEARS since I paid full price for a DVD. I always wait until at a convention or a lecture with a sale to pick up something (or buy it on eBay). However, upon seeing the trailer and some reviews for this one, I had to have it. I went online and picked up a copy as soon as I could.
Second, I am not a huge Dave Forrest fan. I have a few of his items and I have never been incredibly impressed (as I always felt they would do much better in a larger volume). So, when I saw the trailer for this and though "I NEED THAT", it was a shock to me too.
Third, for the sake of reading, this review will be a bit shorter than my usual reviews.... Though I guess I could sum it all up in one word... BUY THIS NOW.Dave Says:
Dave Forrest (creator of Colour Burn and Nothing In Transit) is back with Deception, a new collection of close-up magic bearing all the hallmarks that have made Dave one of magic's most respected creators.
This, the first volume of Deception, is quite literally bursting with clever concepts, astonishing routines, devious moves and diabolical gaffs!
And everything they say is true. This DVD is one of the BEST I have seen in a very long time.The Effects:ONE:
The spectator is asked to "create" a card by naming a color, a suit and ANY value. In the card case (that is in full view the whole time) is ONE card that ends up saying the one they thought of.
THIS is really clever thinking. I got the DVD, watched it, and this is the effect that I could perform 20 minutes afterwards. It's VERY strong, and even fools magicians. In fact, after I finished watching, I called my friend Mark Tirone (fellow penguin, Girspiggy on the forums) and showed him the effect via Skype. He was fooled and equally impressed by the method.
Worth the ENTIRE price of the DVD.Matrix
This one is neat, and in Dave's hands, looks fantastic. It's not the most original premise (four X's moving from the corners of a signed card to one corner) but it's good.
The handling is VERY move-oriented which I think could have been avoided, but you end with a great giveaway for spectators.Piccallili
This is a sandwich effect, kind of combined with cavorting aces. It's good, visual and I am sure it would work for a lay audience.
...I just don't like sandwich effects. I have seen a few that totally rock, but this is too... move-y for my taste. Too much going on visually for the concept to really be seen. Easily the weakest on the DVD (but it was still not bad).S.C.T.A:
A very fair version of Spectator Cuts The Aces.
Unlike the above trick, Spectator Cuts The Aces is a plot I absolutely love... and Dave's handling is great. It's very fair but REALLY well thought out. If you like this plot, you will like this handling.Mentholism:
This is a cool trick where a selected and signed card VISUALLY appears in a tic-tac box.
When I saw the performance, I was fooled by a few aspects. I knew the general handling, but the gimmick is something I haven't seen before. It's really neat and well thought out. A little fidgety, but no question this would FLY for laypeople.DALI:
I LOVE this effect and have already started performing it... a TON. The spectator selects a card, and on the back of your business card, you have a drawing of it. In an attempt to hand it out, you visually POP the drawing out of the business card and hand both out.
This looks awesome, and feels awesome to perform. Plus, the way it is scripted and set is a PERFECT situation to give away a business card.The Spectre:
I have said this before, but THIS is worth 3x the price of the DVD. Hands down.
The effect he teaches is a card is selected and maybe signed. It is lost in the deck, and with a snap, he shows that in the card case (on the table, untouched) has 2 jokers and a face down card inside. After pulling them out (fairly), the face down card is turned over to reveal their signed card.
This COMPLETELY fried me. I had NO idea, and then after learning the secret, I couldn't help but wonder why no one had created this. It's INGENIOUS. I recommend the DVD if only for this effect, as it is the fairest effect of it's kind out there.Discarded:
Not bad; the aces switch places in a context of a sandwich routine. Psychologically interesting to the spectators, but nothing really jumped out at me with this effect.Problem Solved:
This is Hofzinzer's Ace Problem redone. Much like other of Dave's things, this is move oriented, but it looks great and is worth the practice. I have studied MANY versions of this effect, and this has to be one of the best. It makes more psychological sense to the audience than most.R.S.M.S:
Four cards placed in the center (or however many) are squared, and the deck is riffle shuffled... When you show all four on the bottom.
This is a REALLY great idea, very justified, and a control that doesn't call any attention to itself. It is one of the few times when you can say "and to mix them up further, I will shuffle the cards" with it actually looking like you do what you said. Pretty sure this will become my GO-TO control.Don't Blink:
This is a color change, that is peculiar. The handling is nice, but the one that they show on the demo video is... not my favourite. It looks knacky. Then, on the actual DVD, it shows a "variation" that looks FAR better than the original.
It's a clever change, and one I might use, but I recommend highly that you check out the variation first.Final Thoughts:
This is a REALLY valuable DVD. GREAT moves, tricks, subtleties, and something for EVERY card magician out there. It sparked tons of ideas for me, and ONE and Spectre are going into my act. I would have gladly paid 3x the price as any of these effects could have been sold on their own.
I can't wait for volume 2.