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"I am super impressed by the thinking here. Wish I had thought of it!" -Matt Johnson

"Joel always comes up with practical, direct methods for strong effects and Bulldog is no exception." -Ben Williams

"The second I saw this, I knew I would be using it! It’s simple, versatile and soo damn clever! I absolutely love it, and so will everyone else! Get it! It’s GOLD!" -Jamie Daws

When choosing a closer for your card magic set, there are a few things to take into consideration:

You need this final effect to be incredibly powerful, memorable, impossible and it's REALLY nice if you can include a call back to the beginning of your set so your act comes full circle to give you an automatic applause cue and a resolved finish.

BULLDOG by Joel Dickinson ticks all of the above boxes. It can be used as a stand alone effect, or as the final phase to ANY signed card routine!

The best part is that it's SUPER easy to make with a couple items you already have at home, it resets in seconds and you can use the same gimmick over and over and over and over! (It'll take a long time to wear out, and when it does, it will take just a minute or two to make a new one!)

Here's what happens; you show two folded cards clipped together (use a bulldog clip, a paperclip, a peg - Anything!) at the beginning of your set. You isolate this 'prediction' in a wine glass, or leave it in the middle of the table as you proceed to perform your other favourite tricks.

As your set comes to a close you draw attention back to the clipped cards. You remove the clip (which is examinable, by the way) and open the first card. This card predicts the card that they selected at the top of the act! **Hit One**

You then open up the second card, or hand it to a spectator to open and unbelievably, it is the signed card that they saw lost in the deck just moments before! **K.O.**

Seeing Joel perform BULLDOG when we shot this was a dream come true - When you're shooting magic videos you NEED to be shooting the hardest hitting effects possible to get those HUGE reactions. BULLDOG definitely fit the bill and it was a lot of fun to see how FLOORED every group was when Joel closed his set with this!

A few things to consider:

- This will work with any deck of cards.

- Joel has worked this countless times, so you'll be learning everything you need to know to go out and perform this with a just tiny bit of practice.

- You don't have to use a bulldog clip, it could be anything that can hold two cards together.

- For mentalists, with a bit of thought this could easily work as a confabulation or prediction of any kind if you use business cards.

- The secret is diabolical, they will never figure this one out; it looks even better in person than it does on video.


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Confusing and Overly Complicated Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 7th, 2019
This trick is confusing and overly complicated. But what really bugs me is that a better, simpler and easier to execute solution is already known to the author, and yet he still decides to publish this.

If it’s not clear from the trailer, here’s the effect: two folded-in-quarters cards of contrasting colors and held together by a small bulldog clip are introduced to the audience and laid aside. A card is selected from a deck that matches one of the clipped cards. The selection is signed and lost in the deck. When the clipped cards are revealed, the card of contrasting color matches the selected card, and the remaining card proves to be the actual, signed card!

Why?? Why are there two cards? Is it because that makes for a stronger effect? No. It’s because the method requires it. And the effect, therefore, suffers. It’s confusing. Worse, however, is that Jay Sankey’s “Paperclipped” accomplishes the exact same effect, but with one card, freely selected (the effect in “The Bulldog” requires a force), and without the awkward manipulation that’s necessary to get the card in position. Everything about this method is obnoxious. It’s a step backward, and a big one.

Jay Sankey would roll over in his grave, if he saw this, if he were dead. He’s not, but this just might kill him.

Dickinson also teaches the slip force and the depth illusion (without credit to Vernon or Marlo). The aforementioned force ranks as one of the worst and most well-known forces among non-magicians who know one trick. I do not recommend this force.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 5th, 2019
The effect is good, easy to learn, and clean. But unless your the arts and crafts type, This isn't for you. the gimmick takes much longer to construct than advertised, and it's a "one and done", Use once and throw away gimmick. Not saying I don't like it, It's just not my style.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 5th, 2019
Well, it's definitely a neat little trick. However, just like another reviewer pointed out, it loses a couple stars for a misleading ad copy. I suppose technically there is no switch, but even Joel calls it a switch in the video. Also, you must ditch a gimmick, which is a pain. If you're ballsy you can keep the gimmick out and it could definitely work. Good trick, but also misleading.
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Bulldog Not Really As Described in the Ad Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 5th, 2019
Three stars because it's a good effect combining a prediction with a signed card to improbably place. But be aware that the advertising, which reads: "NO SWITCHES. NO DITCHING.", is quite misleading, which for me costs it a couple stars. The trick at its heart relies on (i) a gimmick that MUST be ditched immediately and, (ii) at it's essence, a switch with a clip ala Sankey. (The idea of presenting this kind of effect without a ditch and/or switch prompted me to buy the trick so that's a bit disappointing and the gimmick alone isn't really worth the $15. A gimmick that wouldn't need to be ditched would be worth that price.)
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Wonderful, but not as good as Paperclipped Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 13th, 2019
Joel has created an incredibly brilliant trick here. There are no funny motions. The set-up is very quick. The angles are great. You end completely clean.

The question here really is "Is this better than Jay Sankey's Paperclipped?" To be fair, this is an almost impossible standard to meet. There are almost no tricks as good as Paperclipped, this just happens to be almost identical in the spectator's mind so that's the trick I'm forced to measure Bulldog against.

Sankey's paperclipped is impromptu. You can literally fold any card in front of them without showing them the face and put it in a paperclip or bulldog clip.

This requires a two minute set-up which has to be done again every time you do the trick unless you have a lot of duplicates of the card you will force. Two minutes is not a big deal, but its not impromptu.

The folds match better because the card was scored but if you want you can force a scored card in Sankey's Paperclipped.

Bulldog has an extra prediction with an off-color card but to me that adds nothing to the effect and only muddles it. However, depending on your presentation you may be able to benefit from it. If you'd like you can always force a card and do that with Sankey's Paperclipped as well.

Sankey's method is certainly easier and is incredibly clean but you may find this a tiny drop cleaner.

If you want to fool magicians you're not going to do that with Sankey's Paperclipped because they probably know it. There's a good chance you'll fool them with this.

This trick is much more brilliant that Sankey's Paperclipped and you'll get a bigger kick out of performing this.

All in all, this won't be replacing paperclipped for me, however I really enjoyed learning Bulldog and there certainly is a place for it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 13th, 2019
You could tell Joel put a lot of thought and work into Bulldog but it is a trick where if no one is chasing you don't run. There are other methods for accomplishing the same thing and with one freely selected card. I've been using paperclipped by Jay Sankey for years.

I was going to give this trick one star but I'm adding a star for for his teaching and a third star for an idea his gimmick has given me for a trick I've been toying with.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 7th, 2019
This is a terrific effect with one of the most professionally taught routines I have seen on Penguin (sorry if this is a repeat review. I don't think my first 'click' went through). Joel Dickinson has crafted an ingenious routine that is sure to entertain and amaze. Instruction is well done from the gimmick to the card handling. Bulldog will take a bit of practice. But once mastered, it will be a part of your repertoire.
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Damn clever and highly visual magic! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 7th, 2019
The adaptation of this concept to cards is simply devastating to spectators. I have seen it used before, but nowhere as powerful as Joel does. This is knock-out punch magic! It is open to many different directions for presentations. It is pretty easy to do assuming you have an average arsenal of card skills at your disposal.

The teaching is quite thorough, which makes learning this really easy. The only thing I missed here was that the crediting was kinda absent. One feint went completely uncredited, and the basic principle was not researched because it would have been noted that it appears in the work of Paul Harris. (but may go back farther than that)

For your spectators the only solution is real magic. This is drop the deck, show highlight magic!
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Very Practical and clever. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 15th, 2019
I was a little put off that this does not provide you with a routine. What the audience is reacting to in the trailer is the culmatation of an entire routine, but this video does not give you that. The ad could’ve been more clear about that. (hint: Penguin).

That said, this is a great concept that many magicians will use. A few bucks overpriced compared to other downloads that actually give you a trick to perform (at least examples of tricks you can perform).

It’s worth 5 stars, even though Penguin could have been more generous with performance footage of an expample routine.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 13th, 2019
The trick I like , I have not been able to perform yet and the instructions are well done . With a little practice I’ll be out soon doing it
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