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Tricks that will Get You Paid starring Gary Norsigian (2 DVDs) Unique and versatile effects for the working close-up professional that wants to "kick up" to larger audiences.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 3rd, 2007
i didn't like this dvd because all of this magic is old and very visual. the moves r too choppy and unnatural not very good
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 1st, 2007
These DVDs are good. I have gotten a couple tricks out of them. These are certainly not one of the top DVDs i own, but it is not the worst (and that is primarily why i gave it 3 stars.) penguin has produced better DVDs, but these DVDs are ok. I did get a couple tricks out of them, and a couple new moves, so it was worth it. should you pick it up? well, if you are thinking about getting something else, get that first, then get this. DVDs are good, not the best, but they are good. (the guy's style is kinda strange, it is "sour" if you will. he needs to loosen up, i don't like his style that much)
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 18th, 2007
I didn't see a review anywhere on here so I'm assuming either it took you all forever to get this (as it did me) or no one's wanted to take a chance on it. Maybe this will help. Gary Norsigian's DVD is fun to watch and informative. It does do what it sets out to do and that is to show you the upside of turning your close up magic into a more stage/parlor type of magic. Instead of rambling on however, I'm going to go through the individual things that I enjoyed and disliked individually, with ratings:
Information: The information on the DVD balances out its flaws. About 75% of the effects taught are card effects. There were several techniques and moves that were new to me, but also several that were old. If you've performed parlor or close up magic for some time you'll find lots of familiarity but you'll find some that you may want to work on as well. 4 out of 5
Performances: Mr. Norsigian's performances were very stiff and barely ever had me guessing where a vanished object may have turned up. His lack of fluidity however, did not keep me from being intruiged and seeing definite possibility in what he was doing. As for the stiffness, I'm not a laymen and it could just be my experience talking. 2 out of 5
Teaching: The teaching style isn't great but it works for magician's with experience in close up and parlor style magic. If you're fairly new to magic, I'd wait a while before picking this up. There are terms used and some moves discussed that aren't taught because they're pretty basic. 3 out of 5
Production: This was probably my biggest issue with the DVD. Apparently there was only one camera in use and so you only get the plain front shot, which might have been intentional seeing as it's a DVD for parlor, but I felt that at times not being able to see what the card was in his hand (because he had no "volunteer" to pick cards for him)made me lose interest in some of what he did. Also there are times when the camera cuts to a live performance and there will be music for the routine playing and Penguin's got their fast paced little music playing over the magician's slower, older music, that didn't sit very well with me either. Finally, some more close ups would've helped in the explanations. 2 out of 5
Price: Now that Penguin has lowered its price I feel that the DVD is quite worth it for those wanting to turn their close up magic into a more parlor type of show. I believe for the amount of information you get 30 dollars is more than appropriate. 5 out of 5
To sum up my review I'd say, good information, bad performance, satisfactory teaching, hated the production quality and great price. That would give this DVD about 4 out of 5 stars, rounded up. I hope this helps some.
not a BS reveiw Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 18th, 2007
this is by far the best dvd in this catagory that I have ever bought from any site. period. within two days of practice i was able to perform snap back card (which is a HELL OF A LOT BETTER THAN THE BRIAN TUDOR VERSION ON GEN X.) and i stunned people. mouths open...beg'in for the explanation. The stuff on most dvds here is throw away crap compared to the gold that packed into these dvds. get this through your head and you will be blessed...PENGUIN MAGIC IS SHOOTING THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT FOR THROWING THIS AWAY FOR 30 BUCKS! GET IT BEFORE THEY CHANGE THEIR MINDS. I thought that when it was 60. get this and you will have so many improvements on other tricks. so many different moves explained perfectly.(if you have a firm foundation in your knowledge of magic). you'll learn things like the ultra move. I use this all the time for a DL. they swear that its one outjogged card. its easy and done with one hand. whats good about it is that your not left with that fishy move of turning a card over then fliping it back on the deck to take the top card. i know im babbling a lot about one move but this is packed with tons of awsome effects. don't bother considering what you see in the preveiw...they picked the worst possible things to show their. no more picking the card and finding it with some little key card or something. micro magic is dead. in this the cards are picked out of a face up deck singed then the impossible happens. (that is...according to the specs). they also have magician foolers in here. I have hardly had any time with this dvd but my tips have increased by a lot. If you are serious about your magic and want to kick it up ten notches get this. hands down one of the greatest.
beleive me when i say all this. I would know because I have gotten 33 dvds and this one is one top of the dvd rack.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 7th, 2007
I knew Gary over 26 years ago when he was still wearing braces on his teeth! I lived in Las Vegas back then, and had the same intention of making a living with my magic. Of course, life happens, and I moved back to Utah to raise my daughter and get a "real job".
I respect Gary for following and achieving his dream. Currently, I am a semi professional and on the road to achieving my dream!
I highly recommend these DVD's. The reason I gave 4 stars is because of the production quality and have to agree that the performances are a little "stiff". I do feel Gary makes up for this by performing some really great, technical routines. He is skilled at what he does. I think audiences pick up on this and appreciate the work.
Some of the routines that stand out for me are: Tower of Power, S. W. Elevator, Snap Back Card, and Uncle Gary's Virus. His use of sleeving may actually inspire me to look into it more! The other material is solid too.
I even ordered O'Keeffe's Working Hands Cream and Gary is right. If you are concerned about the condition of your hands and want to keep them in good shape, try this product.
For 30.00, you get a lot of great material to work on. It should be in every Card and Coin man's library.
Magic To Entertain Diverse Audiences... Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 25th, 2007
I really appreciate and am impressed with Mr. Norsigian’s DVDs. Why? Because mastering this material will allow me to more CONFIDENTLY AND CAPABLY ENTERTAIN A GREATER VARIETY OF AUDIENCES UNDER NUMEROUS CONDITIONS:
* Close-up Environments
* Hospitality Suites
* Trade Shows
* Night Clubs
To elaborate: The material does not require extensive patter, and once the magic starts there are multiple and rapid fire climaxes throughout. Gary arms you with WHAT YOU NEED TO ENTERTAIN EVEN THE TOUGHEST, MOST EASILY DISTRACTED AUDIENCES--even if you have to work in the presence of the loudest disk jockey! The effects are done at chest level, have high visibility, and no table is required!
The DVDs are geared toward semi-pros and professionals and assume a level of expertise. Mastering the routines will require diligent practice; but this will be time well spent.
I cannot recall a DVD that has so much practical material for the working semi-pro or pro. I believe THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE DVDS TO COME OUT IN YEARS.
Okay, but very advanced. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 25th, 2007
I found the effects on this DVD aimed more for the highly advanced Magician. However if one can learn these they would be great. The magician seems uncomfortable in the role as "teacher" and does not seem prepared to explain his tricks as he talks around his points, comes back to points he should have made first, etc.
dont waist your time Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 18th, 2009
this dvd has some good material but the lessons are awful. the camera is too far away and you cant get a good view of everthing that is going on i have been able to use a lot of the material on this dvd but ive been performing for 10 yrs i would not recomend this dvd to a beginner
basically if you want to spend a lot of extra time just trying to figure out what your supposed to do before you start practicing go ahead and buy this
if not dont waist your time and money
Gag after Gag Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
Every effect felt like a gag. Little of the material is strikingly original and his presentation of classics is almost painful to watch. Some of the effects are almost completely unusable (appearing bottle) and the whole concept of the project didn't sit well with me. He claims that "close-up" is dead. If you enjoy close-up don't watch this guy butcher it. Stay away.
EXCELLENT DVD! Worker material in here Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
OK. I honestly have to say that this is one of my most favorite penguinmagic produced DVDs that I have. If you are a stand up performer then this is the way to go. Gary most definitly knows what he is doing. If you are willing to put a little bit of time and daily practice into the stuff that you like on this DVD, Then you will be getting lai-I mean paid a lot more.
DVD case and all graphics: 4/4 This whole DVD looks awesome. One of the best I have seen from penguin in my personal feelings. I Really liked the simplicity in it all. It revolves around the entire plot of the DVD. It is all a dollar bill basically. The graphics and titles in it are basically a bar that comes up and looks like a dollar.
Performances: 3/4 I liked the way he performed it all but he seemed a little bit stiff. It is his performance style but i dont mind. I like the whole idea of his show and the tricks he likes to use. He takes this little close up tricks and puts them on a platform and makes it visual to 2 or 300 people. He performed it all well and the audience liked it so thats really all that counts.
The Teaching: 3/4 I cant really complain about the teaching. He teaches it well but he goes very fast. You always have a god visual aid of what he is really doing and works you through it which is great. There is a 2 angle shot and penguin navigates you through what you are supposed to be doing. He goes fast but you have the DVD so you can watch it whenever you like. I have been watching it almost every day and I have learned everything except the sleeving and the palming.
cigar routine 3/4 I liked this routine. It is one of the simplest to do out of them all. basically you produce 2 cigars from one tiny purse, put one away and it appears back in the hand, shoot one up the nose, produce it from your ear, try lighting it but realize it is all twisted up, untwist it, light it, make the lighter vanish, then try cutting the cigar but your finger gets chopped off. you pick it up and realize it is your finger, you make the gap in your hand jump, then you put the finger back on. I really liked this routine. It is one of my favorites to watch him perform. Takes some practice but it is a great opener.
tower of power 2/4 I honostly did not like this routine. You have them choose a card, replace it, then a pyramid of cards appears at your fingertips, none are there card, you put the deck away and take the 3 cards. You change them all into the spectators card like 10 times and then put them away. I didnt like it. I cant stand watching it because its just so fast and boring and the way he does it just bugs be. there are some weird movements and i dont like it.
On the up and up 3/4 If you have bigger hands then this will be good for you. it is a 3 card rising card deck without the gimmicks. basically it is just a sleight to use. it is a good sleight and when you do it well and you have better motions than gary, you can get a nice piece of magic. I cant do it unfortunately because my hands are too small but I get around it. Im pretty sure that Chris Kenner took this sleight and renamed it and told people it is his own. I dont have the book but I saw the performance and it is basically the same thing except he does it with one card.
Standing triumph variation/the travelers 2/4 3/4 I was a bit confused when I first got this because the travelers isnt even recognized in the DVD. It is a part of the standing triumph variation but it isnt named. oh well. I hated the triumph. but the good thing is that you really put the cards face up into face down but if you are trying to do this stand up or platform, it wont work. It is basically 3 chosen cards, the deck is shuffled then shuffled face up/face down, cut some more, then the cards rise, then you cut the deck some more, the cards are replaced, the deck turns face up except one card, that card tells you where the other 4 cards are and now you are into the travelers which is basically a really nice card to pocket idea.
Fickle card 2/4 I gotta say that this effect is actually a bit boring. 2 cards are chosen and shuffled in undoubtfully. a card is turned over from the top of the deck and it shown to be not theirs. but it mysteriously changes into one of the cards. then you chance it into the other card ect. If you want to do a simple trick then this is good but you need to know a rather hard sleight to do it. I cant do it because hand size. garys hands were probablly ceated by brian tudor cuz they are huge.
spellbound 4/4My most favorite thing from this entire DVD. It is a simple spellbound routine. a coin changes from silver to copper back to silver again and BAM! you slam your finger strait through the coin. the spectator pulls it off and you can take it from there. I love watching this. His presentation for the karate coin is fantastic and I think that if you take the time to learn this then it is a great addition to any close up show. you do need to sleeve a coin for this but dont get turned off. you can additionally hold out with the coin in the end. But the good thing is it uses a rarely used sleight that replaces the basic spellbound routine. and it all mixes into each other. each phase has a meaning of being there which I love.
top stock false shuffle 4/4 This was originally created by steve forte but gary got permission to use it in this DVD and I believe in his previous dvd, Four play. It is a great way to retain multiple sets of cards inside the deck in a not so fancy but classy and professional way of shuffling the deck. I will be using this in my table card tricks.
S.W elevator 1/4 This is basically another way of performing Chris Kenners effect from his book. The card sticking out in the middle visually rises. Gary does a terrible job explaining it but his presentation makes up for it. I cant even do the trick yet because he spends like 10 seconds showing you the grip from the side angle which basically doesent even show you the grip. He then tells you that is the card is sticking out enough then the whole trick is virtually self working. I got this trick almost down but with a diferent way of doing it.
Impromptu invisible deck 1/4 The only thing that makes this a new trick is that he throws in like 10 extra sleights that are all entirelly unnecessary. I believe gary has you peek at a card then shuffle the deck and he does all these bizzare sleights that you dont even need to do. There has been a lot of work put into the impromptu invisible deck that is all way better than this. but if you like to work tough and practice than feel free to use this. But I feel like it is a waste of time.
Overall I give this a 3/4 volume 1.
Here is part two of my review of tricks that will get you paid by gary norsigian. I would say that this dvd is somewhat better than the first one. it has a couple of great tricks in it
Snap back card 3/4 Gary is obviously very good at his sleights and can perform fluently without issue. He puts great detail and a lot of work into sound in this particular effect. He performs this in the penguin studio as well as in his stand up show in vegas for a live audience (What, we arnt live?)the effect is basically a card replaced in the deck, then it invisibly (or very fast mind you) the card jumps out of the deck and into your hands a few times. there are times when the card is wrong but you change the card. then the last time the card does not come out and your hands come alive and it shoots out, spinning to your hands. receives a standing ovation. one of his repuation makers. The method is very difficult. it requires palming a LOT of cards so if you can get around that then it is great. I changed this routine to fit me and my needs and I do it all the time. Great trick!
Invisible plalm meets phoenex aces 3/4 Again, This is a very hard thing to do and requires a lot of palming and sleeving. basically the effect is done by producing 4 aces then they change to queens, then they vanish one by one in the invisible palm manner and then you produce them again, the last time looks almost like lee ashers thunderbird but better. This is a fun one to watch and he gets people really freaking out over this one. It is basically the invisible palm but without the table which I think is really nice.
Chop cup 2/4 He admits that this isnt even his routine in the DVD. I didnt like it though. it is really short and boring. ok I put the ball in my pocket, ok its under the cup. ball in pocket, under cup, ball in pocket, under cup blah blah blah blah blah. Thats basically what it is. Then he gives this ridiculous explanation of it which was pretty stupid. and for the finale a baseball appears under the cup which they dont seem surprised at. I didnt like it.
Coins through the table 3/4 his performance was very stiff durring it. He teaches it very well though. but when he does each of the moves he kind of grunts like hes having trouble doing it. It is a very pretty trick though and I really enjoyed it. one of my favorite coin throught able effects. in the beggining he produces 4 coins which really doesent look good at all though. he produces the first two then he shakes them, nothing happens, and then the coins are there. I would rather omit that in my performance. but what was funny was that durring the performance he had a gun on the table haha. you will understand in a minute. so good effect over all.
revised evapor-ace-tion 2/4 I liked the idea but it seemed like he put it in here to just fill up the dvd some more. you need a card box and you need to know some pretty heavy sleights which can be very difficult for a lot of people. basically he takes the 4 aces and then one by one makes them vanish. with a cut of the cards he produces 2 of the black aces, then he catches you off guard and changes them to red aces, then a card goes to the box which was examiend at the beggining, then the last ace comes flying out of the deck. durring the performance he was very stiff with this last phase. he grunted a bit and couldnt complete the cut or the fly out.
The gun trick 4/4 oh boy. this was my favorite routine out of the whole 2 dvd set. I think it was more of a joke but he gives a lot of inspirations behind the effect. basically he tells a story of him being at an airport and he pulls out this little gun, does a bad finger palm vanish, makes it vanish, and appear up the sleeve,makes it go through the body, then makes it vanish and appear in the other hand. then he says that once he has policemen running at him with M16s, he says WAIT A MINUTE! its not a gun, ITS A KNIFE! and produces a knife from his bare hands. it was a very good trick but if I were to do it I would do it with maybe a coin or something. you can even put this into your snap back card routine but with the one card for a warmup. good routine. what was funny was that he gives a big detailed explanation on the kinds of guns to use haha. good trick!
4 ace productions 3/4 I believe I have seen something similar to this routine before. I cant remember when. It kind of reminds me of the spring change from generation extreme. basically it is shuffled and cut by a spactator, then you spring the cards and an ace is visually produced from the spring. you do it 3 more times. then you can go into revised evaporacion or the invisible palm also tought on this dvd.
not my fault 4/4 there is one thing I dont like about his performance of it. int he studio performance, he uses 4 cards from a regular deck. basically he puts one card away in his pocket after a spectator mentally thought of one. they name the card and u pull out from your pocket, there card. this is done a few more times. Then he goes into the propped version of the trick. This was not a great idea. He says somehting like on these cards I have excuses durring a court hearing. I have childhood poverty, high on dugs, shot somebody, god told me to do it. I would never do this because god forbid my spectator actually was one of these they might get offended by it. but he says that you can use other things. I have been playing with it latelly. it uses a very hard move I cant do but I omit that and replaced it. very nice trick. the teaching is fast but watch it over and over again a few times and you will realize how easy it is and you will most likelly get it.
Uncle Garys virus 2/4 My rating is a bit unfair. this is nothing more than a quick 5 minute manipulation act with cards but without the backpalming. dont learn this effect until everything from the dvd is mastered! this uses pretty much every sleight learned in the dvds all together. there is palming, tenkaiing, sleeving, copping ect. basically you produce a bunch of cards. Im not into this effect because i cant palm or sleeve due to my jacket size. and im not into manipulations.
Ok so that is my review for the DVDs. You can buy these for physical dvd or dvd download here at penguin. I think that they both have an equal balance of close up tricks, restaurant tricks, and platform tricks. if you like prop tricks and dont like to carry a big big case with you and would like to carry a show in just your pcokets, then get volume 2. if you like card tricks and would like to spend a reasonable amount of time practicing, then get volume 1. If you like the classics in magic and would like to support a great magician, get them both
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