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Self Working Card Tricks (SWCT) with Jay Noblezada (DVD Download) The most powerful card magic without sleight of hand!
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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 10 of 22)15 of 17 magicians found the following review helpful:
Good, although hard to recommend Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 15th, 2011
As an amateur and novice, I rarely do anything technically difficult, and have an arsenal full of self-working tricks I love. I also find great value in video as a learning tool as well as books. In that context, without slamming on self-working tricks or video learning, I just don't feel like they go together well. The tricks and performance section are pretty much a waste: the discussion of theory and patter is too thin to recommend over other sources, and you can get equal (or better) tricks from printed sources at the fraction of the cost. Don't get me wrong, I love Gemini Twins and perform it; but why not learn (an arguably cleaner version of) Do As I Do way cheaper from Scarne On Card Tricks?
However, the DVD really turns around in the latter half when Noblezada shows performances (with occasional problems and realistic reactions, not the carefully edited screams of delight most DVDs restrict themselves to) and dissects what went well and what didn't and how he made the best of the situation. A talk with Gary Darwin is occasionally unfocused, but you get a pile of wisdom from a real pro on making the most of your practice time and avoiding unnecessarily difficult sleights when there are suitable replacements. I enjoyed this, found value in it, and think others (especially beginners in card magic) would as well.
I love it when a product goes beyond just teaching me the secret to a trick, and tries to make me a better magician overall. I think a new cut of the footage that focused on this and presented the tricks as more of a "bonus" to reinforce intangible principles (in much the same way something like Royal Road teaches you tricks to reinforce the sleights) would give me a more positive impression.
At the end of the day, my verdict is positive, but I'd highly recommend picking up something like Card College Light and/or Scarne On Card Tricks first. Those with a deep aversion to reading (for shame!) or wanting further discussion might also look into some of Aaron Fisher's recent DVDs to hear a great card man tell how and why he re-worked many of his amazing effects to remove as much difficult sleight-of-hand as possible.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 5th, 2013
If you are new to cards or have some card experience and are looking for some great card tricks to perform "now" that make you look like you know what you are doing while you practice the more challenging sleight of hand tricks in your spare time SWCT is what you are looking for.
The tricks presented by Jay are strong, easy and fun to perform. I was doing them the first day I watched the dvd and trust me if I can do it anybody can.
Great magic on the fly Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 29th, 2013
All these effects require just an ordinary deck of cards/
Gemini Twins double prediction with no setup,stacks,moves,sleight,angles to consider.
Out of this world the spectators choose deal cards guessing which card are red and black and then they realize they got all of them right.
All in all if you need card magic w/out sleight of hand.
Good but over priced Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 1st, 2012
The tricks from this video are good beginner tricks; deinately worth knowing. the bonus material is a good addition. My snark is that the quality of the video poor and i sort of wish they didn't do so much of the live street prefomance, perhapse instead of that more tricks would have made the value greater.
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how can you say no to a card trick? well this gives you more then one. Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 4th, 2012
Card tricks...Great to do anywhere... bar, street, stage... anywhere. Being a magician i never say no to a card trick. great teaching. DON'T LEAVE HOME WITH OUT YOUR CARDS!
A couple good tricks Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 14th, 2013
I'm already a fan of Jay Noblezada's teaching style and personality. This may be the weakest of his DVDs I own. But to be fair, I think that may have something to do with the material. Self-working tricks feel a bit easier to reverse-engineer, on the part of the spectator, so it takes a special one for me to consider learning.
There is one trick on this DVD I like a lot: "Gemini Twins." It's quick, easy to do, and not quite as 'self-working' as some of the tricks (you still have to do important hands-on things, just no 'moves'). They say if you get one good trick out of a collection, it was worth the price. For me, this is that one trick.
He also goes over "Out of this World," but he teaches a version that requires advance prep, whereas I prefer the impromptu version I learned from Dan Harlan's 2nd Penguin Lecture. It is still a mind-blower, and worth learning.
None of the other tricks on this DVD stand out as much as those two. It's worth buying from the Cool Box, when available. It's probably worth including in a 'Choose 5' deal, too.
Self Working Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 16th, 2015
Awesome to know some self working card tricks in case your put on the spot. Which is the reason I picked up this dvd and its well worth it to me. Great if your a beginner.
Great for on the spot Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 9th, 2015
These simple card tricks really hit hard with a good presentation. If your in need of on the spot magic I would pick this up.
I Was Surprised Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 20th, 2015
I've read several, if not all, of Carl Fulves' self working magic books; and while I have great respect for that author and magician, until I viewed this DVD, i had no appreciation for how mystifying, dramatic, and surprising self working magic could be. I've seen some of these tricks performed professionally at the Castle and had no idea at the time as to how simple those effects really were.
The bonus session with Gary Darwin was a true bonus indeed! I learned a trick or three that weren't covered in Jay's portion of the video, as well as some valuable "non-moves."
must have for starters Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 7th, 2015
A good teacher, fun to look at, fun to do. Not 5 because i can imagine that it's a starters course, pro's don 't need this. But I realy enjoyed it . So: thnx Jay
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