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
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.
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.