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Tricks that will Get You Paid starring Gary Norsigian Volume One (DVD Download) Unique and versatile effects for the working close-up professional that wants to "kick up" to larger audiences.
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Professional magician Gary Norsigian brings an interesting slant to this special two volume DVD set produced by Penguin Magic. Drawing upon his 26 years' Las Vegas experience in close up, trade show, medium stage and banquet venues, Gary gives the close up specialist the ammunition (and mind set) he needs to come up with an act that will play to larger (read better paying) audiences.

Gary demonstrates how to take several conventionally close up effects and turn them into stage effects. The intended goal are effects that will play to 25 round tables of ten people each. Or, double that for auditorium seating. Six such routines are presented. The manipulative effects presented will be challenging but doable. Almost all the effects are done standing up at chest level; most do not require the table.

Also presented are maybe half a dozen more effects, primarily cards, that are intended for tradeshow and parlour venues (approximately 15 to 40 viewers).

The remaining half dozen or so are VISUAL close up effects that Gary has juiced so that they have the advantage of maximum amount of magic per unit time and minimum expositional demand on the performer's part. Even those that cannot hear because of background music or understand English can still appreciate the effects.

Interspersed throughout are Gary's monologues on topics near and dear to close-uppers that want to take it to the next step. Discussed are topics such as getting shows and cold calling as well as several other subjects.

The goal of these DVD's is very ambitious. They are aimed at a certain strata of professional or serious hobbyist. But even if you don't aspire to bigger audiences, the quality of material is top notch and worth your effort.

"If someone wanted to 'just get paid' he could just stick with a simple chop cup routine, sponge ball routine, Ambitious Card, and thumb tip/hanky routine. The effects presented in this set are off the beaten path and do encourage the viewer to exercise his brain and fingers (I like to think!)." -- Gary Norsigian

On Volume One you'll learn:

  • Cigar Routine - This silent, stand-up routine is perfect for stage. Multiple appearances and vanishes of cigars, lighters get bent and vanished, fingers get chopped off. Easily seen by 250 people in auditorium seating.
  • Tower of Power - The surprises come fast and furious in this three (?) card effect done in the hands. Perfect for tradeshows and walk around.
  • On the Up and Up - This is an impromptu multiple card rise. Throw away your Arne Deck.
  • The Travelers - The four aces or signed selections are extracted from four different pockets after being buried in the deck. Gary gives his fine points to sell this classic card effect in an even stronger light.
  • Standing Triumph Variation - In the hands triumph where the selected cards rise up out of the deck, before the deck is shown to be straightened out.
  • Fickle Card - Perfect for entertaining two people at a time while they are waiting in a line. Three quick card changes.
  • Spellbound - Copper to silver and back again a few times. At climax, performer puts his finger through the half dollar despite the great pain to his finger.
  • Top Stock False Shuffle - This sequence is great for keeping a slug of ten or so cards in place. It will defeat the closest scrutiny. Do with it as you will.
  • S.W. Elevator - Chris Kenner's effect is presented with a far easier method. This is Gary's favorite effect to punish the "hard cases". This is the best close up effect on the dvd's.
  • Impromptu Invisible Deck - For stage, use the gaffed deck. For close up, where pocket space is at a premium, you need this variation.
Bonus:
  • Gary on MicroMagic - Gary says MicroMagic is dead... unless you are working restaurants
  • Gary Recommends - The best hand cream for workers.
  • Gary on Sleeving Cards - With the possible exception of cigars, cards are the easiest items to sleeve. Master this, and all your stand up effects are going to be much more flexible and clean.
On Volume Two you'll learn:
  • Snap Back Card - The selected,initialed card keeps popping back into the performer's right hand everytime he inserts it into the deck held in the left hand. Suitable for both close up (but why stop there?) and stage. Gary does it to music.
  • Invisible Palm Meets Phoenix Aces - Intended for bigger audiences. A beautiful card effect to be done to music on stage without a table. You have your work cut out for you.
  • Chop Cup Routine -Gary's rapid fire routine and his lines will give you a different perspective on this classic effect.
  • Coins Through the Table - If you are lucky enough to be performing on a table, this one is great. Mike Gallo's blow-back move for the finale phase made this a staple in Gary's restaurant work for many years.
  • Revised Evapor-ace-tion - Even though it uses the table there are a lot of vanishes and appearances in a short period of time.
  • The Gun Trick - A good trick to do when you are going through the security check at the airport and you want a few months' vacation.
  • Three Four-ace-productions - One very easy, one moderately easy, and one not so easy but the flashiest by far.
  • Not My Fault - A Princess card effect that can be done standing while entertaining a group of people in a line. But Gary has taken the basic effect and goosed it up for stage with an entirely perverse presentation. Lawyers and mentalists will like this one.
  • Uncle Gary's Virus - This is a manipulation piece that can be inserted into your own silent routine. Or use it alone. It is strong enough especially when combined with your personality.
Bonus:
  • Gary on What Makes a Good Card Trick?
  • Gary on Getting the Gig
  • Gary on Cold Calling
  • Gary Speaks: MicroMagic Is Dead

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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. gary’s 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.
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