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Singularity by Alvo Stockman (DVD) This advanced technique will give you the ability to perform the Invisible Deck with ANY ungimmicked pack of cards. NOW SHIPPING! Get it first at Penguin.
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ALVO STOCKMAN!!! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
This is my little review for the singularity, by Alvo Stockman (obviously)11 of 11 magicians found this helpful.
So my initial thoughts on this DVD were a little iffy, as were almost everybody's. The Demo really shows nothing, the product page is a little skippy, and it wasn't advertised as much as I thought it would. I remember hearing all the hype on the forums and everywhere else over it, and in the end I had to just trust my fellow Magicians on this one.
There are 2 demos up. One of which really is just a teaser, and the 2nd is an actual performance speed performance of the actual effect. I think the reason to show almost nothing is because there really is NOTHING to see. The most physical thing you do in the routine is just spreading the deck. That's almost all the action required, and it just looks SO clean! There's nothing more to be said on that
Now for the teaching. I have a few of Alvo's books and some of his downloads. I personally love his teaching style. He slips a few "uhhs.." and "aaaaands.." every now and then but it's really well thought out and nothing distracts the learning. Keep in mind though, that this is a VERY difficult effect to do.
The bonus section was amazing. It had pretty much nothing to do with the actual singularity effect, but Michael Weber is AWESOME. He goes through a really cool mindreading routine in full detail with Alvo. That runs for almost an hour. Plus, afterwards, Alvo goes back to the studio to teach some bonus clever ideas. PLUS, after that he has a full practice session with a really nice instrumental score.
Overall, I would rate this DVD a 4/5. It seems like the packaging and "inside" work lacked something I can't pick apart. And it's VERY difficult to perform and it's not advertised as so. SO there it is. Nice work!
get it Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
the invisible deck is one one of the most used effects in both close up and parlor magic. if your like me and dont like carrying around gimmicks then singularity is perfect for you. as you should know, its a non gimmicked version of the invisible deck. your not going to pick up the move in one sitting. its like learning the pass. takes you a while to get the move down, takes you more time to get it perfect fifty percent of the time, then takes you even more time to get it perfect one hundred percent of the time. people are going to catch you when you first start. thats all i can say. if you have the patience to learn the pass, then get singularity. if you dont want to carry round gimmicks with you, get singularity. if you want an amazing trick thats totally practical, get singularity.4 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
Great thinking Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
Alvo is known for his fantastic thinking in magic. This is no exception. The Invisible deck has often been muddled down with improvements but this is the cherry on top. It is not something you will pick up in a day but it does give you the best out in every situation.1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
The secret effect at the end totally fried me. Worth the price of the DVD.
very clean Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
this version of the invisible deck is sooo clean. also there is no need to carry two decks around which is nice,but what's wrong with carrying two decks around?1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
kudos to stockman for this breakthrough system :-)
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
The invisible deck is a great trick but to have an invisible deck with you at all times ungaffed is unbelievable!!!! Buy Now1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
Too many 'what ifs' and sloppy teaching Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 10th, 2009
Invisible Deck is a classic.The fact that it is gimmicked is not a problem because the specs are blown out of their minds they dont think to check the deck. Singularity is the ungimmicked version and if you practise enough, you will get this effect and it will truly be a great effect to do in your shows.1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
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his teaching is great but it is all over the place. he uses these words a lot: "ok so i should explain that before you do xyz, you need to do abc" He has already discussed xyz in length before discussing abc!
Nice trick - too many what ifs and sloppy teaching.
Nice memory trick at the end tho
Amazing Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 29th, 2009
The invisible deck is arguably (definitely imho) the BEST effect you can do with a "deck of cards". Spectator freely names ANY card in the deck and magician spreads cards to show ONE card facing opposite--their freely named card!1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
Because I'm a purist, I could never perform this effect for personal reasons. I refuse to use a gimmick deck. I'd hate to have to come up with a witty statement that basically says "I only use magic cards" when someone with cards asks me to show him something.
I'm so grateful that Alvo released this and I cannot express enough how great this effect is.
WARNING! This is not self working--you will need to practice this over and over because the sleight is done while under fire. If you have the dedication to learn to pass a deck, then learning this trick won't be hard.
AMAZING! Singularity's value far exceeds the price and time required to master. This IS the impromptu, no setup, no gimmicks, no bullshit version of the Invisible Deck. Start and end clean. PERFECT!
Awesome!!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 27th, 2009
This is such an awesome trick. i really got to thank alvo for going through the dvd so clearly and for 2 whole hours! i think it should be like 20 bucks but 30 is fine for me. He teaches you like 7 tricks with the method and a michael webber routine which is awesome. ADD TO CART!!!1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
THANKS ALOT ALVO
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 18th, 2017
I usually only write reviews if the products meets the aforementioned hype...or to warn magicians of a product.
Honestly, as a working magician, I gave it the practice it should require, but it's wayyyyyy too damn difficult! And its not even CLOSE to practical for even the nicest audiences I work for!!! And I can do the normal "version" (that being the roadrunner cull) of this technique in my sleep!!!
Sure, I bought this DVD in an open box, but I wish to save some magicians some cash. Buy Roadrunner Cull by Kostya, buy a couple of the instant downloads you see at the front page of penguin, you learn more from an instant download than you will here.
I really don't want others to suffer. Let the good magic live, and all else fade away.
stacked! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 2nd, 2016
Using a stack with the singularity method is a good combination.
Michael Weber's kindergarten stack is a wonderful surprise that's been included in this disc. MW's routine demonstrates how to get a lot of mileage out of it - way beyond just having a named card ending up being reversed the deck.
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