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Catch! by Ben Seidman Pluck a THOUGHT OF card out of the air. SUPER clean, WATCH THE DEMO.
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Listen in as Alvo CATCHES up with Ben Seidman (Creator of iVanish, Consultant for Criss Angel's Mind Freak) and asks him about his visual new finale CATCH!
Each method has its own unique advantages. Ben has used all of them to fool thousands of people.
CATCH is a feature in Bens professional repertoire. Soon, it will be in yours too...
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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 6 of 6)5 of 6 magicians found the following review helpful:
Good in the right environment but not impromptu Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 31st, 2010
Just watching the demo video gives you an idea of how incredibly visual this appears to be. It really does happen as the video shows.
You have a spectator select a card and put it back into the deck, then you spring the cards into the air and grab their card out of mid air in the midst of the fluttering cards. It's not a bad effect, but you definitely need to be prepared ahead of time for it.
First of all, you have to be wearing a jacket. The spectator needs to be back a little way from you. You cannot let them examine the card you have plucked from the air. You cannot do this with a signed card. You must be able to do a card force, and for safety's sake you must be able to control the card and palm it from the deck before you spring it into the air (otherwise it could land face up at your feet while you're supposedly holding the one they chose). You cannot repeat this trick with another card (unless you have very roomy sleeves and two gimmicks). Once finished, you must walk away to get rid of the "caught" card because you can't lose it in front of the spectator. If you've got all that covered, you are ready to perform "Catch!".
The gimmick takes a few minutes to put together, but it's nothing major. Once it's done it'll last you quite a few times if you are careful. I have to give this two stars simply because it is indeed very visual. Done in a stage environment this would be an excellent closer. In a street magic scenario it's not as practical because you have 51 cards scattered to the wind around you, leaving you with a lot of cleanup after the payoff.
The DVD is very well done and the effect is taught clearly. Creation of the gimmick is also very carefully explained and easy to do. This isn't for everyone, but for the right magician in the right environment it can make you look impressive.
Great concept Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 5th, 2010
I agree with all other reviewers here. Setup is far too complicated. However, having said that, Some of the other handling and ideas are actually quite nice and fairly practical. A little pricey, but Ben does do a fantastic job teaching and spending the time going over everything.
Buy if willing to put in the effort Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
When I first saw this trick, I knew I had to buy it. Once I bought it, I was really not that pleased. The effect and method is very clever and is pretty hard to figure out. But the set up takes wayyy too long (plus cleaning up the cards would be a drag). It is definitely worth a stage closer (that is what I used for and it was an instant success). You will not be using this for close up, or even street magic (unless you're willing to sacrifice a deck of cards getting dirty when they are thrown on the ground). Previous reviews have already said this, but it's so much work! I also don't think it is worth the price. But does the trick really look that clean as shown in the trailer? Yes, it definitely does, hence 3 stars.
Worth it. Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 11th, 2011
The trick is definitely worth it. Might take you twenty minutes to make the gimmick, but once you make it you'll always have it. I got the trick because I plan on performing it at a stage show. A card deck costs a couple bucks. The reaction to this trick is definitely worth the couple bucks your throwing away, unless you want to go pick them afterward ;)
Good.. but not simple or impromptu Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 7th, 2009
Beatifull trick... i love watching it performed...but way way way way too much work for me. He teaches several versions of this trick, but the original "catch" takes a lot of work and is in no way close to impromptu. But if you work on it, for a stage performance, you could turn it into something beautiful.
Not for street! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 25th, 2009
Overall, it is a very clever effect and method, but it isn't exactly practical. The set-up takes way too long. If you're looking for a decent card catch, check out the one on Jim Pace's Visu-Antics. Ben Seidman is an outstanding teacher and performer, but his other effects are much better than this one.
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