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The Treachery of Tricks by Francis Menotti (Instant Download) An arsenal of SIX commercial, professional, FULL routines from an evil mastermind. INSTANTLY DOWNLOAD THE FULL PROJECT. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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“Francis Menotti is a clever, clever man and I will eagerly devour anything that he is willing to share.”-Kevin James

“Francis always has the knack to twist my brain… A pure joy to any creative lover of our Art.” -Gaetan Bloom

“Francis Menotti is the rare performer that knows exactly who he is, and every moment on stage reflects this knowledge… This video is a true treasure.” -Todd Robbins

For the first time ever Francis Menotti has released some of his most coveted secrets on DVD. On this DVD set you will be taken on a journey into the world of meaningful, powerful, and artistic presentations of magic effects. Not only does Francis teach how to perform some of the routines that have made him a feature performer at the Magic Castle but he gives great advice on how to take your own presentations to the next level. You will see Francis perform for a live real world audience and Francis takes you behind the scenes with a very informative audio commentary. If you’re looking for effects, you will be pleased. All the effects on The Treachery of Tricks are extremely commercial and will fool magicians and laypeople alike. If you looking for more than just the standard magic DVD then this is it.


This 35 minute performance includes many signature presentations that have never appeared anywhere else. While some of the effects are taught in the tutorial section, this is much more than just a series of tricks; it is a full experience, included to demonstrate how to create a memorable show.

audio commentary

Francis reveals the nuances and motivation of his show.


Menotti shares his thinking on magic theory- call backs, foreshadowing, theatrical anchor points, scripting, & character development.

taught tricks

effects with unique presentations that Menotti uses in his professional working repertoire.

  • vivid- the audience accurately “predicts” the type of coin and its date
  • wyrd- turn predictions on their head, anytime, anywhere
  • pieces of nothing- a completely new premise for coin magic
  • two sides of every coin- a quirky 3 coin routine for any situation
  • imaginary coins- a clean 3 coin vanish with devious new moves
  • sync- cards find their mates, in increasingly more amazing way

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 4th, 2012
The tricks presented in this DVD are all well thought and very motivated, even though the first trick is a bit knacky to pull off, it helps create rapport with your helperand establishes that everyone (including you) is there to have fun, bond and be entertained, two sides to each coin is definitely one of the best coin routines I have seen, it is not simply saying "i will make this coin appear and vanish" but it is telling an excellent story that can be aplied to other effects (such as cards), there is a calculator prediction trick that I had seen before and used, but this time it is amazing how a simple change to the routine makes EVERYONE forget about a possible method and start believing in the weird coincidences that sorround them, watching Francis perform his act is delightful as he teaches the importance of creating tension, motivating his actions and just inside jokes for himself and some audience members that kinda notice them, not only that but he is quite a charming person to watch, and to be honest, his opening effect with cards is amongst my top 3 favorite card routines I have had the pleassure to witness (he once performed that routine at the magic castle and not only is the trick powerful for laypeople, but shows magicians how something so simple can create such a huge impact on the audience), and even if you didn0t like ANY of the tricks, his discussion on being creative (although very brief) is pure gold, he tells you how can you create your own scripts and gives you tips on how to get people more involved in the experience you offer them, I highly recommend this DVD, it has amazing tricks, anawesome act, and great insight on one artistic SOB. I like
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Some strong effects but did not blow me away... Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 23rd, 2012
Menotti certainly has a unique style and is an excellent craftsman with a smooth style. However, I cam to feel that he actually OVERTHINKS his magic at times. For example, I don't think it is necessary to always put yourself in the 'one down' position and the audience 'one up' when performing- I prefer to create the sense of a shared journey. Linking themes and foreshadowing can make a show feel more coherent, but ultimately it's the effects that are memorable, in my opinion.
There are some well thought out effects on the DVD and some interesting insights in the 'On Betterment' section and his voiceover to performance.
Overall, worth the purchase...just.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 16th, 2012
This is an outstanding program. I like Menotti a lot... and he is an excellent teacher and entertainer.

The first trick was worth the price of admission alone.

I love it!!
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