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Separation Anxiety by Bruce Bernstein (PDF+Video Download) An extremely straightforward, handsoff, two-phase "Out of This World" routine that is as powerful and direct as it gets. DOWNLOAD INSTANTLY. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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“Elegant. The trick of the year.” -Barrie Richardson
Things to note
You hand the cards to the spectator with the most minimal of instructions and you don’t interfere, or even have to say a word, until she is done dealing the cards.
There is NOTHING odd, out of the ordinary, or even anything that remotely appears unusual.
This is just what you would do, if you were doing it for real. There is absolutely no trace of artifice or guile which could make your audience suspicious in the least.
"As one would expect from Bruce Bernstein, this is devilishly clever. might seem a bit expensive for a 16-page pdf, but the price is for the years of thinking that went into the method, and the fact that the working mentalist will get a lot of mileage out of this." -Matt Field, Review for The Magic Circular
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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 7 of 7)5 of 5 magicians found the following review helpful:
Real Good but Expensive and not a New Frontier for Me. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 29th, 2013
When I read the description of this trick, some immediate thoughts popped into my head. First of all, I know a number of OOTW card tricks that use 20 cards (10 of each color) and wondered if the method employed here is really any more practical or unique as those I know. Daryl's 'Out of this Hemisphere', J.K. Hartman's 'Hue View' and 'World Class' are very clever and practical methods which utilizes 20 cards and happen almost entirely in the spectator's hands and I've been using in my walk around gigs for many years. So, I had to decide if 'Separation Anxiety' is worth my money to plunk down here and learn yet another method of a small packet OOTW illusion that probably has similarities? I'll answer with a contemplative and subdued "Yes". It is just a card trick (well actually it does have 2 parts) but a very good and practical version of performing an OOTW type illusion.If you don't know any of the aforementioned tricks then it will be a great investment and it's a trick you will perform many times and happily. If you do know them or any of, you're probably already in the same quandary as I was. Is this the ultimate replacement 20 card version for me? No, I'll probably still do Daryl's method most of the time. But Bruce Bernstein's 'Separation Anxiety' is different enough that I'm not disappointed I purchased it and at times will perform it, simply for a change in the walk around monotony I sometimes feel. It is a great method and will pack a punch when performed. I would have given it 5 stars but it is a steep price for a OOTW card trick when others are available for a fraction of the price and have equal impact on the spectator(s).
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The “Out of this World” that is truly “Out of this World” Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 23rd, 2013
Don’t let the fact that there is no demo video available deter you from buying this effect. I was hesitant at first, but after reading various reviews from different sources, I decided to take the plunge. I’m glad that I did. Even though there is no demo video, the effect as described above is EXACTLY what the spectator sees, no lie (if only all ad copies of effects were as transparent with their descriptions, we would probably all have less junk collecting dust in our drawers)!
If you are familiar with other “OOTW” effects, I think you will really appreciate this routine’s structure and methodology in many ways. Being that only 20 cards are used (yes, 10 red and 10 black), the effect is not long and drawn out and very easy for the spectator to follow. Also, the move used to reveal the separation makes so much sense and does not bring about any suspicion, unlike other “OOTW” effects. There is also a real nice kicker with an ace that provides a nice close. I also enjoyed reading Mr. Bernstein’s additional thoughts, as they open up all sorts of interesting performance possibilities.
The instructions are very well written and come with various embedded videos to help further illustrate the necessary moves (these are not sleights, by the way, and are super simple to execute, especially with the recommended enhancement to the cards). You can of course perform this effect totally impromptu should someone throw a deck of cards at you. But personally, doing so seems unnecessarily cumbersome unless you are very good with arithmetic under pressure.
The only criticism I have, frankly, is the price. It is set a little high for a one trick download. It would have been nice to have included some additional effects for this price, even if it was just one more. The only rationale that I could see for setting the price so high is to deter too many people from buying this gem. If that was the rationale, I can understand why the effect is called “separation anxiety” for if I was the creator, I too would be hesitant in unleashing this killer effect to the public!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 1st, 2014
Surprisingly mediocre coming from Bruce Bersntein.
Does not merit the price.
Does not add anything new to technique or presentation that has not been said before on Out of this World.
Being a fan of Bruce Bernstein I really wish I could give this a better rating, but...
just good... Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 24th, 2013
you bought only one effect (I knew it) with no extra for an expensive price.
this is a good trick but not a revolution or an ultimate édition of the known effect.
the pdf file it's for explaination and video will won't show all the trick just few part.
you will buy one good trick with a poor support (PDF+3 little vidéo).
who's this bruce fella? Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 19th, 2013
..... If you have to ask this question you don't deserve this effect. Leave it for someone who is smarter than u!
Everything about this has already been said by bigger minds than mine.
Listen to them.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 28th, 2015
This effect is nothing but overpriced, deceptive marketing wrapped up in stale and impractical methods. Avoid at all costs.
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