I always check the coolbox, why wouldnt you for ? I saw this and was immediately intrigued as I love
the CTP plot. Wasn't sure if the handling would suit me after watching the demo but I have to say I
am more than pleased. Its a short 12 minute performance + explanation but trust me.....its all you
need. Im an experienced hobbyist that perform for family,friends and tables at my restaurant, and
this is something even newbies can learn with just a little practice in the mirror. I especially
like the fair show of the jokers before you place them in your pokets which can weaken the effect by
not showing them. Its basically convincing them without saying anything anything, which is a
valuable lesson in magic. Trust me, pick this up, even for I would still get this. Its a great
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Dai Vernon said, for clarity, effects should be explained in one sentence. Ships In The NIght does
just that: 4 signed selections change places with with jokers.
Ships in the Night is for
the Pro, semi-pro and the hobbyist.
Oh...and it's EASY to do!
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I'm sure the doc is a nice guy and a accomplished magician,but I bought this trick because his last
line in the demo video was you don't have to know difficult slights,but for me,an amateur these
were difficult slights,and his verbiage of his counts went unexplained and he was obviously doing
the video for those of you have have done this for years. Therefore I felt like the ugly bridesmaid
at the wedding. Great trick and I'll keep practicing,but only buy this is you know some moves,and
how to do the "swazi count"
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First of all I have said this before, is Doc Dixon, a Magician or Comedian, why oh why do some
Magicians make the learning process so much more difficult.
By this I mean distraction and
irrelevant so called comic remarks and jokes in the middle of the lesson,therefore detracting from
the learning process.
Having read the only two reviews,made me buy this trick giving me the
impression that it was extremely easy, maybe for everyone who has a deft handling of cards, and have
more knowledge of the many, many card shifts, and illusions that are on the market.
but you lost me less than half way through the lesson, playing to your studio audience, rather than
to the learning process of your magnificent trick.
I got the impression that you even lost your
way verbally because of your own distractions, sorry if that's not the case.
itself is of course excellent, but for the novice, and elderly (like myself) the two comments do not
give a near truthful reflection of the secret.
For the older magician and those less
professional at card manipulation a few more weeks of learning I'm afraid is necessary.
of that the trick itself is pure magic at its best, but for the less active a longer learning
process, & that's the truth.
Sorry Penguin Magic (Hope to see this in print for the
absolute beginner and novice)Happy New Year. Oh yes and worth the money of course, not a problem.
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This is a great effect. It's simple to perform and hits really hard. It's versatile enough for
strolling or stage and everything in between and can be done seated or standing. It's best performed
with a jacket, but it's not impossible without. On to the bad, the teaching is quick paced and the
explanation is intended for an experienced audience. This doesn't mean a beginner can't learn from
this, it just means it will be harder and you'll be stuck to the pause/rewind button. It also
requires you to know two sleights already: the Elmsley Count and the Ascanio Spread. Both are easy
to learn and can be found everywhere from books to YouTube, but I did find that to be a bit of an
oversight. A third, sleight is taught but very quickly and you're expected to pick out the nuances
for yourself. This is also not extremely difficult, but it bears mentioning. For an experienced
magician, this is a killer effect on the cheap. All in all, I would still recommend this given the
price point, but I would have also paid more for a more thorough explanation.
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Ships of the night is a great effect and after a bit of practice its relatively easy to perform.
there are a few moves to remember but they are explained very well in the demo.
Only a one draw
back(for me). You must have a jacket on or a shirt with inside pockets. For most this is no problem
but living in Australia in warm climate it makes a little hard to be walking around in a jacket.
However this trick is an amazing effect and gets big reactions from any audience.
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While an outstanding effect, Dixon spends more time trying to impress you than teaching the trick.
He puts more emphasis on giving history, credits, and half jokes than instruction. I found his
instruction most too fast and unclear. I would love to do this trick but most likely will not as I
can not spend the time repeating the video over and over to catch the moves. It is not suitable for
someone who does not already have a good understanding of card magic moves.
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I'm a very basic magician, so this trick was a bit beyond my skill level to get going without some
I also found the teaching drawn out and confusing.
There was no
systematic step by step teaching which I prefer.
I believe this trick is aimed at the
intermediate magician not a beginner.
and lastly, you need to wear a jacket to pull it off...
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Nice how they made the edit exactly when he combines the packets. Even if this is not part of the
solution, a real dumb thing to do.
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As an ameauter i was pretty much able to figure out the trick. Minus a few small things iit is a
beginner trick that i belive m friends who are laypeople could do.