Volume one is definately the better of the two with some decent ace cutting routines, and marlo
opener is cool and memory opener is probably worth the DVD on its own. But volume two is really
lacking, 4,5,6 packet trick is probably the best amongst them. Also even with the good tricks about
90% require a deck setup and each very different then the next requiring a deck switch with at least
two different decks. Although the ideas taught in these DVDs are great and can probably help others
in making up their own effects but the effects themselves are very average.
Also the DVD's
themselves are quite boring, cause Sal does all the tricks in front of a robot of a spectator, in
the same room with dim lighting. Warning these are all tricks requiring a table, which are good for
restaurant work, but if your a street or impromptu(which i prefer) then look elsewhere. For the
Price it's not worth it, well for me it wasn't.
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This is an excellent resource on some material I have not seen any place else. the Hit Man will
teach you some unbeleiveable effects. most of the material is not beginner stuff. There are other
places to start if you are new to Card Magic. This is however an excellent resource for the
intermediate to advanced practitioner. Like every trick the material is going to take some time to
learn but will give you some amazing effects if you take the time required. Excellent add to cart.
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I didn't really like most of the material in this set, but the 4,5,6-packet trick in volume number 2
is shear genius. It is so simple even a beginner could do it, but it will really blow people's
minds. This one will even fool a lot of magicians. It's totally impromptu, and the spectator does
all the card handling. It just doesn't get any better than that. It's really the only trick I ever
perform from the set, but almost worth the price itself...it's just that good.
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Maybe I expected a little more from the title. I found the presentations of the effects to be a
little on the boring side but since Sal was only performing for one person, maybe that is an excuse.
The routines are not difficult and many require some kind of set up, sometimes to the entire
pack. Maybe this approach is attractive to some but for some reason takes me back to the days of
mathematical self workers with a shuffle added for magicians.
With the bad points out of
the way, there are many great ideas in these DVD's. The production quality is excellent and
everything is explained clearly.
I would consider many of these effects to be a springboard for
any creative and adept card worker to add to and bring forth a more exciting effect and take it to
the next level.
Expert card magicians may find a couple of things here worth the price. I
am glad i purchased these DVD's.
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I did Sal's memory opener (one of my favorites) on a friend of mine who ALWAYS psycho-analyzes
things. He opened a BOOK and explained to me the bio-chemical reasons behind how I was able to
achieve memorization of the entire deck, explaining subtleties of personality, methodology, and
biological processes that make it possible. After arguing over other topics, he used the biological
and physical reasonings of the MEMORY opener, and I told him the TRUTH, he THREW ME OUT OF HIS
Know what? IT WAS WORTH IT!! BUY THESE NOW!!!!
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I almost fell asleep trying to watch this dvd. That guy needs to add some kind of fun to his magic.
I did give it two stars because it looked like he was giving effort to teach his boring tricks. Card
magic like this is what made me not like card magic before I became a magician.
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I ordered this DVD set because I'm interested in all kinds of ace routines and gambling routines.
And I wasn't disappointed! Sal is a first class card mechanic and an excellent teacher as well. His
gambling routines will be part of my program in the near future. Also check out his live lecture
here on penguinmagic. These DVDs are worth their weight in gold!
And furthermore: Praise
penguinmagic and FEDEX for the excellent service. Got my order here in Germany after only 2 days!!
Most of the effects on the DVDs use the theme of gambling, and if you're interested in gambling
effects at all, this DVD is a must buy.
Besides the cutting to aces, deal royal flushes
routines, the two best tricks on the set have to be the Memory Opener and the 456-Packet effects.
Both are absolutely baffling, give your audience a lot of freedom, and are extremely easy.
true that Sal performs these without any exciting patter, and the tricks would seem like they're
made for fooling magicians if presented that way, but the methods and effects are STRONG if put in
the right context.
I put off writing this review until I did the two effects above in my latest
card act, one as my opener and one as my closer. They received as good reactions, if not better,
than my old opener and closer. I'm a little disappointed to see my proud card to spectator's pocket
routine go, but it only shows how incredible this DVD set is.
Sal Piacente has impressive skill. You will to after practicing the material on this DVD. Sal
thoroughly explains each of these routines, going over every subtlety. I like Sal's 'hitman of
magic' performance style. With how hot poker is today, if you perform card magic someone will bring
up how they shouldn't play cards with you. Show them why with the Riffle stack. Memory Opener is
easily worth the price of both DVDs. This is high-impact material
dammnn.. what a hot think...
I was getting a little tired of card magic, but when i saw sal's
memory opener (the first trick) i was hooked again... damn... I can't tell you how good i think it
As Jays says, the memory opener is really worth the prices of the DVD!