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Sal Piacente's Expert Card Magic Lecture Notes (2 DVD Set) This 2 DVD set goes in-depth, sharing 13 of the most top-level card effects ever performed; effects that have earned Sal the highest respect in the inner circles of expert card magic.
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Not as good as it could've been Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 14th, 2005
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.
Very good information and Tricks Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 6th, 2010
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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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 5th, 2010
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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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 22nd, 2005
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.
Worth losing friends over!!! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 28th, 2004
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 HOUSE!!
Know what? IT WAS WORTH IT!! BUY THESE NOW!!!!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 28th, 2015
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.
It's 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.
Not so entertaining. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 7th, 2014
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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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 7th, 2010
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
DAmn.. what a hot thing.. Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 11th, 2008
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 is....
As Jays says, the memory opener is really worth the prices of the DVD!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 14th, 2007
i ordered these dvds without expecting anything. let me say, i love all of the effects on here. personally, the memory opener, and the 4,5,6 packet trick are worth the price of the dvds alone. the reason it got 4 stars was because i would use some of the effects on here.
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