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.
4 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
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.
3 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
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.
2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
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!!!!
2 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
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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OVERVIEW: This set of two DVDs contains a variety of magical card effects that are taught by Sal
Piacente. Sal began working as a blackjack dealer in Atlantic City before moving through a variety
of jobs at casinos. He is currently the president of UniverSal Game Protection Development, Inc,
where he works as a game protection specialist, meaning that he helps teach how to find and prevent
cheaters at casinos. He's been on several TV shows, and is active in giving lectures to the casino
industry on how to expose card cheats. In this collection of two videos, Mr Piacente draws on his
wealth of experience and his creativity to share some of his very best card effects. Altogether
there's a dozen different routines, with some top notch material.
PRAISE: But first, let me
persuade you that it's worth hwile checking out these videos, considering that these were first
produced in 2004. While there was considerable noise about them at the time they were first
released, over time stellar works like this tend to be overlooked or forgotten. Many young magicians
are so busy trying to keep up with the latest releases, that they probably haven't even heard of
this video set. Fortunately it's still widely available, and is still as excellent as it was when it
first appeared. The fact is that a number of experienced magicians would include this in their top
10 DVDs/videos of all time! You will find high praise from many magicians about it, and it's a
highly regarded collection of routines.
WHAT YOU GET: This product is a set of two DVDs,
each of which comes in its own DVD case. Volume One has a running time of 1hr 25 minutes, and covers
five routines: Sal's Memory Opener, The Marlo Opener, Sal's Ace Cutting Routine, Sal's Ace Cutting
Routine II, and The Vernon Poker Deal Revisited. Volume Two has a running time of 1 hr, and covers
eight routines: The McDougal Stack Outdone, Paint Poker, Rollover Aces, Stop!!, The Riffle Stack,
The Faro Stack, 4,5,6-Packet Trick, plus a bonus effect, The Encore Card Trick. Each DVD has a
contents menu that allows you to navigate to a demonstration of the effect, or go straight to its
FORMAT: The one-on-one format for the video has Sal perform and explain all
the tricks to Rob Stiff, and this creates an intimate setting that really suits close-up card magic.
The conversational approach is very natural and smooth, and together with Rob Stiff you really get
the feel of being an insider who is welcomed into the private sanctuary of a professional magician
and skilled teacher. For each routine, first there's a brief introduction to the effect from Sal,
then a performance of the effect with Rob Stiff. Sal then teaches the tricks in an easy to follow
manner, making it simple to learn the effects. The one-on-one interaction with Rob Stiff is
excellent, and the question and answer style as they discuss each trick works really well, and will
be something that magicians will appreciate and find very helpful. Sal definitely offers a fresh
take on things, and his unique style, patter, and presentation feels genuinely fresh and novel. He's
a good teacher too, which is of course essential for an instructional video like this. The video
production is also very solid, and different camera angles are used where necessary.
CONTENT: All the tricks taught here are solid, but the consensus is pretty clear that the best
ones are Sal's Memory Opener and his 4,5,6 Packet Trick. Sal himself says that the 4,5,6-packet
trick is his favourite trick. But even though these two routines are probably the top ones, the
reality is that there's a terrific amount of top quality material here. This isn't just a collection
of mediocre material with one or two hot tricks - it's all strong, but these ones alone will easily
make it worth getting!
DIFFICULTY: The effects taught here are mostly simple to learn, and
you won't find them too difficult to learn whether you are an intermediate magician or more advanced
in magic. Many of these routines give the impression of being demonstrations of great skill and
feats with cards (e.g. feats of memory, or amazing demonstrations of gambling). In reality, however,
they rely not so much on sleight-of-hand, but are just cleverly thought out tricks. That means that
most of the tricks taught here are well within the reach of the average magician, although some will
require some practice. When you see them, they look like very advanced card work, but that's just
the beauty of the magic therein - they're actually quite simple! In some cases an ability with card
handling is necessary (e.g. a couple require an ability to do a faro-shuffle), but for the most part
the intermediate magician will find them relatively easy to learn, and be surprised how few sleights
are used. It's well worth the effort required to learn the patter and master the routine, because
these these effects are great to perform and will amaze your spectators. Since they are relatively
straight-forward, they are great for nearly all magicians to learn, and yet even experienced
magicians will find some great effects to add to their performances.
these videos, Sal Piacente offers a genuinely fresh approach to card magic, and some absolutely
terrific material. It's relatively easy to learn and within the reach of the average magician, and
the teaching is terrific. All-round, this is easily a top-notch collection, that deserves to find
its way into the hands of card magicians old and young today who haven't yet come across it. Highly
recommended! - BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
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