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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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For those who want to perform card magic at the expert level, Penguin Magic is proud to release Sal Piacente's EXPERT CARD MAGIC LECTURE NOTES. If you're ready to be among the best, here it is.

Join card magician and world renowned gaming expert Sal Piacente, as he takes you step by step through 5 of his amazing expert card routines. These routines have gained him prestige and respect with magic's elite.

On Volume One You'll Learn:

  • Sal's Memory Opener - Sal memorizes the deck of cards instantly, even as a spectator repeatedly shuffles the deck.
  • The Marlo Opener - A spectator cuts the deck, Sal then correctly estimates the exact number of cards cut, then he proceeds to deal himself a perfect hand.
  • Sal's Ace Cutting Routine - The most incredible Ace cutting routine you will ever see! The deck is shuffled, then Sal "dead cuts" directly to each of the four Aces.
  • Sal's Ace Cutting Routine II - When the deck of cards is thoroughly shuffled, Sal then proceeds to cut straight to the Aces, this time without even looking...
  • The Vernon Poker Deal Revisited - Sal's version of a classic routine in which a spectator will assist by drawing the winning card for Sal's incredible poker hand...
On Volume Two You'll Learn:
  • The McDougal Stack Outdone - A very powerful routine where Sal will stack the four Aces into the deck and then deal himself the Aces.
  • Paint Poker - Using only the 20 high cards, the deck is shuffled and cut. Sal then is able to deal himself the winning hand.
  • Rollover Aces - Sal cuts to the four Aces, then for a kicker ending he produces all four Royal Flushes!
  • Stop !! - A card is selected, then shuffled into the deck. Sal deals the cards until "stop" is called to review the chosen card.
  • The Riffle Stack - Sal demonstrates how a professional gambler can set up the deck of cards with the use of a riffle shuffle.
  • The Faro Stack - The four Aces are shown, then Faro shuffled into the deck. Sal deals himself the Aces with a special ending!
  • 4,5,6-Packet Trick - Sal's show stopping routine where he finds a spectator's chosen card that he or she has just merely thought of... VERY IMPRESSIVE!

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2 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
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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's just that good.
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
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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.
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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!!

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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
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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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Excelllent card magic! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 28th, 2007
I got this dvd last christmas. I love the Ace Cutting routine . The material on this dvd is easy and really effective. I also think the memory opener is worth the price of dvd. Three more words....ADD TO CARt!!!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 7th, 2006
This is a fantastic product for those magicians who want to revive the classics in our art like Marlo and John Scarne. His effects are fantastic, his technique is great and his teaching is superb. These DVDs are not or those who want "self workers" or simple tricks. These effects, though not knuckle busters will require practice and the timing and patter required in order to perfect these will take a bit of time. In short, for those of you who want to perform a great display of skill and gambling prowess...BUY THESE NOW!
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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.
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