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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.
Not bad Report this review
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.
One Great Trick Report this review
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.
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!!!!
Huge impact!!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 12th, 2004
After I watched the first routine, I decided to watch the entire 2 DVD set without looking at the "explanation" chapters until I watched all the performance only section... I've never done that with any other magic instructions.
With this DVD, I could've died happy after just having witnessed the routines... the impact that the routines had on me is beyond my words. I would've easily have paid the price of the DVD to witness the miracles, but hey, for the same great deal you get to learn them all.
A small note on the trick with the best impact the "4,5,6 packet trick"... the method is so simple it makes you wonder why you were fooled in the first place.
Sal does a great job in explaining these routines but you gotta be up for the challenge of practicing a lot because these aren't beginner's stuff.
Sal Is The Best!!! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 16th, 2004
This has helped me so much! This is the best card DVD out hands down!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 12th, 2004
Volume 1 is much better then Volume 2. There are somethings which are not good such as: Rollover Aces, Stop.
However some are amazing: Memory Opener, McDougal Stack Outdone.
The major problem is that there are only 13 tricks altogether.
This is the best! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 21st, 2004
I have to say that these two dvds or the best. I love watching him do the tricks, and he explains everything clear as crystal. Some tricks on the dvds are pretty easy to do, and some are pretty hard, both hard and easy, or going to take a lot to a little practice. I am learing a lot from Sal, and I am doing a lot of the tricks. I recommed anybody to get this if they want to kick their card magic up a notch.
Unbelievable! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 25th, 2004
This DVD set is like no other I've seen (and I own many). I would have paid the full price for the set for the first effect alone. If you can only afford one, get Vol. 1. This is card magic at its best.
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