If you’ve watched the trailer you know how good it looks on camera. It looks the same in real life.
No angles to worry about, just 4 cards are used. They can be borrowed, no gaffs, no gimmicks, no
extra cards. You probably already know the move that is needed but Max teaches it in so much detail
you’ll probably learn something to make it smoother and better.
At this price, to learn
from the Maven there is no reason not to buy it.
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This is my first Max Maven trick and I can see why he's so popular. He takes a very intelligent and
competent approach to teaching. I can tell that he is a true historian... as he explained different
grips and moves, he was great about explain who created the moves, as well as WHY one move was
chosen over another.
Most intermediate (and even some beginner) magicians will be able to
figure this trick out or at least get close. But I definitely recommend this trick for at least
beginners. There are some moves here and principles that are foundational in nature.
nice thing about this trick is that there is no prep time, no gimmicks, and you really can use a
borrowed deck. (Which I've always thought was funny... I mean really, how many people have you ever
met that happens to be carrying their own personal deck (unless you're at a magic convention or
poker event)?) This is as impromptu as it gets... and knowing this trick will enable the beginner to
get more and more comfortable with basic sleight of hand.
Get this if you're a noob! If
you're a kinda noob, consider it. If you're experienced, you don't need this... but if nothing else,
Max's voice will help just about anyone's blood pressure go down 10 or 20 points. :-)
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For everybody who likes this, buy Focus when you don't only learn magic from video. You will find
Masque there and many other effects.
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Max Maven is awesome. He really knows his history and does a phenomenal job explaining everything.
That being said I feel like this is much too weak to go into my primary repertoire. It is amazing
how Max worked everything but I'm left with the feeling that this is nowhere near as strong as the
other tricks I perform. The display starts to look fishy after doing it a few times. Why not just
show the cards normally? You definitely don't want the spectator holding onto the card when they
have every reason to assume it's not the card you say it is. I do still plan on doing this trick for
regulars who have seen my top 40 tricks already though so for that it's well worth it.
3 of 5 magicians found this helpful.
I've been doing an Elmsley Count for decades but the tips on this video are worth far more than the
price of this trick. This is a BEAUTIFUL bit of magical artistry. All non-essentials are stripped
away. Exactly what you see and say is exactly what happens with no wasted movement. You and the
spectators are left with pure magic. As a magician of 40+ years this is one of those rare effects
where it is so pure, simple, beautiful and magical that I can watch it and be amazed at what
happens, too! GET THIS! YOU WILL LOVE IT!
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Masque is a five star routine with a four star learning presentation.
First, the five star
part. Very strong impact, no reason the spectator can imagine causes it, and my victims were totally
flummoxed. Ends clean. You need a good verbal presentation, and smooth handling and you get a
stunner. I did it a couple of times, stopped, went home and repeated it many time before going back
out. Smooth presentation without hesitation is critical with Masque.
Max is a very good
presenter, so what's the problem? The trick requires an Elmsly count, and if you have one or not,
Max does a fine job of showing how it's done; so what's the problem? There is a presumption that the
other major move is simple and easy, and with a small packet, it may not be. Some help with this
would be very useful.
Perhaps it's just a personal problem, but there were points where I
was saying, "Hold on! Where am I now? What's the card set-up right at this transition point?"
Showing that would have also been super helpful. I recommend you follow along, but stop and check
and, if necessary, make notes of where you are at each point.
So, it could have been a
4.5, but there's not such option in the drop-down box. For the money, it's more than worth it. If
you do get it, read the comments in the Discuss section.
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This is full of great classic moves that are explained well if you do not already know them. These
explanations can make the final trick appear very difficult in the fact that you will have to
remember many things. When, in fact, you do not. Once you get through the explanations, going to
the last few minutes shows just how easy this magic can be accomplished but will require practice.
I suggest that this should be in your repertoire. It can be done with a borrowed deck which can be
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Can’t wait for more from this creator such a cool trick.
A neat effect. Max gives a great tutorial on a classic sleight that is worth the price of this video
I am a working performer, mostly kids and family magic shows :) I perform strolling restaurant
magic, weekly, as well , so I have a in variety of close up and platform presentations. What I love
about this effect by Max is how incredibly self contained and natural it is. And of course it is;
this is Max Maven! All the moves are motivated and completely unsuspicious, and each magical moment
is so direct. There are, let’s say, gazillions of ungimmicked packet tricks in the world, and many
of them are diluted by 1 or 2 shady moves. I just love love love this small miracle, Max! (Ha!
Miracle Max! “While you’re at, why not just give me a paper cut and pour lemon juice on it. We’re
Anyway, 5 sincere stars for an outstanding effect. Last night I used it at a
family restaurant and did it straight for adults and then at the next table comically for kids
(magician in trouble, look don’t see). It’s fun to do as if the joker keeps accidentally changing to
the 3 kids’ cards. Very funny.
I’m trying to come up with some sort of silly climax, where
all the cards turn to jokers, or blanks, or something?
Can’t say enough about this,
everyone! 2 simple card sleights definitely in already in the toolbox of most magicians!