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Close-Up Illusion by Larry Jennings presented by Michael Ammar (Instant Download) The gimmick does all the work, and the trick looks stunning -- EVEN WHEN YOU KNOW HOW IT WORKS. INTRO PRICE. START LEARNING INSTANTLY.
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In this Larry Jennings miracle, things start to get weird quickly, as one card MELTS through another. It looks SO GOOD it'll fool your brain EVEN IF YOU KNOW HOW IT WORKS.

And the best part? The gimmick does almost all the work! Seriously, if you can hold 3 cards, you can perform this trick. And that brings us to the other great thing about this trick, you don't have to waste any time having a card chosen, carrying a deck OR EVEN TALKING. When you perform the first penetration, jaws will drop and ALL attention will be on you.

When you're done, you can CLEANLY show all 3 cards (there are only 3 cards used) and your audience will be too stunned to speak. It looks like a special effect!

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The instructional video for this trick has no fluff and is one of the shortest we've ever produced. There's a full, uncut live performance at a cafe, and then Michael goes through the method repeatedly with clear teaching cards. Even with all of this, the run time is only just over 5 minutes. After watching, please let us know how you like this format.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 18th, 2018
This is a classic of magic, of course, and Michael Ammar continues to be a great teacher. If you are serious about card magic, you'll want to be investing in Ammar's old series, "Easy to Master Card Miracles" which is where I first learned this effect. (Disclosure: I'm reviewing this video in exchange for being provided a free download.)

If you like the effect and can see yourself wanting to amaze everyone with it, by all means purchase this right now!

But I have a few tiny quibbles.

First of all, the video is super short, about 6 minutes, only half of which is instruction. Normally this doesn't bother me. I feel, "don't make a video any longer than it needs to be." Still, the construction of the gaff could be explained a little better. It might have been a good idea to show how it is constructed on not only Bicycle, but also Tally-Ho, Bee, etc.. Which is best for this effect, and why? Are aces better, jokers, or face cards, and why? These questions are not addressed. It just feels a little rushed. That said, making the gaff is so simple that you can easily experiment until you get it just right for you. (Every pair of hands is slightly different.) It's not as if you won't learn how to do this. It's just that more detail could have been provided.

Another tiny quibble, the price point. List price is $10 for one effect? (Even on sale at $6 for one effect...) If you want to get serious about card magic, you would do well to invest in Easy to Master Card Miracles by the same teacher here, Michael Ammar. Penguin has these DVDs ranging in price from $26-36, most having 10-12 effects on it. That doesn't mean this download is "bad," but at $6 (or $10) for one effect, you'll find the DVDs are probably a better investment. (I can't remember what volume this effect is on, #5 or #6, but you'll end up wanting all the DVDs, I'm sure.)

Lastly, and maybe this is just me, but I've never been able to quite get the reactions I would like from this effect. It's like there's an optical illusion going on in front of the spectator's eyes. They don't gasp, they don't say, "How did you do that?" You know that optical illusion where you see a vase, or you could see two faces staring at each other? You look at that optical illusion and watch both effects flip back and forth, sort of hypnotized, wondering why your eyes are tricking you. That's what I get whenever I perform Close Up Illusion. It's not a magician providing some astonishment... instead it's like the spectator feels their own eyes are fooling them.

Again, maybe that's just me! But this is an effect that could really use a kicker. I've never quite figured out what to do, however. The cards can NOT be given out for inspection. And you can't really move on to something else with these three cards. (You can insert two of these three cards back in the deck, which only puts heat on the one card...and besides, I can't think of any full-deck trick that is a solid kicker to this effect.)

Add 'em all up, these tiny concerns, and I've got to deduct at least one star.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 15th, 2018
A killer for the price, this effect requires only the most basic of skills and tools to create the gimmick (an 8 year-old could make one), and only the most basic of sleight of hand. It can be performed surrounded, you can learn it in 5 minutes and master it in less than 30 minutes. The cards aren't examinable at the end, but the illusion is so good, no one is going to ask to see them.
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Are you really serious? Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 15th, 2018
Is this really possible? Yes. Is this really simple to learn? Yes. Is this really simple to do? Yes. Will this really fool others as much as it fools yourself? Yes. Is the gimmick really so easy to make that you can make it in about 3 seconds? Yes. Will you really carry it in your wallet and be ready to do this for anyone, anytime. Yes. Will people really ask you to do it again. Yes. Will you really be able to immediately repeat it again? Yes. Does the video really do a great job of teaching this. Yes. Is this really a minor miracle. Yes. Are you really going to buy this? Yes. Will you be really sorry if you don't buy this? YES.
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A great concept, just really short Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 15th, 2018
5:31 total runtime
3:00 total instruction (other parts are live and studio performance)

At $10, ($5.95 on sale), I feel the price is a bit steep. I'm not happy with the current releases in the $5-$10 range that are literally a few minutes long.

This is a strong illusion, but the video is so short, I can't give a great review. It feels like a cash grab. Over $1/min for a quick simple overview, nothing really in depth.
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Could use a little more details Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 16th, 2018
The very brief video (more than half of it is the demo) just wasn't enough instruction for me. I am having some difficulty finding the "sweet spot" for the construction of the gaff. [redacted]

Neat, in theory, but not quite as simple or self-working (for me) as others are raving about.
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Close up Illusion Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 19th, 2018
Love Love Michael Ammar. Been following him around for years, but very dissappointed. Not only was I thoroughly confused by his explanation, but he seemed to be as well. Forgive me Michael but I feel let down and I'm still confused
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 19th, 2018
The Jennings effect is visual and practical.
You get what you see.

I only wish that more time was spent for the explanation.
Over shoulder shots, close-up shots of the gimmick.

If you already perform “I hate David Copperfield“ by Geoff Williams you get nothing new here. If you like what you see and have no clue - get it.
Its also nice to know the important subtleties.

3 Stars because of the upgradable tutorial.
The actual price of around 5$ is ok - i wouldnt pay 10$ for it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 15th, 2018
This is one of those tricks that look so amazing you would buy just to see how its done, but the bonus for this one is its fun to do.

There are several other things I really like about this trick (beside the fact that it looks amazing and just like real magic):

1.) The gimmick is simple - a few seconds to make it
2.) No angles to worry about
3.) You can do it again and again with no setup in between
4.) No sleights

All pros for this one, no cons.

I'll keep this one for a carry around trick. Definitely thumbs up
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Good Trick Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 24th, 2018
Its a good trick but he teaches it terribly. The video is WAY to short and he doesn't explain it well. For what its worth, this trick should be free. The video is only 5 minutes. Its very complicated and the video is taken from an angle where its really hard to understand what is happening. Don't get me wrong, this is an amazing effect but it couldn't be taught worse.
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I still remember this trick after 30 years Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 15th, 2018
Many years ago I was visiting a magic shop and the demo guy showed me this trick. He showed me a lot of other stuff and I couldn't tell you what it was if my life was on the line. The one thing I remember was this trick. It just looked so impossible.
If you want to do something that your spectators (particularly the sharp ones) will be bothered by forever, this is the piece.
The teaching is, of course, fantastic but the effect is the thing. I don't think that there is a more visual piece of card magic. The spectator actually sees one card melt through another.
Just buy it, work on it, and you will create memories. After all, isn't that what we do? I cannot recommend tis any more highly.
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