This was funny and detailed buiding instruction video. I am very experienced mechanic and have all
the needed at my shop, so I can't tell how accurate that $20 is and perhaps much more here in
Europe, but one is sure, this was so detailed that everybody can build this. As I told, I'm very
expereinced but still could find a new way to build the wheel. That was one of the best advices in
this video. So, why only 4 stars? That's because I believe that the cost of the materials is much
more that twenty bucks. Anyway, the structure is good and I believe that this can last longer than
cheap factory produsct. One add to the instructions: You should secure the nuts using spring washer,
locking compound like nail polish or what better, locknuts (Nyloc).
I did a thorough review of every card fountain on the market and ultimately settled on this video
because the finished fountain seemed to have the greatest balance between ability and price. I was
able to watch the video the day I got it, gather the supplies needed over the next several days and
within a week I had a very reliable and professional working card fountain. I have already used it
in a show to rave response. My finished fountain shoots five to six feet in the air out of a hat I
hide it in. I built the fountain for $68.69 plus the price of the video, so like $80 total. The
major tools you’ll need to get into this card fountain as inexpensively as possible are a drill with
standard sized drill bits, soldering iron, wire stripper/cutter, screw driver, and pliers. If you
have these or can borrow them you will significantly cut down on the price, this is what I did. I
realize the total price at $80 is comparable to other entry level fountains you could just buy on
the market without investing any time, but I firmly believe that this fountain works better than any
model you could buy in the entry level category of card fountains. Furthermore, I have enough left
over parts now that I could easily build a second fountain for under or close to $20. The greatest
advantage of buying this video is gaining the knowledge they impart to you. You can easily go out
with their knowledge and some common sense after building this fountain and make a more improved and
powerful version if you wanted. If you have basic building knowledge and are a DIY person like me
you will love learning to make this product, just don't buy it expecting to save money on a card
fountain. Think of this purchase as an investment, with a solid product at the end that you will be
proud to own. Overall, the video delivers what it promises which is why I give it 5 stars.
No way to build it under $20. and it is way too big and bulky.Dave Powell is the real go to guy for
the title is certainly misleading.
Card fountains on the market start at around $60-$75.
After spending $20 on the DVD, and then the price of supplies you'll easily be up in the
$50-$60 range if not more depending on if you have all the tools needed.... and it may be a
better idea for some magicians to just buy a professionally made card fountain.
If you're like
me and you prefer to build your own props then this DVD is great for you. It requires very little
knowledge about drilling, wiring, and a little soldering.
The end result will not be as small or
pretty as the ones you may buy on the market, but it will be yours... and that's something to be
The title is misleading though. Unless the parts required are much cheaper
wherever this was filmed, there is no way to keep the price under $20. I already had all the
tools, so those don't need to be calculated into the price... but by just buying the pieces you need
to build the fountain yesterday, I'm already at $34.
Granted, you do get multiple pieces in
some of the packages... perhaps they are saying the price to build it is under $20 if you
average it out over a couple complete fountains. If you build just one it will not be that cheap.
Easy to follow DVD instructional and you can actually do as it instructs. Most parts in any hardware
store. You can make a few modifications of your own to make it a bit smaller I found but the one
they teach you to build is practical and will work every time particularly if you check the
batteries before the show.