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Cannibal Cards (World's Greatest Magic) - DVD
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Imagine owning the most comprehensive magic book ever written. This would surely be a treasured possession for any magician with each chapter focusing on a single aspect of the craft and the very best routines ever created for it. That's the idea behind L&L Publishing's critically-acclaimed DVD series, The World's Greatest Magic by the World's Greatest Magicians. Each volume is like another chapter in the world's best magic book. Featuring in-depth exposition and instruction on some of magic's most cherished and classic effects by its most-talented practitioners, this unprecedented series represents an essential reference work for anyone interested in the magical arts, regardless of their skill level.

The Cannibal Cards plot was devised by Lin Searles in the late 1950's and this decidedly unusual plot has been capturing the imaginations of card magicians ever since. The original Searles approach utilized special cards. However, on this DVD, you'll see seven pasteboard masters, each with their own individual spins on this now-classic effect where a succession of playing cards seem to disappear when placed between other cards, apparently eaten by the "cannibal" cards - and all use ordinary cards.

Michael Ammar begins with the classic plot combined with Frank Garcia's "Apex Aces" and a "collectors" finish that provides three minutes of solid entertainment while Bill Malone follows with a typically hilarious presentation and a few red herrings thrown in that are guaranteed to even fool magicians. Juan Tamariz turns the trick into a piece of magical theater, complete with audience sing-alongs while J. J. Sanvert follows the classic plot right up until his amazing surprise ending. Larry Jennings, as would be expected, offers a classic and elegant handling while Michael Skinner demonstrates the version he used for over 25 years while he was the magician in residence at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. Finally, Eugene Burger presents a streamlined rendition that will, again, mystify everyone but particularly those who are familiar with the original, classic handling.

Since its conception, the Cannibal Cards plot has been a favorite of magicians and their audiences. As Dan Huffman observed in The Linking Ring, "And, why not, when one considers the delightful combination of snappy card magic and the consumption of raw, human flesh."

  • Cannibal Cards - Michael Ammar
  • Those Scary Cannibal Cards - Bill Malone
  • The Cannibals - Juan Tamariz
  • Cannibals - J. J. Sanvert
  • Cannibal Kings - Larry Jennings
  • Cannibal Cards - Michael Skinner
  • Cannibals - Eugene Burger
Running Time Approximately 1hr 47min

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This is a routine that requires you to have a bit of a fun personality, so it makes sense that a guy like Bill Malone or Juan Tammariz or even Michael Ammar would have a spot on this DVD, but Larry Jennings? Michael Skinner? Eugene Burger? These guys are all killer magicians, but it's hard to tell a goofy story about cannibals and pygmies in an cardboard jungle when you are a serious and stiff as Larry Jennings was... then references to "gastric juices..." yucky!

I found Eugene's presentation a decent variation and rather interesting, but the presentation just appeared to be something out of his element. It felt very contrived. But again, his take on it was much different from the standard plot, so it's definitely worth watching.

My favorite, no big surprise, was Bill Malone's. He added a few little flourishes and his amazing personality to make it super flashy and fun performance piece. Michael Ammar's was my second favorite... It was just a simple straight-forward fun handling.

I also liked a few really cool touches that Juan Tamariz added to his presentation... the guy, as crazy as he is, is a brilliant thinker.

Overall, if you're interested in the collector's theme, you need to take a serious look at the cannibal cards handling of the collector's theme. If you're going to look at the cannibal cards theme, then this is a good source and recommended simply for Bill Malone's handling. It lost a point for having old rough footage of a very stiff and borderline cranky Larry Jennings. GEM
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