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Director's Cut (Gimmicks and Online Instructions) by Simon Shaw
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Alakazam Magic is proud to present Simon Shaw's incredible effect Director's Cut. Director's Cut has been getting some serious attention on the underground mentalism scene for well over a year with big names such as Richard Osterlind giving his endorsement to it!
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So many fun things to do with this effect! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
This is my favorite mentalism effect out there right now. It uses something familiar to just about everyone (popular classic and modern films), literally packs small and plays big. To top it all off, it's dead easy to master which leaves you free to concentrate on performance more than anything else.
You get 26 laminated cards, each with a movie poster printed on it along with the movie's main stars and year of release. These should all be familiar to your spectators--I had seen 24 of the 26 movies already--and even if it's not you can choose to describe the movie poster or even name the stars and year of release if you have to.
The DVD teaches you five different methods for revealing the chosen movie. The beauty of it is that you can use them all on the same group of spectators and they'll never catch on to the secret. This is one of those effects that grows even more powerful as you repeat it. And they can examine the cards all they want to because they aren't marked, stripped, transparent, or even color-coded! One of the revelations even has the spectator choosing the card under the table, turning it over in the deck, and then bringing the deck to the table and covering it. This means that neither the spectator nor the magician should have a clue as to which movie was chosen...but you'll get it right every time.
If you happen to be unfamiliar with some of the movies, the DVD includes a PDF file that gives you a brief synopsis of each film and things you can mention as you reveal it. There is a small amount of memory work involved here as you'll have to memorize the 26 movie cards you have there so you can remember which films you're working with, but this shouldn't take long. Once you learn the secret of the effect, you should be able to perform this confidentally in about 20 minutes.
My only complaint is the lack of any form of case for the cards. You're basically holding half of a bridge-sized deck of playing cards, and it doesn't seem too much to ask for at least some small plastic packet case for this since it'll be pretty hard to find something that will hold them. You don't want these cards just sitting in your pocket.
This one is highly recommended. It uses familiar objects, can be examined, plays to a crowd or to just one person, and is easy to learn.
such a versatile pocket trick! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 15th, 2011
Movies are easily identified in western culture because they are so much a part of us, they come up in everyday conversation... with this in mind, this mentalist system (it's more than just a one trick pony) is unassuming because you can have it in your pocket at any social gathering from 2 to 20+, wait until the conversation changes over to the latest movie, then you pull these cards out almost as an afterthought and BAM! hit them with an instant icebreaker. The fact that you are working with a handful of popular movie posters and instead of Bicycles will pique their curiosity, your audience will never roll their eyes like they're being served another Crazy Uncle card trick. Well-made with smart DVD instructions, this is a great investment for anyone into close-up, street, restaurant or parlor... the little kids won't relate as much but this works well for most of your brighter 13+ crowds.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 10th, 2016
Glad they brought it back!!!!!!!! Get it before it disappears again
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 27th, 2015
Pretty good Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 11th, 2013
I find myself a bit limited by the movie choices on the cards. Not all audiences can appreciate the choices. However, the effect and method is pretty well done. I'm glad it's ungimmicked.
Glad I got this Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 26th, 2012
I had to order the original from another site because it is hard to find anymore at and at a decent price. It was absolutely worth every penny. I was able to get it down in one evening and I think that I am now ready to go out and do some damage with these beautiful little film posters.
Excellent Routine Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 9th, 2010
This was the first Alakazam trick I ever purchased and I must say Alakazam left a good first impression. The best part... The cards are NOT marked, gimmicked, or gaffed in anyway. This is pure mentalism. Add to Cart NOW!
Fun 'mind reading' effect with a pop culture theme Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 14th, 2015
I love this effect, because it involves popular movies. They have a completely free choice, no force, and you can figure out every time what their chosen film is. Even several chosen films at once. The cards are laminated and durable and not gimmicked in any way. Great effect.
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