Spin Doctor (Cards and DVD) by John Bannon - DVD
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Why twist when you can spin? The doctor is in.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 17th, 2013
Ok, So I actualy bought this from the only magic shop in my county that's left. I was actually getting it because of a few reasons, but wound up with a list of Ten... Enjoy!
1. My Illusionist mind is evolving more into the curiousity and love for and of - Packet tricks
2. It comes in a nice DVD Case, with all needed cards... and the cards are really nice.. not just something you can conjure up from decks you may or may not have laying around. Plus the dvd was nicely put together and is pretty crisp on picture quality and sound... and the camera person knows what they're doing.
3. I got it for a really nice price!
4: It's got my name in the title!...(Nuff...Said)
5: It's literally the first effect that I've bought in a decade, that required me to actually pay attention to the dvd and watch it all the way through! Normally when I buy any kind of Magic item, If I've seen it performed at least twice (Even in the trailer), my mind can reverse mechanisize the effect.. and I'll figure it out - along with my own suitable patter. This one I had to watch twice.. which is pretty impressive.
6: It's got awesome Psychology behind everything, from the timing and structure of the routine, to the reasons why it actually works! (I love Psychology!)
7: The included cards aren't some cheap set of gimmicked Bicycle cards... They're really elegant and complement the routines included (2 of them)
8: They aren't just another "Spin" or "Flip" trick... John designed it to rekind one's love for working with both packet tricks, and the moves needed to make the routine come to life!
9: It's actually taking me ten reasons to list why it's really a great effect for the price! (Which I don't usually go further than 3 reasons)
10: repeat #9 then go to #1, work your way back to #10.. and let the information be absorbed by your Sub-Concious Mind...!
Now, for the things I don't much care for (but still don't mind)
1: You either need to know the Elmsley Count, or need to pay good and close attention when watching the "Tell" Section. (I had to learn it from this dvd)
2: John mentions during the "Tell" Section, that in the "Appendix" (Which none of the menu selections are named) - that if you don't know said Elmsley Count... that it will be explained at the end of the dvd in said Appendix section (Which apparently is named something else, or doesn't exist)
3: The second included routine (Found in the "More" section) doesn't use the same cards the packet comes with, but can be found in any deck you currently work with - IF you're already a card worker
4: The price in said magic shop was price gouged. (But my credentials with the shop owner are Superb, so I paid half price!)
5: needing 5 reasons why I wasn't completely pleased with the effect (But I'm still happy so just ignore the last four reasons and click ADD TO CART)
Over all, Quality and quantity of this Vs. Price - Worth it if you either love packet tricks or Ace effects. (I personally believe that you get more in the case than you pay for)
Well thanks for taking time to read my review, I'm sure that by now if you didn't find it helpful (And I'm sure you did), then you at least found it humorus and that's just what The Doctor (Me) ordered!
The above review is a bit raunchy and doesn't give enough of a case to prove it's point. I believe that if you're going to take the time to write one out, then take your time and don't half a** the information you portray. You never know what young or old mind you mind or might not be inspiring.. And I'm sure we can all agree... That's just lazy and unfair! This is a site by Magicians -for Magicians! - Not Faceb**k (Drama)
Till next time...! (Walks in TARDIS... TARDIS Dematerializes)
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 4th, 2010
Not a big fan of this. It's just not an effect that's going to get big reactions. Even an unsophisticated spectator understands the general concept of false counts and displays. If you execute this competently, you will get a reaction like, "You were very skillful in disguising which cards you were holding", rather than, "Wow, I have no idea how you did that!"
For some people, this might not be a bad thing. All you need to know to perform this is an Elmsley Count, yet to a layperson, it might give the impression that more advanced handling skills were required. So, if your goal is to impress someone with how you can handle cards, this might suit you; if your goal is to fool a spectator and leave them baffled, I think you need to look elsewhere.
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