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Five Card Opener (DVD and Cards) by Bill Abbott - DVD
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Introduction - From Bill Abbott
"When I was in high school I was doing a lot of shows on the weekends and most of those shows were mixed audiences of kids, adults, teenagers and seniors. I needed an opener to get everyone's attention, hold their attention and keep their attention. The problem with the standard six or five card repeat is there is a lack of any real conclusion or finale to the effect. I wanted to have a genuine eye-opener that took the audience by surprise. That's when I began working on the Five Card Opener."

The Opener
"The "opener" of any act is a tough choice for any performer. How do you get everyone's attention and hold their attention as well as amaze and entertain them all at the same time. This is my solution to this eternal question. The Five Card Opener gets the audience's attention. The Five Card Opener holds their attention. The Five Card Opener amazes. The Five Card Opener entertains. In addition to all this the Five Card Opener will work for any audience."

What is the Five Card Opener
"The Five card Opener has it's roots in the classic five/six card repeat but it's similar only in method (slightly). The Five Card Opener is a completely fresh approach with three sequences that build with a definitive climax that is a big surprise. It has been my "talking" opener for the past 20 years and l use it at all of my magic shows. Corporate shows, family shows, college shows, etc. The Five Card Opener can be a whole new way to make your show fun!"

The "Real" Secret
"The real secret behind the Five Card Opener is that it is an audience response 'conditioner'. I have had corporate audiences (almost asleep after a long banquet and two hours of awards and speeches before my show) up and out of their seats at the beginning of my show using The Five Card Opener. It sets the tone for how the audience responds to the ending of each effect/routine because it also acts as a call back. There is a verbal trigger that the audience responds to every time you say it during the show, and they will react however you expect/direct them to. The Five Card Opener makes triggering applause throughout the show in all the right places easy, natural and above all fun. For example you can have the audience shout out a corporate slogan, perform a standing ovation, a specific school cheer, a company name, etc."

Simple To Do & Gets Reactions
"I know in performing this off the top of the show, I will not have any mediocre reactions to any of my effects because I'm giving them an outlet to respond in a big way. And they do. Even the most jaded ones. For the working performer you could literally 'drop' this into your show the next day. It's big and visual and takes up very little room for a routine that plays to such large crowds. There are no angle restrictions. No special lighting or staging considerations. Work away from tables and out of your pockets, making an instant connection with your audience. And the best part is that it's so easy to do. Basically, if you have opposable thumbs (which means your not a monkey!) you can perform The Five Card Opener." - Bill Abbott

Included Props
Handmade gimmicked Bicycle Playing Cards in poker-size with wallet.
Handmade gimmicked Jumbo Playing Cards for audiences from 100-1,000.
Portable/collapsible free-standing container to keep the cards in pristine condition, to be sure your stage is clear and to really sell the mysterious climax of the routine!

Instructional DVD Featuring: A LIVE college performance of the routine. A LIVE family performance of the routine. A detailed routine handling of both the poker and jumbo-sized cards The "real" secret of the Opener with all the psychological subtleties to make this routine play as strongly for you as it does for Bill. Alternate Performance and Handling Ideas:

  • Breast Pocket Only
  • "Messy" Poker Presentation
  • Jumbo Cards and Table
  • Jumbo Cards and Pop-Up Basket
Full Performance Script in PDF exactly as Bill performs this at every show. (Remember the script is a template to add to, subract from and get creative with.) And much more...

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
I almost don't want to write this review because I attribute much of my success to this effect. I open my show with it and my audiences love it. Everyone will tell you of the psychology of the structure of this trick BUT I have a degree in Psychology and I say the psychology of the structure of this trick does so many things to make it the perfect opener. Don't get it... please! so I can keep having fun with it!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 2nd, 2015
I can't say more, it have been toled in the pervious comments! A must have if you have a lot of shows! Great value!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 5th, 2011
I must agree with the previous reviewers, don't get it! This is just such a brilliant routine and basically you're paying for the performance. You get a lot of high quality-props and a great instructional DVD with lots of good advice too.
The reason why I don't want you to get it is so that we who have it can have more fun doing it just so the routine doesn't get performed by every magician all over the world. :-) Works great every time for any audience!
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FANTASTIC!!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 14th, 2011
This is brilliant. not only are ALL the props provided and of the highest quality, the advice that Bill gives is priceless. THis is one of those purchases where you won't be learning a magic trick, but you will be learning all the subtleties that you will need to give your audience a great opener. The method is nothing special, but as the previous reviewer said, the psychology of the entire routine is worth the price.
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