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CONTROL: an impromptu technique for creating the illusion of slowing down and stopping your heart.

Demonstrating control over life and death is one of the most powerful things you can do. In this comprehensive DVD, Wayne Houchin (Sinful, Thread and Stigmata) takes you through the entire effect - from incredible live performances to the technique and the subtleties that allow you to transform this routine from a trick into a miracle.

Effect: A volunteer holds your wrist and takes your pulse. They feel your heart beating a steady rhythm and you ask them to count along with it. You close your eyes and take a deep breath. Your volunteer feels your pulse gradually slow down and completely stop. Nothing. After a few deep breaths your heart starts beating again and they feel your pulse gradually return.

Control is entirely safe and requires no gimmicks. Nothing is placed under your arm and the effect may be performed at any time.

Originally released through Theory11, CONTROL instantly became an international success. This Special Director's Cut has been re-mastered and loaded with new ideas, new interviews and more. Featuring Daniel Garcia, Dexter (Criss Angel: Mindfreak), and the triumphant return of Randall.

BONUS EFFECT: Also featured on the DVD is Stop - a technique created by Daniel Garcia that allows someone to hear your heart slow down and stop. Safe and impromptu.

By carefully using the secrets revealed on this DVD it is entirely possible to convince a crowd of people that you have the ability to completely stop your heart.

  • Featuring 2 safe and impromptu methods for stopping your pulse: CONTROL + STOP
  • Learn the Johnson Justification: a technique for performing CONTROL under the supervision of a medical professional
  • Live performances, detailed instruction, practice tips and more
  • 143 minutes with special features

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Also, at first I never wanted to buy this DVD: I went out on a limb and bought it because Wayne and Danny were in it. And I was very, very surpirsed.

Here we go.

Case and DVD Menu:

The case is amazing, very high quality of Wayne's feet. The same picture that you see when browsing the title.

The menu is nice, having Wayne talk very quietly and then it turn into an arm with the 5 options. Easy to navigate.


It is Wayne Houchin and Danny Garcia. Two people who, when put together, become HILLARIOUS and are very, very good teachers. Nothing needs to be repeated. But some of it becomes a tad redundant... But it is very helpful and still is quite entertaining.

Live Footage:

I felt the need to point something out. The live footage of Control and an invisible palm routine that Wayne does (performance only of the IP) was filmed at a Christmas Party Wayne was paid to be at. It was a great show, and Wayne is a HELL of a showman.



Wayne Houchin's effect. And it is awesome. The spectator's feel your heart stop. He teaches ways to make this play close up, stage, parlour or anything. This is excellently taught, and a tecnique that you will be kicking yourself for not coming up with. It is really, really good.

I at first was scared of it, not because of danger or anything, it is safe, but because of how bold it is. But after seeing the section with Randall, who I will talk about later, I got over my fear. I did this for my sister, who has seen everything in magic and it fooled the edited out of her.

I am going to use this as a closer at all my paid shows from now on. It is that good. Impromptu, and SUPER powerful.



An effect, or a follow up to Control by Daniel Garcia. This version has the spectator putting their head up to the performers chest and hearing the performers heart stop. This is insanly clever. Another thing you will kick yourself for not coming up with. Again, impromptu. Very, very cool.

I probbably won't use this though because of the akwardness of having a spectator squash their head to your chest.

Very nice thinking though and great to know, just incase you need to perform it.


Watch Stop:

A SUPER bold but powerful effect by Wayne, that can be used as a standalone, but is better used DURING Control. A spectators watch is borrowed and can be stopped or started at will. Impromptu. Amazing.

Another great, great thing to know.



A question I hear about this a lot is whether or not you can do this for medical proffesionals. The answer is no. Sorry. You can't.

But you might be able to pull of Stop for a medical proffesional. Probbably not, but way more likely.

Bonus Footage:

The bonus footage was Phenominal! It was hillarious, having about a 10 minute section on messing up during teaching or Wayne talking to his wife. Great section.

Then it has another section with Randall. Actor or not, he is hillarious and really helps you know what NOT to do during a performance of Control. I was scared to try it, but after seeing Randall do it, I felt like I could as well. And I could. Big confidence boost.

And the third section about Danny getting hit in the eye by an invisible bug. It can be watched on T11's website, Trailor Six, but I reccomend waiting till you buy it. It is hillarious.

Bonus footage also gets a 10/10.


This whole DVD spews quality in every direction. For some odd reason, it seemed to be better quality than any of the 1on1's or other DVDs from Theory11 I have. Great camera, great music, perfect editing. I love this.


When I got Dangerous by Daniel Madison, it became my favorite DVD set. I didn't think anything could beat it. But I was wrong. This can and did. This is now my favorite DVD. The most entertaining magic DVD out there, it almost feels like watching a sitcom.

Please buy this now. Do yourself a favour!

Overall, this DVD gets a 10/10.
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Wayne is a great thinker and creator, and the method for his effect Control is DEVIOUS. This effect is great when you've got a serious mood brewing in the atmosphere, and it will literally get you gasps of consternation and wonder. In Control 2.0, Wayne adds a new subtlety or technique that can be used to fool even medical professionals who may not be fooled by the traditional methodology here. If you already have the first Control DVD, I would suggest you save your money, but for those who have not yet learned this amazing effect, do it now!
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Control is a great trick if the spectator doesn't know how to take a pulse and all my friends know how to take a pulse

Stop by Daniel Garcia is a bonus trick that they hear your heart stop but to do it you hug them
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Impromptu magic to perform when you are in the moment. Wayne and Danny team up for a great experience. Don't pass this up, this will take some small practice to make look good. And for those comfortable get an easy way to sound like you are stopping your heart. An effect called Stop by Danny Garcia. These guys never cease to amaze me.

This is shot with great production value that makes it worth price of admission.

You also get extra tips to make this an even more convincing "illusion".
I performed this at a get together and it got people crying and cheering. Don't pass this up. No setups, no balls, no nothing.
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