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Dear Mister Fantasy book John Bannon
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We are pleased to announce the publication of Dear Mr. Fantasy, John Bannon's first collection of close-up magic since Smoke & Mirrors over a decade ago. DMF is a 200 page, hardbound, photo-illustrated, card magic masterpiece that will impress even the most seasoned professional card magician. DMF contains nineteen card tricks and other asides that are performed with unprepared cards, and most are completely impromptu! This book will leave you primed to take your magic to the public in any setting!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 5th, 2012
Of the many magic books that I own, this still ranks as one of my most favorites. I actually bought Bullets After Dark first, but reading everything in text plus getting additional treats not on the DVD was just lovely. This book is intermediate at best, with the most difficult moves being in the ace assembly (not really too hard, a bottom deal from a packet is really easy and the effect has built-in misdirection), and one faro shuffle in one of the effects. Most of the effects are impromptu, only 1-2 of the effects can't be set-up on the fly. This is still my mainstay of tricks, and for good reason. Oh, and have fun with the origami effects - they are as fooling to the audience as they will be for yourself.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 23rd, 2011
John Bannon is an amazing thinker in magic. All the tricks in this book are very well crafted and many are practically self working. I haven't performed all the tricks in the book yet but I hope to do so soon.
Bullet Train: Made up of 3 TOTALLY IMPROMPTU ace assembly routines. If you like ace assemblies, you'll love this. I tried this out and it got pretty good reactions,especially during the last assembly. Very easy and fun to perform. 9/10
Line of Sight: Wasn't really interested in this one. Basically, a card is peeked at by the spectator and the magi divines the card. Features a nice presentation, but not one that I see me pulling of. Also a knacky move.Some may enjoy this more than I did. 6.5/10
Final Verdict: A spectator cuts to the aces that packs a punch. Haven't tried this one out but I like it. VERY Easy 8.5/10
Cull De Stack:This is basically just a setup for the next trick in the. Unless you perform that trick (which I don't) , you wont find much use for it. The move also doesn't look right in my hands. 5/10
Dr. Daley's Last Trick/Twisting the Aces: This is just Bannon's thoughts on the two tricks. He adds some elements that I like, especially in Daley's Aces. NOTE: he does not teach the mechanic of both tricks 8/10
Beyond Fabulous: This is the routine you use Cull De Stack with. Haven't used it yet. Based of Henry Christ's Fabulous Four Ace Trick. Pretty good. Again, don't like Cull De Stack, but if you prearrange the deck, I like it. 8.5/10
Dead Reckoning: Best Routine in the book. Basically, it's an incredibly fair trick in which a card is fairly selected (no force) and fairly buried in the deck. The Spelling revelation is great, and this is a real worker. One time set up, instant reset. 10/10
Out of Touch: A neat mental routine, in which a mentally and physically selected card match. Looking forward to trying this out! 9.5/10
Dawn Patrol: LOVE THIS. Just as strong as Dead Reckoning. Basically it's a sandwich routine using many principles from Dead Reckoning. Difficult, however. I need to work on my faro shuffle. 9.5/10
Degrees of Freedom: Poker Routine where the spectaor makes decisions. Complicated, but pretty much self working. No set up. I really like this. 9.25/10
Origami Poker: An Even better version of Degrees of Freedom. Each has its own disadvantages and advantages, but this one is slightly superior. 9.5/10
Perfect Strangers: Haven't Really looked at this one yet. Another routine using principles from Degrees of Freedom and Origami poker. NA
Wait Until Dark: Bannon's Shufflebored routine. THIS IS AMAZING! Not impromptu, but worth it. So much fun to perform! 10/10
Last Man Standing: Given how much I liked the last few tricks, this was disappointing. A triumph routine with kind of an awkward display. Not very convincing. 6/10
Trait Secrets: Pretty good. Basically, the mates of two cards are found as well as the 4 Aces. I don't see myself doing this. 7.5/10
The Power of Poker: Self Working poker demonstration. Not as impressive as I'd hoped it would be, but I've used it and like it. 8.5/10
Overall, a great book. Add to cart!
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