Confident Deceptions by Jason Ladanye and Vanishing Inc (Book w/DVD) - Book
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Confident Deceptions is our latest hardcover release-240 pages, over 150 full-color photographs, with dustjacket. It is the stunning debut effort from Jason Ladanye, one of Darwin Ortiz's star protégés. The material is a mixture of magic and gambling demonstrations, and in each of the eighteen routines, Ladanye demonstrates his ability to maximize the impact of an effect. Some of the effects are quite challenging, but each one looks absolutely impossible.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 23rd, 2013
I agree with the previous review. If you like the material of Darwin Ortiz or Michael Vincent, then you will really like this. Although some of the material is difficult and requires advanced card skills, much of it is of an intermediate skill level. There is some really great thinking behind these effects. I particularly like the clean up that occurs in The Ultimate Exchange. Using the In-Transit theory and an offbeat moment, he manages to end clean. Did I mention that the magic is STRONG? I noticed immediately that his delivery and vocal mannerisms were exactly like Darwin Ortiz. This is not a criticism. We all adopt vocal mannerisms from the people around us, especially our parents, teachers and friends. Darwin Ortiz has been his tutor for 11 years, so this should not be a surprise. I only mention it because it jumped out at me immediately. Besides, Ortiz is one of the greats. His style fits this type of magic. Please don't ignore this book because you haven't heard of his name before. If you are a card guy, You should have this. If you enjoy outstanding thinking behind the methods, and strong magic, you will want this. Lastly, a DVD is included with the book containing 5 performances. The looks of absolute amazement on the spectators is testimony to the strength of these effects. There are moments when their reactions reveal the power of the material. The spectators are not only dumbfounded, there is almost a look of fear in their eyes. Reality has just been compromised!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 6th, 2013
Jason is a beast. If you didn't know that, go type his name into youtube and watch his videos. His bottom deal is phenomenal.
Okay so the book, if you've been around magic, studied and know the following: Pinky count, pass, cull, false transfers, palms and such then this book is for you. If you don't know those things... You've got some work to do to get the MOST out of this book. While there are some easy effects in here, the majority is going to have you working your fingers.
The DVD is great as well, it's not going to teach you step by step but instead shows you some of the effects where the timing is crucial to the effect.
One I'd love to showcase is his version of the two-card transposition. It's FACE UP in their hand when they close it which adds a really big moment here. So much changes with the strength of the effect because of this and I see myself performing this a lot. The best part, it's not hard at all.
You won't learn new crazy sleights but you'll be given of polished routines that are solid and built for reactions.
If you like Darwin Ortiz material, pick up this one by of his students.
If you need help with your pinky count: Highly highly highly recommend looking at Doug Conn's DVD Pinky Swear. Doug is AMAZING.
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