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Happenstance (A Multi-Phase Examination Of Coincidence) by Eric Stevens - Book
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"HAPPENSTANCE is the result of great thinking combined with love for the art. It is truly enhancing the quality of magic. Great work!"
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 27th, 2015
Eric provides a carefully thought-out routine that is well-tested and useful for any walk-around or close-up magician. This book is well-written, with every detail carefully and meticulously spelled-out. It is well-suited for the novice and veteran professional alike. I think it is a great tool that has tremendous utility.
highly recommended! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 24th, 2015
Happenstance is one of those routines that you will want to add to your working repertoire right away. It astounds and engages your audience throughout the entire routine. This is now not only one of my favorite pieces to perform for laypeople but also well suited to fool fellow magicians.
One can personalize the routine to suit his own needs since Eric included several alternate endings which I really enjoyed experimenting with.
Every single phase of Happenstance is extremely clean and suited for every skill level.
As I said in the title: "Highly recommended!"
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 23rd, 2015
if you're a mentalist you will love this in the personal i will use this soon because you need a little something..... i love it because eric give you some extra endings and a combination of 2 endings and he give you a little extra idea so if you're a mentalist don't think it just buy it ;)- Pablo Frey
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 18th, 2014
I was not sure what to expect from Happenstance. I was worried that like other multi - phase tricks ive tried it may be complicated or boring.
I was wrong.
Happenstance offers a new perspective on a common item most magicians own, but possibly overlook.
The book explains step by step how to progress through the routine and also tells you the reason you are doing certain things.
Each phase is very powerful and really is as close as you can get to making a card trick fair, the spectators will never doubt that they had a free choice in each phase. I also like the fact that this trick can be performed with 3 spectators meaning no one feels left out.
Erics teaching is perfectly structured so that you dont get lost and feel the need to flip back through the pages repeatedly.
The text is also accompanied by clear, annotated pictures showing exactly what to do. The book also offers a number of alternate endings making the routine more flexible and giving a perfect way to hand out a business card.
A lot of thought has been put into Happenstance and magicians of any skill level can perform this in minutes.
There is no difficult sleight of hand needed.
This is a very powerful piece of magic in my repertoire and i highly recommend this to anyone who wants to perform a miracle.
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Simple, Cleverly Amazing Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 22nd, 2014
"This is a very clever trick utilizing an old trick, that every magician probably had when starting. Eric basically takes a crappy trick and turns it into an amazing fooling trick that will definitely fry layman AND MAGICIANS."
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 20th, 2014
Ive had the pleasure of performing with Eric for awhile now, and Every time I see him doing a card trick it's this one. It kills every time! Definitly a good read, and the thinking behind this is brilliant, pick it up
Great read! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 2nd, 2014
Ok, I read the first few pages, and was a little worried about what the rest of the book would contain...but I was way more than pleasantly surprised! The routine Eric has put together is very simple and amazing for the spectator. He has thought it through and made this trick with the spectator in mind. The book is well made and contains multiple images that help explain how to perform the effects.
Overall, very happy with this! Easy to do, and very deceptive! I highly recommend 10/10
This Material is Not Eric Stevens' to Publish Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 14th, 2015
The truth is, none of this routine is really original to Eric Stevens. He has taken ideas that are already in print (and have been for many decades) and has republished them with very little original insight.0 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
Reading through the manuscript, I wondered how it was able to come to market when everything within this booklet (and more) can be found (for a lower price) on a "25 Tricks" type DVD as separate routines.
The thinking is good, but it is not original, and Eric Stevens gives no credit where it is due. You are better off buying the required prop, and getting an introductory DVD; you will learn more at a lesser cost.
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