Boy, was I excited to see a new download come available on the topic of card printing. I purchased
it immediately when I saw the listing. This is a subject that holds great interest for me, and is
something that I have dabbled with for over a decade. I came into the download hoping to find some
great tips and tricks that could improve my printing results. Unfortunately, I walked away sorely
Here’s the good: Michael comes across as a very nice & earnest guy, who is
excited about sharing this material. He also spends a good amount of time covering the ethical &
legal ways to approach making your own gaffs and the potential grey areas of copying marketed
Michael does teach a few important foundational bits of info, such as one way to
prep the card for printing, and how to finish it. That’s pretty much where the good elements end.
Granted, his end results look very good when comparing a self-made gaff to a factory-made one. But
based on the info given and the equipment used, the average buyer will not match Michael’s results
quickly or easily.
My issue isn’t so much what he does teach, but what is left out. There
is no information on other methods of prepping a blank, using a computer and/or software program to
create or print artwork from scratch, ways to get consistent card alignment, ways to use laser
printers as well as inkjet printers, etc. He says that you can print using your home printer, but
does not actually give real-world examples or steps for doing that - everything done in the video is
done on a professional, office-grade all-in-one copier/printer.
Michael also gives away his
lack of knowledge and experience on the topic when he mentions that he has been printing on cards
for about a year and a half, and also making the claim that there have not been any instructional
videos released on the topic.
Had he done his homework, he would have come across the
terrific “Versatile Monte and Beyond” DVD by Mark Allen, which is a treasure trove of DIY card
printing knowledge. It is unfortunately off the market, but if you can find a copy, I would highly
recommend it. There are some websites that give in-depth, detailed information about at-home card
printing. There are even a few videos online that are 1/10th the length of this video, yet still
provide more detailed information than Michael’s, particularly on the topic of consistent and
accurate card alignment.
I have no issue with the fact that Michael has released his take
on it, nor will I pick on him for the production values since you can see and hear what you need -
though in this day and age, it is a poor excuse to ask this price for a download and not deliver
slightly better production values. People deserve to be compensated for their efforts, but this
download would still be overpriced at half of its current cost. An in-depth, far-reaching video on
the topic would be worth twice the asking price and then some, but that is not what has been
If you have never thought about printing a card before now, this download will
give you enough basic information to achieve results. But there is far too much important
information that is missing for me to be able to recommend this. Given the wealth of terrific magic
downloads on the market in this price range, the asking price is much too high for what is given.
The buyer will be left to a lot more of their own trial and error than they will likely expect. If
you already have any experience or knowledge on this topic, you will probably walk away without
having learned anything new. Not recommended.
I’m sorry you had a bad experience with this download, I did the best I could to provide valuable information. Until late last night I was unaware of the dvd you mentioned above. This download was never meant to teach you how to use any templates or design programs to complete custom design your gaffs. Simply how to print them. The steps to print them is what I’m selling. As far as your claims of not being able to print them with a home printer, please contact ryan Schultz. He is a well respected creator in the community and he does all his printing right at home. I’m sorry you feel as that this doesn’t have any value, but I can assure you, the info given works very well. I’ve recieved messages from friends who I’ve shared this with prior to release and they all have had very good use out of the info given. I ask you to take another look at it. If you still feel so strongly about it, please contact me at email@example.com and I’ll issue you a refund. I stand by my work and the results it produces.
Magicpatoche22, absolutely! They are printed on Phoenix in the video because that’s the deck I use. But it can easily be applied to bicycle, mandolin, maiden, and any other stock.