SUMMARY: An expanded and updated version of a classic introduction to card magic
I recently picked up the new edition of Oz Pearlman's Born to Perform Card Magic
DVD, which was released in 2013. I was curious how it compared with the original DVD that was
released in 2003, and in this review I'll summarize what the differences are, and what the contents
of the new edition include.
I bought my DVD of the 2013 version directly from the creator,
Penguin Magic. The nice thing is that in addition to sending you the DVD of the new edition,
Penguin Magic also gives you access to a digital download of both the 2003 version and the 2013
version, so you get the best of both worlds. Both videos are videos in *.mp4 format, with the 2003
video being 753 MB in size, and the 2013 video being 1.43 GB in size.
new edition is billed as an updated/expanded version, and that's clearly evident when you compare
the length of the two videos:
2003 version: 1 hour 44 minutes
2013 version: 3 hours 48
So what's the difference exactly? Well for starters, Oz
himself is now 10 years older, and has a lot more professional experience under his belt. He has a
new look and even a new smile. Everything has been re-filmed and the explanations have been re-done
from scratch. Most of the content covers the same material, but not exactly - I'll mention what
exactly those differences are in the next section.
CONTENT ON THE ORIGINAL 2003 EDITION
Not everything that was in the 2003 edition of the DVD is found in the 2013 edition,
and several sections from the original have vanished. These are the following:
a) Controls: -
Classic Pass; - Hindu Shuffle Pass; - One Handed Top Palm; - Elmsley Count
b) Forces: - Riffle
CONTENT ON THE NEW 2003 EDITION ONLY
The new edition is about twice as long,
and that's because some of the explanations are more detailed and elaborate, but also because it has
some new material. Here's a list of all the new topics:
a) Controls: - Gamblers Cop; - False
b) Forces: - Dribble Force; - Spread Cull Force
c) Flourishes: - Swivel
d) Routines: - Slop Shuffle; - Card to Mouth; - Blossom Production
It's a pity to see some material from the original version left out in the new version,
especially the Riffle Force (given its popularity), and the Elmsley Count (given that it is used in
so many tricks). I'm also curious why a decision was made to eliminate the Pass, although this is a
more advanced move that is typically beyond the scope of beginners, and perhaps that's why it was
removed. If material was going to be added, the Glide would have been an obvious addition as a
fairly basic sleight, so I'm surprised that this continues to be an omission from what is intended
to be a good introduction to fundamentals.
But the additional elements are very solid, and
the increased number of routines in the new version will especially be welcome to many people. What
I like most, however, is the fact that the sleights and moves are taught in a little more detail,
and I think the more elaborate explanations here are very helpful.
Oz himself appears to
have lost some of his youthful innocence, and comes across a little more brash and almost
over-confident. I'm still not quite sure what to make of his new business suit attired persona, or
whether I prefer the younger Oz. But he is still an excellent teacher, and that's really what this
video is all about. It's always been an excellent choice for relative beginners looking to get a
good handle on the fundamentals of card magic, and overall this enhanced version only makes a good
thing even better.
Oz Pearlman's "Born to Perform Card Magic" DVD
has always been applauded for being a great introduction to the fundamentals of card magic, and one
of the better entries in this genre. The updated and expanded 2013 edition takes something that is
a proven success, and expands it for a new audience that may not be familiar with the original. It
still deserves to be one of the top recommendations for new magicians, and continues to be an
excellent starting point to give beginners a good head-start with their card magic.
BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame