Move Zero (Vol 1) is the first in a series of four videos by John Bannon, in which
he teams up with Big Blind Media to bring self-working magic to dazzling new heights. Anyone
familiar with John Bannon's body of work will be well aware that he is no ordinary magician. It's
especially when Mr Bannon applies his genius to self-working magic tricks that you get a real sense
of his cleverness. Self-working tricks often get an unfair rap in magic, but when percolated through
the mind of John Bannon, they get a caffeine kick like never before. In this series of four
brilliant DVDs, John Bannon will perform and teach you some mind-blowing magic.
the main content of the video consists of the following:
- Performances: The section
for each trick first features a performance for different spectators.
- Explanations: During the
tutorial section, John Bannon not only explains how to do the trick, but also explains why things
are done in a certain way, thus giving insight into the construction of the magic in a way to make
it as strong as possible. As a nice touch, the closing sequence for each trick comprehensively
covers all the credits.
- Other material: Between the tricks, there are "trick-bag" sections
that cover some of the principles and tools that good self-working tricks will use, such as
equivoque, basic cuts, and the cross-cut force. There are also "interview" sections covering John's
thoughts on a range of magic topics in answer to questions put to him.
1. Content: This is a solid collection of tricks. There's some overlap in certain aspects of
the material, but there's some very strong routines among the eight routines that are taught, with
Collusion easily being one of my favourites from this DVD. Ban-nihilation is also a real fooler. I
also really like the potential of Prophet Motive, and the presentational ideas of Perennial.
2. Self-working: Some of the tricks taught do require some set-up, although the majority can be
performed impromptu. But it's fair to say that what we have here is a collection of genuine
self-workers, that rely on cleverness, psychology, and subtleness, and where everything is openly
performed, rather than on secret sleights.
3. Difficulty: Because all the tricks in this
collection are self-working, they are well within the scope of beginners to learn. While there is
excellent material here that beginners can perform, experienced performers will also find top notch
magic that will satisfy them as well.
4. Powerful: Self-working doesn't mean weak magic, so
don't dismiss this collection just because no sleights are used. These are still top notch card
tricks, and when performed well they can really produce a big impact. And you can modify some of
these tricks to introduce sleights if you think that makes them stronger.
5. Psychology: I
really appreciate the presentation and patter that John Banner uses. Much of it is very subtle,
reinforcing certain ideas that need to be important in the mind of the spectator; he does this very
effectively, and it can make all the difference in performing a trick successfully. Behind much of
his patter are very deliberate choices that emphasize psychological principles, and this kind of
thinking is key to being a good magician.
6. Explanations: The teaching section consists
of a dialogue that John has with Liam Montier and other BBM folks, and it has the feel of a personal
sit-down session with a magician. But there's much more value to the teaching sections than just
learning the method behind the effect in question. Along the way there are many moments of useful
discussion, advice and tips that have very wide application, for example about equivoque, or patter.
7. Master-class Instruction: Move Zero isn't just about teaching effects. One thing I
really appreciate about this DVD is that in addition to the eight routines, there are all kinds of
extras: interviews, moves, advice. The BBM team has deliberately engaged John to de-construct his
methods and the process of his thought. This is incredibly valuable, not just for the useful tips
that he passes on, but also for developing your own thinking about magic, and how to craft routines
that are truly powerful. One of John Bannon's real strengths is his understanding about the
psychology of magic. This video does a good job of helping us understand some of his thought
processes and so make us think more maturely about key aspects of magic.
8. Utility Moves:
The "Trickbag" sections of the video cover some of the techniques that are foundational to
self-working card magic. In these sections Bannon covers things like the Cross Cut Force,
Balducci/Cut Deeper Force, and Equivoque - all important concepts that every magician should
familiarize themselves with. While not sleights, they are absolutely clever tools worth having in
your tool box.
9. Interviews: In these sections of the video, John Bannon shares his
thoughts in response to questions on topics like what makes a good trick, his favourite tricks, what
got him started in magic, and more. It's fascinating to get his personal insights about his own
experiences, background, and perspectives.
10. Video: The video is 2 hours and 4 minutes
in length, and is stellar quality all round. This starts with the video case, which has some very
professionally produced graphic design as the cover artwork, and has a list of the contents on the
back. The production quality is absolutely outstanding in every respect, and it is hard to think of
a magic video with higher quality cinematography! The filming has been done in a studio, and the
lighting and camera work is terrific. Multiple camera angles are used, along with panning and
close-ups. A montage of images helps retain interest during longer sections of monologue and
commentary from Bannon. At times music has been used to good effect to set a background mood.
Everything about the video has been put together extremely well, and Big Blind Media deserves major
kudos for their excellent work in producing such a high quality product. Absolutely superb!
Why should you be interested in a video dedicated to self-working card
magic? Well, this isn't your ordinary self-working magic that doesn't stoop to the level of
mathematical atrocities. It's top quality material that is well constructed and thoughtful, and
which really capitalizes on important principles of magic. While being relatively easy to perform,
these tricks still have the potential to produce real miracles for your spectator. John Bannon has a
real gift in understanding the important psychological aspects of magic that can really strengthen a
routine, and there's a great deal that can be learned from his clever and intelligent approach to
the subtleties of magic.
From a technical and production point of view, the video itself
is outstanding. In almost every respect, Big Blind Media has raised the bar for a quality magic
video, and it's difficult to think how a superb production like this could be improved. Combined
with strong material from a top notch and clever magic thinker like John Bannon, they have created a
real winner with their Move Zero series. Congratulations all round, and highly recommended! -
BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame
If you are like me, you need to learn another card trick like you need another hole in your head,
let alone, another instructional video on self-working card tricks. But John Bannon's MOVE ZERO, vol
1, is not your grandfather's self-working card tricks where you count 21 cards into 3 piles and then
divide by the square root of pi. John Bannon features 8 knockout routines that you won't believe are
"self-working" when you see them performed by John. And I guarantee you will want to perform them.
No knuckle-busting moves here or slippery sleights to master. Of course, you will have to put some
thoughtful practice and rehearsal into these brilliant, meticulously constructed routines to bring
them up to performance tempo. A small price to pay for truly professional card tricks you can do
with anyone's deck, anywhere, anytime. And John gives you all the fine points and subtleties that
sell each effect, along with revisiting some oldies such as the criss-cross force and the cut-deeper
force. Get it...you will use it.