I love Dani and have a lot of his videos, but I would not have bought this one if the demo showed
the whole routine. The 1st spectator does not just cut the cards and put against his chest, as the
demo and description lead you to believe. Once the first spectator cuts he is instructed to deal as
many cards as he likes, and then put the rest on top. It’s misleading that this was left out
because most magicians would know this method. In the bonus trick there is one point where the
camera cuts away, and focuses on the spectators face. This is the moment when the dirty work
happens. Again I think it was intentionally cut this way to hide the fact there was a “move”.
There are a couple ideas of value in the video which is why I still gave it 3 stars. But puts a bad
taste in my mouth the way penguin promoted it.
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Ok, so before I say anything about the download, I just need to point out that when Nick says this
trick doesn't require any special moves or memorization, hes not being 100% honest. That being said,
you really don't have much to remember,and the "special move" is a very simple thing that anyone can
do, but they just shouldn't have said that.
On to the download:
Both of these are
The first(or main trick) is so beautifully constructed. I am definitely going
to be using this one.
The beauty of this trick is that you can reconstruct it to fit your
own taste if you desire.
Whether you're a beginner or have been doing magic your entire life,
you'll be able to rock this one like you created it yourself.
I would say the bonus "3
prediction" trick is for the more experienced card magician.
My poor finger dexterity won't
allow me to do the necessary work for the bonus trick, but if you have a grasp(no pun intended) on
the basic card sleights that are taught on most card magic DVDs out there, you shouldn't have any
problems with the bonus "3 prediction" trick.
For those who aren't familiar with
DaOrtiz should be forewarned. His accent is VERY thick. I grew up surrounded by thick Hispanic
accents, and his is very similar to what I am familiar with, so I have no problems understanding
him. But I wouldn't be surprised if some folks have a harder time keeping up when he gets on a roll
and starts speaking faster.
As a whole, I really gotta give it up to Dani on
This just may end up on my "top 5 of 2019" list. Its THAT good.
As far as the edit in the trailer goes, they are NOT being deceptive. They're only
protecting their product. Besides, we aren't just buying a method here. We are buying a routine, and
the ability to be taught said routine by a master magician.
If you ask me, the price isn't high
enough for what we are getting.
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I think the "bonus" trick is even better than "Know It All." Both are killer routines, and for $10
you are getting good value for money. I like that the routines, especially "Know it All," are for
bigger groups; with three cards selected, you need at least three spectator, so it's bigger than
most "pick a card" routines. I have one huge caveat, however, explained below.
though, let me say these are NOT impromptu effects. Your reset won't take more than a minute, but
you'll want to do it outside your spectator's line of vision. (Although, like many effects, you
probably won't be doing this a second time for the same audience.) Sleights? Not really, more like a
fair amount of misdirection going on. The second effect could be a bit more sleight-y if you choose
for it to be. (More than one handling is taught.) If you know some false shuffles, that's great to
toss in, but none are taught here, or even suggested. Or, at least, I don't think they are
Which leads to my only real complaint, but it's a big one: I have so much
trouble understanding Mr. DaOrtiz that the explanations are almost lost on me. Especially for the
second effect. Watching the performance, I was seriously asking, "How did he do that?" After
watching the explanation, I only have a hint as to how it's done. Yes, I certainly a clue, but the
speed + heavy accent trips me up. Let me try to be specific.
It's easy enough when Mr.
DaOrtiz makes the word "brain" sound like "Brian." That's easy to sort out, right? But with the
speed of his talking, things become confused. For instance, at one point in the second effect's
explanation, he says something like "...and you put these cards over here..." (I'm being vague on
purpose). I wasn't sure if he was giving me instruction as to the method, or if he was telling me
that this is what I am supposed to say to the spectator.
Two more examples, and I'll try to
be discreet: There's a point where you need to know whether a part of the routine "starts" (let's
say) from the top or the bottom. It's crucial, but how do I know whether to start from the top or
the bottom? I completely missed it. Second, and again trying not to give too much away: part of the
routine has something to do with knowing some numbers. It's not memorization. Just math — I think.
Again, the way in which I am supposed to use the numbers was totally lost on me. I completely missed
it in the explanation.
So, I will need to watch the video again to be sure what he's
saying — and hey, that's not always a bad thing. You will have to decide for yourself if you think
you can follow the rhythm of his English. The video is about 25 minutes, by the way, with just about
equal time dedicated to both effects.
I think these are great routines, but some closed
captioning at the bottom, or perhaps a written PDF summarizing the method would have been helpful
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These two card effects will fool your spectators badly!
The first effect has three
selections that you instantly know.
The second effect finds the match to a three of a kind
from any number named by the spectator. The card is REALLY at the number they name!
Both effects require a multiple card setup.
The second effect requires extra
cards, meaning you can't use a borrowed deck.
Despite these limitations BOTH of these
effects still rate a full FIVE STARS!
Either of these effects alone should get priced way
higher. You get both for a song.
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Eight minutes into the explanation of this effect I started laughing out loud. This is SO clever!
If you like the demo you should be very pleased with the method. One reviewer commented that he
thought the demo was misleading because it didn't accurately show how the first spectator's choice
is determined -- I couldn't disagree more. What was omitted actually disguises the method very well
and, I believe, significantly enhances the effect. The only possible negative is that you can't
just pick up any deck and perform this as there is a bit of a set up involved, but most card guys
can do the prep while casually toying with the deck in advance. Anyway, in my book this is
definitely worthy of 5 stars!
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This is one of the most deceptive and effective ’tossed out deck’ tricks that I have ever seen. This
is a perfect close-up or strolling version of any stage version you already know. No peeks, no
gimmicks, no memorization is needed however there is a little set up required before you perform the
trick. You will learn three different clever ways to make this trick work perfectly even though your
spectators are doing all the work. You may already know one or two of the ‘moves’ not ‘sleights’ but
Dani has put together an awesome routine in a way you would not think of to determine the 3 cards
chosen by your spectators. I need to say that even though the demo says that you can use a borrowed
deck, you can BUT you would have to accomplish some serious set up prior to doing the trick - not
advisable. The tutorial is very well done but I have to admit that as Dani does speak a bit fast and
obviously has an accent, it took me a little while to catch on to certain things he was saying but
it all eventually worked itself out.
As a bonus, you will also learn Dani’s Three
Prediction routine, shades of Any Card At Any Number. This is a very powerful trick, all you will
need to do is add a little something that you will already have around and don’t worry, there is
nothing to make, no arts and crafts required. You will have a little work to do to perfect this one
but well worth time time and effort. Dani will teach you two different ways of doing it, pick the
one that suits your skill level and liking. You are essentially getting two fantastic tricks for the
price of one … such a deal, don’t pass it up.
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I had a difficult time understanding Dani.
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When it comes to entertainment with a deck of cardsDani really is a know it all!
is EASY to do. Like any good trick, it could fall flat without the right presentation. Just watching
Dani perform is a master class in presentation. He’s one-of-a-kind. And he could literally take the
simplest trick your grandpa did and entertain a room for 10 minutes.
I don’t see how this
could be done with a borrowed deck, since there’s a set up. The cards certainly aren’t gimmicked,
The secret is genius. I never would have thought of it. But on top of that, Dani
let’s us glimpse into his way of thinking. And on top of that, it’s Dani DaOrtiz!
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The trick is excellent to watch. However the explanation is totally incomprehensible - too fast, too
imprecise, too confusing.There is no doubt that Dani's English is far better than my Spanish, but
his English is simply not good enough in this video for English speakers to be confident of
understanding the subtleties of the trick. My suggestion is that he should have an interpreter
beside him as he explains or that a PDF download of the method written in English should be
provided. It is a pity that such a brilliant magician cannot be fully appreciated due to a lack of
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The method is ingenious, but I thought that trick would have less preparation. The deck has to be
set before the trick, and besides there is a tricky movement (that is cut away in the video demo)
that I think is not very comfortable.
In the bonus effect the principal movement is little
Dani is a great magician but I'm not sure if this trick worths it.
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