Buy this! This is what great magic looks like. What could be better than a surprise ending, great
misdirection and easy moves to completely fool anyone. This is as creative and well conceived as
magic gets. Wonderful.
5 of 6 magicians found this helpful.
This is a great trick. Although he says he uses it as an opener, it doesn't have to be.
trailer is completely honest. This is an entirely impromptu trick that can be done with a borrowed
shuffled deck (as long as the deck owner doesn't mind you tearing cards.)
This trick uses just
two moves. One we all know. The other I was not familiar with and am eager to try as it doesn't
look very hard.
I like the way he has thought out all aspects of this trick to make it easier
for us to perform, including when to give and take back the pen, and how to tear the card.
you don't mind tearing cards, this is great trick to have in your arsenal.
(And you don't have
to use a Joker. Any card can become their signed card!)
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This is freaking amazing and is it real not trick photography CGI. How could this be? When I watched
the trailer I knew I wanted to learn this one. It blew me away and I’m sure you too and will do so
to any spectator you perform this for. And you can do it with a borrowed deck???? YES if you want
but better to use your own. Make sure if it’s borrowed, they know there will be some damage that
will ensue. You will learn the technique of how to do this in under 9 minutes. There is no arts and
crafts needed - nothing to make but you will need to learn a couple of little somethings. One of
them you, all of your already know - it’s a basic and standard sleight. For the other one, those
experienced card workers out there will probably already use this or know how to do it. For the
newbies, what an amazing opportunity to learn this move and perform this incredible effect.
David does add for very nice flourishes to better sell this effect but not necessary to create
the dynamic finale that will blow your spectators away. David does an amazing job of teaching every
move and nuance you will need to pull this off. Strat clean and end clean.
Any time that
you can leave your spectator with a take away souvenir of your magic, it will be memory they will
not forget every time they show someone or look at this keepsake. This is a veery nice, visual and
deceptive effect you want to add to your repertoire, well worth the time you will invest to learn
it. A reputation make … possible. Thanks for sharing David!
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To me, this is what magic is all about... Combinations of illusion and skill... Is this difficult?
Not if you practice. That is magic right?
David has given us a hammer of an illusion..
This could be the best download of 2020.
The trick is taught pretty quickly, but well. You
might have to dust off your old school magic hands, but worth it.
This is dynamite.
3 of 5 magicians found this helpful.
Sometimes the beauty of an effect lies within its simplicity, and sometimes simple-seeming effects
are the hardest to pull off. This effect by David Stone is a novel combination of classic card magic
principles used to create a new effect, and I love how elegant it is. I think beginner magicians
will get a lot from this, and experienced performers will be pleasantly delighted at David’s new
perspective on combining techniques they are likely already familiar with, resulting in them being
able to add a fun new effect to their arsenal in a matter of minutes.
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Ok - time to be very honest. I will likely NEVER be able to perform Damaged with anything close to
the casual precision that David Stone does here, but a guy can dream. Can't I?
is brazen and full of things that will rattle a spectator - and even KNOWING how this was done does
not - in any way - mitigate the enjoyment of the how-to vid, because Stone is on his game here.
No gimmicks. No arts/crafts. This is really, really impressive stuff utilizing - at its core -
something most of already are at the very least familiar with (whether you use it or not). Stone
makes this all look like simple and all that much more mind-blowing.
Even if I NEVER get to
the point where I can perform anywhere near Stone's level is a story to ponder at another time. What
I will say is that Damaged is a trip.
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The best part of this video (just under 12 minutes) is in working out the sudden visual change. If
you've worked in cards for a long time, you've probably come across something like this before. If
not, you'll enjoy practicing the slight—it's actually kind of fun to do in front of a mirror. Just
be aware it's a little knacky. As Mr. Stone points out, everyone's hands are a little bit different
in size, so you really have to put in some practice to make it work for you.
positive here is that this is indeed an impromptu effect and can be done with a borrowed deck. (So
long as no one complains about your tearing their cards up!) You may want to do just the slightest
of set up to move a joker into the right place, as in the trailer video, but in fact it need not be
the joker at all. (How you might do so under cover is not discussed.) This is the "wrong" card you
present, and it can be any card; doesn't have to be the joker. The joker serves as a nice punch-line
(as in: the magician is the joker). The joker also provides some visual cover (if the joker has a
busy design) that other cards might not.
If you watch the trailer you will note Mr. Stone
has an accent. Do you have difficulty understanding him? I didn't find it to be a problem at all;
his English is very good. That said, he teaches as though he's in a rush. I take it to mean he is
excited to share his effect, but things move very quickly here. The video appears to have been
filmed on the fly behind a curtain at a magic expo. There's not the usual care and pacing you are
probably used to. As I say, it all appears rushed to me.
My biggest issue is the plot and
the ad copy. The true plot on offer here is that the "wrong" card is visibly torn in front of the
spectator. Then there's an instant, visual transpo to the "right" card — the spectator's chosen,
signed card. How does that corner tear manage to fit the selected card when the wrong card was
visibly torn? And how did the "right" torn corner end up there when it was the "wrong" card that was
torn? That's the effect.
The problem is we are ALL conditioned to expect a torn card be
restored — both magicians and lay people. In fact, the ad copy says as much. It reads: "David
Stone's walkaround opener, a startling torn an restored card with a surprise ending that destroys
audiences." NO, NOT SO. The card is never restored, and that leaves the whole thing anticlimactic,
in my opinion. The spectator gets to keep a torn card, probably a little confused and wondering when
will the rest of the effect (the "restored" part) be done. You may or may not care about this
restoration not happening, but you certainly want the ad copy to be accurate. It is not.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
David Stone has created another miracle with this effect. Yes, you will destroy cards when
performing this, but it's totally worth it to destroy MINDS! David teaches you everything you need
to know to completely astound your audience.
If you like the demo video, you're gonna LOVE
this! Highly recommended!
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This is a great trick to use as an opener. It's quick, visual, and leaves the spectator with a good
story and a souvenir. David goes over the routine well and gives tips on how to practice to get the
moves down. To do this trick, you will ruin cards, but that's a small price to pay for a miracle
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David Stone has created Damaged and it is a very artful presentation.
Some Magi may desire to
change the overall patter to fit their style. The artful moves in the presentation are graceful and
Now, It will take some doing for non-card magicians,)like me), lol. Though I know
enough basic card slights to have figured out the effect, I am not a card guy. You will want to
practice this, oh yes,... go thru a few decks,... use new decks according to David.
David states in the instructions he uses Damaged as his opener, I can see that. It is an effect that
gets their attention.
David goes the extra mile and explains his handling and a few
different bits as well as how to practice the key moves he has incorporated into his handling for
his effect - Damaged is a good bit of magic that will serve you well to learn and will get positive
reactions when you perform it.