OK. I honestly have to say that this is one of my most favorite penguinmagic produced DVDs that I
have. If you are a stand up performer then this is the way to go. Gary most definitly knows what he
is doing. If you are willing to put a little bit of time and daily practice into the stuff that you
like on this DVD, Then you will be getting lai-I mean paid a lot more.
DVD case and all
graphics: 4/4 This whole DVD looks awesome. One of the best I have seen from penguin in my personal
feelings. I Really liked the simplicity in it all. It revolves around the entire plot of the DVD. It
is all a dollar bill basically. The graphics and titles in it are basically a bar that comes up and
looks like a dollar.
Performances: 3/4 I liked the way he performed it all but he seemed a
little bit stiff. It is his performance style but i dont mind. I like the whole idea of his show and
the tricks he likes to use. He takes this little close up tricks and puts them on a platform and
makes it visual to 2 or 300 people. He performed it all well and the audience liked it so thats
really all that counts.
The Teaching: 3/4 I cant really complain about the teaching. He
teaches it well but he goes very fast. You always have a god visual aid of what he is really doing
and works you through it which is great. There is a 2 angle shot and penguin navigates you through
what you are supposed to be doing. He goes fast but you have the DVD so you can watch it whenever
you like. I have been watching it almost every day and I have learned everything except the sleeving
and the palming.
cigar routine 3/4 I liked this routine. It is one of the simplest to do
out of them all. basically you produce 2 cigars from one tiny purse, put one away and it appears
back in the hand, shoot one up the nose, produce it from your ear, try lighting it but realize it is
all twisted up, untwist it, light it, make the lighter vanish, then try cutting the cigar but your
finger gets chopped off. you pick it up and realize it is your finger, you make the gap in your hand
jump, then you put the finger back on. I really liked this routine. It is one of my favorites to
watch him perform. Takes some practice but it is a great opener.
tower of power 2/4 I
honostly did not like this routine. You have them choose a card, replace it, then a pyramid of cards
appears at your fingertips, none are there card, you put the deck away and take the 3 cards. You
change them all into the spectators card like 10 times and then put them away. I didnt like it. I
cant stand watching it because its just so fast and boring and the way he does it just bugs be.
there are some weird movements and i dont like it.
On the up and up 3/4 If you have bigger
hands then this will be good for you. it is a 3 card rising card deck without the gimmicks.
basically it is just a sleight to use. it is a good sleight and when you do it well and you have
better motions than gary, you can get a nice piece of magic. I cant do it unfortunately because my
hands are too small but I get around it. Im pretty sure that Chris Kenner took this sleight and
renamed it and told people it is his own. I dont have the book but I saw the performance and it is
basically the same thing except he does it with one card.
Standing triumph variation/the
travelers 2/4 3/4 I was a bit confused when I first got this because the travelers isnt even
recognized in the DVD. It is a part of the standing triumph variation but it isnt named. oh well. I
hated the triumph. but the good thing is that you really put the cards face up into face down but if
you are trying to do this stand up or platform, it wont work. It is basically 3 chosen cards, the
deck is shuffled then shuffled face up/face down, cut some more, then the cards rise, then you cut
the deck some more, the cards are replaced, the deck turns face up except one card, that card tells
you where the other 4 cards are and now you are into the travelers which is basically a really nice
card to pocket idea.
Fickle card 2/4 I gotta say that this effect is actually a bit boring.
2 cards are chosen and shuffled in undoubtfully. a card is turned over from the top of the deck and
it shown to be not theirs. but it mysteriously changes into one of the cards. then you chance it
into the other card ect. If you want to do a simple trick then this is good but you need to know a
rather hard sleight to do it. I cant do it because hand size. garys hands were probablly ceated by
brian tudor cuz they are huge.
spellbound 4/4My most favorite thing from this entire DVD.
It is a simple spellbound routine. a coin changes from silver to copper back to silver again and
BAM! you slam your finger strait through the coin. the spectator pulls it off and you can take it
from there. I love watching this. His presentation for the karate coin is fantastic and I think that
if you take the time to learn this then it is a great addition to any close up show. you do need to
sleeve a coin for this but dont get turned off. you can additionally hold out with the coin in the
end. But the good thing is it uses a rarely used sleight that replaces the basic spellbound routine.
and it all mixes into each other. each phase has a meaning of being there which I love.
stock false shuffle 4/4 This was originally created by steve forte but gary got permission to use it
in this DVD and I believe in his previous dvd, Four play. It is a great way to retain multiple sets
of cards inside the deck in a not so fancy but classy and professional way of shuffling the deck. I
will be using this in my table card tricks.
S.W elevator 1/4 This is basically another way
of performing Chris Kenners effect from his book. The card sticking out in the middle visually
rises. Gary does a terrible job explaining it but his presentation makes up for it. I cant even do
the trick yet because he spends like 10 seconds showing you the grip from the side angle which
basically doesent even show you the grip. He then tells you that is the card is sticking out enough
then the whole trick is virtually self working. I got this trick almost down but with a diferent way
of doing it.
Impromptu invisible deck 1/4 The only thing that makes this a new trick is
that he throws in like 10 extra sleights that are all entirelly unnecessary. I believe gary has you
peek at a card then shuffle the deck and he does all these bizzare sleights that you dont even need
to do. There has been a lot of work put into the impromptu invisible deck that is all way better
than this. but if you like to work tough and practice than feel free to use this. But I feel like it
is a waste of time.
Overall I give this a 3/4 volume 1.
Here is part two of my
review of tricks that will get you paid by gary norsigian. I would say that this dvd is somewhat
better than the first one. it has a couple of great tricks in it
Snap back card 3/4 Gary is
obviously very good at his sleights and can perform fluently without issue. He puts great detail and
a lot of work into sound in this particular effect. He performs this in the penguin studio as well
as in his stand up show in vegas for a live audience (What, we arnt live?)the effect is basically a
card replaced in the deck, then it invisibly (or very fast mind you) the card jumps out of the deck
and into your hands a few times. there are times when the card is wrong but you change the card.
then the last time the card does not come out and your hands come alive and it shoots out, spinning
to your hands. receives a standing ovation. one of his repuation makers. The method is very
difficult. it requires palming a LOT of cards so if you can get around that then it is great. I
changed this routine to fit me and my needs and I do it all the time. Great trick!
Invisible plalm meets phoenex aces 3/4 Again, This is a very hard thing to do and requires a lot
of palming and sleeving. basically the effect is done by producing 4 aces then they change to
queens, then they vanish one by one in the invisible palm manner and then you produce them again,
the last time looks almost like lee ashers thunderbird but better. This is a fun one to watch and he
gets people really freaking out over this one. It is basically the invisible palm but without the
table which I think is really nice.
Chop cup 2/4 He admits that this isnt even his routine
in the DVD. I didnt like it though. it is really short and boring. ok I put the ball in my pocket,
ok its under the cup. ball in pocket, under cup, ball in pocket, under cup blah blah blah blah
blah. Thats basically what it is. Then he gives this ridiculous explanation of it which was pretty
stupid. and for the finale a baseball appears under the cup which they dont seem surprised at. I
didnt like it.
Coins through the table 3/4 his performance was very stiff durring it. He
teaches it very well though. but when he does each of the moves he kind of grunts like hes having
trouble doing it. It is a very pretty trick though and I really enjoyed it. one of my favorite coin
throught able effects. in the beggining he produces 4 coins which really doesent look good at all
though. he produces the first two then he shakes them, nothing happens, and then the coins are
there. I would rather omit that in my performance. but what was funny was that durring the
performance he had a gun on the table haha. you will understand in a minute. so good effect over
revised evapor-ace-tion 2/4 I liked the idea but it seemed like he put it in here to
just fill up the dvd some more. you need a card box and you need to know some pretty heavy sleights
which can be very difficult for a lot of people. basically he takes the 4 aces and then one by one
makes them vanish. with a cut of the cards he produces 2 of the black aces, then he catches you off
guard and changes them to red aces, then a card goes to the box which was examiend at the beggining,
then the last ace comes flying out of the deck. durring the performance he was very stiff with this
last phase. he grunted a bit and couldnt complete the cut or the fly out.
The gun trick 4/4
oh boy. this was my favorite routine out of the whole 2 dvd set. I think it was more of a joke but
he gives a lot of inspirations behind the effect. basically he tells a story of him being at an
airport and he pulls out this little gun, does a bad finger palm vanish, makes it vanish, and appear
up the sleeve,makes it go through the body, then makes it vanish and appear in the other hand. then
he says that once he has policemen running at him with M16s, he says WAIT A MINUTE! its not a gun,
ITS A KNIFE! and produces a knife from his bare hands. it was a very good trick but if I were to do
it I would do it with maybe a coin or something. you can even put this into your snap back card
routine but with the one card for a warmup. good routine. what was funny was that he gives a big
detailed explanation on the kinds of guns to use haha. good trick!
4 ace productions 3/4 I
believe I have seen something similar to this routine before. I cant remember when. It kind of
reminds me of the spring change from generation extreme. basically it is shuffled and cut by a
spactator, then you spring the cards and an ace is visually produced from the spring. you do it 3
more times. then you can go into revised evaporacion or the invisible palm also tought on this dvd.
not my fault 4/4 there is one thing I dont like about his performance of it. int he studio
performance, he uses 4 cards from a regular deck. basically he puts one card away in his pocket
after a spectator mentally thought of one. they name the card and u pull out from your pocket, there
card. this is done a few more times. Then he goes into the propped version of the trick. This was
not a great idea. He says somehting like on these cards I have excuses durring a court hearing. I
have childhood poverty, high on dugs, shot somebody, god told me to do it. I would never do this
because god forbid my spectator actually was one of these they might get offended by it. but he says
that you can use other things. I have been playing with it latelly. it uses a very hard move I cant
do but I omit that and replaced it. very nice trick. the teaching is fast but watch it over and over
again a few times and you will realize how easy it is and you will most likelly get it.
Uncle Garys virus 2/4 My rating is a bit unfair. this is nothing more than a quick 5 minute
manipulation act with cards but without the backpalming. dont learn this effect until everything
from the dvd is mastered! this uses pretty much every sleight learned in the dvds all together.
there is palming, tenkaiing, sleeving, copping ect. basically you produce a bunch of cards. Im not
into this effect because i cant palm or sleeve due to my jacket size. and im not into manipulations.
Ok so that is my review for the DVDs. You can buy these for physical dvd or dvd download
here at penguin. I think that they both have an equal balance of close up tricks, restaurant tricks,
and platform tricks. if you like prop tricks and dont like to carry a big big case with you and
would like to carry a show in just your pcokets, then get volume 2. if you like card tricks and
would like to spend a reasonable amount of time practicing, then get volume 1. If you like the
classics in magic and would like to support a great magician, get them both
6 of 9 magicians found this helpful.
Got this free as part of the holiday pack and can't imagine how disappointed I'd have been if I'd
paid for it. The only reason I don't give it one star is the benefit of the doubt that it could have
been worse, such as if it were a collection of YouTube videos by teenagers.
introducing Norsigian as a workhorse who's sharing his decades of experience, we get a frumpy man in
an oversized jacket that made my daughter immediately say, "Huh, I wonder if he's going to hide
anything in those huge pockets and loose sleeves." (SPOILER ALERT: yes)
his first routine, there's an extra sit down bit that feels shoehorned in like the editors didn't
know where else to put it. He gets on a soapbox about micromagic is dead. He gets sidetracked
detailing bits of a routine he's going to do later and the music he uses and how that song hits a
certain part at 2:15 and has an "atonal part that you'll understand if you hear the song" which
works well for his presentation. When he does the routine (on the next DVD), the music isn't used
and he rushes through it in less than 2:15 seconds, so all this feels even more pointless.
The presentation of all the routines feels rushed and none of them struck me as anything
innovative or that I would use. Case in point, the first routine includes a bit where he shoves a
cigar up his nose and pulls it out his ear.
This DVD set honestly made me feel
uncomfortable. I wanted to respect my elders and give Norsigian credit for making a career of this,
but as I approached every effect with "Maybe this will present me with some kind of new insight," I
was routinely disappointed. That was then compounded by the overwhelming pride he took in the
unimpressive routines he presented.
3 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
I wish I could have seen a demo of all of the effects before I got it. I just watched the
performances, and knew how to do every trick. Of both DVDs, o think there was one or two I would
look into, but everything else was silly. His patter was poor, the effects were forced, and some of
the slight of hand was not done very well.
Good tips for getting gigs, but I'll just
google tips instead watch the dvd if I want to learn more.
3 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
I hate to give negative reviews but I was very disappointed with this double DVD. The production was
very poor and the routines far from great.
I watched both DVD's and found nothing I want to
3 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
this dvd has some good material but the lessons are awful. the camera is too far away and you cant
get a good view of everthing that is going on i have been able to use a lot of the material on this
dvd but ive been performing for 10 yrs i would not recomend this dvd to a beginner
basically if you want to spend a lot of extra time just trying to figure out what your supposed
to do before you start practicing go ahead and buy this
if not dont waist your time and
3 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
I bought one of these.. It sputtered, and fizzled, then just went out. It was a dud. I see a couple
of good reviews so maybe I missed something, but its very doubtful that I'll take another look at
it. It fills a spot on the dvd shelf though, and makes it look like I have a lot of magic....
2 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
Every effect felt like a gag. Little of the material is strikingly original and his presentation of
classics is almost painful to watch. Some of the effects are almost completely unusable (appearing
bottle) and the whole concept of the project didn't sit well with me. He claims that "close-up" is
dead. If you enjoy close-up don't watch this guy butcher it. Stay away.
2 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
I really appreciate and am impressed with Mr. Norsigian’s DVDs. Why? Because mastering this
material will allow me to more CONFIDENTLY AND CAPABLY ENTERTAIN A GREATER VARIETY OF AUDIENCES
UNDER NUMEROUS CONDITIONS:
* Close-up Environments
* Hospitality Suites
* Night Clubs
To elaborate: The material does not require
extensive patter, and once the magic starts there are multiple and rapid fire climaxes throughout.
Gary arms you with WHAT YOU NEED TO ENTERTAIN EVEN THE TOUGHEST, MOST EASILY DISTRACTED
AUDIENCES--even if you have to work in the presence of the loudest disk jockey! The effects are
done at chest level, have high visibility, and no table is required!
The DVDs are geared
toward semi-pros and professionals and assume a level of expertise. Mastering the routines will
require diligent practice; but this will be time well spent.
I cannot recall a DVD that
has so much practical material for the working semi-pro or pro. I believe THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST
VALUABLE DVDS TO COME OUT IN YEARS.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
This DVD is among those that I like to come back to from time to time, but always feel underwhelmed.
For whatever reason, be it his style, his mannerisms, or his delivery of these illusions, I always
seem to feel like I'm missing something from him. I have snagged a few really great illusions from
modeling him, but I can't say I get them directly from his style. Perhaps that's a good thing, but
I found the effects on this DVD aimed more for the highly advanced Magician. However if one can
learn these they would be great. The magician seems uncomfortable in the role as "teacher" and does
not seem prepared to explain his tricks as he talks around his points, comes back to points he
should have made first, etc.