As long as you can keep in mind you're not seeing Max Maven in action here, you'll probably enjoy
the simple effects available. Some of the mentalism offered is straightforward and plays well to a
small group or even two individuals. The "ESP with Playing Cards" routine plays well for a layman
audience, but it won't fool anyone with even a beginner's experience in magic until you get to the
sandwich effect at the end. That pays off well, I'll admit.
"Flip Flop" is so complicated
it almost confuses the spectator in the video. The "Hoy Book Test" and "Pick-A-Date" are old
routines that are probably on several other videos out there (Ross Johnson's "Simply Psychic" has a
better version of the book test that involves describing entire paragraphs rather than a single
word, and the video costs half the price). To be fair, David's method does allow a certain impromptu
handling if you're at a party and you know someone is going to ask you to do some magic for them.
"Grey Elephants in Denmark" really blew the audience away...in 1995 when Max Maven did it
on "World's Greatest Magic". Unfortunately, since then it's been so over-used you can't even
consider trying it any more. My 13 year old son came home from school trying to pull it on me
because his friends had taught it to him. You might fool a few folks with it, but it's a risk.
"Jumbo 8 Card Brainwave" is probably one of the best effects on the video. It can be adapted for
regular Poker size cards if you don't want to play it big for stage. His handling is good on it and
for the effect it doesn't take much practice (one move is all you have to learn). He also does a
couple of routines using ESP cards that you might consider. It should be mentioned that they can be
adapted for use with regular playing cards if you tweak them a little. That would allow you to throw
in a little mentalism in the middle of your card routine if you wanted to.
So all totaled
we have one killer routine, two fairly good ones, two that can be tweaked to be useful, and four
that probably shouldn't have been used. If you're just getting into mentalism, you might consider
this, but if you have any experience with it you can skip it.
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Have you seen this guy perform? If not, "believe me" you aren't missing a thing! For starters, he
sounds like he has a serious head cold/ is stuffed up. Nasally (did I spell that right) is how he
sounded, and irritated is how I felt listening to him. In my opinion, a serious Max Raven wanna-be!
You have been warned. Penguin, do us all a favor and pull from the shelf immediately. In addition,
a "total recall" for any purchased wouldn't be a bad idea either!
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For the price, I didn't feel like any of the "tricks" really would make anyone say "wow!". For the
most part they are suitable for young kids but adults would not be impressed. It lacks the real
punch of a trick that makes things disappear, transform, or float. They are closer to simple card
tricks, which are a dime a dozen. People can sense when items are forced, which is the problem I
had with the esp card tricks. The chain trick is not bad, but again just not a lot of bang for your
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THIS IS A VERY EASY TRICK TO LEARN BUT I'M VERY DISIPOINTED BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO BUY THE CARDS
SEPERATE. TOTAL COST 12.72. HAD I KNOWEN THAT WOULD NOT HAVE BOUGHT THE DVD. I WOULD HAVE LOOKED FOR
AN ALL INCLUSIVE SET. THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE NO IDEA YOUR GOING TO SPEND MORE MONEY IS A BIG TURN
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the effects taught in this dvd are very basic effects the dvd is not worth 29.00 i am really glad i
didnt pay for it but got it free through a promotion. i gave it a thumbs up be cause the first esp
card is pretty good but still basic
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