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Making the Cut by Ryan Schlutz (Book)

Close up magic that will entertain and BAFFLE laymen, as well as tricks that will make the magicians you know shake their heads. NOW SHIPPING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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"I've known Ryan for more than a few years now. He's one of those guys who annoys the crud out of you by constantly fooling you! Seriously, Ryan is the MASTER of magician foolers! But, more than that, his tricks play for lay people too." - Cameron Francis

"Ryan, you knocked my socks off with your magic! Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us." - Chad Long

"Ryan's a super creative guy with a great focus on smart methods and entertainment value." - John Guastaferro

“If your looking for a book full of well constructed routines that are real workers and will fool both laypeople and magicians, then Ryan Schlutz’s Making the Cut should be your next purchase.” - Peter Duffie

Killer trick! Not sure there are many better self working tricks than Sense-Sational! - Liam Montier

In response to Pivotal Peek....

"When you're fairly far along your professional career it's a rare moment to find something that you would have killed to have since the beginning. Ryan Schlutz's Pivotal Peek is exactly that. If you're ever going to use a deck of cards in your show, do yourself a favor and get this today so you won't be kicking yourself a few years down the road."- Jamie Grant

"I highly recommend Ryan's Pivotal Peek to any magician or mentalist. You won't be disappointed."- Troy Hooser

"Love his peek!" - Nathan Kranzo

"It's so clean you'll think it's a force! Highly Recommended." - Ollie Mealing

"One of the most deceptive peeks!" - Cameron Francis

"This move will add devastating power to your Magic!" - Michael Eaton

Ryan does a great job explaining the effects in the book and the illustrations make every move clear. In between the tricks, you will find Ryan's thoughts on performance, magic and some useful information for those who perform 'in the trenches.'

Contents include:

The Pivotal Peek -This is the move Ryan is most known for. This is a great peek done while holding the deck in a modified peek position. The move is invisible and is well described. Ryan goes on to describe two effects using the Peek.

When In Doubt, Read a Palm -A great opener using a palm reading demonstration and a deck of cards

A Lesson in Gravity -A sandwich plot using specially printed cards that Ryan describes how to make.

Fraternal Bond -From a shuffled deck, a magician miraculously predicts the outcome of future events

Sense-sational -An impossible location done with three spectators. The presentation is commercial and the multiple methods used, combine to form an effect even magicians will have a hard time backtracking.

Fing-jit-su -A presentation for Pit Hartling's Finger Flicker routine, described in full with permission.

Sprung & Dagger -A card stab routine done with cards and a rubberband. A great take on the classic plot.

Misfit Queens -A take on a Jon Racherbaumer version of a Hofzinser plot.

Foregone Conclusion -A take on the invisible card plot. Teaches a great control by Jon Racherbaumer (described with permission).

And many more... Effects with name tags, 4 of a kind productions, Frixion pens and more.

Pages: 113 - 8.5" x 11" - Hardcover - Black and white illustrations

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 7th, 2013
Ryan Schlutz is a brilliant creator and performer, and his book is a great example of why. The magic that he does is calculated, powerful, but most of all, fun. In this book, you'll find awesome moves, some GREAT tricks, and even some theory that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Ryan knows what he's talking about.

It's a bargain for the information you're getting. Highly recommended.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 29th, 2012
This is an excellent book! not only are there really, really good effects, the book is written very well. it is clear and easy to follow. he also gives some really good tips on how to work with people. in particular, the beginning of the book talks about what he calls "introducing wonder while wearing body armor". it is a good bit about how to warm people up to present magic to them. While I generally prefer to watch a DVD instead of reading a book (to see the subtleties of how to perform), what he presents in the book lends itself well to book form, since it is not so much about the sleights and moves as it is about showing the construction of routines and suggested patter. i think this is a good book for someone who already knows some basic moves, like controlling a card to the top, etc. very good book, highly recommended.
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