Well, this is certainly a nice effect. It's very easy to do and while a set up is required, it's
easy to recall it. I really like effects that feature multiple finishes or surprises etc.... this
does that and does it well.
It would be great if when they edit effects like this, there
could be mini teach-in that skips the nonessentials and just goes thru whats necessary. In an
effort to thoroughly explain motivations and or sleights etc it can get so wordy that I nearly
forget what I'm doing by the time they get to the next ESSENTIAL..... That being said, Roberto is a
great teacher and does a wonderful job teaching the effect. It just would be nice if it could
quickly be gone over without the nonessentials ......One could then go back later and fill in whats
needed after learning the basic effect.
That's not meant to be a criticism but rather a
"wish" for the future :-)
This is a strong effect and it's well taught. If you liked
watching it, I suspect you will love performing it.
9 of 10 magicians found this helpful.
I am a sucker for effects featuring multiple magical moments, and "Further Than Ever" features FIVE
of them! For this reason, it's the strongest poker test I've seen.
So why did I give it
four stars and not five? Because to me the way it's presented in the demo screams "deck stack!" One
really needs to be adept at false shuffles and cuts to do this effect justice. The instructional
video shows a few. But I think it needs more, kind of how like the false shuffles and cuts sell Bill
Malone's classic "Sam The Bellhop."
So do I plan on performing "Further Than Ever"?
Absolutely! And as an added bonus, this will give me the incentive I need to work on my shuffling
and cutting tecnique.
7 of 7 magicians found this helpful.
I know saying "fooled my wife" doesn't sound like an extraordinary amount of praise. However, if
you factor in the fact that she is incredibly brilliant, has spent 10 years of her life designing
super computers and has been my magic partner for 20 years, it is high praise indeed!
more she was very entertained by the routine which is totally unlike her reaction to most card
Hopefully, the custom script I wrote up, the addition of letting the audience do
the cuts and the fact I am doing it with colossal cards, helped kick it up another notch.
This routine happens to fit in perfectly with another colossal card routine I have been working
on and will definitely be going in my show!
6 of 6 magicians found this helpful.
It ISN’T the only card trick you’ll ever need. As described and demonstrated, it’s more of a puzzle
with a heavy-handed mathematical flavor that really weakens it severely. The author recognizes this
in the video explanation (even adds the term “stinks” to describe it) but passes right by and makes
it the centerpiece of his methodology. I would never present this as described to a paying
audience; it just screams math puzzle. I’m not saying to avoid it completely, you can easily get by
the math method through the use of a force, and you can easily get by the described pre-arrangement
by altering it slightly. It makes very little sense to me to show four aces (a good poker hand)
then an extended straight flush, ace to seven. The only reason he uses this extended straight flush
is to accommodate that mathematical method. The price is right, so if it strikes your fancy, go
ahead and buy it, but scrap the math and his setup, and incorporate a force, some false shuffles and
cuts, and make the four-step climax become the selection, the four aces, the poker straight flush
Ace to five, and the final royal flush. It then becomes a decent presentation, but you’ll still
need other tricks to complement your performance. It just isn’t that big.
3 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
This is a fun, easy-to-do effect with a triple punch - so right a way you're getting your money's
worth. However, what makes this a great value is Giobbi's thoughts on presentation which are
sprinkled throughout the explanation. Even if you never perform this specific effect, the
presentational advice is something you can use for every effect from now on.
Thank you Penguin
and Mr. Giobbi!
2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
Hard to believe this is a self-working effect, but in fact it is! The method is devious in its
simplicity, but it is the cleaver and entertaining routine that makes this a gem. Hand the cards
out at the end, or give them away as you end perfectly clean. Like this one a lot.
2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
I didn't purchase the download, but I know the effect from Giobbi's book, Card College Lightest.
This routine is all about presentation, and it is a very nice effect that plays well. If you like
what you see, I recommend checking out the Card College Light Trilogy of books that you can get here
on Penguin - you won't be disappointed! :)
2 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
This trick is so amazing but simple. When I first bought it, I expected it to be very hard and
complicated with hard shuffles and sleights of hand. The explanation/demonstration of the trick was
easy and simple. This is the Perfect trick for beginners like me. I highly recommend it.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
Great routine and very good instructions. Enjoyable to perform.
We, as artist, benefit from gteatness. Never stop learning from this man. He'could slow down to
even greater but...greatness is here.