First, I really like this guy. He's very charming, the DVD is delightful to watch. I found myself
smiling at his performances. He has a very unique style.
However, this unique style is
so far away from a style that suites me.
He relies heavily on "moves" that require insane
timing and/or crazy audience management. There's also a few bold moves, justified by "As you look
up, you're entire audience will look up." I don't know if I accept that.
If you shelved the
trick "blizzard," you may be shelving most/some of these effects.
I use the classic force,
and I use it well. I don't, however, RELY on the classic force without an "out." This guy uses
moves that rely on timing even more than the classic force...he even uses a face-up version of the
Granted, all of this stuff requires practice. However, I just felt like a
kid who has no friends being told to practice the classic force. Stranded. How am I going to
practice this stuff? I don't bartend anymore so I don't have a few dozen drunks to practice. My
audience isn't disposable, so the "practice" until you get it right thing for timing effects doesn't
work for me. How many times can I ask my wife to pick a card with a classic force type move before
I'm no longer getting an accurate sample of what a speactator is truly like? It's not the type of
stuff you can practice in your room by yourself.
I'm going to have to keep an invisible
deck in my pocket if I attempt any of these tricks. Gonna have to create an "out."
are not a lot of "moves" in the traditional sense. There is, however, a lot of "fiddling" around
with the cards in a manner that I feel only works for a very select set of people.
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Since the Elmsley count was introduced in the mid-fifties there has been a trend to add moves and
counts to card magic, as well as complicating the effect to such an extent that a layman will be
unable to describe what happened.
Some modern published routines are more akin to lessons
in juggling than lessons in magic. I will call this the new school of card magic which has given
birth to the move monkeys.
The old school of card magic (as I would describe it) had clear
direct effects that were easy to understand and had a good, surprising climax. Most importantly the
magician appeared to do nothing. The magic just happened.
The old school was influenced by
people like Erdnase and Victor Farelli amongst others and their influences are found in later
classics like Royal Road, Expert Card Technique and Greater Magic.
Can you name a card DVD
or book published in the last ten years that does not include ace assemblies, collector or sandwich
tricks, multiple false counts etc? Difficult, yes?
Well, here is one ....
Inscrutable is definitely old school. Strong direct effects that will fool magicians and laymen.
And most of them are technically easy to do. Easy technically, yes (though there are some advanced
techniques on Disc 2), but they do require audience management skills and a confident performer.
Advanced beginner and upwards.
Joseph’s routines remind me of the direct presentations of
Dani daOrtiz, frequently mixing devilishly simple methods to create miracles. Yet their styles are
completely opposite. Dani is extrovert and in your face. Joe is quiet and unassuming. Yet both use
their personalities and characteristics to maximum effect.
If you have seen disc 3 of
Dani’s DVD set you will find some similar work on Disc One of Joe’s set. By studying both you will
see two contrasting styles use similar methods and help you develop your own natural rhythm.
So what of the routines? Most are done from a shuffled deck in use - and shuffled by the
audience too. A few require a set-up, most times you can do this in a previous trick or during
My favourite is the Math trick. From a shuffled (by the audience) deck you deal
some cards in front of three participants. They each decide how many they get. You then toss small
bunches of cards onto the table until someone shouts STOP. These are now counted, by you or an
audience member. You announce that the total number of counted cards will equal the sum of the top
cards of the three piles. These cards are turned over and their values added. The totals match. To a
layman this appears totally impossible. This routine would work well with the effect where a
participant cuts the deck in three piles, you turn over the top cards of two of the piles and can
deduce the value of the top card in the third pile.
Disc Two features a number of gambling
routines and demonstrations. Some are simple in method and some require advanced skills. All are
direct and best suited for sitting down around a table with clients after a gig.
downside for a working professional is that most of the routines require a table. Most close-up pros
prefer routines that can be done in the hands both for strolling and visibility reasons. Having said
that I have a number of routines that require minimal table space and a few others that do require
more space. The latter I keep until after the meal when tables are less cluttered.
thirteen, young Master Barry bought, at a local bookshop, Expert at the Card Table, Expert Card
Technique and Scarne on Card Tricks. These were his only influences for the next few years and their
theories and advice permeate through his work.
I highly recommend this two DVD set, for the
overall directness of effects and the devastating miracles you will create for your audiences.
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So, my gal pal bought me both sets of his magic at the same time. After looking through this and
Inscrutable 2, I find his work mind blowing.
Allow me to start by saying, I'm very much
into this style of magic. I've been a David Berglas fan boy, and this fits the style of card magic I
perform. Joe's magic seems effortless and that is something I strive for.
Disc one is
by far my favorite. Rainman went directly into my card work along with the Predictions. I already
did a type of spread force, but it was nice to see how another magician uses it. overall I give this
disc a 8/10
Disc 2 has a utility peek I use A LOT. LLL is the gem on this DVD. I liked
the other routines, but I find myself only using that peek out of all the material. I give this a
In my opinion as a card worker, there are two types of card magic: effortless and
skilled. I loved skilled card magicians, I think of myself as one, but when I'm trying to entertain
audiences I try to make it seem effortless. You would never find me doing Dan and Dave style magic
at a paying gig. I love Dan and Dave's work, but I don't think audiences would appreciate in real
world performances. I think Eric Mead made some great points on this debate, but I digress.
My point is that this material looks effortless, thus more magical. I use this material in my
routines and get paid to do so. I give this dvd set a 9/10. I love this style, his work, and the
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All the tricks are pretty mediocre mostly for beginners. You may like it if you don't want to work
hard or practice , just want to amaze kids. But for mature audience it's boring. Even all his 4
spectators were kinda bored during the performance. This dvd should be worth $25-30 maximum.
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