This is a classic of magic, of course, and Michael Ammar continues to be a great teacher. If you are
serious about card magic, you'll want to be investing in Ammar's old series, "Easy to Master Card
Miracles" which is where I first learned this effect. (Disclosure: I'm reviewing this video in
exchange for being provided a free download.)
If you like the effect and can see yourself
wanting to amaze everyone with it, by all means purchase this right now!
But I have a few
First of all, the video is super short, about 6 minutes, only half of which
is instruction. Normally this doesn't bother me. I feel, "don't make a video any longer than it
needs to be." Still, the construction of the gaff could be explained a little better. It might have
been a good idea to show how it is constructed on not only Bicycle, but also Tally-Ho, Bee, etc..
Which is best for this effect, and why? Are aces better, jokers, or face cards, and why? These
questions are not addressed. It just feels a little rushed. That said, making the gaff is so simple
that you can easily experiment until you get it just right for you. (Every pair of hands is slightly
different.) It's not as if you won't learn how to do this. It's just that more detail could have
Another tiny quibble, the price point. List price is $10 for one effect?
(Even on sale at $6 for one effect...) If you want to get serious about card magic, you would do
well to invest in Easy to Master Card Miracles by the same teacher here, Michael Ammar. Penguin has
these DVDs ranging in price from $26-36, most having 10-12 effects on it. That doesn't mean this
download is "bad," but at $6 (or $10) for one effect, you'll find the DVDs are probably a better
investment. (I can't remember what volume this effect is on, #5 or #6, but you'll end up wanting all
the DVDs, I'm sure.)
Lastly, and maybe this is just me, but I've never been able to quite
get the reactions I would like from this effect. It's like there's an optical illusion going on in
front of the spectator's eyes. They don't gasp, they don't say, "How did you do that?" You know that
optical illusion where you see a vase, or you could see two faces staring at each other? You look at
that optical illusion and watch both effects flip back and forth, sort of hypnotized, wondering why
your eyes are tricking you. That's what I get whenever I perform Close Up Illusion. It's not a
magician providing some astonishment... instead it's like the spectator feels their own eyes are
Again, maybe that's just me! But this is an effect that could really use a
kicker. I've never quite figured out what to do, however. The cards can NOT be given out for
inspection. And you can't really move on to something else with these three cards. (You can insert
two of these three cards back in the deck, which only puts heat on the one card...and besides, I
can't think of any full-deck trick that is a solid kicker to this effect.)
Add 'em all up,
these tiny concerns, and I've got to deduct at least one star.
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A killer for the price, this effect requires only the most basic of skills and tools to create the
gimmick (an 8 year-old could make one), and only the most basic of sleight of hand. It can be
performed surrounded, you can learn it in 5 minutes and master it in less than 30 minutes. The
cards aren't examinable at the end, but the illusion is so good, no one is going to ask to see them.
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Is this really possible? Yes. Is this really simple to learn? Yes. Is this really simple to do? Yes.
Will this really fool others as much as it fools yourself? Yes. Is the gimmick really so easy to
make that you can make it in about 3 seconds? Yes. Will you really carry it in your wallet and be
ready to do this for anyone, anytime. Yes. Will people really ask you to do it again. Yes. Will you
really be able to immediately repeat it again? Yes. Does the video really do a great job of teaching
this. Yes. Is this really a minor miracle. Yes. Are you really going to buy this? Yes. Will you be
really sorry if you don't buy this? YES.
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5:31 total runtime
3:00 total instruction (other parts are live and studio performance)
At $10, ($5.95 on sale), I feel the price is a bit steep. I'm not happy with the current
releases in the $5-$10 range that are literally a few minutes long.
This is a strong
illusion, but the video is so short, I can't give a great review. It feels like a cash grab. Over
$1/min for a quick simple overview, nothing really in depth.
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The very brief video (more than half of it is the demo) just wasn't enough instruction for me. I am
having some difficulty finding the "sweet spot" for the construction of the gaff. [redacted]
Neat, in theory, but not quite as simple or self-working (for me) as others are raving about.
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Love Love Michael Ammar. Been following him around for years, but very dissappointed. Not only was I
thoroughly confused by his explanation, but he seemed to be as well. Forgive me Michael but I feel
let down and I'm still confused
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The Jennings effect is visual and practical.
You get what you see.
I only wish that
more time was spent for the explanation.
Over shoulder shots, close-up shots of the gimmick.
If you already perform “I hate David Copperfield“ by Geoff Williams you get nothing new
here. If you like what you see and have no clue - get it.
Its also nice to know the important
3 Stars because of the upgradable tutorial.
The actual price of around 5$
is ok - i wouldnt pay 10$ for it.
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This is one of those tricks that look so amazing you would buy just to see how its done, but the
bonus for this one is its fun to do.
There are several other things I really like about
this trick (beside the fact that it looks amazing and just like real magic):
gimmick is simple - a few seconds to make it
2.) No angles to worry about
3.) You can do it
again and again with no setup in between
4.) No sleights
All pros for this one, no
I'll keep this one for a carry around trick. Definitely thumbs up
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Its a good trick but he teaches it terribly. The video is WAY to short and he doesn't explain it
well. For what its worth, this trick should be free. The video is only 5 minutes. Its very
complicated and the video is taken from an angle where its really hard to understand what is
happening. Don't get me wrong, this is an amazing effect but it couldn't be taught worse.
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Many years ago I was visiting a magic shop and the demo guy showed me this trick. He showed me a
lot of other stuff and I couldn't tell you what it was if my life was on the line. The one thing I
remember was this trick. It just looked so impossible.
If you want to do something that your
spectators (particularly the sharp ones) will be bothered by forever, this is the piece.
teaching is, of course, fantastic but the effect is the thing. I don't think that there is a more
visual piece of card magic. The spectator actually sees one card melt through another.
it, work on it, and you will create memories. After all, isn't that what we do? I cannot recommend
tis any more highly.
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