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Weapons of Mass Deception
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Media Type: Book
Here they are-- the long awaited sequel to Weapons of Mass Destruction!
Weapons of Mass Deception focuses on two themes: Teaching you to leverage things you already know so you can create and increase your repertoire AND supplying you with Jaw Dropping effects that aren't hard to do.
These notes have something for every skill level, from beginner to expert. There's even a nearly self-working platform effect that will lay waste to any audience-- laymen OR magicians.
If you just want to order, scroll down to the bottom of the page. If you want to get a taste of what's in the 60 PAGES-- read on, fellow CardGuy!
A deck is shuffled, cut and given to a spectator who is asked to deal single cards, face down until he feels like stopping. He looks at the card on which he stopped and is then told to replace the card in the deck, reassemble the cards and shuffle the deck well. Only then is the deck handed to the performer. The performer fans the cards towards himself and upjogs six cards so the entire audience can see the backs of the six cards. Five different spectators are each asked to eliminate one of the cards. There is one upjogged card left. It is the selection. This requires almost no sleight of hand and can be done as a platform or close-up trick!
If you've been practicing the Riffle Pass for years with no particular purpose in mind, this is the routine for you because it does not require your pass to go totally unnoticed. In fact, it's the perfect way to get over the fear of ANY pass.
I hesitated to publish this because at first reading it will seem like just another "Sandwich Trick" — but it's not. I've used this particular item in different forms for over 15 years and it has a spectacular finish. In fact, I've done this at The Magic Castle for over 10 years!
My Name Is Nobody
An Ace cutting effect that has a presentation AND a finish! For those of you who realize that most Ace cutting effects lack a compelling presentation, you'll be relieved to know that you now have one. The presentation can be adapted to most other Ace cutting effects so even if you've been practicing one for years waiting for a REAL presentation, then you'll be happy to know that you haven't wasted your time!
Reading The Tells and NumerAlphatology
Two effects that demonstrate the idea of leverage — they only require one sleight, look impossible and can be adapted to your performing style and audience because you can play them in different ways. Not only that, they can be done as platform tricks OR close up. Get this: with ONE sleight you get TWO effects that look totally different from the perspective of the audience.
Although the actual effect has been around (and largely ignored) for around 50 years, the presentations transform it into two effects you'll USE for 50 years.
The spectator cuts the deck freely into four piles. The top cards are taken from each pile and shown to be random. The performer explains that only in the movies and dime novels do card cheats deal themselves a pat hand. He then states that real cheats make sure that they only beat the sucker by a small amount and thus avoid suspicion. The performer then demonstrates what he means by cutting to the card one value higher than each of the four random cards. This effect comes with an alternative method which is guaranteed to fry both laymen AND magicians!
The Key Card
The most versatile key card in existence — OK, maybe there's some out there I don't know about! It never fails, it's easy to hide and it can be found instantly with a tabled riffle shuffle, your thumb or your pinky. in other words you don't have to go through any gyrations to find it. You can gain control over it instantly using just the natural way you handle cards. Additionally — it's ambidextrous!
An essay that describes one of my approaches to magic — it teaches you not only how I think about presentations, but also about leveraging things you already know into phenomenal magic. It will not only save you hours and hours of time, but will jump start your creative juices! The people who have already read this have all told me that it is very thought provoking and it has changed the way some of them think about magic!
BONUS: Ron Bauer's technique for The Convincing Control
Ron Bauer + Killer Move = Major Advantage
Need I say more?
Publication Summary: 2009, 61 pages
Date Added: Feb 8th, 2010
MLA SKU: ZittgQa92LtCNz2
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