January 6th, 2011 9:45am
Ok many of you probably know that Jay Sankey and I are good friends and that we've worked together on a project or two in the past, and we also are consultants to one another.
I get feedback from him on my stuff, and he gets feedback from me on a lot of his stuff. Additionally, I do not receive any sort of compensation whatsoever for reviewing or "pitching" his products (I was not involved in this particular project).
I tell you that up front just to sort of clear the air and to let you know that when I give Jay feedback, I'm brutally honest with him. I tell him if I think he has a crappy idea or a good idea. He wouldn't have it any other way, nor would I. So I want to make it clear that Jay's products get the same level of scrutiny as any other products I review.
On to the review:
This is a clever and Dual Meaning title: Extremely Ambitious. To have as a goal the creation of a completely comprehensive DVD on the subject of the Ambitious Card is indeed an extremely Ambitious goal. Jay achieves it in spades (another clever cliche from Jeff).
Bottom line: If you've been doing the Ambitious Card for 20 years, get this DVD. If you've been doing it for 20 minutes, get this DVD. If you have no idea what it is, get this DVD. As much information as is found on this DVD, I can't imagine that Jay held back anything. This must be a comprehensive collection of every single thought he's ever had on the Ambitious Card Plot. There's a mix of good idea, great idea, killer ideas, ok ideas, and one or two pretty weak/unpractical ideas. Most of the ideas are fully developed and clearly have, at one time or another, been a part of Jay's repertoire. Others, are rough or relatively untested ideas. All of the above is good for the serious student.
It's projects like this one from Jay where you see he true passion for the art of magic come flying at you head on. This is great for the newbies to see someone with such a love for creating and sharing, but it's also good for the veterans as well. We often need to be reminded how exciting performing magic really is.
Do yourself a favor and invest $30.00 bucks in your card magic.
Product info for Extremely Ambitious
Author: Jay SankeyAverage Rating: (1)Retail Price: $40.00
"I started performing 'Ambitious Card' over 25 years ago and since then I've created many fresh handlings and approaches. Every single one of them is included on this project. I've held back absolutely nothing."
EXTREMELY AMBITIOUS is exactly that, an extremely ambitious collection of handlings, techniques, ideas and approaches all created with an eye towards taking the classic Ambitious Card effect to an exciting new level. Jay shares many of these for the VERY FIRST TIME!
This breakthrough project is divided into four parts: Essential Sleights, Openers, Middlers and Closers.
In the "Essential Sleights" section you will learn ALL THE SLEIGHTS you need to know. As a result, the DVD is a complete and comprehensive mini-course in the Ambitious Card! Perfect for beginners!
During 'Openers' Jay teaches you the secrets behind some of his favorite ways to begin the effect. 'Middlers' has Jay sharing many exciting techniques to have the selected card rise to the top. And 'Closers' includes all of Jay's favorite ways to end the classic effect with a hard-hitting and memorable BANG!
Jay also discusses what it is about the classic Ambitious Card effect that makes it so remarkably popular.
As a recognized master of the Classic Pass, Jay also teaches in rare detail The Classic Pass, Riffle Pass, Turnover Pass, Spread Pass, Jay's own Sleeves Up Pass, and the little-known Jiggle Pass.
EXTREMELY AMBITIOUS features original material for a wide range of skill levels from complete beginner to seasoned professional. It's the ideal reference for any serious student of card magic.
Take your favorite card trick to the next level!
Double Lifts (3 different skill levels)
Undercover Top Change
One Hand Turnover
One Hand Top Palm
Distant Misdirection Palm
Tenkai Strip Out
Name A Card
Paint Brush Change
Palm Off Rise
Rubber Room Rise
Through the Roof
BONUS: FIVE PASSES
Learn invaluable tips on the cover techniques, the timing, and the all-important finer points for a total of FIVE amazing passes including:
Sleeves Up Pass
AN AMBITIOUS ANALYSIS
This is an in-depth exploration of why the Ambitious Card is so popular as well as an important discussion of the challenges inherent in such a REPETITIVE effect. Jay discusses tempo, rhythm, variety and much more! Jay also share his thoughts on alternatives to signatures, using questions and humor for maximum audience management and misdirection, avoiding performing the effect as a mere "challenge," building the effect and choosing endings that say 'IT'S OVER!'
Running Time Approximately 1hr 30min