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Chardistry Review

Official Review

September 24th, 2015 5:34am
Reviewed by James Sanden
“Chardistry” is Daniel Chard’s second release through RSVP Magic teaching close-up card magic. The effects range in difficulty from self-working to knuckle busting, and cover a range of plots, from classics like a four ace production and a collector routine to plots that are more off the beaten path.

The quality of the material varies quite a bit and will depend on one’s tastes. For those who like sleight heavy, visual effects there is a flashy ace production (the opening of which is used in several routines), a quirky transposition and a hybrid card revelation using the four aces. In addition, a variety of fancy false cuts are seen throughout and visual revelations abound. Several of these routines do suffer from overcomplicated plots, such as the full suit revelation that strangely begins with a four ace production, as well as a two card revelation/transposition that includes an ace that finds the cards, which makes the plot more difficult to follow. This judgment is somewhat personal, and there are certainly viewers that will be fans of this material.

At the other end of the spectrum are several straightforward, magical and compelling effects, including a card matching plot that matches jokes and punch lines instead of cards, a multiple selection routine using the jokers that builds quite nicely and a collectors routine with a fun kicker. There are also two card revelations with full deck transformations, one where every card but the selection is burned beyond recognition and one where the pips of every card but the selection fall off, leaving the rest of the deck blank. Also taught is a card under box routine that is a bit derivative, but which has a couple of nice moments in it.

Instruction is clear with good camerawork, though Mr. Chard does flash a number of times for the camera. It’s difficult to say if this would be a problem in the real world, as all the performances were in studio for two very subdued spectators who didn’t seem to react to anything Mr. Chard did. Instruction was also a bit incomplete, as there were a number of false cuts that were performed, but not taught, and there were a few moments throughout where the method used was different than the actual method taught.

Overall, “Chardistry” has a number of good ideas and some fun effects. Some were more complex than they needed to be and could use some streamlining, but there is probably something for every type of card magician on the disc. If you’re a collector of card routines, plots and ideas, “Chardistry” will appeal.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Chardistry

Author: Chard, Daniel
Publisher: RSVP - Russ Stevens
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $30.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Welcome to the brand new DVD 'Chardistry' from the brilliant Daniel Chard. His first release to the magic world was with RSVP Magic under the title 'Chardshark.' This new DVD features 10 stunning routines ranging from very, very easy right through to knuckle busting stuff! Either way, there's something for everyone on this DVD which features live performances and in-depth training that take the DVD to a running time of over 2 hours. Check out the full trailer to see just how great this DVD is.

Here's what to expect:

Banter - A commercial comedy opener that can be used at tables, parlour or on stage.

Chard under box - After lots of requests Chard's 4 phase card under box routine fully explained, refined over hundreds of performances.

Homage To Pepe - A suit production with a kicker finish, the finish always generates an amazing response.

Blaze - You visually destroy the deck, all the cards are left in burnt pieces, aside from their selection. Almost self working.

Progressive Revelation - A visual collectors routine, combined with a fusion phase that happens in the spectators hand. Sequential Extension - Multiple selection meets a sandwich effect, a variation of 'Sequential Sandwich' from 'Chardshark'.

Prophecy Transpo - Two selections and the ace of spades. A few visual productions and a surprise finish.

Kickback collectors - Four aces trap three selections, then the three selections visually find the four aces.

Loc-ACE-tion - A visual one at a time ace production.

Dreamweaver - Make all the pips fall off the deck, except for the signed selection. Practically self working!

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