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Bullets After Dark (2 DVD Set) Review

Official Review

February 12th, 2010 9:50am
Reviewed by Jeff Stone
I've been A fan of John Bannon for a long time. His effects from Impossibilia and Smoke and Mirrors are some of the first things that I ever studied in magic. This is a two DVD set that has a lot of great footage. There are some excellent effects and some great interview segments. Bannon has such a laid-back style and he's so down-to-earth and likeable that it's just fun to watch him perform.

You'll find no knuckle-busting moves on this set, but what you will find is simple and effective magic that's easy to perform. The "Origami Concept" and "Mr. Fantasy" stuff is killer. I was fooled by it on the video and in person by another magician. I really liked the interview segments. I wish there were more because you really get to see what's inside of Bannon's head and why he thinks the way he does about magic. He had a few opinions that I suspect rub some magicians the wrong way. I didn't entirely agree with them all, but they were very thought provoking.

Bannon also had a few great lines to open some of the effects that I thought were very clever. Simply put, Bannon is a thinker. He thinks about magic; things about plot, premise, performance, effect and so much more. Even if you don't watch the tricks, get this DVD (especially at the asking price) for the chance to see why he does what he does. Knowing why others do what they do is often the impetus for developing your own methods and philosophy about magic. Of the stuff I've recently reviewed, this is by far the best value for the money, and to top it all off, he's the only guy in recent DVD watching who didn't say "That's How I got it" when he retrieved a pen from a spectator. ABSOLUTE GEM!!

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Product info for Bullets After Dark (2 DVD Set)

Author: John Bannon
Publisher: Big Blind Media
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $35.00
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Featuring brand new material, re-worked classics, and the cream of the crop from Bannon's best-selling book, Dear Mr. Fantasy. Bullets After Dark is a treasure trove of workable, awe-inspiring magic-from self-workers (that will fool you) to deviously constructed sleight-of-hand routines.

This is a veritable master class in contemporary card magic. Three hours of stunning material across two DVDs-including in-depth interviews and commentary. Watch how Bannon thinks. How he constructs tricks. How he makes his magic special.

Your ticket to a "money-can't-buy" one-on-one session with one of the finest thinkers in magic today.

Disc 1:

Dead Reckoning

She mentally spells the name of her card - and there it is! Just. Not. Possible. Sophisticated, yet self-working wizardry.

Dawn Patrol
He "accidentally" shuffles one card between two face-up Queens. Yeah, right, but you won't believe how - and how fast - this works.

Doctored Daley
Presentational judo to knock your spectator off-balance. See what a small addition to a classic magic trick can accomplish.

Power Of Poker
One card at a time, she forms two poker hands. He correctly predicts every one of her ten separate decisions. A self-working poker blockbuster, gone mental.

The Dunbury Delusion slams into the Biddle trick. It's not just a card trick, it's a con job.

4 Faces North
Bannon's "Last Man Standing" leaner and meaner. Shuffle the cards face-up and face-down. No way! Only Aces staring upward.

Watching The Detectives
Continue your guided tour down the garden path. A sandwich trick from the twilight zone. You won't see it coming . . .

New Jax/Full Circle
Next stop: A highly-engineered, stealth fighter-like transposition. Welcome to the future.

Disc 2:

Origami Prediction

A mathematical drive-by. Multi-stage prediction with error-correction. Fools you when you see it. Fool yourself when you do it.

The Einstein Overkill
Fooled Einstein; might fool you. Einstein didn't get to see the kicker ending. He wouldn't stand a chance.

Bullet Train (Iconoclastic Aces - Syncopated Aces - Interrobang Aces)
Iconoclastic. Syncopated. Interrobang!? Bannon's unholy trio of ace assemblies. Ahead of their time. A neo-modern classic.

J.B. Flytrap False Cut
Cool, tight, and not-too-flourishy. In your hands only.

The Bannon Triumph
Re-branding Bannon's classic four-packet Triumph routine. You know it, you love it. Or, will love it...


"Mind-boggling, brilliant, commercial and practical. In a word... excellent!"
- Daryl - The Magician's Magician

"John's material is fantastic and the production is wonderfully modern."
- Bill Malone

"Great effects, practical methods and intriguing presentations. This is Bannon at his best."
- R Paul Wilson

"Advances in our craft are a result of acts of the mind, and John Bannon is, without doubt, one of the best thinkers we have."
- David Regal

"This is a DVD set with first-rate production that any card lover will enjoy, containing a wide variety of tricks I think you'll want to add to your repertoire, presented by a soft-spoken, very talented magician."
- Matthew Field, The Magic Circular

"Strong, Direct, Magic. Great Stuff."
- Wayne Dobson

"I can honestly say I loved every trick and each one a real worker."
- George McBride

"These DVD's are like sessioning with John Bannon. They're packed with magic for the real world. John's effects are practical, his presentations are commercial, his plots are innovative, and his theories are thought-provoking."
- Simon Aronson

"That John Bannon has released two discs of exceptional, doable, and often brand new card magic is not surprising to fans like myself. The pleasant surprise is that Bannon candidly explains why he makes the choices he does, and how he creates his wildly offbeat material. Thoroughly enjoyable."
- Joshua Jay

"John's magic is concise, subtle, thoughtful and fooling. These are the building blocks of outstanding card effects. These are not just trivial card tricks, but ones that I will do and think about."
- David Solomon

"I have been a fan of John's magic dating back to his first book. He released Dear Mr. Fantasy at the LVMI convention and he sold out in minutes... you'll see why when you watch this DVD. It's packed with great card effects, two which have immediately gone into my set. If you are looking for hard-hitting magic, your search is over."
- Danny Archer

"These DVDs are great! Smart, well thought out, multi layered, strong material in the typical Bannon style."
- Tim Trono

"I've just finished watching every second of those DVDs and as usual I'm in awe of John's ingenuity as well as of the production itself. Looked absolutely fantastic and probably the most professionally produced magic DVDs I own."
- Tomas Blomberg

"Its Bannon, 'Nuff said'."
- Steve Brooks, The Magic Cafe

"Every pro knows the amazing feeling of thumbing through 'Impossibilia' or 'Smoke & Mirrors' for the first time. What a rush experiencing that same feeling again with this set. BBM captured it perfectly."
- John Guastaferro

"If you've never had the pleasure of a one-on-one late night card session with John Bannon then this is the next best thing. Great card tricks, explicit explanations, and nothing held back."
- Raj Madhok

"There's one secret on here that is so easy and so fantastic that it changed my presentation of a trick I do every single day. In my opinion, that one minute tip from Bannon is worth the entire set..."
- Jamie D. Grant /Magic Friday

"It's great to see Bannon back again. I've always been a fan of his work, and more particularly in the way he thinks. This DVD set gives you an excellent insight into one of the best thinkers in our fraternity."
- Jeff Stone, Stone Cold Magic

"Mind-boggling, brilliant, commercial and practical" - Daryl

"This is Bannon at his best." - R Paul Wilson

"John's material is fantastic." - Bill Malone

"Bannon is, without doubt, one of the best thinkers we have." - David Regal

"Strong, Direct, Magic. Great Stuff." - Wayne Dobson

"Two discs of exceptional, doable, and often brand new card magic." - Joshua Jay

"These are the building blocks of outstanding card effects." - David Solomon

"Packed with magic for the real world." - Simon Aronson

"If you are looking for hard-hitting magic, your search is over." - Danny Archer

"A First rate production that any card lover will enjoy." - Matthew Field

"Smart, well thought out, multi layered, and strong material." - Tim Trono

"As usual I'm in awe of John's ingenuity." - Tomas Blomberg

"Its Bannon, 'nuff said'." - - Steve Brooks, The Magic Cafe

"Slick. Cool. Superb on all levels." - John Guastaferro

"Magic with intellect from a true genius." - George McBride

"One Again Bannon triumphs." - Raj Madhok

"an excellent insight into one of the best thinkers in our fraternity." - Jeff Stone, Stone Cold Magic

Disc One Running Time: Approximately 1hr 26min
Disc Two Running Time:Approximately 1hr 29min

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