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The Berglas Effects

Postby Steve K » Tue May 17, 2011 9:34 pm



Surprised not to find a thread about this but the book is about to be published. Richard Kaufmann has just released details of what's on the DVDs that come with the book. Good news for those of you that missed David's performance at The Session. And yes, there is a full explanation of The Berglas Effect in the book. A whole massive chapter dedicated to it. Can't wait.

More details at http://www.geniimagazine.com

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Postby Mr_Grue » Wed May 18, 2011 9:47 am

We're all waiting for it. :)

Couldn't find info on the DVD contents on the site. Do you have a more direct link?

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Postby Steve K » Wed May 18, 2011 11:19 am

This is from Richard Kaufmann on the Genii Forum :


Contents of the DVDS:

DVD 1: David Berglas Interviewed by Marc Paul

David was invited to appear at a convention in Las Vegas in 2008 but unfortunately could not attend. Instead, he sent a filmed segment in which he was interviewed by mentalist and friend Marc Paul. The interview will give you an overview of David’s remarkable life, with clips from some of his many television shows including his famous “Table Levitation” and pulse-stopping routine Following the interview, David briefly performs some of his signature card magic.
Think a Card with a Spread
Think a Card with a Fan
Estimation Cut and Plucking a Card off the Top of the Deck
Estimation Cut (Matching a Spectator’s Cut)

Presentation of The British Magical Society’s David Berglas Award to Derren Brown (2011)

This DVD also contains a PDF file of “Nothing is Impossible,” an enormous interview with David which appears in the May 2007 issue of Genii, The Conjurors’ Magazine. In order to access this PDF, place the disc into your computer and double click on the PDF file marked “Genii.” You will be able to read it as well as print it out. The issue contains several 3D images, as well as three tricks—all based loosely on “Any Card at Any Number”—that require the 3D glasses included with this book.

Photographed and Edited by Bob Hamilton
Additional Editing by Elizabeth Kaufman
Music Composed and Performed by Michael Close

DVD 2: David Berglas Live

1. The Mind of David Berglas (TV Show, Excerpt, 1986)
Card Magic Segment. David’s last television series consisted of six episodes of 45 minutes each (series in the United Kingdom often run for only six episodes) as well as a one-hour Christmas special. Episode Four contains a segment with guest star Omar Sharif, as well as David’s somewhat hurried performance of an assortment of card effects for members of the studio audience. The production of the series was fraught with difficulties, and financial constraints meant that sometimes there was no time for rehearsals or reshoots, and the camera angles, stage directions, and just about anything else that would have been perfected through rehearsal was not. Footage that should not have been broadcast was, and as you’ll see in the card magic segment, some of the spectators appear to be in a deep coma and barely able to speak. Despite all of these difficulties, David perseveres—which is perhaps a better lesson than watching him do it all perfectly and easily with cooperative spectators.
For Omar Sharif, David Performs:
Matching the Spectator’s Cut with Estimation
Estimation and Revolution Berglas Style
For Laymen, David Performs:
Aces and Eights
Name a Card with Two Cards; Faux Transposition and Palm
Think a Card with a Fan and Berglas DL
Think a Card with a Fan and the Card on the Table
Think a Card with a Spread
Name a Card and Berglas DL
Name a Card and the Spectator Cuts to the Bridge to Reveal the Card
Name a Card and Reverse
Name a Card with Two Cards; Classic Force Face Down Twice
For Omar Sharif, David Performs:
Spectator Cuts to the Bridge

2. An Evening of Mystery and Imagination at the Lyric Theatre, London (1991)
A charity show performed by David, it is the only visual record of his full-evening one-man show. Here we present the portion of the show which comprises David’s full card act.
Aces and Eights
The Berglas Effect
Estimation Cut and Cross Cut Force
Think a Card with a Fan
Think a Card with a Fan
A Memory Feat (Using the Deck Switch)

3. The Magic Circle at the Victory Services Club (Excerpt, 1992)
Filmed on a hot night when the normal stage lights weren’t working, David’s lecture/show was illuminated entirely by one hand-operated spotlight. Only the first half of the card-portion of the show is presented here, which contains a performance of material of which no other recording exists.
Aces and Eights
The Double Berglas Effect
Think a Card with a Fan and Flashing a Palmed Card to the Audience

4. Magic Circle Collector’s Day Demonstration (1996)
For the 21st Magic Circle Collector’s Day in 1996, Roger Crosthwaite gave a talk on the history of the trick known as “Think a Card.” After the lecture, David, then President of the Magic Circle, gave a brief demonstration of his style of card magic. Unknown to David at the time, but fortunately for us, the performance was recorded and sold by The Magic Circle for several years as part of a series of videotapes of various Collector’s Days. The circumstances are far from optimal: he was performing for people he had known for many years, and it was also quite early in the day. One of his spectator/assistants is also trying to “catch him out,” as the British say. The video is valuable for us because it captures David performing card magic in an impromptu setting in his prime, doing things which do not appear in any other visual record. The double and triple coincidence effects at the end are perfect examples of how David can weave together a reputation-making effect during a performance.
The Berglas Effect
Think a Card with a Fan and the Card on the Table
Think a Card with a Fan and Classic Force Face Down
Think a Card with a Spread (in the Hands)
Think a Card with a Spread (on the Table)
The Cards that Never Were
Name a Card and Card from Pocket
Double Coincidence
Triple Coincidence

5. The Young Magician’s Day at the Magic Circle (2006)
On stage at The Magic Circle’s headquarters in Stephenson Way, David gave a talk and then performed a series of card effects for members of the Young Magician’s Club (YMC). There are several items in this demonstration that show David taking advantage of situations that arose during performance in order to produce some truly miraculous effects.
Chosen Card Matches the Face Card of a Deck in the Spectator’s Pocket
Blank Fan Gag
Name a Card and Classic Force Face Down
Think a Card with a Fan (Card isn’t Revealed Yet)
Think a Card with a Fan (Card isn’t Revealed Yet)
Spectator Cuts to the Bridge and both Previous Thought-Of Cards Are Revealed
Think a Card with a Spread and Revolution Berglas Style
The Berglas Effect

6. The Bull Theatre Show (2010)
Taped in June 2010 at the Bull Theatre in northern London, David took to the stage for his first real show in 17 years specifically so we could record it for this book. At age 83, it was a triumphant return, though David has not yet reconciled in his mind the memory of himself performing energetically as a younger man with the slightly more relaxed style he has cultivated in his golden years.
Aces and Eights
Any Card at Any Number
Think a Card with a Fan
Think a Card with a Spread
Spectator Cuts to the Bridge and “Colossal Card” Mindreading
Think a Card with a Fan and Reverse
The Berglas Effect
A Memory Feat (Using the Deck Switch)

7. The Session (2011)
At “The Session,” a small magic convention held in England, David performed a few minutes of card magic with five volunteers from the audience after being interviewed by BBC journalist Steve Knibbs. This video shows a different type of sequence than the other clips on this DVD: after each person thinks of or names a card, their deck is placed on the table and David asks them to put their finger on it. He does this five times and none of the cards are revealed until the end. Note that even though he prepares the fourth spectator’s deck for “The Berglas Effect,” he saves this revelation for the end.
Think a Card with a Fan
Vanishing Card
Think a Card with a Spread
The Berglas Effect
Name a Card

8. The Essential Magic Conference Interview
The Essential Magic Conference held in July 2010 was the first magic convention which took place entirely on the Internet. This interview with David was filmed at his home in advance by Luis de Matos’s crew in London.

Photographed by Bob Hamilton (except The Mind of David Berglas and the EMC Interview)
Edited by Elizabeth Kaufman (except the EMC Interview)
Music Composed and Performed by Michael Close


DVD 3: Performing and Teaching
1. Close-Up Magic
In a relaxed atmosphere in his home, David performs magic first for a group of teenagers and, later, Marc Paul.
Think a Card (with Poppy Malone)
A Named Card Location and Any Card at Any Number (with Tobi Earnshaw)
Think a Card with a Spread, All Alike, Card on Table, and Think a Card with a Fan (with Kris Rich).
The Berglas Effect, Think a Card, Card from Spectator’s Pocket (with Franky Montanaro)
Think a Card and Magician’s Choice (with Franky Montanaro)
Any Card at Any Number (with Kris Rich and Tobi Earnshaw)

2. Demonstrations and Explanations
David demonstrates and explains his card techniques, sometimes assisted by this writer and mentalist Marc Paul.
The Push Fan
Think a Card with a Fan
Think a Card with a Spread
Name a Card
The Bridge
The Deck Switch
The Classic Force
Let Your Fingers Do the Walking
Magician’s Choice: Two Demonstrations.
This or That

3. The Supreme Magic Video (1986)
Decades ago, when videotapes were becoming popular as tools for teaching magic, David made a little-known tape with the now-defunct Supreme Magic Company. Though the contents mainly focus on other parts of David’s repertoire rather than card magic, including it here seems appropriate because it will expose you to other types of magic he used to perform. The versatility of the ingenious “Cardcertina,” explained in this book, is also demonstrated.
The DB Cigarette Sequence and other Bits with Cigarettes
Magnetized Cane
Color-Changing Knives
Berglas on Sleeving
Pocketing
The Berglas Rope Sequence
Syncro-Time
Thinking Big
Flash Tips
Cardcertina

Photographed by Bob Hamilton (except The Supreme Magic Video)
Edited by Elizabeth Kaufman (except The Supreme Magic Video)
Music Composed and Performed by Michael Close (except The Supreme Magic Video)

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Postby Alec Burns » Wed May 18, 2011 12:40 pm

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Re: The Berglas Effects

Postby gunnarkr » Wed May 18, 2011 3:15 pm

Steve K wrote:Surprised not to find a thread about this but the book is about to be published...]

Ehem! Look HERE please.
Thread from 2. May 2011.

But where is your review? You post this in <Reviews - Books and other printed formats>

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Postby Mandrake » Wed May 18, 2011 3:27 pm

Now moved to Review requests.

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Postby Steve K » Wed May 18, 2011 11:07 pm

Ehem. I don't have special access so it didn't come up in the search for me. It also means I can't see the link you posted.

Apologies for posting in the wrong forum.

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Postby SHarwood » Sat May 28, 2011 11:43 pm

(I don't have access there either, hence my reply here.)

I haven't seen the DVDs but I was lucky enough to see the book last night. Having not yet read and absorbed every word (and thought it through in the way that it deserves), I can't post a full review - but I can say that there is a huge amount of information in there beyond the Berglas Effect itself. By the time I'd finished reading the table of contents I had a huge smile on my face and I knew this was special. A detailed section on equivoque stood out, another on the 'Think a Card' effect which really expands on the explanation in Britland's book - I thought the supporting illustrations on this (and in fact throughout the book) were excellent and really supported the writing. David's roulette system is in there with a very good card trick that uses it. There's also an interesting chapter on David's approach to designing miracles which contains some really good theory and advice. There are two 3D inserts in particular, one on that topic, which I thought were amazing designs (it was these being out in the wrong place that held the printing up for a while - but they are very impressive designs and I thought worth waiting for!) The writing, forewords, afterwords etc. were again really well crafted and the respect for David that came through from each of the contributors was very touching to read. I won't be able to digest it fully for some time, but my first impression was that it was very well written and was exactly the book that I had hoped it would be. I thought the whole thing has really done David's legacy and thinking proud. And no, there isn't a 1-line method explained for the Berglas Effect but yes, it is in there. In my humble opinion, it's an absolutely amazing publication and I'll be learning from it for a very long time to come.

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Postby Ted » Sat May 28, 2011 11:52 pm

SHarwood wrote:(I don't have access there either, hence my reply here.)

I haven't seen the DVDs but I was lucky enough to see the book last night. Having not yet read and absorbed every word (and thought it through in the way that it deserves), I can't post a full review - but I can say that there is a huge amount of information in there beyond the Berglas Effect itself.


Thanks for such a great preview. As this was your first post here, could you maybe introduce yourself?

Great to see you posting,
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Postby SHarwood » Sun May 29, 2011 12:50 am

Absolutely. I'm Steve Harwood, an amateur with an interest in magic for close to 30 years. I'm particularly interested in close-up and mentalism. I've spent far too much money over the years on magic, which has led to quite a large book collection on my shelf; along the way I've also been fortunate enough to meet and discuss the art with some of its most prominent thinkers. I've attended many conventions, including Blackpool and the International Magic conventions many times, the Session this year (which was excellent) and (further back) the Escape from the Asylum conventions which I particularly loved. I'm based in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Through this and other factors, I've come to know David (Berglas) and we sometimes meet to discuss the Foundation for Promoting the Art of Magic which he founded - which is how I came to contribute to this thread. My day job is as an Assistant Headteacher, with my subject being maths - I try to keep this quite separate from my magic and I avoid tricks that look overtly mathematical because those who know my mathematical background might be inclined to dismiss the effect as 'just a maths trick'. Having said that, I love working on tricks that mix (hidden) mathematical principles with sleights and subtleties to produce new effects. On the other side I like to collect new moves and ideas as much as the next person, although often they sit in part of my brain for a long time just waiting for the right trick. I find the process of crafting something new fascinating and it's not uncommon for me to spend several months constructing an idea that uses specific sleights in the best way that I can come up with, rather than churning out endless tricks that (to me) are less impressive.
I love the writing of Simon Aronson and Leo Boudreau and in addition David Berglas, Max Maven, Darwin Ortiz, Juan Tamariz, Bob Cassidy, Guy Hollingworth and others have all influenced my own thinking. I'm really looking forward to joining in the discussion here: it looks like a fabulous new arena within which to continue my personal magical journey.

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Re: The Berglas Effects

Postby Yaniv Deautsch » Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:34 pm

It's funny that even David Berglas doesn't remember what's in the book The Mind and Magic of David Berglas.
In the interview with Marc Paul he gives a clue regarding his CP, and claims that it is something that isn't in the book.
Actually, it is, on page 337.

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Postby ej16 » Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:37 pm

There are a couple on ebay at the moment

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Re: The Berglas Effects

Postby Alfred Borden » Tue Oct 11, 2011 9:29 pm

Hmmmm, the signed one well go for a few hundred within next 2 days I reckon...

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Re: The Berglas Effects

Postby ej16 » Wed Oct 12, 2011 5:07 pm

Alfred Borden wrote:Hmmmm, the signed one well go for a few hundred within next 2 days I reckon...


After the situation with The Mind And Magic Of David Berglas, There is no way I am buying another book that expensive

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Re: The Berglas Effects

Postby Alfred Borden » Wed Oct 12, 2011 5:09 pm

ej16 wrote:
Alfred Borden wrote:Hmmmm, the signed one well go for a few hundred within next 2 days I reckon...


After the situation with The Mind And Magic Of David Berglas, There is no way I am buying another book that expensive


Please excuse my ignorance, I'm relatively new to the magic World

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