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Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks - Big Blind Media

Postby artychris » Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:23 pm

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The Effect

A disc crammed full of self working card tricks (Well, 11 of them)


Cost

£19:99 at dude that's cool magic


Difficulty
(1=easy to do, 2=No sleights, but not so easy, 3=Some sleights used,
4=Advanced sleights used, 5=Suitable for experienced magicians only)

1.5


The advertising blurb

The material featured upon this DVD is NOT your usual ‘back of a cereal packet – aint foolin’ no-one’ self working card tricks. Nope – these are absolute killer routines that will fool everyone who sees them.

Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks is a stunning collection of some of the greatest card tricks ever invented. Oh, and they just happen to require absolutely NO SKILL!! That’s right – no moves. No difficult or complex sleights. Nothing. Just you, a deck of cards and some of the most incredible magic you’ve ever seen.

Presented by James Went (host of CBBC’s ‘Help, My Supply Teacher Is Magic’), Liam Montier, Iain Moran and Owen Packard, the DVD contains eleven stonecold classic card tricks, as well as tips and thoughts on how to present these routines. With material from the likes of Simon Aronson, Chad Long, Aldo Colombini and Alex Elmsley you’re getting an insight into some of the greatest magical minds of all time.

Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks – Believe us, your magic will never be the same again!

Contact Colours (Aldo Colombini)
Impossible (Mike Austin)
Shuffling Lesson (Chad Long)
Henry Sugar (Liam Montier)
Pre-Prefiguration (Larry Jennings / Mark Elsdon)
Your Aces Are Marked (Terry Lagerould)
Shufflebored (Simon Aronson)
The 7/16 Club (Alex Elmsley)
Impossible (Larry Jennings)
4,5,6 (Al Thatcher)
Unbelievable (By Shields, F. Michael And Bascom Jones, Jr)

Interviews with Paul Zenon, Scott Thomson (XCMer), Iain Moran and Liam Montier.

Tutorials on Charlier Shuffle, Jay Ose Cut, Breather Crimp, Bobby Bernard False Cut and Riffle Shuffle (for those who want to take the tricks to the next level of deceptiveness).



Review

There's a couple of pieces of magic that I love out there that I don't write reviews on because, in all honesty, I want to keep them all to myself. I've only had this disc for a week or so, but it seems to fit in with that category already! However, as I read somewhere this is BBM's biggest selling dvd on pre-order ever, I figured that if I didn't review it, someone else certainly would.

It is what it says it is! Ultimate Self working Card Tricks. There are no sleights! At all! What so ever! Not even a DL! ... Don't let this put you off. In the introduction, Liam says that they've found the best tricks they could that happen to be self working. And it's not all the usual suspects either, so if you're hoping to find Gemini Twins, or OOTW, then this is the wrong disc for you.

This is a Big Blind Media production, so as expected, the production values are excellent. Most of the tricks have a small introduction with a little of the history of the trick and a bit about the creator. Then there's a very nice studio performance of each trick (if only my spectators all looked like the ladies they have on here!) and then a very thorough and clear instruction part.

The tricks are:-

Contact Colours (Aldo Columbini) This is a superb full deck trick. Starts off small, and the big reveal at the end isn't to far from OOTW!

Impossible (Mike Austin) A simple and impromptu card lost in the deck and then revealed. It's rather nice!

Shuffling Lesson (Chad Long) Apparently this is in the Art of Astonishment, but I hadn't discovered it in there... It's the first one from this disc that I performed and it's ridiculously easy! But wow! It's strong! You and the spectator are shuffling and mixing the deck in an extremely fair manner (and really, it is fair) only to find that... well, get the disc and find out! The double ending is great!

Henry Sugar (Liam Montier) Possibly my favorite piece of magic on here! It sort of reminds me of Derren Browns Plerophoria, only simpler! It's a fairly long, multi-phased mind reading piece. (So if you're happy using cards in your mentalism, you'll like this as much as I do!) The explanation has a lovely piece on misdirection regarding the backs of the cards too.

Pre-prefiguration (Larry Jennings/Mark Elsdon) A simple four card reveal that can be set up on the fly! Very usefull...

Your Aces Are Marked (Terry Lagerould) A wonderfully messy four ace reveal! I'm now trying to work out a way of wedging this into my four ace routine! I like this a lot. Very simple and effective, and very light on procedure.

Shuffleboard (Simon Aronson) Yet another winner! I'm saving this for the right time! Lots of fun with spectators, lots of shuffling, only to an amazing multiple prediction reveal! With a kicker ending! I'm not one to rate tricks that I haven't preformed... but for this I can happily make an exception! And I know that I'm going to use this a lot!

The 7/16 Club (Alex Elmsley) For me, this is one of the weakest tricks on the disc... but it's still a superb trick! For my taste it's a little to procedural (I'm just not a fan of the down under deal), but I'm sure that the end result makes it worth it! Plus, it's so easy to set up, so you can do it pretty much any time and with a borrowed deck! One to tuck away in the dusty corners of the brain... there will be a moment when this is perfect!

Impossible (Larry Jennings) Another chosen card lost and found routine, but this one is (appropriately) Impossible! Considering that its main working element is one that I use for a trick that is, in essence, very similar, I'm kicking myself for not spotting how this worked! Which says how well camouflaged it is! This is great! Another one that's going to be used alot!

4,5,6 (Al Thatcher) This I love! However, I haven't even tried it yet! For a self worker, I'm a little skeptical about the method! (More fool me, I'm sure!) Maybe there's a touch to much dealing in this one, but I'm picking nits! It's a lovely way of finding a chosen card! I need to sit down with some cards ad try this out a couple of times. I'm sure it's going to work! (Oh, and it's another one with a borrowed shuffled deck!)

Unbelieveable (Shields F Michael/Bascom Jones Jr.) Another killer trick! It's very fair, and very easy to do... and the end result is, well, Unbelievable! Somehow though, as amazing as this is, I can't help feeling that there's even more that can be done with the ending! It just seems to have so much possibility... (I just haven't worked out what yet! If you come up with anything, please let me know!)

As well as this, there's a small section with a couple of (very) basic false cuts and shuffles, and also some excellent little interview clips about the value of self workers, with some really nice performance tips!


Overall

You've probably worked out by now, I like this disc a lot!

It seems aimed at the beginner, especially as some of the explanation is very basic at times. But this isn't a bad thing at all... But just about all of these things are so strong that I see no reason why a working pro wouldn't be able to take tricks from here as well! There's also a really nice variety in the tricks here, partly I think because this disc isn't the working of just one magician, but a best of from some fantastic magicians.

With a lot of these, part of the effect is your ability to perform! You're freed up from having to concentrate of the difficult finger bits, to actually work on the interaction with your audience! For me, that's what makes these so much fun to perform :)

So don't be put off by the self working title! No matter where you are with your magic, I'm pretty sure you'll find something on here that you, and your audience, will love!

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Re: Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks - Big Blind Media

Postby soveda » Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:43 pm

Darn it, I was going to post a review too!
My impression:
Usual BBM production values, well explained and no sleights.
Some of the tricks are fairly bold and you need to be comfortable setting up a deck on the fly (a bit like with Cameron Francis' impromptu magic DVD).
Your aces are marked is my favourite on the disc.
If you pre-ordered (like me) there was an extra of Gemini Twins after all.
I'd say it is worth the money, the routines are good magic that happen to be free of sleight of hand. I think I'd quibble a bit with "self working" because of set up issues etc but I appreciate what they mean.

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Re: Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks - Big Blind Media

Postby dudethatscoolmagic » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:50 pm

This superb DVD and offers is an excellent value for money.. Well done to BBM and their team for yet another stunning release!

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Re: Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks - Big Blind Media

Postby CArlight1958 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:24 pm

Thanks for the review artychris.
I was going to pre order this a couple of weeks back.
just ordered my copy today from cool magic.

CArl...

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Re: Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks - Big Blind Media

Postby Chris Congreave » Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:46 am

This and The Elmlsley count project are both absolutely superb, I am using tricks off both.

Highly recommended.

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Re: Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks - Big Blind Media

Postby Ozman » Fri Aug 03, 2012 3:14 pm

Folks,

we have a FREE bonus download for anyone who has purchased the ULTIMATE SELF WORKING CARD TRICKS DVD. the mutant brain that is Liam Montier, has come up with a killer idea for a way to use Aldo Colombini's Contact Colors to link immediately into another killer routine. it allows you to perform two of the strongest pieces of magic ever created in ONE routine. it's a GREAT idea.

and you can download the video instructions for free. to get the download link please email me at info@bigblindmedia.com and make the subject line of the email the THIRD word on the small print at the bottom of the DVD disc itself. (so open the DVD case, look at the tiny words at the bottom of the disc and quote the 3rd word you see).

AWESOMENESS!

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Re: Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks - Big Blind Media

Postby soveda » Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:23 pm

Ozman wrote:Folks,

we have a FREE bonus download for anyone who has purchased the ULTIMATE SELF WORKING CARD TRICKS DVD. the mutant brain that is Liam Montier, has come up with a killer idea for a way to use Aldo Colombini's Contact Colors to link immediately into another killer routine. it allows you to perform two of the strongest pieces of magic ever created in ONE routine. it's a GREAT idea.

and you can download the video instructions for free. to get the download link please email me at info@bigblindmedia.com" target="_blank and make the subject line of the email the THIRD word on the small print at the bottom of the DVD disc itself. (so open the DVD case, look at the tiny words at the bottom of the disc and quote the 3rd word you see).

AWESOMENESS!


The way the words are meant to be read or the way they appear on the dsc?

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Re: Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks - Big Blind Media

Postby artychris » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:23 am

It's the small words that run around the very edge of the disc.

It's quite a nice way to move from one trick into another :)

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Re: Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks - Big Blind Media

Postby artychris » Sat Aug 11, 2012 1:08 am

I did my most nerve-wracking show yet a couple of weeks ago! It was my Fathers 75th birthday party! (Performing for a large gathering of family is so much more scary than members of our lovely public!) So I wanted something strong to open with that would get people involved. I used "Shuffleboard" from this disc! It's a superb trick! The multiple revelations went down a storm!

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Re: Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks - Big Blind Media

Postby fiftytwo » Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:07 pm

This review sold me on it. Am now devouring and agreeing with your every word.

I think the shuffling tricks (lesson and bored) are my favourites for the sheer level of interaction...

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Re: Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks - Big Blind Media

Postby CArlight1958 » Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:35 am

I've had this dvd for nearly a month now, & I have to say this is really excellent stuff.
All credit to BBM, & the demo guys for producing this.
All of this material sits just as well as some of the more advanced stuff out there.
Packs a real punch, & is very easy to learn.
I love it, & it's well worth the money.

Thumbs up to BBM from me.

CArl... :D

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Re: Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks - Big Blind Media

Postby Waldorfcartoons » Sat Sep 29, 2012 4:04 pm

Really excellent product; probably one of the best I've bought. i haven't looked at them all yet; I'm having fun with 'impossible' in a walkaround, non table environment. I often ask a second spectator to hold out his/ her hands as two tables.

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Re: Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks - Big Blind Media

Postby Lenoir » Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:42 am

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Re: Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks - Big Blind Media

Postby artychris » Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:28 pm

Lenoir wrote:The second disc has been announced, fyi.


Superb! Can't wait! The trailer looks great :-)

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Re: Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks - Big Blind Media

Postby Johnny Bravo » Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:04 pm

This is an excellent disc along with Vol 2.

Question re the 4,5,6 (Al Thatcher) trick.

I really like this effect, totally hands off, but I'm having trouble with my estimation, the spec needs to cut the deck in half & depending on roughly where they cut effects the outcome of the card find.
Anyway to get the spec to deal off precisely 26 cards or a way for me to guesstimate the amount cut to better 'cos at the moment I am only getting a 50/50 hit off this :-(

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