We are proud to offer the debut material by one of the best underground card magicians in the world: Benjamin Earl. For years, Ben has been one of Europe's top professional performers and innovative creators. Like many of these quiet achievers, he has previously avoided magicians, conventions and all attempts to get him to share his original material. Until now...
We can't tell you how they managed it, but you'll be very pleased that they did! This new DVD set comprises three volumes of startling, original material that will surely find its way into the repertoires of hobbyists and professionals alike.
DISC 1: Commercial
This disc features Ben's imaginative handlings for several of card magic's classic plots. Do we need new versions of Collectors, Hofzinser's Aces and Triumph? We do when they are this eye-popping! As well as these fantastic new approaches to traditional plots, this disc also contains many original flourishes and sleights as well as all the work on Ben's 'Stroke Change', which looks like trick-photography even when you know how it's done. Best of all, this incredible change, like almost all the material on this disc, is easily within the reach of any intermediate card handler.
DISC 2: Gambling
This disc focuses on gambling and card table material. As a true student of the art, Ben has been refining and advancing card table artifice for many years. The finessed handlings and methodological advances that he demonstrates and teaches on this disc comprise some of the most important contributions to this branch of card magic by a new voice for many years. Fans of 'the real work' will be delighted by Ben's decision to share these prized techniques.
DISC 3: Psychological
This disc contains a wealth of Ben's mental card magic, a style which he prefers to perform these days. There are several fantastic and totally practical handlings for Think-A-Card as well as versions of Mental Poker and Brainwave that break entirely new ground. Impossible Locations and Thought Card To Pocket handlings which fool absolutely everyone ensure that the only problem you'll have with Ben's material is which tricks to leave out of your performance!
What puts this really high on my list is the fact that the material is straight forward, yet very powerful and hard hitting. You can clearly tell that he has worked it extensively from his observations of timing, misdirection and psychology with regards to the perception of the audience, and that, in my opinion, goes a long way.
I would definitely recommend this, for its beauty, quality and sheer practicality, along with the fact that Ben is a fantastic teacher.
Anyways, the DvD is absolutely amazing, the quality of the material is amazing...it's all amazing!
The first disk, commercial card magic is his take on some of the classic plots such as Triumph and Collectors, which are the best variations i've ever seen. Imagine performing a version of triumph where you shuffle the cards face up and face down and then ask the spectator to name a card and go on from there, without having to touch the deck.
The second disk is in my opinion very hard, if you are familiar with gambling moves such as the second and bottom deal, it won't be that hard. But the effects are amazing as well.
Psychological is by far my favorite, mind blowing mental card magic. I changed my entire close-up arsenal into this style, it's that good.
This set is absolutely amazing, if you are serious about your magic and willing to learn from one of the most amazing magicians, then click "add to cart" in a heart beat. The material is mind-blowing and will keep you busy for a very long time...trust me. Although each trick requires a lot of practice, it's is well worth it, the reactions i received from performing some of these effects are the best i ever gotten.
Fyi, the stroke change is so good, you'll drop everything to perfect it. And once done, you'll hardly ever use any other color change.
Hope this helps.