A collection of material filmed by Paul Wilson and Jason England while traveling across country for their 2012 Unreal Tour. Each Episode contains at least three items, whether it's a magic trick, gambling technique or card sleight is up to you to find out. Guest submissions include Dani DaOrtiz, Asi Wind, Gary Plants, Chad Long, and Dan Buck to name a few.
Episode 1: On our first episode Paul Wilson shares his favorite way to produce the four aces while Jason England tips his method for an old dealing trick called Conning Caveney (it fooled us). In addition to the valuable information shared off-the-cuff by the duo you get Dani DaOrtiz performing one of Hofzinser's many problems. And yes, he tips the method.
Episode 2: On Episode 2 Paul Wilson shares an impromptu coin trick with some loose change in his pocket, Jason England delights us with another impossible card trick, and special guest Gary Plants thrills us with an unpublished Dai Vernon trick. Unpublished until now!
Episode 3: Okay, in terms of material, this has to be our favorite episode so far. Boxed Transpo by Paul Wilson is one of our favorite card tricks to perform right now. The method is genius, and fun to perform! Jason England, who we should just start calling Forte Jr. continues to turn gambling routines into magical effects. The episode goes on with insightful information from the duo but the best part is when Asi Wind steals the show by literally fooling Mr. England with an impossible card location that you just have to see to believe. And yes, he tips the method.
Episode 4: On Episode 4 Paul Wilson and Jason England share unique methods for locating the four aces and special guest Lance Pierce turns a boring packet trick into a miracle.
Episode 5: On Episode 5 Paul Wilson shares a unique addition to a classic coin trick while Jason England continues to fool us with his gambling-themed card tricks. Special guest Mark Mason teaches a lovely card sleight that is sure to end up in your repertoire.
Episode 6: After a short break from the release of Episode 5 we continue the series with not one but two guest submissions. Watch as Christian Engblom demonstrates a wacky new rubber band effect while Paul Wilson performs and teaches what is now our new favorite card trick, courtesy of Wayne Dobson. Additionally, Paul Wilson tips his self-working color changing deck routine while Jason England demonstrates an old false dealing routine by LePaul.
Episode 7: Episode 7 starts off with special guest David Solomon who tips his unique method for the Oil & Water effect. Paul Wilson demonstrates how a spectator can shuffle a deck and manage to cut to the four aces. Jason England demonstrates his take on the Magician Vs. Gambler trick.
Episode 8: Join Paul Wilson, Jason England, and the amazing Johnny Thompson in our eighth Unreal Session.
Episode 9: Nine episodes in and we're still going strong. On this episode learn how to trick your audience into thinking you're a master at false dealing via a clever routine by Paul Wilson. Then, watch as Paul is badly fooled by Jason England in a dealing trick to find two selections. Finally, Dan Buck teaches a fun sandwich routine.
Episode 10: On the final episode in the series Paul Wilson shares a unique take on the Riffle Peek while Jason England continues to boggle our minds with gambling-themed cards tricks. This week, special guest Peter Duffie demonstrates what might be the easiest card trick in the series but surely one of our favorites.
That being said, I know that some of the videos on the blog came about as a result of all of these sessions as well, and I was hoping that there would be more "other" footage between the tricks. I would love to see another season of episodes where more time apart from tricks is spent on discussions between these great minds in magic. My favorite segments have been the Dani's trick in Episode 1 and Asi's trick in Episode 3. Part of the reasoning behind this is that they are both killer effects, but most importantly, they are an opportunity to watch more than one magician discuss an effect. The "discussion" concept is something that I think is really lacking in the magic instructional "literature", and I think it is really valuable. Plus, these guys are our heroes...its really cool to get to feel like we are there with them.
Paul and Jason's material is mostly their own versions and improvements of other effects or previous plots. They are all very strong and some were immediately added to my repertoire. The contributions by other magicians are also very strong, and you can see that there was no filler. They managed to keep the level of the material very high throughout all ten episodes. A card trick by Peter Duffie in the last episode, I found particularly brilliant and just great to perform.
Highly recommended, and I hope they make a second season at some point!
If you're serious about great effects and plots (particularly with cards), this is a great addition to your toolkit. A number of these items have already made their way in to my favorite effects to perform. Notable items include Dani's solution to one of Hofsinzer's Problems, Wayne Dobson's Spelling trick, Paul Wilson's Boxed Transpo, Asi Wind's never-ending card trick, and Gary Plants teaching a Dai Vernon false center deal effect. Highly recommended.
However the reason I gave this trick 4 out of 5 stars is because of the trick by Dani DaOrtiz. Absolutely awesome and almost worth the money its self. I performed it the day I learned it and just the second time performing it I was told by my girlfriend, who has seen all of my stuff, that it was her favorite trick. It's very fun and impossible to figure out. although it requires some set up, it's definitely worth it and the deck can be looked at with out noticing any set up and you end clean. The trick is then performed again with no set up at all. I have also performed it since then with out any set up simply by skipping the first performance.
I just ask you if it is possible to add all the credits and origins for the techniques and effects at the end of each session or maybe with a separate pdf. It will be a complete and precious resource.
Looking forward for others episodes, highly recommended