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Paul Hallas

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Had the pleasure of watching this over the past few days. To my mind, this is one of the best magic teaching DVD's I've seen. 

The production/quality of the DVD is excellent. John himself is an excellent teacher. The material is good.

IN fact the theme of the material is what is considered "self working" card effects. There is also explanation of 'why' certain procedures are used, a few personal questions asked of John, scattered throughout and excellent crediting  (John discusses WHY this is important).

Over the past few years there have been several DVD's of self working card magic, usually a compilation of older material that was nothing new to anyone who has been in magic awhile. This is not the case here.  

There is a similarity of climax in a few effects but the presentational approach is different. There are only eight routines on the DVD, but also strategies you'll find yourself incorporating into other effects you do. The routines due to the patter could be considered as having a 'mental' slant. Not surprisingly, his next book due out this year is called "Mentalismo"

His version of the 'diary trick' without the diary you can be doing in minutes. His variations on the 'Gemini Twins' are exceptional. In another routine a spectator cuts the deck to a card she merely thought of (this uses a principle I had previously used myself and Peter Duffie has a variation on it in my "The Best of Mindful Mentalism" without playing cards). While using more cards than previous versions (except for an Elmsley idea) the climax is far stronger in Bannon's approach. 

The routines are taken from John's 2015 book "Destination Zero" which I believe is now sold out. Somewhere on the DVD cover it mentions vol.1 so I'm sure there will be a vol.2 appearing at some point with further routines from the book. 

Buy it, you'll not be disappointed.


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If i didn't have the book i would get this based on your review. 
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Thanks for the review, Paul.

Are the effects pretty direct? Sometimes the self-workers require lots of dealing.

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Rudy,

His book, Destination Zero , I would say, is one of the best books to come out on SW card magic. Some of the tricks do involve dealing and counting but as with most of John's stuff, there still very strong. I would recommend the book if you can still find it.
 
A trick that can play fast that I loved was a trick called "Cross Purposes". If your a fan of the effect called "Crusade" by Atlas Brookings that came out a while ago, then you will enjoy this.

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The book is excellent. It is filled with lots of insights and ideas that practically anyone can learn from and run with. The plots are direct, the methods simple, devious, and accessible. John is an excellent writer - one of the best on the subject of card magic today in my opinion - and a patient teacher, leaving nothing out of his clear and complete explanations. If the DVDs are even a third as good as the book they're a bargain. 
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There is one that is similar to his marketed Detour De Force, though with any deck. Can't think of the title.
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I think from the Chicago Session (as they call themselves: Bannon, Solomon and Aronson. There is a newbie, David Finkelstein but he hasn't written books yet), Bannon is the one who has published more things recently (High Caliber, Destination Zero and I read somewhere that he is writing yet another book due out this year, plus several DVDs and Downloads). And what he publishes is within the reach of people who don't do a lot of sleight of hand and as Paul said in the first post, the material is good. So if you are looking for good, easy but killer magic, go with Bannon. You will not be disappointed.
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I think from the Chicago Session (as they call themselves: Bannon, Solomon and Aronson. There is a newbie, David Finkelstein but he hasn't written books yet), Bannon is the one who has published more things recently (High Caliber, Destination Zero and I read somewhere that he is writing yet another book due out this year, plus several DVDs and Downloads). And what he publishes is within the reach of people who don't do a lot of sleight of hand and as Paul said in the first post, the material is good. So if you are looking for good, easy but killer magic, go with Bannon. You will not be disappointed.


The next book "Mentalisimo" is at the printers.

Rudy, not always direct, but with the exception of one all are STRONG. The one I consider not strong is still good, but also serves another purpose, to position the four aces secretly on top of the deck after the spectator has shuffled it, without culling etc. Some I wouldn't use in my professional work, some I would. Most are perfect for casual,  impromptu situations.  The situations most forum members are usually in.
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The book is sold out and out of print. Very hard to find.
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I really like this DVD and I found a lot of useful stuff there. As expected of anything from Bannon, the tricks in this DVD are very practical and strong. These tricks do not involve endless dealing and counting, spellings, and other mathematical mumbo jumbo like many of the so-called "self-working" card tricks out there. Even if these tricks include some sort of procedure, they are mostly logical and make sense.

While knowing tricks that used sleight of hand is good, it is also an excellent idea to learn some "self-working" card tricks. From time to time, you would meet some wise guys who will insist that you are doing the double lift or just "controlled" a card to the top of the deck (even if you didn't) to achieve the trick. This would be a great time to do effects that employed subtlety rather than sleight of hand. They can burn your hand and they will find nothing. This kind of tricks hits the hardest on them. 

Here are some of my personal thoughts on the effects on this DVD:

Collusion - a combination of Gemini Twins, Untouched and Card at any Number.

This trick reminds me of Chris Mayhew's CAANDY, but in my opinion, this trick is stronger since this trick can be done from a borrowed and shuffled deck (provided that you have the jokers) and you don't even have to touch the deck during performance if you want. 

Rating: 10/10

Four Sided Gemini - a variation of Collusion.

In this trick, the performer keeps a prediction card in the card case and using the same procedure in Collusion, the three cards that are found match the prediction card. You can
do this impromptu as well (e.g. use two black kings instead of the two Jokers if the cards don't have Jokers). I like this one but I prefer Collusion.

Rating: 9/10

Ulterior - The spectator finds his own selected card through a process of elimination.

The point of this trick is to secretly cull a small number of cards in preparation for the next trick. The trick itself isn't that strong but this can be served as an interlude before a strong effect.

Rating: 7/10

Sort of Psychic - After some warm up exercise, the spectator cuts to his thought of card.

I still haven't tried this yet on someone but I can tell that this is a good one. 

Rating: 8/10

Prophet Motive - The performer removes a card which serves as to be a prediction card. Spectator cuts, shuffles and deals cards and then she cuts on to a card that matches the prediction.

If presented properly, this trick would look like a miracle.

Rating: 10/10

Perennial - The performer writes a prediction at start. He asked the spectator to think of any person's birthday. After some dealing (which is related to the date named) and shuffling by the spectator, she cuts on to a card that matches the written prediction. 

This is a Diary trick without using a diary. Though I still prefer the Diary trick, this is still a good trick if I don't have my diary handy.

Rating: 10/10

Ion Man - a mentalism effect involving coins.

I rarely do tricks that involve equivoque but I like this one since it's straightforward and not confusing for the spectators.

Rating: 8/10

Ban-nihilation - Cameron Francis' annihilation deck without the annihilation deck...

This trick is practically impromptu though you still need some preparations but it's worth it.

Rating: 9/10

Overall, I learned a lot from this DVD. This is a must have for anyone who likes card magic. 

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Destination Zero is being reprinted. If you didn't get it the first time, don't miss it this time.
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