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Spoiler Alert by Ryan Matney

Published by Kaufman and Company

In his review in the current (December ’17) issue of Genii Magazine, Dustin Stinett writes, “This may be one of the best card books released in some time.” I agree.

I first discovered Mr. Matney through his some of his self-published soft covers a few years back and became a fan of his thinking. He streamlines well-known, classic effects and plots, removing most of the knuckle busting sleight of hand and replacing it with either easier sleights or subtleties. He also wraps his creations in compelling, entertaining presentations. I have been performing his Walton Deficiency Experiment for a couple of years and it never fails to amaze.

I received my pre-ordered copy of Spoiler Alert last week and have been working my way through it. With a total of 50 tricks, I have already identified a good dozen I want to use. Among them, An Arrow for Dr. Krenzel, which uses a couple of simple sleights to achieve an amazing outcome. (Well, so far it’s only passed the wife test, but she’s pretty discerning.)

Death Becomes You
is a devious, high-impact packet trick using ordinary cards that relies on Deddy Corbuzier’s Free Will principle. I will be making a set for my bag. I could go on, but you get the idea.

Ryan's writing style is concise and conversational. The trick descriptions are complete, and the photographs clear and helpful. 

Bottom line: If you are a fan of the John Bannon style of magic – streamlined handlings, minimal sleights, maximum impact - you will enjoy this book. No, you will love this book. The material is well within reach of the intermediate card man (or woman) and beginners will find plenty of material to run with as well. At $50.00 from Kaufman and Company, Ryan Matney, or your favorite dealer, it is a bargain, breaking down to $1.00 a trick. Pay attention to Mr. Matney and you will get a return on your investment.       

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Thanks for the review, I was curious about this book!
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I am enjoying Spoiler Alert. For those of you who have been working through this book, do you have any favorites?

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I'd still like to see the two threads merged, but while awaiting that, I do have a couple more things to say about Spoiler Alert. The book is filled with practical, usable material for the intermediate card worker. Novices will find plenty to keep themselves occupied as well. On a scale of 1 - 10, this book goes to 11. It really does.

One routine, The Columbo Effect, looks like this: The spectator clearly sees four of a kind, which are then fairly shuffled and cut into the deck. In a flash, with minimal movement and based on a spectator's countdown, the magician locates all four cards - Two from the deck, one transformed from an earlier selection, and one tucked away inside the card case. Boom, like that. No, it's not self-working, but the required sleights are will within the skill set of the intermediate card worker. Oh, and it will take some time to create the proper flow and pacing. But damn. Just damn. 

I have also had a great deal of fun with An Arrow for Dr. Krenzel, The Walton Deficiency Experiment, and Triple Proof, which Ryan, for good reason, refers to as "his precious." This book is a bargain for the lover of card tricks. Honestly, one of those "deserted island" books that, along with a volleyball named Wilson, could keep one occupied for years.

"Wilson, pick a card, any card."

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Folks, don't hate me for continuing to beat this drum, but fact is the more time I spend with this book the more convinced I am that it contains - dollar for dollar - more value than just about any other new card book on the market. (And note that I said "just about any other new card book" since to make a definitive judgement would be silly considering the number of card books on the market.)

Last night and this morning I worked through several effects with cards in hand and found myself blown away at the streamlined handlings, the clever plots, and the wonderfully detailed writing.

A couple of highlights from my recent reading are Aproxymate, Amara Rises Again, and Ripples in Time. Card guys, do yourselves a favor and check out this book. You'll be glad you did. If you don't, somebody is going to fool the hell out of you with items from its pages.

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Anthony,

We are listening... or at least I am... I recently bought the book and I am still waiting for it to arrive. I think it takes about a month to get to me using the free delivery option that I chose and it is been almost 3 weeks. That plus the bad weather that has delayed some services will keep me waiting impatiently for the book to arrive. I hope to get it soon so I can follow your advice. 

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Yup.  Based on your recommendation I asked for and received this book for my BDay.  I promised myself though to first finish the book I'm currently reading.  Looking forward to diving in!



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Thanks, Guys! Good to hear. I rarely get this excited about a magic book and will reign in my enthusiasm until more of you get the chance to check it out.

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After more than a month, I finally got the book yesterday! I started reading the table of contents and some of the effects names sound like The Big Bang Theory names of episodes! That was my first impression, LOL...

I started reading from the back of the book and the effect that caught my attention is Dressed to Overkill. Now I need to read it again with cards in hand to see if it really will be an affect I perform... Ryan combines two principles in this effect and I want to practice it to see if the effect has the impact I think it has.

I will keep reading and keep you posted about what else I find within... 

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Anthony...I'm still working my way through the book but wanted to share some tricks I've liked so far...

Now It’s Now Again

Penultimate Man 2.0

Discard Dating Service

Color Strip

I hope to add more when I finish up the book.  Thanks for the recommendation!

 

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I don't have the book yet, it's one of many on my wish list. I did once suggest to Ryan that if you did "Amara Rises Again" with a rising card deck Amara could visually rise out of the card box. 
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Guys, I can't tell you how flattered I am by these comments. I'm so glad all of you have enjoyed the book and got something out of it.

I told Paul Hallas at the time he suggested the rising card idea to me that I wish I had thought of it. Ive not worked out how exactly I would do it but I'm sure it would be very effective.

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Wow, the author himself is here talking about his book... I'll keep reading it and see how many effects I get out if it...
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Guys, I'm really flattered by all the nice comments. I'm very glad that you all have gotten something out of the book.

And, as I believe I told Paul Hallas at the time, making the Queen rise from the box is a fantastic idea and I still want to try it someday.

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. Ive not worked out how exactly I would do it but I'm sure it would be very effective.


Amira Actually Rises

The way I see this happening is as follows. A Rising Card Deck is used. Martini’s Rising Cards is a good slim version.  The QS is on the bottom of the deck, the gaff is above it then the rest of the deck. The other three queens are on top of the deck with any card above them.

Initially remark that apart from magic you used to love the old Hammer horror films, especially the ones involving mummies. You’ve decided to mix both your likes into one demonstration.  Take the cards from the case not flashing the face card and hand the case to someone to look at, explaining that momentarily it will become an Egyptian tomb, currently the inside looks like it’s been looted, it’s empty.

While talking, double undercut the top card to the bottom, it seems like a casual mix. Explain when  Egyptian  pharoahs   were buried usually their staff and slaves were buried alongside them so you are going to have them decide on a random number of skeletons to be found in the tomb.  Start dealing cards to the table requesting they stop you when they get the urge.

Okay, no-one would know you would stop me here, so we’ll place these remaining cards in the box to represent a royal surrounded by their murdered servants. If you have a large number of cards left you may be able to cut them again before placing them in the card case. 

The cards are placed into the case so the weighted end is nearest the flap, the cards and case being handled horizontally, then tabled.

Do the trick to figure out the identity of the royal in the tomb. Remind  your audience that in the movies, the mummy always rises from the tomb. Pick up the card case holding it vertically by the sides and Amira rises from her tomb.

Yes, I know it's not impromptu. 

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I was reading the book and I read the Dr. Krenzel story... very nice indeed. 

It made me remember the time 4 years ago when I met Lennart Green. Of course I didn't hesitate so much to go up to him and talk to Lennart but I was still a little nervous. Same thing with Dani DaOrtiz, Paco Rodas, and Gabi Pareras (same "convention" with all of them). I also met some Mexican magicians I had seen on TV. It was great...

So I kind of know the feeling Ryan had but he was very young when his story happened...

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Yes. I have had conversations with many top magicians at conventions and club meetings in the past. Without exception they have all been willing to engage in conversation. I have always approached from a place of thankfulness; offering appreciation for their thinking and performance skills. Some, of course, I hit it off with more than others, usually because I found myself intimidated or overwhelmed. I once had an hour-long sit down conversation with Jack Chanin in a hotel lobby during a convention. For some reason no one was approaching the man, but I knew a bit about his history and was eager for the chance to simply say hello. He talked, shared stories, and even helped me with my meager card palming skills. I recently spoke with Gazzo for about twenty minutes and it was a great conversation. We're all just folks, and so long as it's not a matter of rushing up to ask that they freely share their ideas and experience, I see nothing wrong with meeting and speaking with the pros in our field, or any other. 

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Anthony...I'm still working my way through the book but wanted to share some tricks I've liked so far...

Now It’s Now Again

Penultimate Man 2.0

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Color Strip



Here are the rest:

Hofzinser’s Scheme

The Magic Bullet Theory

The Joker Proximity Conclusion

The Psychic Dyslexia Approximation

Last Breath

The Conqueror Worm

Amara Rises Again

Dressed to Overkill

Something from Nothing

Mind Magnet

The Card at Many Numbers



Great book, I enjoyed reading it!  I think my favorite effect has to be The Conqueror Worm.

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Glad to hear you are enjoying it! So many great effects in Ryan's book! Have you played with Triple Proof? Ryan calls it his "precious" and it's easy to see why once you work through it with cards in hand. I'm liking Hof-Crosser as well. 

Thanks for the update!

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I like and am practicing "The Maven/Bannon Triangle Conversion"... not that it needs a lot of practicing though... 


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