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Recently a magician recommended the work of Ben Earl to study, I am aware of his name and remember seeing some trailers for his videos... I was told he relies on psychology and is quite a thinker when it comes to designing/creating magic tricks which are both direct and believable.

I am curious to hear the thoughts of anyone here at the TMF who is familiar with his work, and interested to know which of his works you'd recommend?

Looking forward to reading your thoughts.

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Yes, I love his work. You might really enjoy the third volume of his Past Midnight set. Lots of cool ideas for performing card magic like feels like you're performing mentalism.

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I agree with Rudy here, his entire Past Midnight set is worth a watch. He has lots of different books and dvds out there. So it depends a little bit on what you're after. I think he's best to watch rather than read, not that he isn't a good writer (he is), but some of the nuances he writes about can read a bit flat on the page, but when you see them in action they are great!

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Another thumbs up from me. He’s got a few downloads at Vanishing Inc that apply great thinking and Psychology to standard methods. This makes for what appears to be totally new approaches and methods. Very magical indeed! He also has taken a similar approach to deconstructing coin work.

Interesting thoughtful stuff but I’ve not wanted to swap out effects from my existing repertoire.
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I have a coin magic video of his and really like his thinking.  It’s quite profound at times!  He adds very subtle movements & techniques; almost unnoticeable, but which register in the audience’s minds and help to “lead them down the garden path”.


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Honestly, I usually wait for some reviews to come out before I grab his stuff. He is a great thinker and a monster with sleight of hand but I'm never sure if his stuff will be for me. So, I wait a bit to get some more info. Granted, I'm pretty picky with what I spend my money on magic-wise nowadays.

I owned Past Midnight quite a few years ago but it was way over my head at the time. Someone offered to buy it for almost retail and I took the offer. I still regret that and keep telling myself if I spot it on sale I will grab it again. I have his Real Ace cutting and it's something I go back to occasionally for brain food. Lots of interesting ideas on there.

Just a few days ago I grabbed his download on the one hand bottom palm and I already love it. It's not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. It's knacky and will take work to get up to his speed but definitely doable. It's also one of those moves that's just fun tho practice.

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I got to see him at the MagiFest some years back and also at PebblePalooza. Excellent lectures. His "coin vanishes from one hand and appears in the other hand" routine is fantastic. Great thinking on this very simple plot. He builds it into a blockbuster.

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"Thought of Card in Pocket" is a very recommendable piece.

I don't like flourish in card magic, but "Shade of Hofzinser" is an exception to me, as it is so ellegant and beautiful.

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His "coin vanishes from one hand and appears in the other hand" routine is fantastic. Great thinking on this very simple plot. He builds it into a blockbuster.

Mike


I have the video for that, Mike.  His whole approach, and his psychological considerations are truly fabulous.  I love his very subtle "convincers".

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Yes, Arthur - it was an object lesson in how to magnify the effect of the magic. 

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