Implausibilities is Hudson Taylor’s excellent DVD that teaches a variety of rock solid card tricks, controls and sleights. Although the tricks and separately taught moves are clearly out of reach for beginners, any student of magic will enjoy and appreciate the thought behind the routines and how Taylor has built perfect presentations using moves and theories of others (and appropriately crediting those before him).
To perform Hudson’s routines you will need complete mastery of the faro shuffle. That’s right, you need to be able to do perfect faros every time. Don’t let this scare you and I hope beginners don’t shy away from this DVD for that reason. As I mentioned above, the thought behind the DVD is incredible and
Taylor gives a very good and in depth faro tutorial for those in need.
The DVD was produced by Murphy’s Magic and it is 3 hours and 17 minutes long. The production quality is as good as it gets. Taylor teaches everything and his teaching is detailed, meticulous and great. The camera work is superb and provides close-up shots when needed and alternate angles so you can see exactly what is happening. Taylor performs each trick to an audience of 4 sitting around a table and then teaches each routine.
The ad copy is minimal so there are no issues with its accuracy. But, the way it was written lead me to believe it was a DVD heavy on the ACAAN plot. While there is an amazing ACAAN routine (there are actually two) I was blown away by each of the other routines. This is the type of project that can inspire you to reach achieve the next level in your card handling skills. The routines are complex and require practice, effort and energy — and trust me, it is worth it.
The various controls and sleights will require intermediate to advanced skills, but they lay the foundation to create miracles. The various bits of each routine taught can be applied to other tricks and your arsenal of moves.
Personally, I do not like having to do a perfect faro anymore than I like doing 100 pushups without a break. Does anyone? But, in 12 Degrees of Empathy I use a substitute for the faro and the effect is mind blowing.
I am utterly impressed with Hudson Taylor’s skills as a creator, teacher and card handler. I have watched this DVD several times and will go back to it over and over until I have it all down pat.
I cannot give this project anything but a perfect rating. This is a great buy and a must have!