Originally Posted by Dave Campbell
I’m a pretty big Liam Montier fan – started liking him seeing him on John Bannon’s videos, and ones he has done with Cameron Francis.
Even though he has his own place and does a lot of stuff with Big Blind Media, he also did one of Alakazam’s Online Academy things – a 2-night event called “Packet Tricks Pack a Wallop”. I didn’t pick that up when he did it, but with the COVID stuff, they’ve been offering some of the past Academy things at reduced prices, so I picked it up then and am glad I did.
I haven’t finished Day 2, so there may be more that I’ll add on later, but there are a couple really good take-aways in Part 1:
Elmsley Count – boy we’ve run that one over the coals here, but he adds a couple finesses that I’m going to have to work on.
I’ve always been really pleased with the second version of my Elmsley -- re-taught it to myself to do it from the mechanics grip rather than finger-tips. I've even had other magicians favorably comment on mine, but he makes some good points talking about the push-off and the way you take the cards that gave me pause. (In the following notes my mechanic’s grip is in my left hand)
- I move pretty much right-to-left horizontally. He moves at an angle – think moving upwards from right to left – just slight enough that it seems to make a visual difference
- If I watch my cards as I push-off and take cards, I do exactly as he points out, and the true retention of vision is 3 cards – so it’s almost like I’m trying to sell the idea of 3 cards as 4 – and I’ve never noticed that! – at all times, he gives the impression of pulling a single card off a squared-up packet.
I’ve got some work to do there.
Multiple lifts from a packet
The second big takeaway for me was his way of doing double and triple-lifts from a packet. Obviously if you have 4 cards, a triple is easy, but if you have 5 can you do a double and triple without some sort of get-ready?
I’ve also got some work to do there.
Oh – and he teaches some pretty nice effects on the videos as well