Michael Kent Live Video Q&A:
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Pocketed by Bob Solari (Creator of Compressed and Hell Bent)
Available for $19.95 at http://bobsolarimagic.com/shop/Close-up/Cards/Pocketed
Review by FCM Admin Nick Young
*From the website:
“A card is freely selected [no force] from a deck. This selected card is signed by the spectator. This signed card is returned to the deck and the deck is mixed. The performer snaps his fingers over the deck and states “your card has vanished from the deck”. Performer points to his right jacket pocket and says “wouldn’t it be amazing if your card was in my pocket?” Spectator is asked to reach into this pocket and remove the single card. Spectator removes the card and turns it over.
Printed on this card are the words, “your card”. Performer apologizes for the bad joke and says, “seriously, wouldn’t it be amazing if your card was in my pocket?” Performer points to his left jacket pocket. Spectator agrees and reaches into performers left pocket and removes a single card. Printed on this card are the words, “sorry… Wrong Pocket”. The performer points to his jacket breast pocket. Performer shows his hand empty and removes a single card which he hands to the spectator. This card reads “No! The inner pocket!”.
Performer shows his hand completely empty and reaches into his inner jacket pocket and visibly removes the selected signed card!
Specially constructed props makes this miracle a reality!
*Important* This effect requires NO PALMING! Complete with all necessary gimmicks and specially printed cards, photo illustrated instructions.
Alternate ending also discussed. Bob has been personally using this effect in his walk-around and table hopping work and the reaction has been phenomenal!”
The Effect: After a few comical miscalls of location, a spectator’s signed card appears in the magician’s inner jacket pocket!
The Gimmick: A well made system that hides perfectly, with one component in plain sight!
Teaching is detailed in a photo-illustrated pamphlet.
A no-palm signed card to pocket? Yes, please!
This effect relies on a very clever utility system that remains camouflaged, perfectly, along with your own natural personality and means of audience management and misdirection.
Pocketed is a very funny routine that ends with their signed card in your inner jacket pocket! No palming, no sleights, no duplicates, no stooges, no kidding! Pocketed will rock their socks off!
If you have been looking to add a card to pocket effect that uses no palming or sleights, this is the one! I rate this a 10!
Adam Wilber live Video Q&A
MASTER MAGICIAN ADAM WILBER IN ACTION!
New Hampshire magician, Adam Wilber has been studying and performing magic for over 27 years. Adam has been a passionate student, performer and creator of the art of magic ever since he learned his first trick at the age of 6. Adam graduated from CCV in Burlington VT with a degree in Education and is currently Project Manager of the worlds largest website for magicians, href=”http://www.ellusionist.com/” target=”_blank”>www.ellusionist.com. He was last performing magic in Vermont where he ran Fox Magic. Adam is known as “The Worker” in the magic community because of his canny ability to work into any room and “work” his audience into a frenzy. Adam has created numerous highly acclaimed products for sale to the magic community. These products can be viewed and purchased HERE. Adam now resides in New Hampshire with his Wife Natasha and son Carter Blake.
In Addition to Manchester, NH, Adam Wilber Magic will travel to …
Bedford, Merrimack, Auburn, Litchfield, Londonderry, Goffstown, Derry, Hooksett, Amherst, Chester, Candia, Hudson, Mont Vernon, Nashua, Windham, Milford, New Boston, Sandown, Bow, Concord, Hampstead, Hollis, Raymond, Suncook, Salem, Weare, Atkinson, Danville, East Candia, East Hampstead
Find Adam Wilbur at :http://www.adamwilber.com/nh-magician-for-hire/
Benzi Train Live Video Q&A:
Benzi Train is an avid card man and student of Erdnase. Ben’s inspiration comes from many sources: his love of art, movies, and even other magicians. And you can see these passions shining through his presentations and even some of his methods. They say you can’t become a great artist without adversity. Well, Ben’s Canadian, so he’s got that covered.
Benzi Train is a great magical thinker. He doesn’t just create tricks. He truly thinks them through. He can explain every choice down to the subtle placement of a pinky finger. It’s rare to find a great performer who can also explain the theory so well. But that’s why we brought him on board.
Benzi Train hails from Toronto and is a co-founder of Jacks of Our Trade.
Patrick G Redford Live Video Q&A:
JUSTIN MILLER LIVE VIDEO Q&A:
Maybe it started when Justin Miller was performing in Las Vegas with Lance Burton’s show at the Monte Carlo. Maybe it was when he delivered his first magic lecture at 13, or managed a magic shop at 15. Maybe it started during his first shows, held in his garage when he was 7. Justin Miller really can’t point to a time when he hasn’t had a fearless attitude about magic. “It did not come overnight, but it did come easily for me,” Miller said. “I have no idea why; it just did. That’s not to say that in the beginning, 13 years old or so, that I was not shaking every time I performed for anyone, because I most definitely did!”
The more Justin Miller performed, the more confident he grew in what he showed. That confidence bred an attitude to try anything and everything in order to get more astonishing reactions. Made to shake foundations: Justin Millers BOLD Project filled with his most evocative, astonishing effectsJM is regarded as a pioneer in this new era of modern close-up magic on the Internet and the creator of a long list of well-reviewed effects. Despite those high marks, Miller’s biggest reputation is in performing fearlessly, courageously in a number of magician-unfriendly situations.
Noisy bars. Busy streets. Dangerous districts. Miller takes ‘em all on. It’s that drive to perform that powers The BOLD Project, filled with tricks that he said shouldn’t work, but do. Volume 1 was released this week; two more are due in the future. Miller said that the project started from a passion to show the magic community the effects he uses on a daily basis — the ones that he relies on to produce POWERFUL reactions. “These effects weren’t created to sell,” Miller said. “They were created to shake foundations and disturb thoughts.”
And Justin Miller gets those results from a wide variety of spectators, from willing participants to downright ornery and difficult borderline hecklers. For instance: During the first night of shooting the project in New York City, Team E was barely out the door when Miller spotted a loud group of six or seven people. “Bingo,” Miller said. He performed for the group — during the performance, they talked, yelled, joked, and even snagged the cards out of his hands and shuffled, dropping some on the ground. Unfazed, Justin Miller finished a card to shoe routine (taught on The BOLD Project) — AND BLEW THEM AWAY. If you haven’t seen it, the full performance is on YouTube. “Those guys are EXACTLY what I deal with on a weekly basis,” Miller said. “I love those guys. They fuel me, put a fire in me that I use to burn them.” That fire is what BOLD is about, he said. He calls The BOLD Project his defining project; the one work he hopes to be remembered by.
Filled with effects engineered to get shocking reactions, incredible insights and philosophy about performing and much more, the project reveals a side of Miller that he has kept to himself — until now. It reveals the subtleties and details that has enabled him to perform some of the most bald-faced, daring, brazen moves — all in pursuit of that magic moment where reality changes for a spectator. “This project really shows a side of me I have never let anyone see,” he said. “But I knew it was important to be super-transparent if I was going to do this project, in order for the community to believe that these effects, methods and presentations … will not just work, but will become staples in their own sets, I knew I had to show that side of JM that I keep only to myself: my drive, my power, and ultimately my life force.”
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Member of the week
. What a great honor. I couldn’t believe it when it was announced to me! So, I introduce myself.
My name is Valentin Kosanovic, and I live in Bellegarde sur Valserine, in the east of France. I’m actually a student, so I would say that I have more time to put into magic!
So, what got me into magic? This was two, almost 3 years ago. I was watching TV, and there were advertising. So I changed the channel. And what I saw actually blew me away. Someone changing the color of a card, guessing a name, sealing a can… I just couldn’t speak. That was a fantastic moment. A moment of intense wonder. And the question I had in my mind when the show finished was not “how did he do that?” but more “How did he make me feel like that?”. The day after, I walked in a supermarket and saw a book that explained a few basic tricks, bought it. Few months later, I came to watch my first magic show with Jad Helal, a local magician that learned from Eugene Burger and Jeff McBride, performed a trick in front of him and… This was the beginning of a long story!
The feelings I had during the TV show, I wanted to make people feel the same. When I perform an effect, I don’t want to impress the spectator, because it’s arrogant and completely useless. I want them to feel that they witnessed a moment of mystery, a moment that makes them travel out of the real world. I don’t want them to think “Wow, how did he do that?”, but “Wow, I did that!”. Because it’s not the magician that creates the magic moment, it’s the people who see the effect with their eyes, and with their imagination. Magic is an art, and an art doesn’t exist without feelings.
How do I practice? In fact, I’m a man of obsession. When I want a thing, I will do all that is possible, and even more, to succeed. To give up is not a part of my vocabulary. In magic, when I’m practising a move (especially a gambling move because it’s so difficult to cheat at a card table!) I can repeat it thousands of times in the same day, until my hands are burning. And when they are, I keep going. I believe that in magic, you can’t reach perfection. It’s impossible. And that’s why you have to work hard to get better and better, even if people don’t see this work. No, they won’t see it, but yes, they will feel your passion. Also, magic is a community. I personally think it’s like a duty to help any magician that needs it, because you can’t progress without the advises of more experimented guys than you. There’s always a better magician than you, and this is an art in which you learn every single day.
So, live for your dreams, and remember this: the word “impossible” was just created to be broken.