Dani DaOrtiz – 4 disk DVD set

Apparently the guys from EMC are to produce a 4 disk set of Dani DaOrtiz’s material! This is potentially great news – I just hope that they focus more on the effects and explanations than they do with giant screens and fancy filming (e.g The Lennart Green Master Series). Also when Dani was on the…

Lennart Green – Master Series

Just a quick not on this – this is great for those that are already familiar with Lennart’s work as it contains some refinements and interesting biographical information. As a learning tool the Green Magic 6 volume DVD set is far far superior and contains much better explanations. The Master Series set seems a little…

Jerry Sadowitz – to publish or not to publish?

It was great to see Roland of the Weekly Magic Failure and Daily Card Trick blogs mentioning Jerry Sadowitz. I envy Rolands obviously recent discovery of Sadowiz’s material and remember how great it was to discover it for the first time myself – a feeling I got the first time I discovered the Walton books….

Forte Production – David Williamson

Whilst on the subject of the Bristol Day of Magic (held in Weston-Super-Mere) David Williamson performed and explained a great Steve Forte move which he used as a production of the four aces as the cards are sprung from one hand to the other (the move can be used for others things also). Managed to…

Bristol Day of Magic 2011

The only other convention I’ve been to besides Blackpool. I realised almost immediately after arriving that it’s far better organised than the yearly mass Blackpool gathering. With far far less people and arguably a nicer venue it made the whole day feel much more relaxed and I really had a great time. The close up…

Knuckle Jog – JK Hartman

Genius – never again will I use any other method of securing a break above the bottom card. Hidden in a natural action – there’s no tense first finger buckle here! Found throughout his books I believe – it’s in After Craft and in there he mentions it was published in Card Craft.

Coloratoura – JK Hartman

This trick is a version of Roy Walton’s “Instant Interchange” from Tale Twisters (also in Vol 1 of course). Hartman’s version eliminates the half pass and my pet peeve with the trick which was the back spreading which I always thought looked unnatural. The effect is that you display a small number of black spot…