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Bold Review

Official Review

September 20th, 2012 5:16am
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Reviewed by James Sanden
“Bold” by Rus Andrews is a DVD teaching five tricks, plus the sleights required to perform them. The title of the DVD is intended to suggest that these effects are particularly bold in method and delivery. While I would characterize the Card in Collar effect as bold, none of the others really are, nor are they particularly novel or unique.

This is a very disappointing DVD. First, the effects are largely derivative in nature. In “Daley Transpo” Mr. Andrews takes the Last Trick of Doc Daley and adds an extra card for conviction. An interesting idea, but not a routine in and of itself. In “Pip My Ride” he uses a color change to change a two into a three. Unfortunately, there’s a long line of performers who have already published this same idea with similar if not identical methods. Then there’s “Hidden,” a version of thought of card to spectator’s shoe. The method is obvious, his card fold is loud and sloppy, and the initial placing of an indifferent card in the shirt pocket makes no sense and is completely unnecessary. While it’s possible he gets great reactions with the effect, it falls short of being worthy of publication, except perhaps as a magazine contribution.

The remaining two effects are “Oilslick” and “Collared.” The first is a version of oil and water that is, thankfully, practical, deceptive and can be performed without a table. In “Collared,” a joker transforms into the selected card in the spectator’s hand, and the joker appears on the spectator’s back, tucked under the collar of his jacket. This is the (only) stand out effect on the DVD, as it offers a novel, fun and entertaining place for a card to appear.

Mr. Andrews also briefly teaches the sleights used in the various effects on the DVD (including a double lift, the riffle force, a gamblers cop, a tip on the classic pass, the Elmsley count, the airbrush change, the mercury card fold, and a card switch.) Unfortunately the explanations are brief, without details and shot in one take, making it difficult to actually learn from them.

Looking at the contents of “Bold,” there’s a basic version of oil and water, an interesting place to load a card and a good tip on the classic pass. Beyond that, the remaining content is derivative or simply unworthy of publication. While the magic is fine, there are much better ways to invest your magical dollar, preferably in the original sources or with creators of magic whose products are moving the art forward.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Bold

Author: Andrews, Rus
Publisher: Merchant of Magic Ltd (V)
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $30.00
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Welcome to Bold!

Bold is a collection of 'off the wall' effects by UK magician Rus Andrews. Rus works 'day in day out' in bars and nightclubs, so he has developed a repertoire of working routines that pack a punch and are very simple to understand and follow. This isn't to say that he has compromised on the tricks, in fact the effects are stronger, with no fluff needed to pad them out. Each of the routines has been designed to give the impact required to completely freak out everyone, but with a direct and easy to follow plot. They are perfect for noisy, dark and less than ideal performing situations.

Each effect is clearly taught, something that is very easy in this case as the routines are so direct you will be doing face up Oil and Water routines and pulling thought of cards out of spectator's shoes in no time! So if you like strong, direct magic that isn't knuckle busting at all then this is the DVD for you.

YOU WILL LEARN:

HIDDEN
A thought of card plot which results in the thought of card being found inside the SPECTATOR'S SHOE!!

PIP MY RIDE
An insane, visual effect where the pip of a card is dragged off to turn it into the spectator's selection, this happens right in front of their face leaving them no explanation.

DALEY TRANSPO
This is Rus' take on the classic Doc Daley effect. Rus' version adds an extra convincer to give you more time so you can relax a bit more during the performance. The added convincer also makes the transposition much more impossible.

OIL SLICK
A face up Oil and Water routine that is impromptu (that is right, no gaffed cards!) and happens all in the spectator's hands. Devastating!

COLLARED
This is the most BOLD routine on the DVD! A Joker that is placed on the spectator's hand changes into their selection. The Joker however is found tucked neatly under the spectator's collar!!

This is Rus' working repertoire that he has kept close to his chest for a while now. These techniques and routines have their place in so many magicians' sets, whether you are close up or a parlour worker, a street magician or just performing for friends in bars and social gatherings there is something you will find and use in BOLD!

"It's great stuff. I particularly liked OIL SLICK. I'll be USING this."
- Ben Harris

"On the Bold DVD - Oil Slick is amazing!!"
Andrew Loh

"Sometimes BOLD effects are the most fun for the performer! OIL SLICK looks incredibly clean."
- Jamie Daws

"Oil Slick is a very clear Oil and Water that appears extremely innocent and open - which is everything you need with this kind of routine."
- Jamie Badman

"I was so pleased to finally get my hands on Rus Andrews' DVD - Bold. It is a collection of card effects from Rus' working repertoire, I was excited when I first read the descriptions of the effects and they do not disappoint at all. Overall the DVD is excellent, I think I will be adding all 5 tricks to my arsenal of effects - all of it is solid, hard-hitting worker's material and you'd be a fool not to pick this DVD up.

Rus and Ben Williams have taught the effects and sleights well and they had be laughing quite a bit throughout which is always a nice bonus. I recommend this to anyone that likes Cool Card effects, that are simple yet and practical."- Card-Chaos Review


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