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Unbound: Gimmickless Invisible Review

Official Review

May 3rd, 2016 12:39am
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Reviewed by James Sanden
“Unbound” by Darryl Davis teaches Mr. Davis’ handling of the impromptu invisible deck, building on the ideas of Alex Elmsley and Alan Ackerman. In Mr. Davis’ hands, the reveal of the selection looks identical to the reveal of the original Invisible Deck and is quite beautiful. Like all impromptu versions of the Invisible Deck, though, there are compromises, which should be kept in mind when considering purchasing the DVD.

In performance, the magician displays a number of cards, any of which the spectator may freely think of. After a single shuffle the spectator names their thought of card and the magician spreads the deck to display a single reversed card that turns out to be the spectator’s selection. This is the same basic effect as in Mr. Elmsley’s original routine, with two critical changes. First, in Mr. Davis’ handling the deck never leaves the spectator’s sight, and second, the reveal of the selection is casual and utterly convincing. While these two changes may appear minor, they make a huge difference in the appearance of the effect.

The instruction is clear with excellent camerawork, shot with multiple angles and including additional information regarding critical elements to the effect. In addition to the basic method, Mr. Davis also teaches a version of Brainwave (that isn’t impromptu, though it is practical), a handling that allows the spectator to simply name a card (without looking at any cards), as well as offering some additional undeveloped ideas worth exploring. Alan Ackerman appears as a guest on the DVD, and it’s an absolutely treat to listen to him speak about the history of the effect and his experience with it. Mr. Ackerman then goes on to perform a close up set that opens with his version of the impromptu Invisible Deck, follows with a triumph, a pseudo memory routine and ends with a spectacular finale where the magician shows that, despite the spectator having shuffled, every four of a kind are grouped together throughout the deck. He then teaches each effect in this set, start to finish.

As with Mr. Elmsley’s original handling, this version doesn’t end clean, though both Mr. Davis and Mr. Ackerman offer follow up routines that can be used to clean up the deck. If used as a closer, this isn’t a problem, and if used as an opener, the follow up routines are solid, if not as impressive as the Invisible Deck.

If you are familiar with Mr. Elmsley’s method, watch the trailer to see how Mr. Davis handles the reveal of the selection and decide for yourself if the improved handling is worth it. If you aren’t familiar with the original, this is an excellent approach to the impromptu Invisible Deck and is worth your consideration.

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Product info for Unbound: Gimmickless Invisible

Author: Darryl Davis
Publisher: Murphy's Magic Supplies, Inc.
Average Rating:  (3)
Retail Price: $24.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

"Darryl has added a moment of casualness that has elevated the effect 200%"
- Alan Ackerman

The classic Invisible Deck is hailed by many to be one of the best card tricks in the world. Darryl Davis, reinvented this timeless classic to require nothing more than a standard deck of cards, even borrowed, if you wish. Toss your gimmicked Invisible Decks to the side, because Darryl strips away all the gimmickery and teaches you how to easily perform this legendary effect with nothing but the trusty deck in your pocket.

Can't perform Invisible Deck with a borrowed deck? Now you can. Strip off the weight of all those gimmicks and perform Invisible Deck like never before, raw and clean.

Darryl easily and slowly walks you through every nuance of Unbound, making it easy to perform and diabolically effective. Prologue, commentary and bonus original effect taught by Alan Ackerman Completely gimmickless Totally impromptu Easy to learn & perform Easy setup Use borrowed deck Over an hour of detailed instruction Alan Ackerman bonus effect & interview


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