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by Lim, Shin; Carlson, Donald; Morales, Jose;

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(Based on 3 reviews)
Category: Close Up
Media Type: DVD
Publisher: Shin Lim

Product Description

21 is a DVD unlike any other. Produced by Shin Lim, this collaboration between Jose Morales, Donald Carlson, and Shin Lim features 21 fantastic effects and routines that can be done with no gimmicks and are totally impromptu. It's a unique collection of effects with 3 artists which have different styles and approaches to card magic.

Jose Morales combines flourishes and card sleights that make up extraordinarily visual routines never before seen. Clam Catch is an effect where a random selection is thrown into the air and lands in a fan of cards with no moves what so ever, he cleanly hands the deck to the spectator to spread the deck, showing that selected card to be sandwiched between 2 jokers (or two previously selected cards). This can also be used as the perfect out! This is only just 1 of 5 fantastic effects that Jose teaches on the powerful DVD.

Donald Carlson practices a more classical style of magic. Not so much eye candy, but rather stealth-like moves that occur without the spectator even knowing. The Pad Spread Switch is a prime example of the super clean type of handling that looks like a camera trick: imagine trapping the 6 of Diamonds in between 2 jokers and openly setting them on the table. You then show the King of Clubs and use it to flip over the jokers. With no apparent moves, the King and the 6 have switched places! The Pad Spread requires no gimmicks, no gaffs and it's completely impromptu. This is just 1 of 4 routines from Donald Carlson. As a bonus, Donald teach 4 variations of the pad spread which can be used as effects on their own.

Shin Lim has included 9 visual routines as bonus effects to compliment this DVD. The one handed Pad Spread Switch was something Shin thought of while practicing the original pad spread switch. However, this requires no table, and you can perform the exact routine all in the hands. All of these effects have never been released, so get this DVD today!

Bonus Section included in the DVD are never before seen performances from Woody Aragon, Tom Stone, Christian Engblom, Ray Kosby, and Scott Robinson - as well as a blooper reel and the making of the project: 21.

Running Time Approximately: 2hr 10min
Date Added: Nov 9th, 2012
MLA SKU: 509cb804d0f51


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April 5th, 2013 3:49pm
Reviewed by Riley
This is an interesting dvd to say the least. The filming was great but to me it feels like they put in as little time as they could to make the dvd and a lot of the effect aren't that great. Shin lim just had a bunch of ideas that are all very knacky, he's never performed them before, and none of them are actually routines just ideas. Jose Morales was by far the best in this dvd. All his tricks were great he uses these effects and they are not that hard to learn the tricks are a bit angle sensitive but that shouldn't stop you from performing them. Donald Carlson wasn't too good at first but when i watched it a second time i realized that all the moves he teaches will be used in my routines. Like i said before its an interesting dvd to say the least if you want some moves for your sanwich routine than this is the dvd for you. Enjoy

Official Review

August 6th, 2014 8:30am
Reviewed by Jeff Stone

There's a lot to love and a lot to hate about this DVD. Let's start with the annoying stuff first.

Bonus Section

Most of what I greatly disliked about this DVD was the bonus section. There are three parts to the so called "bonus" section. Part one is a bunch of live performances from some pretty big names (e.g., Woody Aragon, Ray Kosby, Tom Stone and others). The footage was ok and there were some very visual magical moments (non of which are taught). But the camera work was extremely shaky and the background noise was so loud that the footage (of un-mic'd performers) was almost impossible to watch.

The second section of the "bonus" section was the blooper reel. Booooooooooring . . . those are supposed to be funny and clever and witty, but this was unwatchable. In fact, I couldn't even finish it. Speaking of not finishing, the third part of the "bonus" section was the "making of 21"... [Read More]

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Official Review

October 29th, 2013 1:36am
Reviewed by Joe Diamond
This is flashy, visual card magic from three young card artists.

I’m glad this is called 21 because I think this will appeal most to amateur card enthusiasts under the age of 21. These are mostly composed of flashy color changes and flourishes that all the young ones like to practice, as well they should.

At my humble age of 25, I’ve gone through the ‘Cardistry’ age and get it to a large extent. I still like to sit down a practice a flashy move I’ll see someone do during a jam session. Granted, now as a full time professional, I NEVER perform this kind of material, but I still enjoy practicing it as a lover of magic and sleight of hand.

That said, nothing on here excited me enough to inspire me to grab a deck and start learning the moves. Although, if this is your kind of magic, there might be something for you here.

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