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Cannibal Cards (World's Greatest Magic) Review

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September 10th, 2008 10:57am
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Reviewed by Gordon Meyer
Magicians are sometimes thought to be rather generic with many of us using the same lines, presentations, and even tricks. The truth behind this adage becomes evident when you watch The Cannibal Cards. Aside from differences in handling, most of the performances are very similar; it's almost funny, really.

Eugene Burger and Juan Tamariz are exceptions, as you'd expect, and Jean-Jacques Sanvert has a non-standard approach too. Otherwise, unless you're looking for every possible version of this trick, you'll find it redundant and a little boring. I know I sure did. But if this is a trick you're dying to learn, you'll definitely understand it by the time you're done. For that, it's a good value.
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Product info for Cannibal Cards (World's Greatest Magic)

Author: Various
Publisher: L&L Publishing
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $20.00
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Imagine owning the most comprehensive magic book ever written. This would surely be a treasured possession for any magician with each chapter focusing on a single aspect of the craft and the very best routines ever created for it. That's the idea behind L&L Publishing's critically-acclaimed DVD series, The World's Greatest Magic by the World's Greatest Magicians. Each volume is like another chapter in the world's best magic book. Featuring in-depth exposition and instruction on some of magic's most cherished and classic effects by its most-talented practitioners, this unprecedented series represents an essential reference work for anyone interested in the magical arts, regardless of their skill level.

The Cannibal Cards plot was devised by Lin Searles in the late 1950's and this decidedly unusual plot has been capturing the imaginations of card magicians ever since. The original Searles approach utilized special cards. However, on this DVD, you'll see seven pasteboard masters, each with their own individual spins on this now-classic effect where a succession of playing cards seem to disappear when placed between other cards, apparently eaten by the "cannibal" cards - and all use ordinary cards.

Michael Ammar begins with the classic plot combined with Frank Garcia's "Apex Aces" and a "collectors" finish that provides three minutes of solid entertainment while Bill Malone follows with a typically hilarious presentation and a few red herrings thrown in that are guaranteed to even fool magicians. Juan Tamariz turns the trick into a piece of magical theater, complete with audience sing-alongs while J. J. Sanvert follows the classic plot right up until his amazing surprise ending. Larry Jennings, as would be expected, offers a classic and elegant handling while Michael Skinner demonstrates the version he used for over 25 years while he was the magician in residence at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. Finally, Eugene Burger presents a streamlined rendition that will, again, mystify everyone but particularly those who are familiar with the original, classic handling.

Since its conception, the Cannibal Cards plot has been a favorite of magicians and their audiences. As Dan Huffman observed in The Linking Ring, "And, why not, when one considers the delightful combination of snappy card magic and the consumption of raw, human flesh."

  • Cannibal Cards - Michael Ammar
  • Those Scary Cannibal Cards - Bill Malone
  • The Cannibals - Juan Tamariz
  • Cannibals - J. J. Sanvert
  • Cannibal Kings - Larry Jennings
  • Cannibal Cards - Michael Skinner
  • Cannibals - Eugene Burger
Running Time Approximately 1hr 47min


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