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Master Card Technique Volume 3 (World's Greatest Magic) Review

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September 24th, 2008 10:35am
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Reviewed by Gordon Meyer
If I were in charge of L&L's marketing, I'd advertise Master Card Technique as vintage '70s card sleight porn. It's all video of facial-hair sporting gifted card guys performing all of sorts of card sleights, shown in close-up and from a variety of angles, all while accompanied by a grating instrumental soundtrack.

Unlike other "World's Greatest Magic" releases, this series consists of what appears to be a 1970s card technique film by Sepp Holzer and Andy Edmüller. No historical or source information is given, which is a shame, as I'd love to know a little more about the history of this work.

Don't let the age of the source material turn you off. The technique is good, and the variety of angles and tips given in the voice over make this a worthwhile addition to your library. Yes, the quality of the video transfer is well below par for an L&L video. But the lighting and sound are good, and you'll have no trouble learning from the authors.

Master Card Technique is basically a poor man's version of Encyclopedia of Card Sleights. For the price, it's a handy reference to have at your disposal.
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Imagine the best magic, the best magicians, and the best producers all in one place.

Imagine no more...

If you could have one set of magic DVDs, this would be it! This benchmark collection features just about all of magic's most enduring and classic effects and routines. It's a fabulous compendium with many of the top masters in the world of magic teaching their handlings and routines for some of magic's classics. Linking rings, sponge balls, metal bending, cups and balls, thumb tips, Zombie, color-changing knives, and many, many more topics are all gathered in this one terrific DVD reference set. Each volume covers a specific subject and features new, old, and sometimes rare footage by some of the top video producers in magic.

In a letter from 1872, Johann Hofzinser wrote, "Card effects are the poetry of conjuring" and long before Hofzinser penned those words and ever since, magicians have been displaying the many wonders inherent in a simple pack of playing cards. There is, perhaps, no tool at a magician's disposal that is more widely used.

Needless to say, proper technique is the foundation for solid, deceptive card work and on this landmark three-volume DVD series, experts Sepp Holzer and Andy Edmuller have taken the most important concepts in card table artifice and legerdemain and have explained and demonstrated each in excruciating detail. Tight camera work, over-the-shoulder shots and even an angle shot from below through a glass tabletop all work together to make this series one of the most comprehensive card magic reference tools ever committed to video. This is your opportunity to learn (or re-learn!) these concepts, sleights and moves the right way.

EXPERT MAGICIANS SEPP HOLZER & ANDY EDMULLER

THE CENTER DEAL

- The Stud Center
- The Greek Deal

RIFFLE SHUFFLES
- The Push Through - #1 & #2
- The Strip Out
- The Zarrow Shuffle
- A Poker Stack

THE CLASSIC PASS
- Variations One thru Five

THE TURNOVER PASS
- Variations One thru Nine

MORE PASSES
- The Gambler's Pass
- The Table Cover Pass
- The Herrmann Pass
- The Top Card Cover Pass
- The Half Pass #1and #2
- The Charlier Pass #1 thru #3

DOUBLE LIFTS
- The Hit Double Lift
- The Thumb Count Double Lift
- The Push Off Double Lift
- The Center Double Lift
- Action Double Lift
- Small Packet Double Lift
- The D'Amico Double Lift

Running Time Approximately 1hr 42min


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