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Past Midnight (3 DVD Set) Review

Official Review

August 31st, 2008 12:56pm
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Reviewed by P.T. Murphy
I don't even know where to begin with this 3 DVD set. There is so much material on these three discs, I don't know how anybody will find time to study it all. I can't find the time to review it all! So I won't!

I will say this...

Benjamin Earl offers the Best Card DVD of 2008.

His thinking is diabolical. His sleight of hand is exactly as it should be...NATURAL, SMOOTH and RELAXED! And the effects offered are MAGICAL! Read the product description above.

Everything is exactly as they say. A rarity in this business.

If you are serious about your card magic and want to make an investment in bettering your card handling while at the same time learning some KILLER card material, I strongly suggest you purchase this set. It is well worth the $100.00 you will spend.

I apologies for not going into more detail about this set. But the truth is that there is an overwhelming amount of material offered. The ideas are great and Ben's card work it just wonderful to watch.

What are you waiting for. BUY this DVD!!!
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Product info for Past Midnight (3 DVD Set)

Author: Benjamin Earl
Publisher: Alakazam
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $100.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

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Alakazam is proud to release the debut material by one of the best underground card magicians in the world: Benjamin Earl. For years, Ben has been one of Europe's top professional performers and innovative creators. Like many of these quiet achievers, he has previously avoided magicians, conventions and all attempts to get him to share his original material. Until now...

We can't tell you how they managed it, but you'll be very pleased that they did! This new DVD set comprises three volumes of startling, original material that will surely find its way into the repertoires of hobbyists and professionals alike.

Disc One features Ben's imaginative handlings for several of card magic's classic plots. Do we need new versions of Collectors, Hofzinser's Aces and Triumph? We do when they are this eye-popping! As well as these fantastic new approaches to traditional plots, this disc also contains many original flourishes and sleights as well as all the work on Ben's 'Stroke Change', which looks like trick-photography even when you know how it's done. Best of all, this incredible change, like almost all the material on this disc, is easily within the reach of any intermediate card handler.

Disc Two focuses on gambling and card table material. As a true student of the art, Ben has been refining and advancing card table artifice for many years. The finessed handlings and methodological advances that he demonstrates and teaches on this disc comprise some of the most important contributions to this branch of card magic by a new voice for many years. Fans of 'the real work' will be delighted by Ben's decision to share these prized techniques.

Disc Three contains a wealth of Ben's mental card magic, a style which he prefers to perform these days. There are several fantastic and totally practical handlings for Think-A-Card as well as versions of Mental Poker and Brainwave that break entirely new ground. Impossible Locations and Thought Card To Pocket handlings which fool absolutely everyone ensure that the only problem you'll have with Ben's material is which tricks to leave out of your performance!

Contents:

Disc 1 - Commercial

  • Collectors I
  • Collectors II
  • Open Triumph
  • Ace Assembly
  • Shades of Hofzinser
  • Prophecy Shift
  • Soft Spread Production
  • Stroke Change
  • Pop Over Move
  • Loose Double Lift
  • Streamlined Control
  • Side Faro False Shuffle
  • Chrisbuckgreenhoff and Sybil Show
  • Kolyvargin
  • Aston
  • Full Suit Production

Disc 2 - Gambling

  • Card Control/Production Sequence
  • Psychological Shuffle
  • Broken Thompson Cut
  • Middle Card Spin Out
  • Blind Cut Technique
  • 4D Discovery
  • Pluckley
  • Sow by the Lug
  • Riverboat Harmony
  • House Rules
  • Bottom Deal
  • Grey Shuffle
  • Erdnase Productions
  • One Hand Shifts
  • Discrepancy Switch
  • Palming Techniques

Disc 3 - Psychological

  • Ramjollock
  • Pseudo Brainwave
  • Mental Voyage
  • Thought of Card in Pocket
  • Peek Techniques
  • Lookaway Glimpse
  • SAS
  • Intuitive Poker I
  • Intuitive Poker II
  • Two Card Transpo
  • Bonus Effect
  • Playing the Odds
Disc 1 Running Time Approximately 1hr 16min
Disc 2 Running Time Approximately 1hr 33min
Disc 3 Running Time Approximately 1hr 17min


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