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George McBride - The DVD Review

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September 19th, 2008 12:32pm
Reviewed by Scott Brown
Wow! I have heard of the name George McBride, and his reputation among finger flingers. Here is an underground personality that is worthy of his reputation. Not only are his effects deceptive and magical, but incredibly well thought out and perfectly routined. As you watch McBride, you will be entertained as much as his audiences.

Unlike most (yes, unfortunately most) new releases on the magic market, you will have no doubt that these routines have not only played well for the public, but more importantly have been honed and perfected by years of performance. Magic could really benefit from fewer overall releases and more like this one. I might add that I am no finger flinger and I do little cards; that said I really can recognize that George McBride's contribution would be a real boon to that community.

McBride's work really excels in card magic, as all but one effect is with cards. There is one coin trick which is good but weak by comparison. Many of you will be happy to know that he uses a normal deck for all but one effect; it is worth finding or making the card as I am certain it will floor your audiences as well as it floored me.

In addition to quality magic well taught on this DVD, like many other Big Blind Media Products they do an excellent job of crediting. Magic (and I) would be so much happier if all products were this thorough, not only crediting effects, but sleights as well.
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FINALLY legendary Scottish magician George McBride has made a DVD. And it's a scorcher.

George is notorious among his fellow magicians as a cardman of devastating caliber. (Indeed, he is part of the underground Scottish Magic Mafia alongside luminaries such as Peter Duffie, Jerry Sadowitz, Roy Walton etc). And on this DVD you'll get the chance to learn eleven of his very best routines.

But not only that - you'll also get instruction in some of the most lethal moves in card magic.

This could not be any further away from the 21 Card Trick and your Uncle Barry and his badly remembered card tricks from the back of a breakfast cereal box.

This material is truly jaw dropping.

Ace De Triomphe - the four Aces are caused to vanish, one at a time. They then re-appear in a variety of spectacular ways. This is George's handling of Marlo's Vanishing Aces from Mint, and it's a BELTER!

Bar Room Blues - three freely selected cards change color one after the other. Oh, and then the entire deck does too!

Cutting The Aces - a 'George-Clooney-smoooooooooooooth' way to cut to all four aces.

Double Swap Sandwich - the black jacks are used to 'pincer' out two selections from the deck. The selections are lost, and the black jacks put to one side. The red jacks are then cut into the deck to find those pesky selections. The deck is spread, and VOILA - two face down cards are between the red jacks. But wait - it's the BLACK JACKS?!? Quick - check those discarded cards from earlier. Yep - it's the selections!!

Open Assembly - you have all seen the classic Four Ace Assembly. Well, NOT like this! No extra cards and a killer ending that will have magicians fighting with punters to retrieve their jaws from the floor.

Reversal Of Fortune - This is the only non card item on the menu, and what a feast it is. Four Coins and only two cards are used. Basically, the coins vanish one at a time and reappear under one of the cards until all four coins are under the 'leader' card... or are they? Just when you think the routine is over, all four coins instantaneously appear back where they started. And all without any cover other than the two cards.

Immediate Ace Spelling - The spectator shuffles the deck. Very cleanly and slowly the magician deals down cards spelling out 'Ace Of Diamonds'. The last card dealt is indeed the Ace Of Diamonds. The magician then repeats this for the Ace Of Spades and the Ace Of Clubs. For the Ace Of Hearts, the spectator deals the cards out HIMSELF!

Hotel Mystery - a fantastic 'story' plot that builds to a cheeky climax. It's easy, it's engaging and it'll make you look suave.

Discrepancy Assembly - a Four Ace Assembly, but this time only using four kings and three indifferent cards. Think of it as an Ace Assembly with an eating disorder.

Flight Path - four Aces, signed by the spectator, vanish one at a time only to re-appear in the performer's pocket. This is a mountain of magic in five minute slot. If this was the only effect you performed all night, you'd STILL be the talk of the town.

Triola - three spectators each choose a card (or one person can select all three cards if that's your bag). Two Kings are now used to find the selections. The first card is caused to magically appear between the Kings. But what about the other two selections? Well, the Kings have somehow changed into them! Badda-bing!

Bonus - The Twist Shift - a shift that will blow your socks out of your nostrils. It's smooth as silk, as invisible as intelligence in a Big Brother contestant and available on DVD for the first time.

George McBride The DVD is a masterclass in routining, sleights, sleight of hand, misdirection, audience management and general, all-round COOLNESS. Are you ready to take your magic to the next level?

Running Time Approximately 1hr 48min

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