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Bootlegs and B-Sides - Volume 2 Review

Official Review

May 15th, 2009 11:59am
Reviewed by David Acer
In Volume 2 of his avant-garde Bootlegs and B-Sides trilogy, Sean Fields continues to revisit and rework classic card plots, giving them a more contemporary look (think Dan & Dave Buck, as opposed to Al Leech). With the camera trained exclusively on his hands, Sean walks through five routines without talking, then tips the work (still without talking), all to hip, funky music. Here's what you get:

* THOUGHTWAVE: A clever sleight-of-hand approach to an effect that might otherwise be achieved with an Invisible Deck. A spectator names any card, whereupon the magician spreads the deck face up between his hands until he arrives at one face-down card. The remainder of the deck is spread face up on the table, showing that all the cards are different, then the face-down card is turned over, revealing it to be the "thought-of" card. The deck can be used immediately for other tricks (it's ungimmicked).
* UNDERSTRIP: A card-by-card (as opposed to simultaneous) production of four-of-a-kind using Sean's knacky Understrip move. This is particularly effective when you have only a few people in front of you who can crowd in enough to look straight down on your hands.
* DOTZ: Three of four marker dots drawn in a wide square formation on the back of a chosen card are visibly dragged to join the fourth. This is Sean's version of Mike Powers' ingenious "Holey Terror," which is performed with holes punched in a card, but I find Mike's original effect more mysterious, since holes are intuitively harder to move than dots.
* A PROPHESY TORN: Bill Simon's "Business Card Prophecy" with a twist - the magician invites a spectator to insert a particular face-down card (his "prediction") anywhere in the deck, whereupon the magician removes the prediction and the two cards on either side of it - let's say they're the Jack of Clubs and Jack of Spades. The magician tears his prediction in two and touches the face of each half to either one of the Jacks, then he turns over the pieces, showing one to be half a Jack of Clubs and the other to be half a Jack of Spades. In other words, his prediction was correct.
* SURREAL: A good but well-established method for apparently causing the back of a freely chosen card to change color (e.g., from red to blue), then revert to its original hue. As a case of independent re-invention, this one probably should have been vetted out.

Like Bootlegs and B-Sides Volume 1, Volume 2 is about mechanics, not performance, and none of the required sleights are taught, although Sean does reveal John Scarne's open-and-closed stack. Also, Steve Beam's Reverse Prophecy move is performed slowly enough that viewers can dope it out fairly easily. Apart from that, to perform the material on this DVD, you must already be familiar with the Swing Cut, Riffle Force, Double Lift, Quadruple Lift, Bottom Palm, a one-handed method for secretly acquiring a pinky break, and any method for culling. This excludes beginners as potential buyers, but intermediate to advanced card workers might want to investigate these tricks, not only as interesting effects in and of themselves, but also as jumping-off points for other variations.

David Acer
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Author: Sean Fields
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Manufacturer's Description:

For the first time ever on DVD, Sean Fields has assembled some serious card magic.

Bootlegs & B-Sides Vol.2 contains Sean's innovative and commercial approaches to classic card plots, such as The Invisible Deck, The Card Prophesy and The 4 Card Production. Dotz, Sean's inspired interpretation of Mike Power's Holey Terror is worth the price of the DVD alone!

With his unique and laid back style, Sean teaches you each effect step by step. Don't expect to have your hand held though; it is assumed that you have a basic knowledge of card magic. Newbs, don't waste your time.

Effects include:

A prophesy torn
An innovative approach to the classic Card Prophesy effect.

Sean's interpretation of Mike Power's classic Holey Terror plot.

A stunning card revelation, that truly looks surreal.

A thought of card is found reversed in the deck. No gimmicks, no B.S.

Sean's stunningly visual 4 card production.

Running Time Approximately 18min

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