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The Card That Can't Be Palmed training video Review

November 6th, 2009 7:21am
Reviewed by chipperPaul
OK....I was only going to give this one 3 stars, but I decided to bump it up 1/2 star for the simple reason that there's some pretty great sleights taught on this video.

First, when you review something like a downloadable video like're really reviewing two things.....the video itself (meaning the basic mechanics of how the person used the medium) AS WELL AS the content of the video. For the price, it was a pretty good investment.

In my opinion, this gentleman really needs to get more professional about camera angles, editing etc. I think he needs to get more input from others......there is just something EXTREMELY rushed-out-the-door about his videos. His videos consistently scream, "I filmed this in my kitchen before running errands last Saturday."

Be aware that the performance video found on his web site IS NOT included in this video......a little bit weird. Furthermore, there is a lack of clear flow re: the sequence of segments, as this "trick" is closer to a mini routine, honestly. He really is a good mechanic and I envy his GIANT HANDS that make a poker size deck look like a stack of business cards. Granted, his ending (in the explanation) is actually a bit cooler than the one in performance (and mind you, that's pointed out in the ad copy on his aware of that). I like videos/books that reference moves using the "official" name from the cannon of magic literature......he does a good job of that.....but again, even how he does that (with dropped in text edits) makes the experience choppy and fragmented.

Overall, I had to watch the video 4 times to really get a feel for each of the segments of the effect and it shouldn't really have to take that much effort for what is essentially an effect aimed at low-level intermediate magicians. I'll concede, however, that beginner, intermediate or pro....this effect is very commercial and if you can be patient enough to stick with the'll add a great effect to your repertoire.

A huge plus is that there are no gaffed cards or IT or anything like can take a standard deck and set it up in about 3 seconds and you're ready to rock on this one.

And one more thing: Nathan Kranzo has a good's just a shame that he doesn't have a good video director in his back pocket.

Product info for The Card That Can't Be Palmed training video

Author: Nathan Kranzo
Publisher: Kranzo Magic
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $7.99
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Manufacturer's Description:

The Card That Can't Be Palmed

"I perform, lecture, consult, and give personal magic instruction all over the world. At lectures, conventions, and gatherings people will often walk up to me and ask me to show them 'that one thing...'

This is the thing.
One of my most requested visual eye candy moments.

You will learn:

The full animation sequence and variations
How to get into position for the effect
Alternate ways to start AND finish the effect
Kranzo's UPDATED handling for the vanish
Personal tips on the Srecko Howard Pop-Out Move
PLUS I will demonstrate several options to end the routine including a one card pass, one handed top palm, and the infamous Srecko Howard Pop Out Move."

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