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The Card Solutions of Solomon (3 DVD Set) Review

Official Review

July 7th, 2011 10:02am
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Reviewed by Gordon Meyer
Chicago card expert David Solomon's new DVD, "The Card Solutions of Solomon," is well worth your consideration. In fact, it's one of the better magic DVDs that I've ever reviewed.

First off, it's from Big Blind Media, so you know it's a high-quality production. The lighting, sound, and design are all very good. More and more often magic DVDs are being overrun with time-consuming filler material (such as outtakes) and self-indulgent design sequences, so it's a real treat to find a product where the attention to detail has been properly placed. The three discs contain over 3 hours of material, and none of that time is wasted.

A large part of the credit for the information-packed nature of this collection goes to Solomon himself. Decades of teaching card magic has honed Solomon's pedagogical abilities to such a fine degree that he can convey a complicated card trick in just a few minutes. He's not glossing over things, he's speaking to you as a fellow card magician. (So if you're not already skilled in this area, be prepared to do some homework.) I wish more videos would treat viewers as if they were smart, and acknowledge that DVDs can be easily paused and rewound to study and review what's being taught. It's refreshing to find one that isn't marred by a plodding pace and unnecessary repetition.

While some of the tricks, in my opinion, fall into the "magic for magicians" category, most of them would be good for laymen, and all of them are interesting and fun to study. There are also a handful of segments with Solomon and John Bannon discussing various topics, such as how they, with Simon Aronson, collaborate during weekly sessions.

You should be aware that some of the material isn't new, but those items that were first published in Solomon's books are expanded and refined, so even if you're already familiar with these items you'll likely learn something new. Also, at the end of the third disc, there is discussion about two commercial items, Time Warp Wallet and Gypsy Curse. If you have these, you'll find this useful. If you don't, you might be enticed to buy those too.

If you're interested in Solomon's card magic, I think you'll be happy adding this DVD to your collection. And even if you don't, consider thanking Big Blind Media for introducing such a finely produced three disc set for a reasonable price.

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Product info for The Card Solutions of Solomon (3 DVD Set)

Author: Solomon, David
Publisher: Big Blind Media - Owen Packard
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $50.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

David Solomon is one of the most respected and revered card magicians in magic today. With a compelling approach to handlings and method, plus a razor sharp attention to detail, Solomon's routines are performed by amateurs and experts all over the world.

The Card Solutions Of David Solomon is a 3 disc extravaganza that explores the best and the brightest of his excellent repertoire. Featuring a mammoth twenty three effects this set will provide material that will excite everyone from beginners to advanced cardistry experts.

In addition to learning excellent routines you will also gain a valuable insight into the creative thinking and problem solving techniques that David Solomon employs to such devastating effect. With crystal clear instruction honed over many years of lecturing all over the globe, this is a definitive guide to great card magic.

"You'll enjoy not just the trick itself, but the thinking behind it."
- John Bannon

3 Discs. 23 Effects. Nearly FOUR hours of incredible card magic. Get ready to learn the Card Solutions of Solomon!!

DISC 1

Mathematically Speaking
  • 21 Card Trick
  • Casino Clock
  • Jamesway Poker
Classic Plots
  • A,2,3,4,Elevator Revised
  • Finger Print Trick
  • Simplex Oil and Water
  • O'Hentry Jazz Aces
  • Solmar Aces Revisited
DISC 2

Just A Little Something Extra
  • Blank Jazz Aces
  • Blank Thought Revisited
  • Jokers Are Wild
Subtle Card Effects
  • Card In the Card Case
  • Just Friends
  • Marlo's Secret Kato
  • Pure Vice Versa
  • Whispering Queens
DISC 3

For The Card Expert
  • Clearly Up the Ladder
  • Double Triumph
  • Half A Dream
  • Kissing Cousins Twice Removed
  • S-V-S Shuffle
Plus
  • Time Warp Wallet
  • Solomon's Gypsy Curse
Live performances shot on location at Illusions Magic Bar, Bristol, UK and BodyBionic Gym, Newbury, UK

"The Card Solutions of Solomon contains some of the most elegantly constructed card magic I've seen in quite some time. Not only is there tons of material for commercial use, but several magician foolers thrown in for good measure. No matter how much you know about card magic, prepare to be fooled!"
- Iain Moran

"David Solomon's books contain some of the most direct effects and methods I know of. This DVD set successfully makes those tricks jump right off the page."
- Andi Gladwin

"Massively fooling, well constructed clever card magic. Learn from a master."
- James Went

"Dave Solomon's books are amongst my favourite and most read in my library and now these DVD's bring his Mind and Wisdom alive. A collection to be truly enjoyed and treasured."
- Jamie Badman


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