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Essentials in Magic: The Mental Photography Deck Review

Official Review

October 4th, 2014 7:09am
Reviewed by Stuart Philip
This lecture is so fantastic that if you don’t own a Mental Photography Deck, you should buy one, just so you can utilize this 40 minute DVD. If you already own one, you should buy this DVD immediately. For less than $10 you get a clear and interesting lecture from world class magician, Daryl. This lecture is easy to understand and the techniques taught are easy to implement.

The gimmicked Mental Photography Deck allows the performer to show a completely blank deck of cards, front and back and turn it into a full deck of cards with fronts and back, or just backs with blank fronts. The performer can make any particular card materialize among a completely blank deck, either with or without a back. The basic patter for the Mental Photography Deck routine basically explains that there is a blank deck of cards and whatever card the magician thinks of is instantly printed on the cards. If the magician wants, he can make all the backs appear on blank fronts, and instantly vanish. Then a second later, he can make an entire deck appear with both fronts and back.If you have never seen this trick performed, the effect is really amazing. If you have been performing with this deck, there will absolutely be something you can take from this lecture.

Daryl explains the historical background of this gimmicked deck, explains how it is set up, how it works and demonstrates a performance. Daryl teaches various methods, routines and tips, some of which can be used with a regular deck, including the Charlier Shuffle.

Daryl explains a routine by Don Lawton, which references the Bible and the creation of the Earth, using a King as the first man on earth and then the Queen as the first woman on earth, each of which appear as the magician calls for it. Then, when the earth populates, the entire deck appears out of a blank deck. Daryl goes through a few other routines and techniques, including a routine called Where did the Ink go”, a deck switch by Michael Skinner, the Erdnase change, the Gambler’s Cop and even Daryl’s personal favorite routine, which is unpublished.

At under $10, this lecture, from a great magician and teacher, is a steal.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Essentials in Magic: The Mental Photography Deck

Author: Daryl
Publisher: Murphy's Magic
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $9.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

The Essentials in Magic collection gives you the opportunity to enjoy one-on-one instruction from Daryl, the Magician's Magician. Internationally known and respected as one of the world's finest teachers of magic, Daryl personally mentors you through clear, easy-to-understand video segments and helps you to develop and perfect classic sleight-of-hand skills and techniques, in a way never before available without private lessons. As a World Champion Magician, creator, and teacher of magic, Daryl has distilled decades of experience and study into each DVD to bring you everything you need to know to perform miracles with sponge balls, trick decks, linking rings, cups and balls, and many other classic illusions, right away! Daryl is waiting to share these secrets with you in the Essentials in Magic.

This DVD focuses on Mental Photography, an amazing magic effect, that is easy to do! In it you will learn...

  • How it Works
  • Several different ways to mix the deck
  • Charlier Shuffle
  • The Don Lawton Presentation
  • Where Did The Faces Go?
  • The Michael Skinner Deck Switch
  • The Erdnase Change
  • A routine that finishes CLEAN
  • And much, much more!
Running Time Approximately: 1hr

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