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The Forces Project (DVD) Review

Official Review

February 1st, 2015 2:19am
Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
The Forces Project is a great resource for learning some very strong forces.

To start, the DVD is extremely well-produced with great audio and video quality, the menu is very easy to navigate with each item listed along with its sub-sections. More on that part later. Since there is not really anything much to describe about a DVD like this, the ad copy is 100% accurate with no discrepancies.

Liam Montier does an excellent job on teaching the various forces on this disk. He gives a history and/or background on most of them, where they first appeared, where they came from, etc. This DVD is not a complete collection of every force ever published, but for what is presented here it is complete and nothing is left out.

There is a lot of material on this DVD to get through because not only do you learn the basic method of each force, but many of them have a subsection focusing on more in-depth subtleties that make that particular force more effective. Some of the forces on here are able to be done two or three different ways and where that is applicable, Liam also teaches those variations.

At the end of the disk, there are some effects that are taught in which you will utilize a selection of the forces taught earlier on the DVD. If you have read any older magic books or card magic books, some of these effects may seem familiar because they are either an old effect or an update on one, and they are all very good! Liam performs each one in-studio for one or two people and then explains the effect. The effects presented, for the record, are all rather easy to do and there are no knuckle-busting sleights used. In fact, many of them are 'almost' at the self-working level. Do not let the term 'self-working' turn you off - some of those types of effects can be devastating when presented correctly!

You will likely not care for every single force on this DVD, but they are all very effective if used properly and they will all get the job done. This is a very good DVD for beginners of card magic because none of the forces are terribly hard to do, but some will take a great deal of trial and error to acquire (for example, the Classic Card Force). Even advanced performers will likely see a force (or a variation on a force) on here they have never heard of or have never seen before - I certainly did and I consider myself quite well-read. At the end of the day, there is more than enough effective forces to pick and choose from on this DVD and there is something for everyone.

If you have seen any of the other DVDs in this line from Liam Montier and Big Blind Media (such as the Elmsley Count Project, the Self-Working Card Tricks series, etc.), then you know how good this DVD is because it is on-par with the rest of them. If you have never seen the others, this is as good a place as any to start.

Whether you need to learn some different forces for your own work or just want to learn different forces to add to your tool box (and you should!), this DVD is an excellent resource.

VERY highly recommended!

Suggestions from the Reviewer

Be sure to check out the other DVDs in this 'project series' such as the 'False Shuffles and Cuts Project' and the 'Elmsley Count Project', also brought to you by Liam Montier and Big Blind Media.

Product info for The Forces Project (DVD)

Author: Liam Montier
Publisher: Big Blind Media
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $35.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Forcing a card - Making your spectator take the card that YOU want them to!

Being able to 'force' a playing card on a member of your audience is a very powerful skill to have, and for a lot of tricks, it may well be the ONLY skill you need!

Learn all about how to force cards on this brand new project - techniques that will make your audience think they had a completely free choice, when in fact, they actually had none at all!

On 'The Forces Project', your host Liam Montier will teach you 24 bulletproof forcing techniques, ranging from the beautifully self working to the essential moves like the 'Classic Force'.

Not only that, but you will also learn how to identify the correct forces for your routines, how to make them more deceptive, keeping your handling natural, how to practice effectively and all kinds of theory and clever thinking that will make you a true force master!

What is on the Project?

-Getting Started
Riffle Force
World's Easiest Riffle Force
Dribble Force
Psychological Stop Force

-Advice - Uniformity of Action
Cross Cut Force
Cross Cut Crimp
Cut Force
Cut Deeper Force

-Advice - Confidence
Jedi Force
Clock Force
Count Force
Double Deal Force

-Advice - Language
Prophecy Move
Touch Force
Impossible Force
10 - 20 Force

-Advice - Context
Spread Force
Swindle Force
Hindu Shuffle Force
Back Slip Force

-Advice - Contingencies
Lift Shuffle Force
Bottom Slip Force
Classic Force
Topper Move

And once you have delved into the huge array of techniques, Liam will teach you some absolutely KILLER routines to put your new found skills to use!

The Triple Prediction - Maurice Fogel
Analogue Poker - Jack Tighe
Par Optic Vision - Ted Annemann
Decipher - Simon Aronson
Blendo - Liam Montier
Clock Trick - Liam Montier

Also available in the series - The False Shuffles & Cuts Project / The Double Lift Project / The Elmsley Count Project

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