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Stone Cold Magic Review

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February 27th, 2016 6:27am
Reviewed by Stuart Philip
Stone Cold Magic is an excellent project by the one and only Jeff Stone from this very website and also Magic Reviewed ( The DVD is a series of tricks performed and explained by Stone in a simple table setting. It is almost like a private lesson in which you are taught 17 tricks and effects. Stone is a genuinely likeable, funny and sometimes goofy and teaches in a clear and easy to understand manner. This DVD has tricks that are good for anyone from beginner to pro, although it is more appropriate for intermediate performers and above. It is a great project that won the endorsement of Jay Sankey.

The project contains a mix of card-trick creations by Stone and some of his pals (Jason Montoya and David Winkler) as well as others (including a very cool Jay Sankey trick with cards and a rubber band). Some of the tricks taught can be done with a borrowed and shuffled deck, some require a slight amount of set-up, some gaff or duplicate cards and even a bit of arts-and-crafts.

Although Stone performs each trick in a studio setting, there are only imagined spectators. I would have liked to have seen him interact with real people as I am sure his patter, taken live, would have been very entertaining.

The trick/effect descriptions from the ad-copy are accurate and need not be repeated here. There are some great moves taught and great ideas presented that no doubt will make it into your arsenal not only in the way presented by Stone, but also for other routines as well. There are a few killer routines that tickled my fancy, including the Target Card, Sardeen Window, Keep your Eye on the Joker, The WTC Move and others.

The DVD menu has all the Presentations in a row, followed by all the Explanations. Additionally there is a Bonus Effects Section and a Gag Reel. Let me just say that the Bonus Effects track contains a trick called the Spectral Chill that is keeping me up at night. The trick is crazy good and even though I know how to perform it, I have no idea how it works. It is mind-boggling. Any beginner can do this trick and look like a pro. The Gag Reel is a bloopers track that is hysterical and made me laugh out loud. Jeff’s sense of humor permeates this DVD in many ways. His split-second screen shots of a can of SPAM, his mock commercials and his joke patter to his pretend spectators in which he pretends he cannot tell if the spectator is a man or a woman. Stone said “I was going for cheeeeeeeeeeeeeesyyyyyyyy - we're talking 1950's sci-fi cheesy. I thought the Spam commercial in between the performance and explanation segment fit the bill.” Well, he nailed it!

I really loved this DVD. It teaches a ton of great magic! Very highly recommended!

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Product info for Stone Cold Magic

Author: Jeff Stone
Average Rating:  (3)
Retail Price: $25.00
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Get ready to experience 17 Effects That Will Stone Cold Kill Your Audience! Imagine a playing card vanishing right out of your hand and right under the nose of your spectators - Sardeen Window is the ultimate Close-up Street vanish. On Stone Cold Magic, You'll find very visual and totally commercial card magic and much, much, much more!

Included are 13 killer effects, almost 2 full hours of incredible original magic as well as outtakes and 4 bonus effects, including The Mistress Card Principle and The Spectral Chill Concept - two rockin' ideas to take your magic to the next level.

Check out the list of killer effects below! Check out the bonus material! With almost 2 full hours of incredible magic, you can't go wrong!

Ace Bandage:
An updated version of a classic Paul LePaul effect. Four indifferent cards, one at a time, visibly transform into The Four Aces.

Sardeen Window:
The most incredible invisible palm yet! Watch your audience gasp in disbelieve as a card vanishes right before their eyes.

Little People:
An amazingly commercial card revelation with plenty of comedy and lots of midgets!

Cause a card to visibly shrink to half of it's original size!

The Target Card:
A masterpiece from David Winkler; the ultimate spectator finds the card effect where the deck is formed into a gun to launch a card invisibly from one spectator to another.

Keep Your Eye On The Joker:
Whoa! Hold on to your hats. Don't blink or you'll miss the Joker's insanely visual transformation into The Four Aces.

The WTC Move:
Teach your audience the secret WTC move, and still blow their minds as the move happens right under their noses.

The tragic story of The Kings being removed from their lofty thrones, oh yeah, and an unbelievably visual vanish of The Kings one at a time!

Jackson Hole:
Ok, you might as well stop here! Learn Brad Gordon's blip move and you've got the most visual two-card transpo ever!

Counterfeit Cards:
So, all you have is a bunch of blank cards; bummer; luckily you can magically print an entire deck of cards, and everything is examinable.

My Psychic Deck:
From the Mind of Jason Montoya comes a beautiful twist on the Chicago Opener plot. Your deck knows the gender of its audience.

A Rat At The Table:
Never play cards with a Rat! You just might have a Royal Ace Trick. A streamlined handling of the classic Gambler vs. Magician Theme.

Ace Freely:
If you want a visually stunning appearance of an Ace then this is your bag baby!

Bonus effects:
The Mistress Card Principle:

Yet another demon spawn from the mind of Jason Montoya. I say demon because this subtlety is so devilish and so devastating that real working pros will absolutely add this principle their repertoire immediately.

The Spectral Chill Concept:
Resurrecting a long dead principle with a modern twist that will literally have the spectators thinking that playing cards are possessed by the supernatural.

Jay Sankey's Triangle Pop-up plus three selections equals a startling, visual, animated three-card revelation.

Stone Cold Color Change:
A rockin' visual color change of a playing card!

You'll also be able to check out the unreleased footage of the original production of Stone Cold Magic on DVD. As if the 13 effects and 4 bonus effects weren't enough, you'll get to watch the bloopers from the original video shoot. This footage has never been released, and the original taping, due to technical problems, has been scrapped, so this is rare footage of bloopers and gags that will have you on the floor doubled over with laughter.

13 effects, plus 4 bonus effects, plus hilarious unreleased footage, plus gags, plus an entertaining teacher, plus lots of references to midgets equals one killer magic DVD! For $25.00 bucks, you just can't go wrong!

Running Time Approximately 3 hr

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