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Get Bent Review

Official Review

February 4th, 2004 4:14pm
Reviewed by Bryce Kuhlman
If you're wanting to learn some of the basic card folds, then this DVD will be a good resource for you. The folds have been published in numerous books and magazines, but sometimes slights are easier to learn by watching them in real-time.

However, I think that's the extent of usefulness for this DVD. After teaching the basic mechanics of the folds, the rest of the DVD is filled with a smorgasbord of places to stick the card. Are we magicians that lacking in creativity?

OK, maybe I'm being a bit harsh here. If we were being taught some wonderful techniques or subtleties for loading the folded card into various containers, that would be different. As it stands, there's nothing new here and most of the techniques are rather obvious. For instance, the moment of the load into a matchbook was, at least during the performance, awkward at best.

Speaking of the "performance"? it wasn't, really. There was no sense of a script, story or even a premise other than "oops you messed up, you're wrong, the card is actually in X." Then there's the constant barrage of insulting, distracting, almost funny lines. My wife summed it up when she commented, "Please save me from this!"

If you want an in-depth look at the psychology and performance of "impossible" card locations, pick up a copy of The Magic of Matt Schulien by Phil Willmarth.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Get Bent

Author: Doug Brewer
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $34.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

In this video Doug Brewer will teach you the classics, as well as some of his original creations for this amazing revelation. At the end of each routine, your spectator's signed card will be found in the most unbelievable places and, as the title of this video implies, folded up. Doug's teaching style is both fun and easy to understand.

Tricks included:

  • Tri-Flection: An easy and amazing way to vanish the spectator's signed card.
  • Card to Matchbook: A classic taught with Doug's touches.
  • The Magic Coin: A no-nonsense method for making a signed cardappearin a coin purse.
  • Your Name: A comedy call-back ends with athe signed card folded up inside your credit card wallet
  • Card to Matchbox: A tiny "wand" provides for an invisible load to this classic.
  • Card to Shoe: A reputation-making routine with lots of "sole".
  • The Art Collector: Art and magic come together for this mind-blower.
  • A Technicolor Mystery: A signed Card changes color, then appears where it couldn't possibly be.
  • A Million $$ Mystery (Bonus Effect): A signed bill routine, suitable for walk around. Also includes Doug's coin routine, "3 Across the Fly".

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