1. "Knock 'Em Dead"
R. Paul Wilson is one Scotland's most skilled sleight-of-hand artists and on this program he performs and teaches the killer close-up routines he uses to fool magicians and entertain non-magicians.
Routines performed and explained:
Crowded Coins: A three-phase coins across routine where three coins appear, travel between your hands and vanish at the end. Everything happens at the fingertips.
Absolute Zero: A self-working impossible card location where a spectator shuffles the deck, looks at a card, looses it in the deck and you find it.
Collector's Day: Four aces are produced from the deck. Three cards are selected. The selections and the aces are lost in the pack. The aces visually appear face-up on top of the deck and are placed under the spectator's hand. The three selections vanish from the deck and appear between the aces.
Gypsy Monte: A Color Monte type routine using Tarot Cards and some neat handlings.
Coins to Purse: Three coins are removed from a small coin purse. They vanish and appear back in the purse.
Mr. Spoons: A quick spoon bending routine where a spoon is made to visually bend and then go back to normal at the end.
Think Stop & Emergence: Two spectators look at and remember a card. The first card emerges from the fanned pack while the second is stopped at while the spectator is only thinking for you to stop.
Hail Stones: A selected card is lost in the deck and spelled to. It is lost again but, this time the spectator spells to it.
Consistent Control: A method of controlling and positioning cards while shuffling the deck.
Underground Add-On: A method of secretly adding cards to a packet as it is being stripped out of the deck.
Unholy Gathering: An amazing routine where you perform a matrix effect with a playing card and a hole puncher. A signed selection has four holes punched in it -- one in each corner. The holes are visually moved one at a time until they are all in one corner of the card and the signed card is given as a souvenir.
Within the routines you will also learn some original techniques with coins, cards and spoons. You get a goldmine of magic for the working professional. Produced by Meir Yedid Magic (from the A-1 Magicalmedia collection). Original release date: DVD: August 2002, VHS: 1999. Running time: Approximately 88 minutes.
2. "Twists of Fate"
R. Paul Wilson teaches some of his pet effects, which he has honed through years of performing in bars, restaurants, parties and social events. This is a collection of diabolical routines that will slay audiences.
Routines performed and explained:
In The Hands Of June: A remarkable mental effect where two people merely think of a card from the deck and you quickly find the cards.
Pennihook: Three invisible coins are hung on an invisible hook. One at a time they become visible and slowly disintegrate into thin air.
Gambler's Mark: A gambling routine themed around marked cards where the four aces are continually placed in the deck and keep reversing themselves, appear on top and finally turn into a Royal Flush.
Hot Zone: A strange routine where you infect yourself with a deadly virus -- actually a piece of cigarette paper is rolled into a ball and placed in the spectator's hand, a similar sheet is infected with one black spot and is placed in your own fist. When both pieces are unrolled they are shown to be full of spots -- proving that the virus has spread.
Coin Popper: An impromptu one-coin routine where a coin is removed and replaced from an invisible purse. The finale is a startling appearance during a pseudo explanation.
Stealing Second: A gambling routine that begins with a second deal demonstration and ends with a player stealing the four kings from the dealer but the dealer surprisingly ends up with the four aces.
Three Cards Found: The revelation of three selected cards using the Wilson Tabled Double technique. The technique, which is explained in detail, allows you to place two cards, as one, on a table and flick them a short distance without them separating.
Randall Flagg: An impromptu card location where a selected card is lost in the deck. You then proceed to deal cards to the table as the spectator stops you at three different cards. The values of cards are added and the total is used to count down in the deck and find the selection.
A Darkness Rises: A spectator signs a piece of paper as a pendulum is used as a lie detector to find out the identity of a previously selected card. The routine has a spooky ending, as the identity of the card appears written over the spectator's signature.
Instant Steal: A method of palming any number of cards out of the deck as they are inserted into the middle.
Duffie/Wilson Spread Control: A method of performing a spread pass under cover of removing a selection from the deck. Using the technique you can control any number of cards and retain the top stock of the deck.
These routines vary from very easy to difficult and are all clever, well thought out and include Paul's humorous and sometimes serious presentations. Produced by Meir Yedid Magic (from the A-1 Magicalmedia collection). Original release date: DVD: August 2002, VHS: 2001. Running time: Approximately 104 minutes.
$20 for both tapes, includes standard shipping.
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