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11 TOUCH – LongLong – A Review

11 TOUCH – LongLong – A Review

11 TOUCH – By LongLong – A Review

11TOUCH is our first exposure to the incredible magic teaching work of China’s underground magician, Longlong. With years of accumulation and clever thinking, he has created numerous sleights and routines.

Now, he has decided to publish some of them! In 11TOUCH, you will learn 11 strong sleights for cards and coins, and he will teach you how to fool others by only using a sleight!

Of course, these sleights have infinite applications, and they will make your routine more pure, instead of relying on gimmicks. We always think that integrating sleights into routines is the best way to embody the value of sleights. This can also help you understand the sleights in a more in-depth way.

In the magic world, sleights are voluminous. Let’s start with 11TOUCH and embark on our long journey of discovery into sleights.

There are 11 effects involved:

1. Anti Retention
2. Coin Change
3. Cut Palm
4. Ego Shift
5. Fan Change
6. Fm Vanish
7. L Change
8. Long Vanish
9. Shadow Change
10. Sound Retention
11. Thrum Change

My Thoughts:

First off.. I don’t know LongLong. He is, according to the ad copy, an underground magician from China. After reviewing his download, I still wouldn’t know LongLong if I saw him.. but I have a pretty good idea what his hands look like…

Now that I have your upmost attention.. or not.. I can comment on the copy. There are no outlandish claims, no mendacity, untruthfulness, fibbing, fabrication, perfidiousness, lack of veracity, telling stories, misrepresentation, prevarication, equivocation or fibs..

I agree 100% that 11TOUCH is a great collection of sleights. Nothing more.. no routines or effects. Sleights. And I have NO problem with that. There are 11 different ‘moves’ designed to make your current effects that much stronger. There are card moves, there are coin moves.. and then more card and coin moves.

I’m not going to break down each sleight, as it’s truly hard to properly describe a move, but each is designed to improve something you’re currently doing, I assume. Even if you aren’t performing something complementary at the moment, I’m willing to bet you will look for a reason to perform some of these slick sleights. I have a friend who just ordered a gaffed coin, the only gaff on the download, because he saw possibilities.

Most of the coin sleights are vanishes, of course, but one features a change of one coin for another.. and all are very visual and almost stand-alone sleights. Another features a ‘flick’ of a coin from one hand to another that results in a vanish. Nothing is a true knuckle-buster, but they are the type sleights that WILL require some degree of practice.

The card sleights include a couple of shifts and/or palms, a fan change, and a middle of the pack change.

The video quality and sound are first class. There are multiple camera angles and many slow repeats, giving you a chance to see the moves from different angles multiple times. There isn’t audio instructions.. everything is visual. There was an interesting Texas and Chicago blues soundtrack.. a la Stevie Ray Vaughan and Buddy Guy, and excellent lighting.

I am a value guy. I will pay twenty bucks for a couple of sleights I’ll actually use for the public. I know some of you will have reservations spending that for a download without effects, but IF you are a regular performer you’ll quickly see the value. This download isn’t for beginners.. you won’t know what to do with it.. but the rest of you guys will be really impressed by LongLong’s skill.

$19.99 From Murphy’s Magic and their associates..
https://www.murphysmagic.com/product.aspx?id=65160

Review by Rick Carruth.. https://MagicRoadshow.com

The Magic Roadshow is Pleased to Announce “Derren Brown – SECRET on Broadway”

The Magic Roadshow is Pleased to Announce “Derren Brown – SECRET on Broadway”

AFTER A SOLD-OUT RUN AT ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY
THE CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION OF
WILL OPEN ON BROADWAY THIS FALL
FOR A STRICTLY LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
STARRING OLIVIER AWARD-WINNER
DERREN BROWN
WRITTEN BY
ANDY NYMANDERREN BROWN ANDREW O’CONNOR
DIRECTED BY
ANDREW O’CONNOR AND ANDY NYMAN
AMERICAN EXPRESS® PRE-SALE BEGINS TODAY AT 10AM
AUDIENCE REWARDS® PRE-SALE BEGINS TUESDAY, JUNE 25
TICKETS GO ON-SALE TO THE PUBLIC FRIDAY, JUNE 28
Performances Begin on Broadway September 6
Opening Sunday, September 15 at The Cort Theatre

June 13, 2019 – From stage to screen, two-time Olivier Award winner Derren Brown has mesmerized millions worldwide with his unique brand of mind reading, persuasion, and psychological illusion. Now, for the first time ever, this U.K. phenomenon and Netflix star brings his talents to Broadway.

Producers J.J. Abrams, Thomas Kail, and Jeffrey Seller announced today that after a sold-out, critically acclaimed run off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company, Derren Brown: Secret returns with a spellbinding experience that dares us — in the most jaw-dropping way — to take a closer look at the stories and beliefs that guide our lives.

Written by Andy Nyman, Derren Brown, and Andrew O’Connor, and directed by Andrew O’Connor and Andy Nyman, Derren Brown: Secret will begin previews on Friday, September 6 at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street), with the opening night set for Sunday, September 15.

Derren Brown: Secret will play a strictly limited engagement through Saturday, January 4, 2020 only.

The production had its world premiere in 2017, where the acclaimed British performer and author played to sold-out houses at Atlantic Theater Company, and went on to win the 2018 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience. In the UK, Derren Brown’s critically acclaimed shows have played sold out runs in the West End and have been awarded two Olivier Awards.

Derren Brown: Secret will feature scenic design by Takeshi Kata, lighting design by Ben Stanton, sound design by Jill BC Du Boff, projection design by Caite Hevner, and general management by Baseline Theatrical. Derren Brown: Secret is not suitable for children under 12.

Tickets for Derren Brown: Secret on Broadway are currently on sale exclusively for American Express Card Members. American Express Card Members can exclusively purchase tickets through Tuesday, June 25 at 9:59am EDT by visiting www.DerrenBrownSecret.com.

Presale tickets to Derren Brown: Secret will then be available exclusively to Audience Rewards® members from Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 10am EDT through Friday, June 28 at 9:59am EDT. It’s free and fast to join at www.AudienceRewards.com.

Audience Rewards® is the Official Rewards Program of Broadway & the Arts™. It’s a standing ovation for ticket buyers across the nation. Earn valuable ShowPoints every time you buy tickets to participating theatrical productions, live entertainment, and more. Save money by redeeming ShowPoints for free tickets to the events you love or, even better, securing unique experiences and merchandise exclusively curated for Audience Rewards® members.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, June 28, 2019 at 10am EDT, and will be available at or
www.DerrenBrownSecret.com or by calling 212-239-6200.

BIOGRAPHIES:

DERREN BROWN (Performer, Writer) Born in Croydon, UK, in 1971, Derren traces his interest in magic and psychological techniques to childhood, but it was only later, at Bristol University, where he reluctantly studied Law and German, that he started to delve more seriously into the stranger edges of human experience and what they might mean to us. After graduating, Derren forewent an international legal career and concentrated on developing his performance skills. He was able to pay the bills by working as a magician and hypnotist with a side line in portraiture.

His big break came in 1999 when he was asked by the UK’s Channel 4 to put a TV show together. The result, “Derren Brown: Mind Control,” was shown in 2000, proving an immediate success and winning a coveted Rose d’Or.

Since then, re-defining magic through must-see TV and stage events, Derren has exhilarated audiences world-wide with a never- equaled brand of mind-control, suggestion, showmanship and illusion. His name has become synonymous with the art of psychological manipulation in the UK, and he has gained a reputation as a performer prepared to constantly challenge and break down boundaries.

Amongst a varied and notorious TV career, which includes a 2012 Best Entertainment BAFTA for “Derren Brown: The Experiments,” and a BAFTA nomination for “The Heist” (2007), Derren has played Russian Roulette live, convinced middle-managers to commit armed robbery, led the nation in a séance, stuck viewers at home to their sofas, successfully predicted the National Lottery, motivated a shy man to land a packed passenger plane at 30,000 feet, hypnotised another to assassinate Stephen Fry and created a zombie apocalypse for an unwitting participant after dramatically ending the world.

In “The Push” (streaming on Netflix), he exposed the psychological secrets of obedience and social compliance with terrifying results, again creating must-watch television and passionate media debate worldwide. Derren’s most recent TV special, “Sacrifice,” also steaming on Netflix, astonished audiences around the world as he attempted to persuade someone to make the ultimate sacrifice: lay down his life for a complete stranger. Other TV awards include an RTS Award for Best Entertainment Programme (“The Experiments”) and a 2010 Broadcast Award for “Derren Brown: The Events.”

He has toured every year since 2003 with a series of live shows, which have won him two prestigious Olivier Awards – for Something Wicked This Way Comes (2006) and Svengali (2012). In 2018 he received his fifth nomination, for Underground. This means Derren has had the largest number of nominations and wins for one-person shows in the history of the Olivier Awards.

In 2017 Derren made an enthusiastically embraced stage debut Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater in New York with his show Secret, winning the 2018 Drama Desk award for Unique Theatrical Entertainment.

His recent live show “Miracle” (which blows the roof off the dark world of evangelical faith-healing) is currently a popular choice on Netflix.

In 2020, he will be touring the UK with Showman, his first new live show in five years. As an author, Derren has received much praise for his best-selling books, Tricks of the Mind, Confessions of a Conjuror, and more recently Happy, which have, collectively, sold nearly a million copies worldwide. Privately, Derren paints and photographs. His book Portraits offers a collection of his early paintings, which have been exhibited at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London. A book of his street photography, Meet the People with Love, has been released, again by Transworld. Examples of his accomplished work can be viewed on his website and Instagram page.  www.derrenbrown.co.uk

ANDY NYMAN (Co-writer, Co-director) is an award-winning actor, director and writer who has earned acclaim from both critics and audiences for his theatre, film and television work. He has collaborated with Derren for almost 20 years, having co-written much of Derren’s television and theatre work. Andy also co-wrote and directed most of Derren’s theatre shows including Something Wicked This Way Comes, which won the Best Entertainment Olivier Award.

As an actor, his most recent stage work includes playing Tevye in Trevor Nunn’s new West End revival of Fiddler on the Roof, Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen in London’s West End and Jamie Lloyd’s revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

On television he was most recently seen playing Winston Churchill in the BBC drama “Peaky Blinders” and starred in the BBC drama “The Eichmann Show.” His many film credits include The Brother’s Bloom, the Liam Neeson thriller The Commuter, and the hugely popular Death at a Funeral.

Later this year he will be seen in cinemas opposite Rene Zelwegger in the Judy Garland biopic Judy and next year in the Disney blockbuster Jungle Cruise. Andy has also co-wrote and co-directed the cult favourite Ghost Stories, the film version of the hit play written by Andy and Jeremy Dyson. The movie stars Andy and Martin Freeman and was voted number 16 in the ‘25 best Horror Films of all time’ in Empire magazine.

ANDREW O’CONNOR (Co-director, Co-writer) began his career as a magician, standup comedian and actor in theater and television. Notable roles include Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl and the title role in Barnum. In 1997 he retired from performing to concentrate on writing, producing and directing. For television, he was the co-founder of Objective Productions which he ran from 1997–2015, during which he created and produced dozens of television series including “Peep Show” and the Derren Brown series and specials, “Star Stories,” “The Cube” and “Fresh Meat.”

His television shows have been nominated for 50 national and international awards and won 16 awards including 5 BAFTA awards. Theater directing credits include 42nd Street, The Odd Couple (female version NYT), The Nerd, Anything Goes, Derren Brown: Miracle, (Olivier award nomination) and Derren Brown: Secret which won the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience. Andrew was the co-producer on all of Derren Brown’s stage shows that have been nominated for four, and awarded two, Olivier Awards. Film: Director/Producer/ co-writer: Magicians, which won best comedy at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and was nominated for a US BAFTA for Best British Comedy Film.  Director/Producer/co-writer: Jerked, which was chosen to premiere at the SXSW film festival. Producer: That Awkward Moment.

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At The Table Live Lecture – Erik Tait – A Review

At The Table Live Lecture – Erik Tait – A Review

At The Table Live Lecture – Erik Tait – A Review

Donavon Powell

I would like to get this out of the way early. I am not surprised that I enjoyed this. While Erik Tait did not fool Penn and Teller he did win the I.B.M. Gold Cups Close Up Competition. He is obviously a talented Magician. But he is much more. While it is true he is quite the thinker I think, possibly more importantly, Erik knows how to apply what he thinks to constructing Routines that are Practical for Real World use.

Nothing that he teaches on this At-The-Table Lecture is unusable in a Working setting. Erik shows a wonderful ability to construct modular Routines that can be incorporated into different places within an Act. He explains which items he considers appropriate for openers and why.

That leads me into the next portion of this review. What is in the Lecture? That is a tough one. Erik teaches seven full Routines. If you have ever wanted to do a Svengali Deck Routine with a Non-Gimmicked Deck this is the place to learn it. I have been doing a version of this for years. I walked away with some visual elements that have elevated my Routine to another level. A Bar Trick with a Bit of Cork and a Borrowed Dollar is now in my regular carry and is another Routine that I frequently did prior to this Lecture that I am adjusting because his version is better.

This Lecture is about SO much more than the Routines within. Erik teaches his work on the One Handed Top Palm, the Dribble Pass, the Click Pass, and Culling. Additionally, he shows uses for some traditional card gaffes that most of us have lying around. The Coin Coaster could have been released as a solo release and people would have bought it. If you are ready to try something bold and knuckle busting take a stab at the Spanish Train Change.

The level of difficulty in this At-The-Table Lecture is definitely not for the Novice. While Erik does teach the techniques necessary to accomplish the Routines, the Novice would have to get VERY comfortable with them before they could even attempt to work with the material. That said, I would still recommend this Lecture to a Novice for the Theory contained within. The section on the Fool Us and I.B.M. Routines is a great window into the process a Professional goes through when developing something. Limiting yourself to Create is a mindset that is not often considered, but it generates some phenomenal results. Erik explains very well how he uses this concept in his approach to creating Magic.

Much like every At-The-Table Lecture the video quality is top-notch. Multiple demonstrations of Technique are used to capture the important elements. The audio is phenomenal. Perhaps it is a little too good. There are points where you can hear EVERYTHING. Certain things, like Clicks or Riffles, are very much louder than you would expect them to be. This is just nit-picking on my part to be honest as I really did not mind it. The quality of what has been provided in this Lecture more than compensates for that very minor annoyance.

At The Table Live Lecture Erik Tait April is $7.95- From Murphy’s Magic and dealers who carry their product line.

https://www.murphysmagic.com/product.aspx?id=64396

Donavon Powell – The Magic Roadshow