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Laws of Attraction – Shoot Ogawa – A Review

Laws of Attraction – Shoot Ogawa – A Review

Laws of Attraction – Shoot Ogawa – A Review
Review by Donavon Powell

Remember when you were a child and you would suspend a Balloon from your finger after rubbing it on your hair? How about rubbing a magnet along one direction on a nail and lifting a paperclip? I genuinely imagined myself as Magneto. I was a master of magnetism! Well, as it turned out, I was not. However, the techniques you will learn from Shoot Ogawa’s Laws of Attraction can do just that. Okay. Not really, but it will certainly appear that you can magnetize normal objects. Objects including, but not limited to, coins, spoons, batteries, post it notes, plastic, and even glass.

Laws of Attraction is based around a combination of simple techniques taught in great detail by Shoot. He teaches a Routine that is great for Restaurant and At-The-Table situations. Additionally, Shoot covers the theory behind why these techniques work. There is a lengthy discussion on an undervalued Art form that contributes greatly to a Magicians skill as an Actor.

This project is from the Vault and is based on a lecture that Shoot used to give in the early to mid-2000’s. At the time this lecture was 100 or more dollars to attend. Now, this knowledge is available from Murphy’s Magic for a fraction of that price.

This is an hour of quality Magical education that explores much more than a “quick trick”. At the time this was filmed, Shoot still spoke with slightly broken English, but I do not believe that inhibits his ability to explain the concepts or his teaching techniques.

The degree of difficulty with Laws of Attractions is very low from a technical standpoint, but the strength of Effect is very high. I have taken this out in working situations, and every performance of it my Spectators genuinely believed that everything was magnetized. That is quite the accomplishment for something that utilizes zero gimmicks. Even if you are “not a coin worker” consider this project anyway. I feel that this can be a great addition to the arsenal of any working Magician.

Laws of Attraction is available as an instant download and the runtime is just over one hour. Production values are typical of The Vault products and it will download quickly as an mp4. This product was previously released as a DVD at a higher price – and sold out..

$17.95 – From Murphy’s Magic and magic dealers who carry their products.

https://www.murphysmagic.com/product.aspx?

BICYCLE Sold to CARTAMUNDI

BICYCLE Sold to CARTAMUNDI

Turnhout, June 4, 2019 – The Belgian privately owned group Cartamundi has signed an agreement to buy The United States Playing Card Company (USPC) from its parent company Newell Brands. The acclaimed playing cards maker’s focus is on North America and Spain. Through this acquisition, Cartamundi continues to invest in the global entertainment market.

The United States Playing Card Company, owner of the iconic brands such as Bicycle®, Bee®, Hoyle® and Fournier®, is the global standard within the world of playing cards. The business employs over 350 people and has manufacturing facilities in the U.S. city of Erlanger (Kentucky) and the Spanish city of Vitoria (Álava). In 2018 USPC realized net sales of approximately 112 million US dollars.

“We are excited about the opportunity and look forward to welcoming The United States Playing Card Company to the Cartamundi group. USPC is a globally renowned company and, like us, has a passion for its products and consumers. The segments in which USPC operates are perfectly complementary to those of Cartamundi. This investment will further deliver on Cartamundi’s purpose of sharing the magic of playing together towards consumers worldwide.”– Stefaan Merckx, CEO of Cartamundi

“We are delighted about the prospect to join forces with Cartamundi and leverage both companies’ rich history and passion of card making, as well as our complementary global presence. We look forward to working together in furthering our shared ambition to delight consumers across the globe.”-Michael Slaughter, CEO of USPC

Local commitment

Cartamundi wants to expand its geographic reach through new countries and new channels. This proposed acquisition is a logical step forward, as USPC is a strong player in the growing cardistry, casino and specialty playing cards segments. The combined company will employ 2,500 people and operate 13 state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities across four continents. As such, Cartamundi has a strong local commitment. A commitment to its customers, but also to the local economy and the environment.

“Consumers from different regions have different needs. The best way to serve them is to rely on the knowledge and experience of our local teams.” – Stefaan Merckx, CEO of Cartamundi

The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

Alta Capital Partners acted as financial advisor and Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP acted as legal advisor to Cartamundi on the transaction.

About Cartamundi

Cartamundi is Latin for “Cards for the World”. With a history dating back to 1765, Cartamundi is the world’s leading manufacturer of card & board games and digital solutions. With a network of owned sales offices, 11 state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and a workforce of over 2,200 people, Cartamundi is a prominent and growing supplier to the global cards, games and toys industry. In 2018, Cartamundi generated a revenue of approximately $440 million.

Legendary games such as Monopoly® and Pokémon® run off the Cartamundi production lines, as do many different varieties of playing cards and card games for consumers as well as casinos.

With its strong brands such as Color Addict®, Shuffle®, COPAG® and Grimaud®, Cartamundi created a compelling range of playing cards, children’s card games and family games which can be found in all major retailers across the globe. All contributing to fulfilling the Cartamundi purpose of “Sharing the Magic of Playing Together”.

Cartamundi’s corporate headquarters are located in Turnhout, Belgium. Manufacturing facilities are located in Japan, India, Poland, Germany, France, Belgium, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States of America and Brazil.

About Newell Brands

Newell Brands (NASDAQ: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Dymo®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer’s®, Coleman®, Marmot®, Oster®, Sunbeam®, FoodSaver®, Mr. Coffee®, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, NUK®, Calphalon®, Rubbermaid®, Contigo®, First Alert®, and Yankee Candle®. For hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day, where they live, learn, work and play. Additional information about Newell Brands is available on the company’s website, www.newellbrands.com.

Media Contacts

Peggy Leysen
Executive Assistant
+32 14 445 943 (direct)
peggy.leysen@cartamundi.com

Marco van Haaften
International Marketing Director
+32 14 448 263 (direct)
+32 479 782 508 (cell)
marco.van.haaften@cartamundi.com

For His Next Trick, David Copperfield Will Put the Country Back Together..

For His Next Trick, David Copperfield Will Put the Country Back Together..

The legendary illusionist is mounting a “metaphor” at the Smithsonian, reuniting the long-lost 15th star with the Star-Spangled Banner on Flag Day.

6:00 AM PDT 6/3/2019 by Seth Abramovitch..

In a 2016 episode of the The Americans, the Cold War action unfurls as actual footage of David Copperfield vanishing the Statue of Liberty — a stunt that aired live April 8, 1983 — plays on TV sets in the background.

It was as audacious a magic trick as ever has been attempted, and one whose potent symbolism was not lost on the show’s writers. Thirty-six years later, Copperfield, now 62, says the symbolism was the point.

“The whole piece was based on a lesson on freedom, and how important it is,” notes the famed illusionist, who collaborated with director Frank Capra on the script for the performance. “I love doing things that have resonance and inspiration.”

Now Copperfield — who grew up in a Jewish family from New Jersey and by age 12 had gained admittance to the Society of American Magicians — is tackling another iconic totem of Americana: the Star-Spangled Banner.  READ MORE

Kimlat: Every Perception Is A Choice

Kimlat: Every Perception Is A Choice

Kostya Kimlat brought a little bit of magic along with a powerful message to the Dakota Hospital Foundation Community Leadership Dinner, held May 23 in the Muenster University Center on the University of South Dakota campus.

He did perform tricks that were mind-boggling. He correctly guessed a word that an audience member was thinking of. He made playing cards seemingly disappear and reappear.

“My job as a magician is to know how you process information and to use that sort of against you in order to create the perception of magic. My job is also to influence and control the perceptions,” he said. “Perception is all in how we use it and we are using it every single day, whether we are aware of it are not.”

The secrets that magicians have been using for centuries “are the same ones that have been used by leaders, by generals, by teachers, by lawyers, by politicians, by parents to control their children, by children to manipulate their parents,” Kimlat said. “For me, magic is not about deception; it’s about perception and it’s our ability to influence how it is we see the world.

“The secrets that I will share with you are specific because I know that we have business leaders, we have community leaders, everyone has different positions, different job responsibilities, but the secrets of perception connect to everybody,” he said.

Earlier during the banquet, as it does every year, the Dakota Hospital Foundation presented scholarship awards and presented its annual Community Health Service Award (see related story).

Kimlat is known as “the business magician.” He is world-renowned speaker, entertainer and the author of a forthcoming book, “Think Like A Magician.”

In 2006, he was the youngest magician to appear on the cover of “MAGIC” magazine and as an entrepreneur, he founded See Magic Live, which trains and books magicians for events across the country.

Kimlat unravels centuries-old principles of perception and secrets of communication, empowering people to be more effective in their business and everyday lives.  READ MORE