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Madness Volume 1
by Daniel Madison


(1 review, 1 customer rating) ★★★★★

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Madness Volume 1 by Daniel Madison

22 minutes video - 19 page PDF ebook - 8 powerful effects

This is best described as 'contact juggling with cards' - incredible. You will learn cuts, tosses, slides, as well as some magical effects such as transformations and transpositions. Great music by Daniel himself. Very gritty, powerful material for the hard core card handler.

Many of the 'pure magicians' might not like this. It is essentially all flourishes. But it is wonderfully acrobatic. I love this kind of manipulation. It is one direction modern card magic is going to follow. If you want to learn something impressive, something artistic, then take a look at Madness Volume 1.

Madness is a PDF ebook accompanied by a film that displays and teaches the same material alongside. The Madness ebook teaches the technique in precise detail whilst the Madness film offers visual support for those who find it hard to learn from the ebook alone. This is volume one, you'll find some easy moves in here ... you'll also find some harder moves. Welcome to the madness.

A flourish that includes a series of Thumb-Tornados (order retained in the top 3rd of the deck). 11:14 was inspired by the tornado cut by Ashford Kneitel and Molecule 4 by Dan and Dave. In the beginning Daniel gave the Thumb Tornado it's own ground as an individual flourish but settled on teaching it as part of a full highly visual flourish. The Thumb Tornado can be followed by many existing flourishes as well as a standard Tornado.

The Replacements
A follow-up to any sandwich effect which sees the sandwich cards change from aces to kings and then back again (without the deck in hand). The replacements began as the starting point for Cameo 3, which was scrapped as it was way too knacky, but the intro to it was worth the keep. It's not an outstanding crowd fooler but it has baffled many magicians.

A shoot-out move that silently launches the bottom card spinning from the deck. Silencer was a reply to Daniel's own problem with the sounds made by most shoot-out moves. Daniel wanted to match Greg Wilson's Boomerang shoot-out, in both sound and height but without making it obvious how the card was being thrown from the deck. Silencer offers just that, the height you can get with this is amazing.

A three-way flourish that sees a packet balanced on the back of the fingers and ends with a shoot-out of a spectators' selected playing card. Inspired by De'Vo's Cobra Cut, falling offers not only a very visual balancing packet amid a smooth and non-stop flourish but it also offers a shoot-out of a selected and controlled playing card.

Downfall 2
An improvement on Downfall from Dangerous ... with more visuals and much easier to achieve (order fully retained). Downfall 2 is a collaboration of Downfall and Turnover from Dangerous which makes Downfall not only easier to achieve, but a little bit more visual, too.

A modern take on the classic transposition; Transpone sees two cards switch places in the cleanest way possible without the deck in play. Transpone was filmed for Dangerous at 'The Party' but didn't make the final. Transpone was merely the standard transposition effect. However, it takes away a very important element so that the performer is seen to be holding nothing more than two cards...the deck.

A highly visual and difficult flourish that sees a card flip out from the deck to land on the performers forearm where it is flicked back down the arm to land on the deck. This is an idea Daniel came up with whilst learning In-Flight at the T11 headquarter early 2008. The card landed on his arm by accident so he flicked it back to the deck unaware of his spectators who were amazed. Daniel didn't want to play it off as a fluke so he worked on developing this as a flourish. When you get used to the move, try it with In-Flight.

Alpha Dog
A power-flourish ... a highly visual flourish that includes a new conceptual application that sees a packet swing cut into a rotation that goes the entire way around the hand. When Daniel gets an idea for a new flourish he has to keep trying until it's fully achieved. When he got the idea for the deck rotating around the back of the thumb he knew he'd need a few hours and so put on a DVD, and by the end of the film he not only had a perfect flourish but a perfect name for it too.

1st edition 2009; 19 pages; 22 minutes video

Reviewed by Dennis Thompson
★★★★★   Date Added: Thursday 12 February, 2009

Nice ambigram in the title graphic. Flip it over and it is still madness.

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