This is a sequel to the e-book Magic Variety Pack. Another variety of excellent "do-able" magic.
The introduction, alone, is a wealth of magic and performance advice. Magic Variety Pack 2 provides a large variety of ESP, card magic, goldfish magic, water bottle magic, and balloon magic.
INTRODUCTION: SHUFFLES, CUTS, and MISDIRECTION
8 full pages explain the use of shuffles, cuts, and many different types of misdirection, and how one can implement them to passively control your spectators. This section will educate you. Very important material! Also there are many sleights and ploys discussed. Learn techniques that Paul has accumulated, having performed thousands and thousands of times. Why learn these techniques the hard way - or even not at all?
IMAGINE - Paul's rendition of a powerhouse ESP routine that is totally impossible. There are five major revelations that "crescendo" into a mind-blowing conclusion. You are going to love this amazing effect. Wait until you see how clever this is. Complete patter provided. A real winner. Paul has been performing this for close to 20 years.
PSYCHIC COLLAPSE - Take any plastic water bottle, lay it on a table, and with the power of your mind...crush the bottle.
GOLDFISH CREATION - Borrow a dollar bill, roll it up, add some flash cotton and sparkle dust, light it up and - poof - pour out a live goldfish! But wait, you then chew up the goldfish...and then, make it come back to life.
INTERFACE - Warp the space/time continuum, by making an unknown card, placed on the table at the very beginning, change into a signed selection. This effect is unbelievable. This is probably the cleanest and most mind-boggling effect of this genre, possible. Wait until you see how it's done.
MARLO'S DIMINISHING LIFT SEQUENCE - Learn the real, step-by-step technique, for performing this valuable sleight and some excellent ideas for effects to perform with it.
THE CHOSEN ONES - The deck is cut by the spectator into 4 piles. The spectator has the option of placing the Aces on any pile...then another pile is chosen - that's right the Aces fly, magically to THAT chosen pile. No forces used.
BALLOON SWORD SWALLOWING - Blow up a standard 2" x 60" (260Q) balloon and then proceed to "sword swallow" the entire balloon. Open your mouth to show your mouth is completely empty. This one is great for kiddie birthday parties or street magic. Completely safe.
1st edition 2017, 24 pages.
word count: 7864 which is equivalent to 31 standard pages of text
Reviewed by Enrico Varella
★★★★★ Date Added: Thursday 02 February, 2017
‘Magic Variety Pack 2 (Curtain Call Encore)’ follows Pack 1, its predecessor, with no need to for Paul Lelekis to abdicate his throne as a professional walk-around magician. Start the regal procession with eight pages of his first essay ‘Shuffles, Cuts & Misdirection’. This is a Worker’s approach to assuring your audience ‘deck is shuffled and in use’. I enjoyed ‘Psychic Collapse’ where an emptied water-bottle is crushed mysteriously with no visible direct contact. ‘Goldfish Creation’ is a clever way to produce ‘living gold’ according to the ‘packs small, plays big’ condition. I also enjoyed ‘Imagine’, Paul’s take on B’Wave, and also ‘Marlo’s Diminishing Lift Sequence’. Another royal addition to your EBook collection!
Reviewed by Rick Carruth
★★★★★ Date Added: Sunday 22 January, 2017
I was excited to see MVP2 so soon after the release of volume 1. I truly enjoyed 1 and I'm glad to say I enjoyed 2 just as much. Although not quite as long as 1, it seemed to have more material I found useful for my particular brand of magic. I'm big on mentalism, and I'm big on cards... so IMAGINE and PSYCHIC DISPLAY were right down my alley. Paul always has great advice, straight from years of actually performing. I would recommend Magic Variety Pack 2 to anyone wanting to get a handful of magic for any occasion. There's always a good selection of card magic, advice, and techniques.. and this ebook has adult effects using props like goldfish, water bottles and balloons. I definitely give it two thumbs up...
Reviewed by Christopher Weber
★★★★★ Date Added: Sunday 22 January, 2017
Paul's latest book Magic Variety Pack 2 is another fantastic bargain offered to the magic community. As with all of Paul's publications you not only get some terrific effects and new slights/techniques, you'll uncover some fabulous tricks of the trade as well. Paul is the real deal when it comes to a seasoned professional with the skill, knowledge and experience to offer you some of the best magic tips and advice around. The opening chapter (Introduction) with great advice on Shuffles, Cuts and Misdirection is well worth the price of the book alone.
The effects are all fun to work up and no doubt you'll learn a few new techniques and touches along the way that will improve your magic overall and become more entertaining for your audience.
In particular I really loved "Imagine!" This is the perfect way to enhance an effect with multiple climaxes that bring it to a whole new level of entertainment.
As great as the card effects are I have to admit that the first thing I played with was the Balloon Sword Swallowing. I'm betting you will too! You'll love it along with the rest of this outstanding book.