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Catch 33: Three Card Monte

reviewed by David Bilan (confirmed purchase)
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Thursday 04 July, 2013)

Catch 33: Three Card MonteLee Asher with three cards. One black card and two red. Pick the black card and you win. A classic con. How much effort could it take to teach a routine? If you want a great routine, it takes input from twenty of the most talented people in magic. Add 48 high quality close-up photos and and mix to create a straight-forward, well written routine that ends with a kick.

I enjoy learning from books/printed media, but watching the moves in action make learning the routine much simpler. Lee gives me the best of both worlds, providing a link to video showing the routine from start to finish.

Do you get the idea that I really like this routine? Like the TV commercials say, "But wait... there's more!"

Throughout the document, Lee credits the various moves, tosses in some great quotes (not necessary to learn the magic, but great reading) and ends with a link to a Bibliography giving you more than 150 years worth of writing about 3-Card Monte.

Is it good for a newbie? It can be. This is a classic lesson in misdirection, audience management and putting together the moves with a script. The moves aren't knuckle-busters, but they will take practice. If you are willing to invest the time, Lee Asher offers a classic with a new twist that will leave people will an impossible ending.


202 Methods of Forcing

reviewed by David Bilan
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Wednesday 31 October, 2012)

202 Methods of Forcingless than a penny a method! Seriously, you proprably will find 3 or 4 methods that will become your "go to" forces. What about the other 198 forces? This classic will help put you in the thinking mode. Annemenn's work is a must-have.

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