Card tricks are fun, lets face it. Not only that but they can win you a drink or two!
If we are asked here at the Merchant of Magic how can I learn card magic? Born to Perform is our answer!
Learning how to do card magic is like building a house. Everything starts with a strong foundation of basic building blocks. Where You Born to Perform Card Magic?
Born to Perform Card Magic by Oz Pearlman is one of our favourite tuition DVDs on the subject of card magic. It really is a one stop shop for learning sleight of hand with playing cards! Learn to find spectator's cards, shuffle like a boss, magically change cards with just a wave of the hand! And this is just the beginning!
Dribble to Secure a Break
Two Card Monte
Card to Mouth
Hindu Shuffle Pass
One Handed Top Palm
Swing Swivel Cut
2 Handed Thumb Fan
Le Paul Spread
Springing the Cards
Erdnase Color Change
One Handed Thumb Fan
Hot Shot Cut
Born to Perform really is all you need when starting out with card magic. In fact, the card magic performed in this DVD is the same caliber of card magic that you would see many close up magicians around the world performing, it is THAT GOOD!
If you want to go out and astonish people with no more than a pack of playing cards then this DVD is FOR YOU!
I recently picked up the new edition of Oz Pearlman's Born to Perform Card Magic DVD, which was released in 2013. I was curious how it compared with the original DVD that was released in 2003, and in this review I'll summarize what the differences are, and what the contents of the new edition include.
The new edition is billed as an updated/expanded version, and that's clearly evident when you compare the length of the two videos:
2003 version: 1 hour 44 minutes
2013 version: 3 hours 48 minutes
So what's the difference exactly? Well for starters, Oz himself is now 10 years older, and has a lot more professional experience under his belt. He has a new look and even a new smile. Everything has been re-filmed and the explanations have been re-done from scratch. Most of the content covers the same material, but not exactly - I'll mention what exactly those differences are in the next section.
CONTENT ON THE ORIGINAL 2003 EDITION ONLY
Not everything that was in the 2003 edition of the DVD is found in the 2013 edition, and several sections from the original have vanished. These are the following:
a) Controls: - Classic Pass; - Hindu Shuffle Pass; - One Handed Top Palm; - Elmsley Count
b) Forces: - Riffle Force
CONTENT ON THE NEW 2003 EDITION ONLY
The new edition is about twice as long, and that's because some of the explanations are more detailed and elaborate, but also because it has some new material. Here's a list of all the new topics:
a) Controls: - Gamblers Cop; - False Overhand Shuffle
b) Forces: - Dribble Force; - Spread Cull Force
c) Flourishes: - Swivel Change
d) Routines: - Slop Shuffle; - Card to Mouth; - Blossom Production
It's a pity to see some material from the original version left out in the new version, especially the Riffle Force (given its popularity), and the Elmsley Count (given that it is used in so many tricks). I'm also curious why a decision was made to eliminate the Pass, although this is a more advanced move that is typically beyond the scope of beginners, and perhaps that's why it was removed. If material was going to be added, the Glide would have been an obvious addition as a fairly basic sleight, so I'm surprised that this continues to be an omission from what is intended to be a good introduction to fundamentals.
But the additional elements are very solid, and the increased number of routines in the new version will especially be welcome to many people. What I like most, however, is the fact that the sleights and moves are taught in a little more detail, and I think the more elaborate explanations here are very helpful.
Oz himself appears to have lost some of his youthful innocence, and comes across a little more brash and almost over-confident. I'm still not quite sure what to make of his new business suit attired persona, or whether I prefer the younger Oz. But he is still an excellent teacher, and that's really what this video is all about. It's always been an excellent choice for relative beginners looking to get a good handle on the fundamentals of card magic, and overall this enhanced version only makes a good thing even better.
Oz Pearlman's "Born to Perform Card Magic" DVD has always been applauded for being a great introduction to the fundamentals of card magic, and one of the better entries in this genre. The updated and expanded 2013 edition takes something that is a proven success, and expands it for a new audience that may not be familiar with the original. It still deserves to be one of the top recommendations for new magicians, and continues to be an excellent starting point to give beginners a good head-start with their card magic.
This is a brilliant DVD, moving from the very basics to more skillful manipulations. I sat and watched it through, thought, well, that all looks very straightforward, and started to imitate what I had seen. Ha ha! I then went back to the very beginning, and I am still practising the basic grips and cuts - stiff old fingers need to time to acclimatise and work more fluidly :) I would recommend this DVD to any aspiring card magician, and I'm so glad I bought it.