"This will lead you to rethink what "self-working" really means." - Lance Pierce
John Bannon's Move Zero series is undoubtedly the most exciting study of self-working card magic this century.
Move Zero III is a veritable treasure trove of killer routines, none of which require any sleight of hand. Not a single sleight in sight, yet you will be devastating audiences with tricks that appear to show the greatest skill imaginable.
From the insanely clever 'Thirty Second Sense' (whose method is as elegant as it is in explicable) to the stone cold classic 'Origami Prediction', the nine featured routines provide an almost comical level of 'bang for your buck' in terms of ease of performance compared to impact on your audience.
And beyond the incredible nine magic tricks featured, Move Zero III will also empower you with five mind-bending techniques that you can employ in other self-working routines. These 'trickbag' lessons are genuinely invaluable - demonstrating just why John Bannon is held in such high regard by his peers. Master these and you'll be able to fool ANYONE.
Crucially, Bannon also shows you how to intelligently mix these techniques together to create sleight-free tricks whose methods are truly unfathomable. Never again will you see self-working tricks as cute, throw away magic for children.
Move Zero III - a masterclass in the art of the self-working card trick.
MOVE ZERO VOL #3 - The 32nd Sense * Trickbag - Automatic Placement * Mousetrap * Candy Crush * Trickbag - Prophesy Move * Poker Pairadox * Origami Poker * Trickbag - The Parity Principle * Origami Prediction * Big Bad Add * Trickbag - Vertical Addition * Cross Purposes * Box of Doom * Trickbag - The Einstein Tautology *
PRAISE FOR THE MOVE ZERO SERIES:
"When it comes to zero-move card magic, Bannon is THE man! Powerful tricks, ingenious methods and beguiling presentations. The material on this disc is the work of a virtuoso." - Mark Elsdon
"A collection of excellent sleightless, self-working tricks!" - MAGIC MAGAZINE
"This DVD is Excellent! It gets the highest marks!! You should get it!!!" - Stuart Philip, MyLovelyAssistant
"There is so much we can learn from John's experiences." - John Teo, NingThing.com
"A master course in method and self-working magic!" - Jeff Stone, MagicReviewed.com
"This is one of the best magic teaching DVDs I've seen!" - Paul Hallas
"There is something that everyone can learn on this..." - Magician's Choice, Reviewer
"This is an exceptional masterpiece sure to become a crowd favorite and instant classic." - Magic Orthodoxy, Reviewer
"This is definitely a keeper. I made the mistake or watching it through the first time without a deck of cards in hand. Please learn from my mistake. There is a wealth of easy to do magic on this disk." - The Magic Portal, Reviewer
"One of the best and most enjoyable DVDs I've seen in a very long time." - MagicJunkies.com
"I knew it would be good, but truly it's one of the best things I've seen in years!" - Iain Moran
"A generous insight into a devious mind. Clever, confounding card magic." - R Paul Wilson
"The greatest collection of self-working card tricks ever released. Period." - Cameron Francis
"A delight to watch, learn and study from. Every effect is so well layered and structured and you will not only learn the 'how's' but the all important 'whys'." - John Carey
"It's a Bannon DVD so... just BUY IT!" - Dave Forrest
"Where others stop digging, Bannon continues, and he comes up with diamonds." - David Regal
"This will lead you to rethink what 'self-working' really means." - Lance Pierce
"Rich with wonderful thinking and top-notch routines that all EASY to do." - Peter Duffie
"John Bannon always inspires me - great DVDs - minimum effort, maximum impact - this is the stuff I like!" - Wayne Dobson
"Man, the first trick 'Collusion' is worth the price of admission alone." - Alan Rorrison
"As usual, Bannon knocks it out of the park." - Caleb Wiles
"Great job on the production and the material is excellent. I give this release my highest recommendation!" - Daryl
"John truly understands why self-working card magic can pack such a powerful punch and he shares those secrets here." - Tim Trono
"This is a GREAT DVD which you must buy!" - BicycleCards.co.uk
"This DVD is excellent! It gets the highest marks!! You should get it!!! 5/5" - The Magicians Forum
Self-working card tricks are often considered somewhat condescendingly. But the fact is that strong magic is all about being entertaining, and with good presentation self-workers can be among the most baffling that there is. The Move Zero series from Big Blind Media features some great self-workers from one of the best thinkers in card magic, John Bannon, who is highly regarded for his clever psychological approach. In this series of four videos Bannon doesn't use any sleights, gaffs, or gimmicks, and yet constructs magic that is strong, surprising, and powerful. The first two volumes included eight and ten great tricks respectively, along with a host of other tips and procedures. Move Zero (Vol 3) continues that winning formula with another nine tricks, along with five "trickbag" sections that give additional hints to strengthen your magic.
As with the previous volumes in the series, Move Zero (Vol 3) is available either as a DVD or a digital download, and follows the same basic formula. The video has live performances of each effect to various spectators, followed by an explanation of the trick in a sit-down session with BBM staff. And besides the nine tricks that are covered in detail, there are also additional "trickbag" material and interview segments.
1. The 32nd Sense: The spectator shuffles the deck and takes out a small group of cards that they count, and then remember the card at that position in the deck - which matches a prediction made before the trick even began! This is a strong trick that is well-structured and can be very fooling.
2. Mousetrap: The spectator merely thinks of a card at a secret number, which is then revealed by appearing in a sandwich between two queens. This uses a similar principle as the previous trick, but an alternate approach to the revelation makes it feel quite different.
3. Candy Crush: The spectator inserts a business card into the deck, and the words "Suit" and "Value" on either side of this card are used to construct a card. They "spell" this card by dealing cards one at a time, and amazingly arrive at the very card just generated! This relies in part on Bill Simon's Prophesy Move taught in the trickbag section, and requires some set-up, but can be very baffling - it's probably one of the more powerful tricks in this collection.
4. Poker Pairadox: The patter here revolves around Texas Holdem as a number of court cards are shown, and after a card is removed by a spectator, these magically arrange themselves into matching pairs. This works well as a poker-themed packet trick, and again makes good use of the Prophesy Move.
5. Origami Poker: Various cards are mixed into each other face-up and face-down, dealt onto the table in a matrix, and then rows/columns are "folded" over, creating a remarkable result where the only face-up cards are a royal flush. I've seen several variations of this self-working method previously, and the poker theme makes it work especially well here.
6. Origami Prediction: This is similar to the previous trick, but instead of a poker theme the outcome matches a prediction made in advance. It's fairly easy to set-up impromptu, and is arguably even more fooling than Origami Poker, given the plot and how fairly the cards seem to be mixed.
7. Big Bad Add: Two spectators are each dealt a hand of cards, from which they both choose one card to produce a two-digit number. Four numbers are so created and then added together to produce a total - which matches a prediction! This requires some basic math procedure, but can be very puzzling and baffling.
8. Cross Purposes: A random packet of cards is taken from the deck by two spectators, who each secretly count how many they have. The first spectator secretly remembers the card in the deck that is at their number, and when you then deal to the second spectator's number, it amazingly arrives at the very card of the first spectator! This has a slight Card At Any Number Feel, with a rather baffling coincidence effect that works every time.
9. Box Of Doom: You state that in a closed box you have as many cards as your spectator has removed from the deck, plus three with enough left over to make 23. Not only are you correct, but you also are shown to have predicted the card they would have stopped on! Often performed with coins, this is a nice version of The Trick That Fooled Einstein, with some great presentation.
Utility Moves: The trick bag section covers five different areas.
● Automatic Placement: Some great thinking from Ed Marlo, which is at the heart of the trick "The 32nd Sense".
● Prophesy Move: This is a classic move from Bill Simon that can be used to deceptively force two cards.
● The Parity Principle: This covers the Cut and Turn Over Two principle from Bob Hummer.
● Vertical Addition: This covers the number prediction used in one of the tricks.
● The Einstein Tautology: This gives a full explanation of The Trick That Fooled Einstein, used in "Box of Doom".
Interviews: As with the previous installments, there are also interview segments where Bannon shares his thoughts on various questions related to magic, such as his philosophy about constructing and performing magic.
Tricks: This is a great follow-up to the first two volumes. I like the fact that the tricks focus on the ideas explained in the Trickbag section of the video. This particular volume probably has more variation than the ones that preceded it, so it feels like there is more variety in the routines that are taught, and they don't just rehash the same material or have significant overlap. Standouts here are perhaps the opener "The 32nd Sense", along with the two Origami routines, Candy Crush, and Poker Pairadox. I'm still partial to some of the tricks from Volumes 1 & 2 as my all-time Bannon favourites, but I like the fact that the content here feels very different from those.
Utility Moves: While the first two volumes cover more well known self-working methods like the cross cut force, this volume covers methods that are less well known. So the material here will especially be enjoyed by those who already have some experience with more common self-working card tricks, and are looking to learn new content that they may not have come across before. There are some very deceptive and clever methods at play here!
Self-working: As always, this video does live up to its billing that there are zero moves, and the tricks are genuinely self-working. Bannon has a love for tricks that rely on cleverness, psychology, and subtleness rather than sleights.
Accessible: The self-working nature of these tricks means that they are all well within the grasp of relative beginners. They are all relatively easy to learn and to perform.
Strong: Just because something is self-working doesn't mean it is weak. There are certainly some very powerful tricks included here, and even experienced performers will find some great material that they will want to use.
Teaching: John Bannon is a good teacher, and gives careful thought to every element of his performance. I especially appreciate that he explains carefully all the things that go into his presentation. There are many useful tips that he shares that explain the thinking behind his magic, and this is enormously helpful. The trickbag and interview segments of this video are arguably just as valuable as the tricks themselves.
Quality production: Once again BBM has done a wonderful job in their production. They are at the top of their game, and their videos really set the benchmark for high quality filming of magic. The sound, studio lighting, and camera work is all terrific, with multiple camera angles, panning, close-ups, and everything else you'd expect from a quality video. Thumbs up all round.
The positive comments about the two previous volumes in the Move Zero series also apply to this third volume. This isn't the kind of self-working card magic that involves lengthy counting or boring mathematical atrocities. John Bannon has a very thoughtful and insightful approach to his magic, and relies a great deal on subtle psychological methods that can prove both deceptive and entertaining. Much can be learned from his approach, not the least of which is another great set of card tricks that are sure to astound.
When combined with superlative production values, it is hard to think of reasons to pass up on a quality product like this, which offers more than two hours of footage. If you're looking for strong magic that is relatively easy to learn and perform, and yet has the potential to astound and amaze, you can't do much better than the Move Zero series. Volume 3 is a fine addition to a wonderful collection that showcases John Bannon's genius.