The Video Encyclopedia of Card Sleights Volumes 4 5 and

by Daryl

L&L Publishing has released the next three volumes of this monumental card project. As before, the intent is to expose the viewer to as many different card sleights as possible, grouped according to their function, and graded in difficulty. The first three volumes of the series contained most of the "easier" card moves. In the present videos the skill requirements (and consequently the practice requirements) increase.

Volume Four begins with some advice from Daryl on how to handle a spectator who forgets (or intentionally lies about) his card. This leads into a discussion of Locator Cards, and many different types are discussed. You will find information on short cards, long cards, narrow cards, pencil-dotted cards, Will de Sieve cards, punched cards, slick cards, corner short cards, and broken corner cards.

Next comes a demonstration and explanation of various forces including the Double-count force, the 10 to 20 force, the Handkerchief force, the Hindu shuffle force, the Charlier Cut force (with a very nice addition from Daryl), the Riffle force, and the Backslip force (with some nice touches from Leipzig and Daryl.

There is a break for the now standard "Super Practice" session and then the tape continues with a discussion of the Classic Force. Daryl offers excellent advice here, including a great tip from Martin Lewis.

Volume Four concludes with various card controls, including the Kelly Bottom Placement, the Depth Illusion (with touches from Schwartzman, Searles, and Daryl), the Spread Pass, the Hofzinser Spread control, the Convincing control, and the Multiple Shift. There information on culling cards. At the end of this section, Daryl explains why he will not be discussing the Classic pass on these tapes.

Volume Five finishes up the card control discussion with further methods for the Multiple Shift, and methods for controlling multiple selections.

Daryl next offers 14 methods for controlling a card using the Spectator Peek. Included are methods from Vernon, Fechter, Endfield, LePaul, and Draun. This is followed by nine methods for counting cards in a fancy manner. Represented here are flourish counts from Vernon, Buckley, and Steranko, and methods for spinning cards from Audley Walsh and Martin Lewis.

The discussion of Fancy Counting leads into five methods for secretly counting cards including the Bevel Count, the Pinky count, and the Thumb count.

Having established several methods for secretly obtaining breaks under a specific number of cards, Daryl turns to the subject of Multiple Lifts. This is the biggest section on this tape, and many methods are discussed, including those from Vernon, Leipzig, Jennings, D'Amico, and others. This section concludes with Daryl demonstrating a number of different functions of the Double Lift (as a force, a switch, a glimpse, a reverse, etc.).

A number of secret reversals are explained next, including the Braue reversal, and the Larreverse.

Volume Six continues the discussion of reversals, and then Daryl turns his attention to card vanishes. He explains the Rub-a-Dub vanish, the Stanley Collins vanish, the Buckle count, the Ascanio Spread, the Biddle move and others.

Next on the agenda is palming, and Daryl discusses twelve methods, including those from Hugard, LePaul, Erdnase, and Jennings. He also talks about the side steal and the gambler's cop.

The tape concludes with a discussion of False Counts and False Displays.

Having given you this overview of the material covered on these three tapes, let me give you some opinions concerning all three. As you can tell, there is a ton of material discussed here. I believe that the intent of these videos is to expose the viewer to as many different card techniques as possible, and they certainly accomplish this. However, the sleights explained on these three videos begin to fall into the intermediately difficult (and sometimes very difficult) category. Consequently, while there is much information given, there is also much which is left unsaid. If you use these tapes as your only source of information, I think you would become frustrated as you tried to learn the sleights. Your best approach (and I know that Daryl would agree with me on this) is to combine these tapes with the standard card texts (Giobbi, Hugard, Vernon). In this way you have a more complete technical explanation, plus the benefit of watching the moves performed in an expert manner.

The production values are excellent, and Daryl is as charming and enthusiastic as ever. These tapes are a great resource, and I certainly recommend them.

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