It’s not often that magicians are stopped in their tracks by something they’ve seen. But that’s what will happen after you see Rizer. You have to admit, with the volume of magic we see everyday, it’s not every day that our hearts skip a beat. Rizer made it skip.
Rizer, by Eric Ross and B. Smith, is one of those effects that look like real magic. After drawing a box of cards on your arm, your spectators will watch you shake your arm, and a drawing of a chosen card will rise out of the deck. Like a tattoo out of the X-Files, with a mind of its own, the ink will push out from the box.
After practicing this, you still won’t believe how it looks in the mirror. And you’ll love the black keychain that holds the gimmick.
This is a practical effect that’s ready to go again after about 30 seconds. The gimmick involves no magnets, flaps of fake skin, thread or other extra pieces, and there’s nothing to steal, hide or palm. And once you learn the secret, you’ll be able to think of your own drawings that can come to life.
The first three chapters of the Daniel Garcia Project in 2005 unleashed a compendium of magic that buzzed through the magic community like a viral video. Each video in DGP 4 | 5 | 6 pick up where the last three left off.
This three-DVD set includes 28 effects, including an effect seen on DGP2 but not taught. DG doesn’t stick to only cards, by the way — although he does teach some great card effects, such as his version of the Oil and Water plot and a modernization of the Paintbrush Change.
But he branches out more than any other magician we know — DG thought of effects with dollar bills, coins, iPods and rubber bands. And how many guys do you know that do magic with drinking straws, balloons, lottery tickets and Tic Tacs? Danny is a verifiable master when it comes to astonishing with every day objects.
Each video was made with the help of Paul Harris and Dan and Dave Buck. Each one includes plenty of live performances, and if you’ve ever watched a Danny Garcia video, you know your stomach will be sore from laughing.
Calen Morelli has been on a mission — through his YouTube page, he is working to design a trick a day for 365 days. There’s some great stuff there, and Clench is one of his best.
All you do is a simple spread flourish with the cards framed next to your face. (Pro tip: The more magic happens closer to your face, the greater the chance your spectators will remember you — and rehire you.) As the cards move by, seemingly on their own like the windows on a passing subway — all of a sudden a chosen card ends up clenched between your teeth.
You’ll get a lot of mileage out of this simple move. In addition to the trick, Calen teaches the Under Pressure flourish in great detail.