The Shift is an ambitious undertaking: presenting powerful magic effects, technique and theory in brand-new ways-creating a unique literary magic resource and a great cover-to-cover read.
Not only will each volume of The Shift contain powerful effects and techniques, but with regular articles on the art of practice and the nature of deception, it will present new methods for supercharging your skills, and brand new insights into the psychology of magic.
Effects from Book 1:
Spinner - An extremely magical transposition of two folded and signed playing cards; one held in the hand of the spectator and one held in full view at the performer's fingertips.
Just a Second - A new technical approach to the classic stop trick: the cards are shuffled and dealt one at a time, the spectator says stop whenever they wish... it is their selection.
Out of Oil - An outrageously direct handling of 'Out Of This World' which feels like real magic. The spectator genuinely shuffles the deck and deals the cards into two piles. The performer doesn't touch the deck once they start dealing... yet both halves are perfectly separated into reds and blacks.
The Overhand DPS - A technique for executing a Diagonal Palm Shift within a casual Overhand Shuffle.
The Combination Shuffle - One of the most innocent and deceptive looking Overhand False Shuffles you will ever see.
A New Angle - An essay which may change the way you hold a deck of cards forever-and improve all of your sleights in the process!
The Art of Practice - A unique set of training drills to improve any magic technique using nothing but a rubber ball.
Influence and Deception - The first in a series of essays dealing with the nature of deception and its relationship to magic. This 'type' of information and research has previously only been available within UK military/government groups.
The Shift is specifically designed to assist you as you learn, to be read on-the-go but also look great on your bookshelf. It is a high-quality, full color, hard-backed publication-with every element produced in collaboration with industry experts.
The layout, colors, typeface and photographs are more than just stylistic choices; everything has been intentionally designed with the reader's learning and enjoyment in mind. The Shift dives beneath the surface of magic and gives you answers to problems you didn't know you had.
Ben's intention for The Shift was not only to give readers powerful, practical magic, but to create a resource which stimulates new conversations and attitudes towards the art and craft of magic. This is not your average magic book... it goes much deeper.
The Shift #2 builds on the work in #1 with material to be used entirely 'in-the-hands', with no table in sight: Three stunning close-up effects, three practical takes on classic techniques and three theoretical articles which will supercharge your understanding and ability.
Effects in Book #2:
Stepping Stones - A baffling three-phased sequence of productions and transformations with 'thought of' cards. This in-the-hands gem was specifically designed for maximum impact in the real world while making it appear that you can predict someone's thoughts and effortlessly manipulate their perceptions.
Slow Roll - A truly impossible card location in which the spectator genuinely shuffles the deck, freely selects a card, freely returns the card and genuinely shuffles the deck again... yet the card can be found in any way the performer wishes. This is a beautiful disguise for an ancient principle... and will baffle anyone who sees it.
M-Theory - A hyper-surreal handling of the Ambitious Card in which a selection and a signature repeatedly appear and disappear at different moments in time and space. This routine leaves the spectator with an 'impossible object' as a keepsake and will inspire a new appreciation for this classic effect.
The Erdnase Top Palm - New insights, advice and a detailed breakdown of the best top palm in the world.
The Riffle Force - A subtle finesse on the classic Riffle Force which you will immediately start using.
A False Swing Cut - An amazing in-the-hands False Cut which looks extremely natural. Ben has popularized this technique in recent years and has some beautiful touches which make it impossible to detect.
Breaking The Frame - An essay which builds on the material in #1 and provides deeper insights into how we can make our card magic more deceptive with very simple alterations to our technique.
The Art of Practice - A sequence of six unique training drills to improve your magic technique-using nothing but a rubber ball and your feet!
Influence and Deception - The second in a series of essays dealing with the nature of deception and its relationship to magic. This 'type' of information and research has previously only been available within UK military/government groups.
The Shift #3 builds on the work in the previous two volumes: Three stunning close-up effects, three practical takes on classic techniques and three theoretical articles which will supercharge your understanding and ability.
Effects from Volume #3:
Deep Transposition - Two cards change places during a discussion about sleight of hand vs magic. The construction of this effect makes the transposition very magical and a total surprise.
Blue Moon Triumph - Simply the most impossible Triumph routine. The spectator shuffles the deck face-up into face-down, they think of a card, the deck is placed into the box and they put the boxed deck into their pocket. Not only do you tell them what card they are thinking of, but when they remove the cards the only card facing the opposite way is their selection! This routine is a reputation maker.
Octopus - The spectator genuinely thinks of any playing card they wish, yet the performer is able to cleanly and directly produce their card-an ultra-streamlined handling of Out Of Sight Out Of Mind.
Advanced Loewy Palm - A supremely practical and clean palm from the top of the deck into the left hand.
Shuffle Pass- A devilishly simple pass disguised as an innocent shuffle.
Touch, Think - A clever and subtle way of creating and controlling a mentally selected playing card.
Now Shuffle The Deck - A discussion about the deceptiveness of card control and the fundamental importance of shuffling after a selection is returned to the deck.
The Art of Practice - Exploring advanced ways to practice; this chapter concerns better proprioception, posture and coordination through practical and functional balance drills.
Influence and Deception - The Third in a series of essays dealing with the nature of deception and its relationship to magic, this essay is about anomaly detection and counter-deception. This 'type' of information and research has previously only been available within UK military/government groups.
All 3 books are LIKE NEW (meaning they are previously owned and read, but in very good condition), hardcovers, 89 pages (#1) 95 pages (#2) 101 pages (#3).
Set of 3 USED copies IMPORTANT NOTE: Former owner has pasted small photos, of the magicians that are mentioned throughout these books, on the inside front covers & onto the facing page.There may also be underlining throughout.THIS IS A USED BOOK, and the listed price reflects these possibilities.