The Lost Tapes
Earl Nelson is widely regarded as one of the most skillful sleight-of-hand performers of this generation. A close friend and student of Dai Vemon, Earl’s slow, deliberate handlings and showstopper effects are pure poetry.
In 1984, Earl released four videotapes covering material from his acclaimed book, Variations, his notes, called The Workbook, as well as detailed, thoughtful instruction on several of the most important sleights in card magic. The tapes, shot in the Parlor of The Magic Castle, became instant classics. They were referred to numerous times in Darwin Ortiz’ book, The Annotated Erdnase. For many, they are still considered amongst the finest instructional tapes ever produced.
Unfortunately, in 1994, the Northridge earthquake hit Los Angeles, devastating Earl’s home. Amongst the missing items-the masters for Earl’s acclaimed tapes. Sadly, from that day forward, not a single copy was produced. In the intervening years, Earl’s rare videotapes have become highly sought-after underground favorites, selling for a small fortune to those lucky enough to find them.
That is where the story is supposed to end. Except that recently, Earl moved out of California, which required him to excavate and repack dozens of boxes of smashed and long-forgotten magical belongings. They were the last thing Earl expected to find, but there they were, tucked away in the debris-the lost masters. Dusty, the footage a bit darkened by time, but all in all, relatively unscathed. And so it is with great pleasure we are able to bring you the re-release of Earl Nelson’s legendary videos.
Practical Card Palming
Cards up the sleeve
Simple Erdnase Top Pal
Topping the Deck
Erdnase Top Palm
White Top Palm
One-Hand Top Palm
Erdnase Bottom Palm
Hofzinser Bottom Palm
Braue Bottom Palm
Palming While Standing
Who the hell is Scott Alexander? Why haven’t I heard of him? The answer is simple…he’s been working. Scott has been a top pro for many years and one of the busiest professionals in the world. His credits include Denny & Lee, Malone’s Bar in Boca, cruise ships all over the world, Caesar Magical Empire, and now he’s starring in his own show at Fitzgerald’s in Las Vegas.
His style is simple…comedy that goes right to the center of the audience’s brain. His choice of material is always professional, practical and easy to perform. His methods are easy so that he can spend his energy on entertaining but the effects are all blockbusters. The included routines come right from his working repertoire. They are not pipe dreams. Real workers that are easy to do. Soon everyone will know the name Scott Alexander!
This is a death defying, close-up version of the classic “Bullet Catch.” It’s an amazing demonstration that uses just a straw and its wrapper. Can be used either in walk-a-round or formal show situations. It’s foolproof and easy to do.
Without a doubt this is the ultimate solution for the dangerous “Russian roulette” plot. Scott’s routine is more powerful than any other because the audience makes all of the decisions. His method is totally safe. Destined to become an instant classic.
Scott’s handling of the Benzais classic where the performer flicks a face up card into the deck. It lands directly on top of the selection. Scott has created a totally new method that cannot miss.
Dean’s Box Work
Dean Dill created one of the best small illusions a few years ago. Scott’s diabolical thinking created three new phases. All three kill but now you’ll have the shocking ending your routine has always needed.
Sure you can manipulate cards or the shells, but water? This routine for formal performance always has the audience several steps behind you.
It’s a showstopper that like all of Scott’s work is honed to perfection.
This one will make your audiences feel like they’ve had way too much caffeine! It’s a very sneaky version of coins to glass that has a great “sell” and a final load direct from Starbuck’s. It’s diabolical and but easy to do.
This is a really fun to perform routine for adults designed around one of the newest buzzwords “Metrosexual.” This is a very funny, cutting edge routine that will leave the informed howling with laughter.