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After I perform Panic, can the audience examine the cards?
Many ‘vanishes’ look great, but have serious structure problems. For example, have you ever made a coin disappear, only to have the spectator grab your other hand? That unpleasant result happens when we try to make something vanish without employing a larger, more secure, trick structure to support that visual moment. The structure of Panic does just that–and that’s
the reason audiences are mystified, even when a particular performance of PANIC could stand improvement.
If however, you’re a performer who just pulls out the gaffs and demonstrates thebefore an audience, you can expect problems no matter WHAT trick you perform.If however, you perform panic as described in the instruction video, the audience will not only be able to examine all the props after the performance, that won’t even bea concern. They simply won’t want or need to.
What back designs and colors can I use with Panic?
As you may know, the magic world went into a tizzy a few years back when USPCC, the makers of Bicycle Rider Back Playing
Cards, changed their policy–and refused to print any cards that altered the beloved Rider Back design in any way.
For many magicians, myself included, this presented a real problem. Authentic card magic can only occur when the audience
has a deep abiding sense that the cards are truly ordinary–just like the ones they themselves have at home. Many of us felt
that if a trick can’t be done using red or blue Rider Backs, it probably was not a trick worth working on.
Mandolin Back Designs came into existence to fill just this gap–and often succeed admirably at the task. During the ‘Panic
Display’, the audience only sees the back design of one card–an ordinary King of Hearts. For that reason, Panic lovers can really rejoice.
You can perform Panic with any matching color pack of Rider Backs with absolutely NO difference in effect. Just replace one of the cards in your set with a Rider Back King of Hearts from another deck. That’s it—you’re ready to go. No one will ever suspect you of using ANYTHING other than a regulation deck of Rider Back Playing Cards.
What will the new video training teach? Will there be many variations?
A few years ago, I had a conversation with Tim Conover, one of the greatest magic thinkers, and finest performers, I’ve
ever had the pleasure to meet. He spoke to me that day about the importance of choosing for performance only the clearest,
simplest, most direct effects. To my thinking, Tim was one of the most intense magic minds there was. When he took an interest in a trick, he thought about every conceivable method and approach. The day we spoke he told me in no uncertain terms: it’s ok to love the endless process of discovery and the variations it creates, but for your real audiences, you should insist on only the strongest, most direct effects.
That’s how I feel about magic, and that’s how we present Panic in this new release. With the help and direction of my good friend, the very talented Wayne Houchin, we’ve created a new 45 minute online training DVD, designed to show you everything you need to perform panic in every conceivable situation. Instead of spending a lot of time explaining variations and applications, we encourage you to perform Panic the strongest way you can–with the complete confidence that comes from knowing that nothing can happen during your show that you haven’t already anticipated. These are the exact approaches, handlings and tips I use myself in the real world.
I already own Panic. Can I access the new online training video?
Absolutely. After Panic goes on sale, we’ll be happy to make the instruction video available to you for a nominal charge. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
I already own Panic. Will I be able to get ‘refills’ when my set wears out?
This is a completely new edition of Panic with a new online video training DVD. When Panic originally hit the market, the gaffs came inside a DVD case. This was a bit of a waste, since in order to get a new set of gaffs, you were almost forced to get a new DVD in the process. This time around, we’re hosting the DVD online through my Instant Access Streaming Program. That means once you own Panic, you can view the full DVD online any time by visiting the link you’ll receive within moments of your purchase.
We chose to pass those savings on to the consumer by making this new edition of Panic less expensive—as low as $15 a set when you buy the red/blue combination pack. We’ve done this to ensure that any performer who wants to use panic regularly finds it affordable to do so.