Reviewer: Maarten Bosmans
American Magician Cody Nottingham brings us his take on original close-up magic with everyday objects and playing cards. In this lecture he will teach us effects with rings, playing cards, dollar bills. If you are a knuckle buster you are going to love this lecture, you will see incredible moves and eye popping magic.
As a performer, Cody Notthingham has shifted his close-up magic work to focus instead on mentalism but he sadly does not do any mentalism on this lecture… maybe a future lecture perhaps? However, during this 2 hour lecture I was really impressed by the skills with cards that Cody has; let’s just say I am not nearly as good as he is 😉
He opens the lecture with a nice effect involving a ring effect where a ring jumps off one finger to another finger on your other hand, then he does an a variation on this effect where a ring penetrates your shirt. It was really visual and fun (knuckle busting level 7,5/10). He teaches an incredible Queens assembly routine that is pretty easy and teaches you a nice move you can use in your other card routines.
The bill effect called punched and restored is also really nice and a very visual effect that can be made up in 5 minutes. He also teaches a diabolical peek for bills, I do not know if this works in other currency and the most valuable effect is interchange, this effect is word the price of the lecture. You make your own gimmick in 10 minutes time and this is something you will use for interchanging or switching one bill, playing card, billet or any piece of paper for another piece of paper. I really loved this effect and I will use this. If you are not a knuckle buster like me but need a simple visual switch for a playing card or something else like a prediction. This will be the effect for you.
Cody also teaches some knuckle busting moves like a topcard tenkai, which is really beautiful and interesting if you can do this. The one handed card switch is also a thing of beauty. If you do these kind of things in your show be sure to check this out. His triumph is really original it starts with a mixed (upside down) deck and restores into a normal deck were one card is upside. The lessons taught on practice are very valuable for every magician to be better.
The rating I would give this lecture is an 8,5 upon 10. I learned a lot of valuable information from Cody. He is a great person who is unbelievably creative and I cannot wait to see what he does with his mentalism in the future.
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