Grab by Mark Calabrese
Like David Carradine's snatching of a pebble from his master’s hand in ‘Kung Fu’ (video to the left for those too young to remember), Mark Calabrese developed and honed a skill that has to be seen to be believed (or is it a skill?).
When rumor of this 'skill' reached Daniel Madison, he boarded the red eye from London to New York to learn just how this incredible feat could be possible.
What Mark Calabrese has created is a technique to pull a named playing card from the middle of a spring of cards with pin-point accuracy. Unlike other versions of this effect you may have seen before - this is no illusion. The selected card is truly in the middle of the deck, and is truly pulled out from a standard dribble.
The possibilities for this feat are limitless. It can be used as a demonstration of skill - pulling out a necessary card for a poker hand, a matching card in a pair, a spectator chosen card (which can of course be signed) or even to force a word, number or card.
Shot in a New York Loft a few blocks from the Empire State Building, Daniel Madison and Mark Calabrese discuss the handling, psychology, performance tips and routine ideas in over 32 minutes of solid teaching.
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Duration: 32 Minutes
I just recently got back into magic after about a six year hiatus. Over the last couple of weeks, I have spent hours upon hours searching for an effect to grab my attention (pun intended), and reignite the spark. This is that effect.
To me, the beauty really is in its simplicity. It's quick, direct, and about as fair as you can get for a card trick. For whatever reason, neither the demo video nor the explanation cover the fact that you CAN shuffle the deck before pulling the card out.
I am genuinely excited to practice this as well, and I've never been more motivated to master an effect. I can tell this will be my favorite for quite some time.
It will take some real dedication to get your timing down on this one. It is totally worth the effort. The trick is easy to learn and is well explained. On a side note when you pull it off , it makes you look so bad (bleep).
What you see is really what you get here - no exaggeration. The teaching is casual, and Mark covers everything you need to know to pull this off. It will take practice, like most things, to get it down, but I think it's well worth it.
I was messing around with this last night and impressing myself, which is always a bit surreal.