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Daniel talks about why this project is called 'Mechanic', his rough teenage years doing bad things and what this would eventually cost him.


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This is a lifetime of information, acquired the hard way.

Mechanic is taught by a man who walked a fine line between death and a payday every time he picked up a deck of cards. When each move could be the difference between a five thousand dollar haul and broken ribs, you get good at using techniques proven to work... techniques that will remain undiscovered at any card table.

This DVD set is a treatise on the techniques used by Daniel Madison to put food on his table for years, as a professional card cheat caught up in the underground circles of London's criminal underbelly.

Every day and every dollar made it harder to get out of the racket he fell into - until a simple slip at the table took the decision out of his hands - and nearly cost him his life.

During the weeks in hospital Madison made the conscious decision to shift from card mechanic to Deception Artist. Now a reformed card cheat, Daniel meticulously teaches the handling, dexterity and psychology of deception with playing cards, step by step.

Over two and a half hours of invaluable advice, theory and method taught by a man in the unique position to have lived the life, each move seized from the cold school of experience.

Daniel learned the hard way so you don't have to. Add Mechanic to your cart NOW and benefit from his hard won experience.

Disclaimer: This is not a DVD on Card Tricks. This is detailed teaching of the actual skills used to illegally and unethically win money in illicit card games through the use of cheating. As study of this material has the potential to turn you into a successful card cheat, we must ask that any use of these techniques at the card table be for entertainment purposes only. Neither Daniel Madison nor Ellusionist can be held responsible for the consequences of cheating or unlawful gambling.

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  1. by Daniel Farcas

    Jul 2016

    This isn't a magic DVD, a lot of people said this, even Madison, and it's very true, however, that being said I would say almost everything in the DVD could be used in magic with a little creativity. Or if used to just card manipulation and not magic, the DVD works perfectly, everything is very well explained, plenty of detail. My one complaint is that there is no first person POV however with practice everything included is easy to learn and very doable, but again, a lot of practice needed, this isn't something where you learn a trick and the next day you perform it, these are sleight of hand techniques that Madison has perfected over years, so don't expect overnight miracles. If you have some time I would definitely recommend buying this, especially during the clearance sale.

  2. by Juan Fonseca

    Feb 2016

    If you love gambling moves, or sleights in general, get this. This is not a magic DVD, with this you will learn moves that can be used for anything. Your imagination is the limit.
    If you like Erdnase, Jason England or Steve Forte, you NEED to get this. It is a great addition to any collection and you will learn a modern view (Daniel's view and style) for classic moves.

  3. by Henry Quinn

    Sep 2015

    Mechanic is totally unique. There's nothing like it on the market. Yes, you can learn everything on this DVD from other, cheaper books and DVDs, but none of them will be able to teach you like Daniel. Mechanic stands apart from anything else on the market because the techniques within aren't taught as parts of a magic routine--they're taught as techniques for cheating at cards. The way Daniel approaches them, they're totally invisible; because if they aren't invisible, it could've cost him his life. That makes a huge difference, and even if you think you have the best bottom deal, second deal, greek deal, whatever, this is still worth picking up just to experience all those sleights we take advantage of on an almost daily basis from a perspective few of us will ever experience first-hand. Whether you're just starting out with card magic, or you've built an entire show around it, buy this. It'll take your magic to the next level.

  4. by Kieran O'Sullivan

    Aug 2015

    This is a card workers dream. The detail Daniel Madison goes into is just incredible. In particular Ive always done a really dodgy looking bottom deal, which is enough for most magicians as there isnt much heat on dealing but after enough practice with DM's working of the bottom deal I can now tell somebody im dealing off the bottom and they still dont believe me after ive shown them.

  5. by jim hyland

    Mar 2015

    A remarkable presentation not only of technique but also of a methodology as to how to think about what you do and why and how you do it. This was my first exposure to Daniel Madison but it definitely, definitely will not be my last.

  6. by Tibor Varga

    Feb 2015

    Best 60 dollars that I have ever spent! This man knows what you can get away with at the card table. If you want to learn how to do false deals, shifts, false cuts and shuffles this is the product that you need. These are not tricks, but if you deal down those aces face up like Daniel did from the bottom of the deck, everybody will be just as stunned as if you would do some amazing card trick.
    It only costs you 60 dollars to learn these moves, it nearly cost him his life. Your choice!

  7. by Maurice Sabot

    Mar 2014

    Without any doubt my favourite "card mechanic" DVD ever. This is state of art.
    The detail and focus put into teaching each move is outstanding. This is a great buy for anyone who is studying at any level the subtle art of card deception.
    A classic masterpiece from a living legend.

  8. by Richard Brealey

    Mar 2014

    A well taught guide on the art of deception. All of the moves included require a lot of practice to master. However if you are serious about wanting to learn card deception then this is the thing to get. My only problem is that there could have been more camera angles to make it easier to understand.

  9. by Rich

    Feb 2014

    This is art. This is not a collection of tricks. This is deception that can never be mastered, only bettered. It will change the way you work with cards. It will twist your mind into wondering what is really possible in card magic. These are moves that you will work with forever. DM teaches more than moves, he teaches psychology of deception, the 'why' of the moves.
    Yes, this can be used for card cheating. No, you shouldn't cheat at cards. DM states plainly that this is for deception and not cheating.
    These are not tricks, if you're looking for a trick, go somewhere else. This is deception.

  10. by Daniel Howard

    Jan 2014

    I got the DVD and download bundle and I am so glad I did. I have tried some of the deck manipulations already and even though I have not had this work long I am confident in my review of it. This is without a doubt the best "non magic" magic training DVD I have ever seen. The unfiltered raw insight Daniel gives are worth the price alone I feel. The things Daniel teaches you to do with a deck of cards are speechless. Some of it will be hard and will need a lot of practice but worth the time. This is why Daniel Madison is the" angel with devil hands " in my opinion.

  11. by Michael Barbieri

    Dec 2013

    Absolutely one of my favourite DVD sets from Ellusionist. This is simply an amazing DVD. The detail and focus put into teaching each move is outstanding. This is a great buy for anyone who is wondering.

  12. by James Ward

    Nov 2013

    I have always been a fan of this man's work since I first saw him. But Mechanic takes all that and well simply put he moves from great card man to god like status. Now that fan-boy is done this is worth every penny spent. His instructions I found very easy to follow. The editing perfect and as always the magic even if you only use one from this you got something special now for your performances.

  13. by Megan Brody

    Nov 2013

    awesome dvd love the sale Ellusionist gave me. improved my false deals and false shuffles immensely. only reason why it is four stars is i wish it taught the center deal

  14. by Dalton Enfield

    Nov 2013

    'Mechanic' is simply put, incredible. While it doesn't quite feel worth the price, the DVD's are very informational not just with the sleights taught, but with the psychology behind them. I am able to follow his teaching easily and learn the moves for myself. However, one thing that confuses me is he foreshadows events that never happen. I.e. before learning the Muck Shun, he states that he will teach several methods of switching cards, but he only shows one. He also mentions the center deal a couple of times but never teaches it. Hopefully I'm not the only one who feels sort of cheated (HA, see what I did there?!)
    Regardless, I do not regret this purchase. Anyone wanting to learn card cheating mechanics from raw experience should purchase these DVD's.

  15. by Ryan Gallagher

    Oct 2013

    I cannot believe that this material is being offered at such a low price!
    The information that Madison imparts in this DVD is second to none. Its almost as if Expert At the Card Table has come to life. Incredible instruction and a must have in any collection.

  16. by Justin Meredith

    Sep 2013

    Wow. This is incredible. Several people have been saying that this is only for some one wanting to learn how to cheat or do gambling demonstrations. I could not disagree more. This will teach how to do sleight of hand that can be applied instantly to your routines. This is not for some one looking for easy tricks. This is for some one who is very dedicated. Don't get this if you do not have a slight background in magic. To give you an idea, I have been doing magic for a little over a year now and picked a lot of this stuff up quite quickly. Also, if you do not exercise creativity regularly, you may find some trouble applying this to your routines. I come up with a new effect on a weekly basis, and am already finding this useful. And for those of you thinking to get this simply for the purpose of cheating, look somewhere else. Cheating is not only unethical, it is against the magician way. Many have said that this is Daniel trying to teach people how to cheat, however he says that "It put [him] on the wrong track". Throughout the DVD, he never once says cheating is good, instead calling it bad. So, if you are a dedicated, creative magician, this is for you. The teaching is phenomenal, and the sleights even better.

  17. by Curtis Stabler

    Sep 2013

    Probably the best DVD I have ever bought. Daniel did a great job teaching all the moves. Most of them are more advanced. My only complaint is there was a few table sleights that i was expecting to be in the set that weren't. Definitely a great buy.

  18. by Alvin Huynh

    Sep 2013

    Love the table work he teaches.

    I'm having some trouble with the grip he teaches for the deals though so it seems you will need a good understanding of how to handle cards. It's possible that in my case my hands are just really dry that it makes getting the card out quite difficult.


    This is an update to a previous review I've left on here. I'm moving my rating from 4 stars to 5 stars. It's taken me this long to realize just how much more adaptable Mechanic is in the lessons provided.

    I've been relatively heavily focusing on the bottom and 2nd deals after watching some of Shade's videos (featured in some artifice deck promos) of his card handling and it's taken me from the date of purchase until now to finally get a better consistency in bottom dealing. Granted, I don't practice as often (at least once a week, and not more than an hour).

    I'm going to second what a few have said and point out that many of the techniques taught here are very useful for magic routines. They've allowed me to improvise multiple times.

  19. by Darnley Chua

    Sep 2013

    By far the best purchase. Great details, great explantation with perfect sense and amazing subtleties. Add to cart please! Great work Ellusionist and DM for the release.

  20. by Connor Clarke

    Aug 2013

    A great in-depth resource by one of the greatest artists in magic, cardistry and close-up card deception. He makes sure to teach it well, and in a way that works best for everyone.

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