The Art of Palming by Javi Benitez
If you’ve got people watching your sleight of hand, you’re doing it wrong.
Written into the laws of card technique, smooth beats speed every time. That’s fact. The idea is to make your sleight of hand look like ANY natural movement. And that natural movement needs CAUSE to be there at the time it’s performed. A reason for the movement.
And that’s why Javi’s sh!!t goes past EVERYONE.
Natural. Fluid. Nothing to look at.
The first time we met Javi Benitez he fooled the Ellusionist team with a simple 'card to pocket' ….5 times in a row. His palm is so fluid, it moves through the cracks in your brain and you CAN’T see it.
And that’s the only reason for Penn’s outburst on the 'Fool Us' set. Even Penn and Teller, with as much as they know, were unable to visibly see Javi’s sleight of hand. He won the trophy with palming.
In life, there’s a saying, to learn and absorb from the best. This full more than hour long treatise will have you performing better all-around moves and magic, not just palming. Pick up Javi’s thoughts and thinking patterns toward palming and it will make your moves automatically smoother, more invisible. Plus, you’ll get the fine tuning of Javi’s SMOOTH PALM which is worth the cost of the video by itself.
In Spain, this sells for $35. We reduced the price by $10 in order to spread this wealth into magic circles everywhere.
DavidWith a video called The Art of Palming, I expected a broad treatise on the subject. That is not what you get with this video. The video focuses mainly on the specifics of Javi's routines, with only really one palm being taught in depth, and the rest being taught in context of their routines. That being said, the material here is killer. Everyone will get something from this video, and the technique that is taught in depth is worth the price of the video alone. There is a little bit for everyone on this video, move monkeys will be stoked on the magic pocket routine, workers will be happy with the card to pocket, and bonus card to wallet routines. Beginners will find the card to handkerchief routine approachable.
4 stars, because, once again, with the projects name, I was just expecting a broader subject matter.
KevinAn interesting take on an already existing palm. Although the applications were good, I don't feel as though the download is worth $25. Had this been $18 it may have felt more reasonable. Good quality and great explanation. Wish there more angles covered, but otherwise not too shabby.
ScottThere are some great ideas in this download on making the act of palming and holding out much more invisible and natural, including some “one degree” tips and angle adjustments that make all the difference, regardless of your hand size. It’s hard to argue with the results, when you watch Benitez demonstrate. This is my first exposure to his work, but he’s obviously a master of his craft. The routines are terrific, too. The effects are varied, visual and fun. Chances are they’ll get you excited about practicing the methods taught.
SummaryThese five techniques are perfect for any level of magician and it is so creative and interactive with the spectators.
SummaryI've never seen a palming as smooth as this one. It's amazing but not easy to do. I would have loved to see the tutorial from different angles, espeially from the over the shoulder view. I am missing this with nearly all tutorials.
SummaryJust amazing. Everybody can take somthing from that Download.
SummaryI was quite disappointed. I was expecting a much wider variety of palming techniques to be discussed. There isn't even a mention of palming from the bottom of a deck. The focus is more on the specific tricks taught than on the art of palming.
SummaryAbsolutely amazing. Just a tiny subtlety that makes your palm looks 100x times better was worth the $25, and there´s a lot more material in this download.
SummaryThis is pure GOLD. If you’re looking to replace your pass & top/bottom palm combo or DPS with something that looks far more fair but technically stylish, then this is for you. I recently bought the Quiver wallet here on Ellusionist and this particular download coming out right afterward is a godsend. The video quality is superb. Even if you consider yourself an expert palmer, you can probably learn a thing or two from Javi Benitez.