The Working Man by Adam Wilber
Starting at $8
Is it time for you to start making money in magic?
In this video you'll learn;
• How to be the very first call made by event planners in your area.
• The secret to putting together a website that books your gigs for you.
• The 4 key elements that will make clients keep your business card - and call you.
• How much you should charge for your first shows - and when you should charge more.
• The 'magic words' that will have restaurants hiring you - and how to keep them on side.
• How to work a whole room - and have the organizer notice that you're the life of the party.
..... PLUS - 8 routines that put food on Adam's table, what to do if you lose your luggage and much, much more.
With advice and routines that have seen Adam Wilber entertaining the boardrooms of some of America’s most well-known companies, The Working Man contains everything you need to make your passion your professional career.
As both the General Manager here at Ellusionist and a full time professional magician, Adam’s days are filled with ensuring we have product to release every month, while his nights and weekends are spent at corporate events, private functions and parties, getting paid to perform.
It’s for this reason that we call Adam ‘The Working Man’ - one of the hardest working guys in the business. If there's anyone to learn from about making money with magic - it's Adam Wilber.
On The DVDSecond Chance Lotto On every losing lotto ticket is the opportunity to win back some of the money earned by their sale - the ’second chance draw’. The performer has a losing lotto ticket signed by a spectator, and borrows a dollar bill which is also signed. Both lotto ticket and signed bill are placed in the closed hand of the spectator. As the lotto ticket is pulled out of the closed fist, the corner is seen to have changed into part of a dollar bill. When compared with the signed dollar, the two corners inexplicably match.
Cash Card The easiest way to make money with card tricks. A single card instantly changes into a dollar bill as it’s turned over. Both front and back of the bill can be shown - the card has truly become the bill. When the performer's wallet is opened, the original card is found inside.
Subliminally Minded A spectator finds the aces trick based around the theory that the unconscious mind processes imagery much faster than the conscious mind, and with a single peek of the cards, four spectators correctly stop at the exact positions of the aces in a shuffled deck… with a little magical help.
Triple Cuts Three spectators each choose a card from different positions in a spread, with the cards kept in position. The deck is then shuffled and placed in front of the spectators who are told to each cut to a card. The performer tells them to flip over the top card of each pack on the count of three… and amazingly, each spectator has cut to exactly their card.
Business Minded Two cards are chosen by spectators and lost in the deck. The performer introduces his business cards, placing two of them at the top of the deck before they dissolve through the deck in search of the chosen cards. Spreading through the deck, the spectator’s selections are found… but the business cards have disappeared… until the cards are torn in half - revealing the missing business cards stuck within.
Security Deposit Adam’s take on the Anniversary Waltz with an absolutely killer kicker. A ring is taken from a couple and locked away in a box, the 'symbol of love’ that the performer will use to divine the couple’s compatibility. Two cards are selected and signed by the couple before both being placed together in the spectators hands. With a wave, the two signed cards fuse together into one impossible object. When the couple attempt to retrieve their ring from the box, they instead find it’s vanished. Just wait til you find out where it reappears… If you don’t already perform Anniversary Waltz, you will now.
White Memory The performer begins by introducing the concept of amnesia - whole blocks of memory simply gone from the brain - and that this trick is designed to mimic that condition. Spreading through a deck of cards, he asks two spectators to each choose a card and commit it to memory, before holding it between their palms. The spectators are asked to name their card at the same time… and impossibly, it’s the same one. The performer explains that he hasn’t ‘stolen’ a memory - he’s instead implanted one. The spectators turn over the cards in their hands - to find they are completely blank. When the deck is spread - not a single printed card is seen.
The Working Man Q&A Session Peter McKinnon sits down to ask Adam a number of FAQs about being a working magician. In this session, Adam tips his real-world advice on everything from how to develop your contacts to how to get booked in restaurants. From the key words to use to guarantee the landing of a gig to how to design your business card to stand out. These are the money-can’t-buy steps that will take you from someone who does magic tricks to a performing magician who gets paid for their work.
Build A Set Sequence One of the most horrifying things to experience as a magician is arriving at a gig and finding you’ve forgotten your close-up case, or the airline has lost your luggage - or any one of a number of instances where you no longer have anything you need to perform a magic show. Peter and Adam drop by Home Depot to show you how to put together a guerrilla-style set for under $40 in just a few minutes. Everything from a nail bend to sponge balls, a number prediction routine to charming Chinese challenge - more than 2 hours worth of material that will get you out of a tough spot and keep your client happy.
Bonus Routine Adam talks you through one of the concepts from his wildly successful ‘Creative Magic’ book, ‘Environmentally Unfriendly' - and even shows you where to get the things you need - something Adam’s been asked about ever since the book was released. This is a great, near-impromptu routine to pull out when you’re at a house party.
In over 2 and a half hours of performances, explanations and discussion, Adam gives you the formula you need to book up your month solid with paid gigs. These are real-world, tried and tested routines, advice and performances that have put food on Adam’s table for the last 15 years, shared with you for the first time.
SummaryAdam has some good advice for the beginner magician and some cool tricks.
Been doing this for many years and did not find anything new for me.
The Interviewer was extremely annoying.
I think this should have concentrated on what it really advertised and had the 90 min on those topics along with a few good tricks.
SummaryIt's ok for the magician turning pro
I've been performing for 9 years with my Magic Company now.
And I'm always interested in other professional magician's ideas and business plans.
This DVD/download is a fine example of real life performances.
Adam's camera person does an excellent job. Clear video and audio. That's Good.
The DVD does show 8 cool tricks and does an in-depth job on performing and making them. Good illusions and good comments during their creations.
The real reason I decided to get this DVD is not the tricks but the business end of this.
The interviewer is distracting by playing with card while Adam answers the questions.
Adam has some 'basic and good' advice.
But Adam only spends about 15 minutes on the business aspect in the interview.
If you haven't done this type of work before, it's worth it.
Ugh tell the interviewer to stop playing with the cards! Does he really care about this DVD and the answers?
If you are a pro then nothing new here: Sorry Adam.
I'll use this for the tricks.
4 stars for beginner going pro
2 stars for pros
SummaryAn absolute must have, great tricks, great explanation, great buy.
SummaryWhile I have in the past been rather strict with a no-gimmick approach to my own 'working' magic, this DVD has revolutionised the way I see 'impossible items'.
I know a lot of the reviews focus on the tutorials and craft sections, but they are missing some vital wisdom.
For the aspiring 'worker' there is a lot more to this product. Watch Adam work: knowing when to speak and when to let the silence saturate the performance, when to join in with the audience and when to gently move their attention on. The performance sections are the 'meat' of this meal for anyone who wishes to turn their magic into a career.
SummaryThis has to be one of the best magic products out there. Adam Wilber is a creative force in the this field and he clearly knows what he is talking about. He shows you some incredible performances and then an out-of-this-world explanation and reveal. Cash Card is my favorite. He also teaches you some great gimmicks and shows how impossible objects are a magicians best friend!
This is a must get for intermediate magicians who want to go to the next level!
SummaryOne of the best products I've ever purchased here. The tips that you get from Adam,in my opinion, are worth the price alone. Very helpful for someone looking to do magic as a side or full time career.
Many of the tricks he teaches use multiple spectators which is great. So many times I've done tricks and only worked with one person at a time. There's some great stuff here to ensure multiple people are having a good time.
SummaryThis is gold, I love two of these tricks that have all ready gone in my working repertoire. These are working tricks that you will use. This is an amazing DVD, my favourite Ellusionist product so far.
SummarySimply the best download I've purchased. routines are the best you should definitely buy it. ;) great work adam!!
SummaryAwesome. This download is one of the best purchases I have ever made. All of these effects are great. Most are gimmicked, but there is an impromptu effect which is cool. The best are definitely Business Minded, Triple Cuts, and White Memory, which you can tell from the reactions. The Q & A session was absolutely great, and it was very useful information. Similar to the #AskWilber video, but there was new stuff too that really helps. The 'Build-a-Set' section was cool, but didn't really serve any purpose for me. He didn't teach any effects for that, just gave you ways of performing certain effects with what is at Home Depot. I am a card man, so a deck and an Exact-O knife are all I need, but for others I am sure that was useful.
When I first saw this, I assumed it was just 'The Worker' with new effects, but it is actually full of real world advice and tips. It is what I hoped to get from 'The Worker' series. If you are or are trying to be a professional magician, then this is an absolute steal. For a site that sells one effect for $30 all the time, this is the deal of a lifetime. This and 'Creative Magic' and you will have the entire current Adam Wilber collection. GET IT!
SummaryWhen it says by Adam Wilber everything on the product is pure GOLD.