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Studio52 has done it again! The Shift #2 is here! This is the second volume in the series and believe it or not, they have stepped up their game-with even more content and attention to detail than before.
The Shift #2 builds on the work in #1 with material to be used entirely ‘in-the-hands’, with no table in sight: Three stunning close-up effects, three practical takes on classic techniques and three theoretical articles which will supercharge your understanding and ability.
Stepping Stones – A baffling three-phased sequence of productions and transformations with ‘thought of’ cards. This in-the-hands gem was specifically designed for maximum impact in the real world while making it appear that you can predict someone’s thoughts and effortlessly manipulate their perceptions.
Slow Roll – A truly impossible card location in which the spectator genuinely shuffles the deck, freely selects a card, freely returns the card and genuinely shuffles the deck again… yet the card can be found in any way the performer wishes. This is a beautiful disguise for an ancient principle… and will baffle anyone who sees it.
M-Theory – A hyper-surreal handling of the Ambitious Card in which a selection and a signature repeatedly appear and disappear at different moments in time and space. This routine leaves the spectator with an ‘impossible object’ as a keepsake and will inspire a new appreciation for this classic effect.
The Riffle Force – A subtle finesse on the classic Riffle Force which you will immediately start using.
A False Swing Cut – An amazing in-the-hands False Cut which looks extremely natural. Ben has popularized this technique in recent years and has some beautiful touches which make it impossible to detect.
Breaking The Frame – An essay which builds on the material in #1 and provides deeper insights into how we can make our card magic more deceptive with very simple alterations to our technique.
The Art of Practice – A sequence of six unique training drills to improve your magic technique-using nothing but a rubber ball and your feet!
Influence and Deception – The second in a series of essays dealing with the nature of deception and its relationship to magic. This ‘type’ of information and research has previously only been available within UK military/government groups.
The Shift is specifically designed to assist you as you learn, to be read on-the-go but also look great on your bookshelf. It is a high-quality, full color, hard-backed publication-with every element produced in collaboration with industry experts.
The layout, colors, typeface and photographs are more than just stylistic choices; everything has been intentionally designed with the reader’s learning and enjoyment in mind. The Shift dives beneath the surface of magic and gives you answers to problems you didn’t know you had.
Ben’s intention for The Shift was not only to give readers powerful, practical magic, but to create a resource which stimulates new conversations and attitudes towards the art and craft of magic. This is not your average magic book, it goes much deeper.