Imagine owning the most comprehensive magic book ever written. This would surely be a treasured possession for any magician with each chapter focusing on a single aspect of the craft and the very best routines ever created for it. That’s the idea behind L&L Publishing’s critically-acclaimed DVD series, The World’s Greatest Magic by the World’s Greatest Magicians. Each volume is like another chapter in the world’s best magic book. Featuring in-depth exposition and instruction on some of magic’s most cherished and classic effects by its most-talented practitioners, this unprecedented series represents an essential reference work for anyone interested in the magical arts, regardless of their skill level.
The invention of the classic trick where the four Aces are deal face down, three indifferent cards are dealt onto each, yet the Aces mysteriously gather into one of the packets, is usually attributed to the French magician Conus. However, ever since its original publication in 1853, magicians are still coming up with amazing variations of this timeless effect and enchanting audiences with them to this day.
On this DVD, you’ll meet six magicians who each have their own singular take on the Ace Assembly plot. First up is Bill Malone with a squeaky-clean assembly that’s surprisingly easy to do. Darwin Ortiz is next with an update version of his classic routine where the Aces vanish and reassemble under increasingly impossible conditions. Petrick (of Petrick and Mia fame) is up next with an elegant Ace assembly with many visual flairs while Paul Wilson follows with an assembly routine that could only be described as instantaneous. Not to be outdone, David Regal is next with an Ace assembly that’s even faster while Harry Lorayne finishes the volume with a revved-up version of a Peter Kane classic.
Hugard and Braue, in their classic book, Expert Card Technique, wrote, “Of all the tricks with playing cards, as much thought has been expended on the Four Ace trick as on any other-and the performers ‘and performances’ you’ll watch and learn from on this DVD are ample evidence why.”
Super Clean Ace Assembly – Bill Malone
New Hitchcock Aces – Darwin Ortiz
Petrick’s Ace Routine – Petrick
Wilson’s Aces – Paul Wilson
Logical Assembly – David Regal
Rock and Roll Aces – Harry Lorayne