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brain storm n. A sudden clever plan or idea. v. To think of or produce a solution.
Brainstorm - The Creative Card Magic of John Guastaferro, features some of John's finest card creations, highlighting a unique blend of creative presentations, diabolical methods and maximum entertainment value. Most of these effects can be done strolling, without the need for tables or lengthy set up, and are within the reach of the average magician. See for yourself how well this magic plays and discover the carefully-constructed methods and routining behind the effects, all designed to captivate and floor audiences.
Ballet Cut - Learn the real work behind John's versatile in-the-hands false cut that's simply beautiful to watch. Once you learn it, you1ll never want to do without it.
Fairy Tale Frogs - In this charming packet trick, four frog-imprinted cards hop over one at a time, then change into princes after the spectator blows a kiss. Just wait for the final surprise!
Troubleshooter - Quick, someone call "deck" support! Your cards have crashed, leaving nothing but backs on both sides. Here's a fun, all-backs routine with a surprising twist.
Lost & Found - A signed card vanishes from inside a clear plastic wallet, then makes an impossible flight back inside. It uses an extremely clever method that will make you say, "Why didn't I think of that?!"
Color Blind - Demonstrate your expert card handling in this simple, yet powerful Ace-cutting demonstration, which leads into a strong transposition.
Palm Reader - The four Aces make a startling revelation, then change while in the spectator's hand.
Club Sandwich - This is a quick and clever sandwich routine where two selected cards magically change places! Tune in and see for yourself how well it plays.
Double Monte - A three-card monte exhibition ends with an absolutely impossible-looking transposition. This is a perfect follow-up to Club Sandwich.
No Jokers Allowed - Jokers keep popping up, getting in the way of your award-winning card trick. Prove that jokers really are wild in this impromptu, magic-packed routine.
Detour - Take your audience on a whimsical road trip as a card "drives" here and there, finally parking in your wallet. This is a fun, logical card to wallet routine you will use.
Tidal Wave Aces - After expertly cutting to the four Aces in a topsy-turvy shuffled deck, you visibly make the entire deck change color!
Party Animal - Your spectator is the guest of honor at an exclusive party the cards are throwing. Show your audience to a fun time in this thoroughly entertaining in-the-hands Triumph routine.
Clairvoyance - Completely floor your audience with this elegant (and quite eerie) revelation of a thought-of card. Just like real mind reading.
Intuition - In this small-packet Hofsinzer-inspired miracle, the four Queens use their women's intuition to reveal a spectator's card.
Out of the Blue - Absolutely stunning! The four Aces and four Queens not only change places, but change back designs as well. "It is one of the strongest small packet transpositions I have ever seen," says Gordon Bean.
Snowball Aces - In this mesmerizing routine, the ink simply melts away from both sides of the deck, then magically returns. It's so visual and deceptive, you'll swear it uses rough and smooth cards. (It doesn't).
Tailspin - Using a four-of-a-kind of the spectator's choosing, you cause each of the cards to turn face-down, then transform...twice!
Synergy - The cards work as a team in this flashy four-card revelation, where each card helps find the next.
Bizarre Prequel - Just discovered the two-phase prequel to Paul Harris' Bizarre Twist, featuring a clean and clever approach to the Point of Departure plot.
Jazz Fusion - A modern twist to the classic Jazz Aces plot. Here, the four Jacks vanish into a black hole, leaving behind a startling surprise.
Gemini Prediction - This is a true showstopper, featuring an impossible prediction of four randomly-selected cards and an astonishing finale that no one could have predicted!
Who says lightning doesn’t strike twice? Presenting
John Guastaferro’s Second Storm, a follow-up to his
popular Brainstorm DVDs released in 2003. Second Storm
continues John’s brand of close-up magic; that is,
strong, creative, practical and entertaining—ideal for
strolling and formal close-up venues. John has earned
the praise of magicians worldwide for his original
ideas and effects. As Jon Racherbaumer puts it,
“Second Storm demonstrates John’s unique ability to
transform effects into ‘extraordinary moments.’”
Second Storm includes never-before-seen card and
non-card effects, as well as new twists from John’s
2005 lecture notes. Also on this series are John’s
exclusive Brainstorm Breaks,
where he shares additional ideas designed to spur your
Quick Draw — Here’s a great visual opener using
nothing more than a pencil and finger ring. Features
John's unique Ring Load and Drop Link.
Tricycle Cards — Four “baby jokers” become all grown
up in this charming packet trick. Learn how to make
the clever gaff in minutes.
Teeter Totter Aces — The spectators help find the four
Aces with the push of a finger. Great for strolling.
Famous Aces — John reveals his stunning Ace assembly,
where the Aces completely vanish from their packets
and reunite inside the card box. This is the one
everyone’s talking about!
Jokers To Go — Two Jokers inside the card box change
places with the spectator’s card.
Remote Possibilities — A 52-on-1 card is used as a TV
remote to locate the spectator's selection. A clever
take on the ambitious card plot, with a surprise
Fair Trade — The four Aces demonstrate their
mind-reading ability, then transpose with the four
QuickPocket — The signed Kings are placed in four
different pockets, then instantly change places with
the spectator's signed Aces. Two variations included.
The Eerie Truth — A random card is selected using a
few rolls of the dice. After showing that your written
prediction matches the selected card, you reveal the
eerie truth that the trick never happened!
BONUS: Vino Aces — Featured on L&L's World's Greatest
Magic series, John’s “Vino Aces” is a spectacular
presentation piece based on the classic “MacDonald's
Aces.” Perfect for both close-up and parlor settings.
Bonus ideas and effects
Cigarette Pack to Cards — A quick, visual opener where
a pack of cigarettes instantly transforms into a deck
The Stress Test — An ingenious card revelation using a
stress test card.
Trans-Pocket Switch — Show a card in your pocket
before it’s actually there. This simple, yet deceptive
switch has several clever applications.
East Meets West — A half-dollar and Chinese coin
repeatedly travel and change places in this
multi-phase coin routine.
Optical Opener — The spectator finds the only printed
card in a completely blank deck. But just like an
optical illusion, things aren't always what they seem.
Here, There, Everywhere — The spectator’s card is seen
in several places at the same time, finally appearing
in a mysterious location.
Collectors With A Twist — The spectator slowly cuts
the four Aces into the deck. First they turn face-up,
then they capture three selected cards. A great twist
on a classic effect.
Constellation — The spectator marks dots on your
business card, which VISUALLY reposition themselves to
reveal a selected card. A wonderful close-up illusion.
The Masterpiece — The magician tells a story about
four artists and a blank canvas in this imaginative
packet effect, which utilizes Peter Eggink’s “Ace
Googly Eyes — The spectator finds her card by doing a
Google search with the deck. A novel spelling effect
with a surprise kicker.
Turning The Tables — The spectator plays the role of
magician and finds the four Jacks without a clue how
it was done! This novel presentation builds to a
Ultimate Fate II — In this extension of Aldo
Colombini’s “Contact Colors,” the spectator plays the
lottery by placing her dollar in the deck. Her luck
keeps on riding to a million-dollar ending!
Bonus ideas and effects
Cookie's Fortune — Learn John's clever method for
pre-loading a bill in a fortune cookie.
Matchbook Transpo — A quick in-the-hands
Fortune Flash — A clever way to turn flash paper into
a logical and
This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 02 September, 2007.