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    The Devils Picturebook by Derren Brown

    The Devil’s Picturebook

    The Professional Card Repertoire of Derren Brown

    This video contains nearly 3 hours of Derren’s card material and card related mental effects. It is by no means suitable for beginners. Without knowledge of the following, you will not be able to perform the effects taught in the video, as they are taken as common knowledge to a magician.

    Required knowledge
    Card spring, charlier cut, double lift, elmsley count, lapping, palming, pass, short card, snap change, top change, toppit

    Effects taught

    3 Card Routine
    A marathon of a routine which is done for 3 people. 3 cards are selected and lost in the deck. The cards are revealed in various ways and then vanish, appearing in his pockets. The cards are then lost in the deck and revealed in different ways. Then a mini 3 card monte routine is performed. The 3 cards switch and appear under the card box on the table. They are lost in the deck, and are then shown to have vanished from the deck. To finish the deck then vanishes and the cards appear inside the card box.

    Mike’s Move
    A card relocation from the middle to the bottom of the deck by apparently squaring up the sides.

    Card Under Box
    A card is selected and lost in the deck, and then suddenly appears under the card box on the table. The card is returned to the deck and immediately appears under the box again. The spectator is asked to put their finger on the card, and the deck is placed in the box, which goes in the spectators pocket. The card under the spectators finger is revealed to have changed, and finally the box is shown to have returned to the table and the spectators card is underneath it once more.

    Oil and Water
    4 red and 4 black cards are alternated and then the cards are split in half and a packet is placed under each of the spectators hands. A colour is named, and the colours off the cards become separated according to what colour the spectator said. An extra red and black card is then added, the cards are mixed, and the spectator picks out 5 of the cards, the 5 cards are then revealed to be all the same colour. For the finish, the red cards are placed on top of the blacks, and then they are shown to be back in alternating colour order again.

    Zamiel’s Rose
    The performer tells a story of how he got started in magic when he was 6, by producing a rose for a girl he liked, but messed the effect up, cutting himself and sending rose petals all over the floor. A card is selected and returned to the deck. The deck vanishes, then one card appears. A series of cards are then produced, ending with the selected card being revealed. For the finish, the selected card disintegrates into rose petals.

    Smoke
    The deck is spread on the table and the spectator is asked to think of a card. The card is then named by the performer. The performer then states that the card is no longer in the deck, and shows the spectator that this is true. Suddenly the cigarette which the performer is smoking changes to the spectators selected card.

    Out of This World
    The performer tells a story of a medium from the 1930’s who claimed she could read the colour of a card from looking at the back, but explains it was a fix. The spectator is given the deck to shuffle. The performer then shows the spectator the back of a couple cards and asks them to say what colour the card is. They are then instructed to do the same with the entire deck, dealing them into 2 piles. One card is taken from each pile and the spectator is asked what colour they are. The two cards are revealed, followed by the two piles which are shown to be totally sorted into red and black.

    Double Think
    This effect is done for 2 people. The 1st person is asked to stop the magicians rifle anywhere and remember the card he stopped on. The second person is asked to merely think of a card. Two cards are placed on the table by the performer, and they are revealed to indeed be the two selected cards.

    Velvet Turnover
    A double lift alternative where the top card is turned face up by the spectator. It is then turned face down by the performer and placed in the centre of the deck. The card is then revealed to be on the top. The move can be repeated.

    Extreme Mental Effort
    The deck is shuffled and the spectator is asked to look at a card and replace it into the deck and cut the cards. A second spectator is asked to take the cards and deal them one at time face down onto the table. The performer then names the selected card based on the reaction of the spectator to what he says to them. The performer also tells the 2nd spectator to stop at the exact time that the selected card is dealt to the table.

    Invisible Deal
    This effect is done with an imaginary deck of cards. The spectator is asked to deal the cards into a red pile and a black pile and select either pile. They are then asked to deal the cards into 2 piles separating the suits, and select either pile. They are then asked to deal the cards into an odd and an even pile and pick up one. The spectator does not reveal which pile they selected. The performer then makes a prediction and puts the card face down on the table. The spectator is asked to get rid of 2 cards from the ones they are left with. They are then asked to take a card in each hand, and are left with the card which has been predicted and left on the table.

    Invisible dealing Force
    The spectator is asked to put a card into their pocket. The performer imaginarily deals the cards into a red and a black pile, and the spectator is asked to get rid of one pile in their mind. The spectator is then asked the separate the remaining cards in their mind and get rid of one suit. They are then asked to separate the cards into number cards and picture cards, and get rid of one pile. They are asked to select one card from the cards which they have left, and this is the card which the have in their pocket.

    Mental Forces
    The spectator thinks of the card which you want them to pick. Derren details methods to force a couple of specific cards on spectators.

    Sleights Taught
    Lennart Green’s angle separation, Dai Vernon multiple shift, deck vanish, deck vanish without table, face up bottom deal, false cut, figaro transfer, impromptu haunted deck effect, Lennart Green’s windmill move, Mike’s move, open prediction, Richard Bush peek, rub-a-dub vanish, second deal, stop force, tabled bottom deal, Tameris’s subtlety,

    Many of the effects are purely done in the words that are said to the spectator, and so require no actual sleight of hand. There are also some other moves which are part of the routines which Derren explains how to do but are not as such sleights.

    Comments
    Overall this is a very well made and impressive video. The material taught in this video is worthy of inclusion in any performers working repertoire, and the effects are definitely practical. There is a certain amount of humour throughout the video, and at the end you are treated to a comedy piece as well, which I really enjoyed. The material is not the sort of stuff that you can watch one evening and go out and perform the next day, and many of the effects will require work before they can be introduced to spectators. There is however a wealth of information contained in the video, and if you feel you are up to performing this level of magic then you won’t be disappointed with what you get.
    Rob Stiff - " Is that something you have to get used to?"
    Sal Piacente - "Right it's just gonna take constant practice"

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    edited by irish-man
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    the video is already out...and E won't sell this video.

    I'm really looking into this video. I have Pure Effect and Absolute Magic which are my two favorite books. The only thing that stopped me from buying this video is actually the money...like always. Is there some performance part of Derren of the effects taught in the video ?
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    The video is available from his website IRISH-MAN.

    All the effects are shown being performed and then explained.
    Rob Stiff - " Is that something you have to get used to?"
    Sal Piacente - "Right it's just gonna take constant practice"

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    edited by irish-man
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    I've heard a rumor that a publishing company picked this up and will produce a DVD...

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    Does anyone know of an Internet site where this book can be purchased in the United States. Im not really comfortable with ordering overseas. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozzie McDavid
    Does anyone know of an Internet site where this book can be purchased in the United States. Im not really comfortable with ordering overseas. Thanks
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    It's a video actually, and as far as I know at the moment it is only available through his website.
    Rob Stiff - " Is that something you have to get used to?"
    Sal Piacente - "Right it's just gonna take constant practice"

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    DVD - is now out.

    For anyone interested - The Devil's Picturebook is now available on DVD from Derren's website. It costs £35. Quite cheap for the best card magic dvd in the Universe.

    Edit: It has just arrived: ordered on Monday - arrived Saturday morning.
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    A favourite

    I got the video some time ago, and I must say that it is one of the best purchases in magic I have made. I have never been so satisified with the not only the responses, but the actual performing of material. Being able to have a spectator "think" of a card and then pulling it out of the deck for them has been my favourite. If you get this chance, I would pick it up, D.B. is very personable and does quite well at explaining how each piece is done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daz
    For anyone interested - The Devil's Picturebook is now available on DVD from Derren's website. It costs £35. Quite cheap for the best card magic dvd in the Universe.

    Edit: It has just arrived: ordered on Monday - arrived Saturday morning.
    Sounds pretty slick - how much is that in USD?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbbitmover
    Sounds pretty slick - how much is that in USD?
    I works out at around $62. It's a three hour dvd (double-disc) - so that still works out at just over 30 cents for every minute of Derren Brown's holy tuition. Surely, that has got to be considered 'bargain of the early part of the 21st Century'.

    Besides, DVD is so much better. Well worth the money. About 18 months ago I got the VHS - but all the rewinding and fastforwarding just got to me. Now in the age of digital bookmarks - I've watched and focussed on so much more material.

    The DVD's even been given the secondary title of 'The Professional Card Repetoire of Derren Brown'. Doesn't that just sound so classy?

    The VHS is still available on the site - for the reduced price of £20.

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    I think you will all find that 'The Devils Picture Book' will only ever be available off his website. I am sure that it says on his site that it will never be released onto the market as a resellable product. Then again im sure i would be so protective if my material was as good and original as his!
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    I am seriously considering buying this dvd, but just wanted to ask anyone who has it, is it for real proffesionals only, or can someone who is a bit better than intermediate still learn a lot from it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spikes_insane
    I am seriously considering buying this dvd, but just wanted to ask anyone who has it, is it for real proffesionals only, or can someone who is a bit better than intermediate still learn a lot from it?
    It is easily in the reach of intermediate to advanced magician along with a lot of practice. Some of the effects require a bit of misdirection which is Derren is a master of but studying the performances before each explanation really helps along with Derrens tips during the explanations. It's called the professional card repetiore of Derren Brown as he used to use those effects when he was working professionaly with cards which he doesn't do so much of now. The effects are often lengthy like the 3 card routine so they really look like well poslished, professional material. Anyway, like i said, i would get it if you are quite comfortable in card magic as you say you are. Hope this helps

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