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From The Vault: Bill Wisch 1992 Convention Lecture Video/DVD
In this newly discovered lecture from 1992, Bill Wisch explains many of the sleights, effects and routines that he has used in his career of more than 50 years as a professional sleight-of-hand working magician. Bill is Tony Slydini's only authorized and sponsored protege. He is the only person that Slydini gave permission to lecture on Slydini's original routines and techniques.
This lecture is jam-packed with over 20 different segments and explanations as outlined below. Also included along the way are several reminiscences and stories about Al Goshman, George Schindler and questions answered from the audience of more than 70 magicians in attendance.
Included in the lecture:
1)Paper money is seemingly found out of nowhere utilizing the element of surprise.
2)The Palm Change- in depth explanation, the background, story of its creation, etc.
3)Irv Weiner's Simplicity Jog Variation Number 1- explanation and performance.
4)Bill's Phan-Pass- explanation and demonstration.
5)Vertical Elmsley count demonstration using the Wisch-Wedge Pulloff. This enables the performer to do a perfect Elmsley count with cards at the chest instead of by the waist.
6)Elmsley count regular display utilizing the Wisch-Wedge Pushoff, six card lift, multiple card lift, etc.
7)Four Ace production routine utilizing the “Wisch-Wedge”.
8)Two very clever variations to the Slydini Coins Through The Table.
9)Creative “one sponge ball” routine utilizing a thumb tip and a zipper purse. Thumb tip techniques and theory is discussed along with creative uses of the arm as a servante for the thumb tip.
10)Bill's own impromptu card levitation aka “Levit-ace-Tion” that utilizes a creative technique to levitate a card with no gimmicks.
11)Bill's “Gravity Fan” which allows the magician to create a beautiful one-handed fan that also has uses in various card effects.
12)Classic Palm demonstration and learning technique. Discussion of beats and off beats.
13)Demonstration of several coin sleights including: Slydini's thumb palm, and Bill's “Undermine” sleight.
14)Bill's “Stick it In Your Ear” Demonstration and explanation.
15)Bill's “The Key Returned” - a variation of Dr. Jaks “The Key” as published in The Phoenix.
16)Bill's version of “Finger Stretching”! You'll love it!
17)Double Lift, Triple Lift, Multiple Lifts utilizing the Wisch-Wedge.
18)Bill's combination of Paul LePaul and Nate Leipzig Double lift.
19)Double Color Change Routine utilizing the Wisch-Wedge with a Triple Lift!
20)Hamman Count Demonstration utilizing the Wisch-Wedge
21)Bill's “Swivel Exchange” Card Force
22)Stand Up “Arm Rest” Positions and Using the Elbow as a Servante Explanation
Runs approx 1hr and 6minutes. High Quality Transfer from VHS. Small tape defect from change of tape at minute mark 50:53-51:05. Product is a "Data" DVD containing two video files of the lecture. One high-quality 2GB video file that is playable on all PC, MAC and most Blu-Ray and DVD Players. One lower-quality video file (810MB) file that is playable on all PC, MAC, Blu-Ray and most DVD Players. You can choose to play the files on your computer, or you can choose to play them in your Blu-Ray/DVD Drive. Please select to view "videos" as the type of media when disc is inserted into player. Please try to ensure compatibility before purchase if you want to view on a DVD Player that is very old.
(30% discount off standard pricing!)
The package includes 6 products and is a $180 value if purchased separately at the standard online prices.
The package includes:
- "The Killer Set" DVD that sold out on the 2019 "Slydini Inspiration" US Tour. These are Bill's best effects that have "killed" audiences for years!
- The Wisch Wedge DVD
- The "New" Wisch-Craft Wonder Deck w/ Personal Lesson DVD. This deck includes 4 killer card effects that are must haves!
- Slydini Paper Balls Stand-Up/Torn Restored Napkin DVD
- "Slydini - The Lecture" Notes
- Palm Change Booklet
Separate items available below:
"The Killer Set" DVD
This is "The Killer Set" DVD that sold out on the 2019 Slydini Inspiration Tour.
"Got your new DVD, “The Killer Set” in the mail a couple of days ago, Bill. Finished watching it last night and it’s fantastic! All of the effects are really strong and practical. Love the I.A.C.A.A.N.! And the bonus Overhand Shuffle System. A lot of great material and subtleties jam packed in here. Thanks!" - Scott Orlando
What's In the Killer Set?
ICAAN (Impromptu Card At Any Number)
This is Bill's Version of "ACAAN" and to his knowledge the only version that requires no gimmicks, set-up deck or props besides a normal, or borrowed, standard deck of playing cards.
"Slydini's Helicopter Card - Stand-Up Version"
This is Bill's stand-up version of the Slydini classic. It embodies the spirit of the original effect while allowing the performer to do the effect stand up.
"Stand-Up One Coin Routine"
This is Bill's one coin routine which he has performed literally thousands of times and was inspired by Slydini's seated version.
The effect showcases the "Wisch Fold" and its many uses. The spectator selects any card and signs it. The card is openly put back into the deck and the deck put into the card box. The box is closed and placed onto the spectator's hand. The card "folds itself in the deck" while inside the card box!
"The Wisch-Craft, Overhand Shuffle System"
This system contains the basics of a powerful and effective system that enables an entire deck of cards, top card/cards or bottom card/cards, to be under complete control, in a totally natural and convincing fashion.
The Wisch-Wedge DVD
"The Wisch Wedge Card Control Techniques"
(formerly, "The Phan-thumb Techniques")
by Bill Wisch
Dai Vernon, Slydini, Larry Jennings, Charlie Miller, Harry Riser and many others have said that these card-control techniques are the most natural they have ever seen.
"Bill's 'Wisch Wedge' as applied to an 'Oil & Water" routine gives Rene's routine a run for the money." ---Jon Racherbaumer
This 60 minute DVD is a transfer from the original VHS Cassette, made in conjunction with "Magician's Video Network" in 1993. It includes the basic Slydini "Oil and Water" Routine, a "knock-out" double color-change and two other, outstanding effects.
The crux of the DVD is "The Wisch Wedge" (named by Jon Racherbaumer), a totally original and ground-breaking, gripping technique (Wandering Edges Deceptively Gripped Evenly) that enables standard false counts, double lifts, multiple lifts and numerous other difficult handlings to be carried out more cleanly and naturally than ever thought possible.
Finally, this DVD introduces the first ever, 'front-face' handling of the Elmsley (Ghost) Count, which widely opens up, to larger audiences, the ability to witness and enjoy many amazing packet effects never before practical in cabaret or platform situations.
The "New" Wisch-Craft Wonder Deck with Personal Lesson DVD
The New Wisch-Craft Wonder Deck includes a personal lesson DVD, an extra joker and detailed written instructions for each of the included hand-crafted dynamite card effects:
"Double Take Monte"
There are many monte routines out there, but none (I've been told)
as entertaining and powerful as this. It contains five, 'dynamite'
disclosures that are as astonishing as one routine can contain.
The Princess Card Trick. Hand-crafted with a new card design.
Created by Peter Kane. A fantastic three card packet effect where the center card is stretched to almost twice its length! A real fooler!
Performer and spectator perform a powerful "Do As I Do" effect with a surprise ending!
Paper Balls Stand-up/Torn Restored Napkin DVD
This personal lesson DVD includes:
"Paper Balls, Box and Wand" which is Bill's stand up version of Slydini's Paper Balls To the Box; suitable for stage and platform use.
Also included is the powerful "Slydini Torn and Restored Napkin" including the "Slydini Switch."
"Slydini - The Lecture" Notes
"I thought I knew the Slydini material, but there were tricks here that are new to me. People who learn this material would possess a repertoire they would use for decades." - Karl Fulves
Includes: "Timing Techniques System" by Bill Wisch. Considered by many to be the quickest, simplest and most practical method ever devised for learning sleight-of-hand.
"The Palm Change"
"The Palm Change" was created in 1975 and was a big hit on my Slydini tours in the 1970's. It fooled everybody (and still does). This revised and updated booklet has extremely clear illustrations, allowing you to learn what many have called "one of the most deceptive card controls ever."
The Palm Change has many applications and unlimited potential. Used with Slydini's "Helicopter Card", it is devastating.
Also Available: Not Included in Package
Bill Wisch's Slydini Style, Close-Up, and Cards 3 Volume Video Set
by MYMagic (Meir Yedid)
This 3 Volume Video set by MYMagic (Meir Yedid) has been widely praised and reviewed in the magic community, most notably in the May 2021 Issue of Genii. These will come as three digital files burned to DVD "data" discs that can be played on a DVD player or on your computer. Included in the set are: Bill Wisch's Slydini Style, Bill Wisch's Close-Up Magic and Bill Wisch's Card Magic. A Meir Yedid Magic product. Original release date: 2021 (Recorded in 2004). Running time: Approximately 3-hours and 30-minutes.
Please send Bill an email directly at email@example.com to inquire about a special price available only from Bill!
Selected Quotes from Full Review Featured in the May 2021 Issue of Genii Magazine, Pgs 83-85
Bill Wells, Video Reviewer, Genii Magazine
Past President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, 1983-1984
"Wisch does a masterful job of demonstrating Slydini’s exact movements and techniques."
"A beautiful routine that is almost jazz magic in action."
"This one routine is like a short course in magic."
"As the advertising states, (the video) is a masterclass in timing, rhythm, and direction. These are the three foundations of Slydini’s magic."
Invisible Die Deck and DVD
Limited Quantity of 18 Available at this price! No more will be made- when they're gone, they're gone!
Created by Claude Rix, this completely self-working effect will totally mystify any audience! Originally designed using a real die, the use of an invisible die adds a lot of fun and enjoyment to this mind-boggling effect! Full written instructions, personal lesson DVD and invisible die included!
"Sleightly Out of My Mind"
This is my most recent lecture before concentrating exclusively on the "Slydini - The Lecture" and "Slydini Inspiration."
It contains 6 sleights/sleight substitutes, 5 effects, 2 routines and lots of subtleties.
You'll enjoy this!