Center Stage

Magic download (video) by John Guastaferro
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Center Stage

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Magic download (video) by John Guastaferro ($39.95)

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John Guastaferro has emerged as one of magic’s most elegant performers, as well as one of the art’s most versatile creators. Both the elegance and versatility are on full display on Center Stage, John’s first download collection in many years. Whether you are a longtime fan of John Guastaferro or whether this is your introduction to his work, Center Stage is the the definitive way to study John’s unique approach.

This is a collection of fourteen routines and moves, but there are also fourteen lessons embedded in each effect if you watch very carefully. Many of these routines are captured on video for the first time, and others contain important updates from the originally-published handlings.

In particular, the emphasis in this collection—which is filmed live at The Session in the UK—is on close-up and parlor card magic. In addition, we have included an intimate interview with John covering all aspects of his intelligent, relatable approach to creating strong magic. If you want to take your magic to the next level, and add layers of polish, mystery, and meaning, jump into Center Stage.

Lost and Found
This is John’s signature routine where a signed card vanishes from a clear sleeve, then reappears inside. Learn all the one-degree improvements that make this effect more powerful than ever.

Gemini Squared
Four business cards placed in the deck by your participants end up predicting the outcome … followed by an ending that no one sees coming. This new version of John’s “Gemini Prediction” is now nearly self-working.

Ballet Cut
The Ballet Cut is a graceful flourish and in-the-hands false cut that is sure to become a standard move in your work. Learn the finer points plus visual card revelation featuring the Ballet Cut.

Zen Bend & Ring on Straw
This impromptu bending straw is easy, fun and visual. Continue the routine by making a ring appear and penetrate the straw.

Assembly Line
This four-card assembly engages four people as the Jacks make their way into one person’s hands. It’s perfect for both close up and stage.

In this unique approach to the multiple revelation effect, the magician reads the minds of seven people—then produces each of the cards in a different way. The routine has caught the eye of magicians worldwide.

Invisible Opener
Imagination becomes reality as invisible items appear from nowhere, including poker chips, cards and rubber bands. The perfect way to introduce all your props.

A card with a compass drawn on it helps find the spectator's card, then ends up being the signed card.

Using one devious move derived from John Bannon’s Bullet Catcher, you cause a selection to jump from a packet of five cards to the deck. John’s take on Elmer Biddle’s classic Transcendent is sure to become a standard for every strolling performer.

Ace Case
The Aces travel to the box in different ways in one of the finest card-to-box themed routines around.

Four Aces appear one at a time in visually stunning ways. Also learn the technicolor version from One Degree.

Homage to Homing
This powerful card-to-pocket routine features three distinct and increasingly impossible phases.

Little White Lies
Predict which of the four Queens your participant will turn over, then show that the trick never happened. Learn the fooling principle behind it, plus how to make John’s Picture Perfect Wallet.

Flip Side
A selected card vanishes and reappears upside down at a number named by the spectator.

Running time: approximately 2 hours. Also included: a 20 minute interview with John Guastaferro.

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Customer reviews for Center Stage



Anything John Guastaferro puts out is worthy of a close up worker’s consideration. This DVD set is fantastic. John’s Ballet Cut is a fairly easy to do flourish that looks great and can be easily thrown into any card set. Lost and Found is brilliant routine with a great premise – something I’ll definitely be trying out. The hidden gem for me is Gemini Squared – really easy to do and blows people away. I’ve been performing Gemini Squared a lot recently and will continue to do so – killer!


Juan Carlos

This DVD is phenomenal. John Guastaferro's style in magic is the type of magic that I have been looking for. I have been looking for inspirations to do magic and this guy just revived that.


Official review from Genii Magazine

From the June 2015 Genii magazine. Reviewed by Joe M. TurnerFor someone with multiple sets of DVDs and a critically acclaimed book on the market, the soft-spoken John Guastaferro somehow manages to fly under a lot of people's radar. If you haven't seen Brainstorm or Second Storm, or read the excellent One Degree, then you're being presented here with an opportunity to be introduced to a magical artist who is surely in the prime of his creative powers.This two-disc collection was recorded at "John G's" lecture at The Session 2015 and covers 14 card magic routines (and a little bit of rubber band magic) for close- up and parlor performance. Despite being recorded at a convention lecture, the video and audio are actually quite good . There are plenty of close-ups to capture the nuances of the moves, but most of the routines are actually relatively easy. Guastaferro is an effective and encouraging teacher, and this collection of strong, practical material only strengthens his excellent reputationCopyright 2015 by The Genii Corporation.


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