We're big fans of the Hannibal DVD set that was recently released. Well, it turns out that it was the second in a series of DVDs that focus on a professional show, and then an explanation and exploration into that person's repertoire. So that begs the question...who was the first in the series?
Anthony Asimov is his name, and he has some gorgeous routines and clever thinking. His magic is sleek and has a timeless, classic feel, but updated for the times.
Anthony Asimov's ALIEN CONCEPTS DVD series spotlights 9 out-of-this-world routines designed to captivate any earthling. Featuring Asimov's full 45-minute live show, over two hours of explanation, and the secrets behind his most closely guarded effects including "The Skulls of Anarchy" (a matrix-style effect using tiny stone skulls and Tarot Cards), "The Alien Thread" (Asimov's innovative colorful twist on the classic "Gypsy Thread" illusion) and "This Is Nuts" (a powerhouse showstopper), you will learn strong visual magic from an innovative magician that will boldly take your audiences to new places. Bonus materials include three visual performance-only routines that Asimov regularly performs in his close-up show. Asimov's magic has been seen at hundreds of college campus performances, Off-Broadway, on TV, and he is a member of the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.
The Alien Concept
An eerie journey in thought manifestation that uses a toy plastic alien and a burst of light to make an alien face appear on a signed playing card being held tightly between the spectator's hands.
Cosmic Appearing Cards
Three cards randomly named by different audience members suddenly appear inside of a hat that has been inspected and sitting on the table the entire time... ends with a diabolical twist.
The Alien Thread
Asimov's visual and clever update on the classic Gypsy Thread plot enhances this stunning effect with new and colorful (im)possibilities.
The Twin Card
In a self-working routine, a spectator pairs two cards together using only his decisions and a single die.
The Skulls of Anarchy
A surreal and visual matrix-style effect that uses supernatural props... 3 tiny stone skulls, a gemstone, and 4 Tarot cards.
The Cloned Cards
A mind-boggling yet simplified version of the classic Wild Card routine where a stack of duplicate cards unexpectedly begins changing one at a time into a card the spectator "accidentally" chooses.
This Is Nuts
A showstopper... a card freely chosen by a spectator appears inside of a walnut that is randomly selected from a bowl of walnuts on the table.
he Untamed Dollar
In a baffling routine with a borrowed dollar bill, a walnut, a shot glass, and an empty card box, the dollar seems to have a mind of its own when it starts vanishing and reappearing in unexpected places.
A Close-Up Encounter of the Third Kind
After three spectators select and sign their cards, they are shuffled into the deck and then revealed in visual ways... the first is torn and restored, the second teleports to a tiny box that's been in view the entire time, and the third visually changes right before the spectator's eyes without any cover whatsoever... signature and all.