Hands Down

DVD or download by Darryl Davis, Daryl Williams and The Other Brothers ($15.00)

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This is, quite simply, one of the best close-up mentalism effect we have seen in the last few years. It's that good. You ask someone to write down the name of a friend. They hide the paper behind their back. You can tell them which hand the paper is hiding in, and then you divine the name of their friend.

Sometimes combining two great effects causes confusion. But sometimes the combination makes BOTH effects stronger. In this case, a center tear is combined with the "Which hand?" premise, and they work seamlessly together. The presentation guides the spectator logically from one amazing effect to the next. "Hands Down" takes less than two minutes to perform and leaves a memory that will last a lifetime.

There are multiple versions of this simple, but ingenious principle taught. In one version, you show the audience that you can keep track of every time the participant swaps hands. And another version uses the principle with playing cards, ending with a thought-of card reveal.

The effect is easy to do, explained in great detail, and does not involve any special apparatus (no magnets, rings, electronics, etc.). You can do it with objects found in any bar or venue.

Running time: 22 minutes. Available on DVD or download.

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Mike Fisher

Does this sound familiar: You've known about the work on a few effects for a while but then for some reason you get a DVD of the effect and even though you know everything on it and it's very vanilla overall, it gives you the extra push to go out and just start doing it. This is exactly that kind of thing. (i would also put Robert Baxt's Miser's Dream DVD in the same category BTW.)
So it's cheap and fun and you'll do it. Here's the bad thing though...If you don't know the work you're going to get some really weak teaching on the "Move." Now that's only used for one version but it's really the best version. It's not only done very quickly but it's also a bit incomplete - there's no talk about the timing or cleanup within that move. And that's a pretty significant thing. (It's hard to be specific without tipping methods here!)
Still, for $15 you'll have fun and learn a nice little subtlety that will be useful in any way you choose to do this - so if you're already a worker it's easily worth it. If not...you might want to save a little more and invest in something that will give you a more throughout foundation first.

 

Greg Phillips

Solid material. Quick but decent explanations. Usable and easy to add.
Glad I didn't get the DVD as the typos on a "permanent" piece of plastic would irritate the OCD in me. A download (although at the same cost as the DVD) seems like they just knocked it together and typos seem more tolerable! ; )

 

Guy Barnes

The best ideas are the most simple. Hands Down is the perfect "which hand is the coin in" routine (like you have seen Derren Brown do many times) because it is extremely easy to do and is based on a simple deception. The Other Brothers are great and so is this trick! Bravo!