Matt Baker Masterclass

Live lecture by Matt Baker
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Matt Baker Masterclass

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Live lecture by Matt Baker ($75.00)

Matt Baker cemented his place as one of magic’s most innovative thinkers with the launch of his debut book The Buena Vista Shuffle Club. A student of the late great Simon Aronson, Matt’s innovative and analytical approach to magic has allowed him to create an impressive catalog of truly original magic.

As a mathematics professor by day, Matt combines clever principles and devious methods to create captivating effects that aren’t too difficult to perform. These are powerful pieces of magic with intriguing premises that can be enjoyed by any audience.

It’s such a pleasure to have Matt join us for what is set to be a jam-packed Masterclass. He will not only share an exciting array of tricks, but will also explore the principles behind them and how they can be applied to your own work.

The theme of the Masterclass is "Mathematical Principles in Magic". Matt will perform numerous original effects in front of a live studio audience, and will then teach everything in detail. There will be no fluff or plodding procedure: these effects are designed to be practical, hard-hitting, and memorable. Almost all of the material Matt will be teaching is new and cannot be found elsewhere.

By the end of the Masterclass, you'll understand what's going on underneath the hood with the "Gilbreath Principle", Simon Aronson's "Undo Influence Principle", and much more. You'll also learn about some incredibly powerful underground ideas you've likely never seen before, including Gabriel Werlen's "Green Neck System" and Alex Elmsley's "Sierpinski Principle".

As always, the 2 complete 90-minute lectures will be followed by a live zoom Q&A in Week 3. This Masterclass is available to be purchased separately. But, remember, for less than the cost of this Masterclass on its own, you can subscribe to VI Monthly and get all three lectures plus access to our VI Studio magic streaming library, as well as free shipping on every order in the US and UK (and disounted shipping everywhere else).

Week One - September 4, 2022

  • Single-Fried
    • The Sierpinski Principle
  • Pile Driver 2.0
  • Free Sandwiched
    • Free Cut Principle
  • Twice As Nice
    • Undo Influence Principle
  • Scripted Will
    • The Green Neck System

Week Two - September 11, 2022

  • The Impossible Knot
  • Crowdsourced Prediction
    • The Red-Black Relationship Principle
  • Shuffling versus Mixing
  • Match or No Match
    • The Gilbreath Principle, Part 1
  • Card College
    • The Gilbreath Principle, Part 2

Week Three - September 18, 2022

  • Ask Matt any questions you have in the this live Q&A session.
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Customer reviews for Matt Baker Masterclass







Nice mixture of tricks; excellent overview of Gilbreath principle with beautiful examples of application in his creative card effects. I liked his extrapolation of the "old" rope trick best!



Top notch stuff.

Wow. Very good.



I'm a card guy, so I liked week one better (plus I had an interruption during week two). That said, I found Matt to be very articulate and engaging in his explanations and I just might wind up using some of the non-card things that he exposited, as I'm working on elements of a parlor show too.






What a fun masterclass this has been so far! His the material taught has been a pleasure to practice and learn. The way he thinks about magic is something new and makes this masterclass a pleasure to watch.









This is a terrific Master Class. I think I got more out of this one than any of the other ones. Even though I have read Matt's Book (The Buena Vista Shuffle Club) I was pleased with new material not included in the book (although he did teach modifications and improvements to some of those in the book). There are new principles (to me) that I appreciated learning about, in particular the Sierpinski Fractal principle, principle used in Pile Driver 2.0, (including 'pivotal peek'), The Free Cut Principle, and Simon Aaronson's Undo Influence Principle. This Master Class has effects I have and will actually do - Free Sandwiched, Any Two Cards at Any Two Numbers (Twice as Nice), and Match or No Match. It also includes variety of other effects (rope trick, a prediction effect with M&Ms - that also introduces another interesting principle The Red-Black Relationship principle, and Joshua Jay's fractal cut - worth price IMHO) that are satisfying. With detailed PDF notes to go with the lectures, as well as good tips on learning a memorized deck, this is without doubt the greatest value I've seen in a Master Class.









Extra star over the first session as the credits were even more impeccable, if that’s possible. The material was good here and the explanations were excellent, very in-depth. The presentations were not necessarily my style, except for Card College, I think that’s normal though isn’t it? We all have our own style and approach, or should have. All in all an enjoyable and productive few hours, thank you Matt.



Well, so far, I'm not convinced that mathematical card tricks can be made worthwhile. In particular, the first two tricks taught are too long and involve far too much dealing and counting. Matt seems very personable, organized, and sincere though, so I'm cautiously optimistic. The bonus eBook given after session #1 was as very nice touch.



This was a good masterclass even though I was a little disappointed because the first two tricks performed and taught were very long and convoluted, However I did enjoy his teaching of the Gilbreath principle, and I would recommend his book the Buena vista shuffle club as there are some great routines in this book.



Great impromptu magic! Great math magic! Great Matt (Baker) magic! Honest evaluation here, Matt does a great job demonstrating a trick. He does a great job explaining it as well, however he sometimes over-explains an effect, or details the principle behind it repeatedly or his inspiration for a trick or too many credits given for a single effect. These concerns simply make the class seem to drag on and I started to lose interest at times.



Part 1.

A good first part of this masterclass. For me, however, the first two tricks in particular are much too long in their presentation for a normal audience! Magic for magicians probably applies more here! Nevertheless, the underlying mathematical principles are an enrichment for anyone who does not know them yet! Since I'm a great admirer of Simon Aronson's magic and also already own the book by Matt Baker, there wasn't really anything new for me here. So I hope that the second part will bring me more!



I waited until I had seen all three parts of this masterclass before posting a review but my initial impression has held. This is the worst sort of magic. These tricks may have clever methods but they are confusing, convoluted and tedious to watch. I am unable to imagine any lay audience finding them entertaining and am baffled at why magicians seem to enjoy this sort of thing either. I firmly believe mathematical principles have a place in magic but here there is no wit, no theatre, no clarity of effect, just tricks that have been designed to justify using some novel principle without any thought for the audience experience. The teaching is also very poor, and frankly most of these tricks are probably not suited to video tutorial in any case. Tricks like these that do not rely on sleights are easier to explain in text because the methods are not visual. This is a terrible introduction to VI Masterclass and I'm hoping that next month's will be much better because frankly this was a complete waste of money.