Dream Card Revisited (David Malek-Autographed)
- Difficulty: ADVANCED
- Category: CARD MAGIC
- Product Type: BOOK
Subtitled as “The Ultimate Card To Wallet, A Comprehensive Guide,” The Dream Card Revisited can serve as an important and definitive tutorial on the subject.
In this book, you’ll learn literally every single strategy, nuance, and facet, which will enable you to perform this effect as well as many others on a professional level, almost instantly. Also included are four brand new methods of palming multiple cards that have been kept secret for over twenty-five years, a new way to force under the spread, extensive instruction on the use of the Kaps/Balducci and LePaul Wallets as well as ideas and concepts you can apply to your own magic tricks and routines that are being shared here for the very first time. You even learn a method that you can perform out of your pocket and does not use a wallet.
So, what is David Malek’s basic Dream Card effect? It is based on a routine by Darwin Ortiz and it goes like this: A card is selected from a shuffled deck as you remove a card from your wallet to show that it has a different color back and your signature on it (The Dream Card). It is placed back in the wallet and in your pocket. The spectator then signs the face of his card and it is lost in the deck. You retrieve the Dream Card from your wallet and it is the actual selection. But it now has a different color back and both you’re and the spectator’s signature… you can then hand it as a souvenir.
The authoritative card expert Roberto Giobbi who wrote the foreword said, “David talks about those things that make magic work, about its essence. And there are not many people who can and want to do that. What you get here is not just a professional trick for almost all occasions; you get a Masterclass by a working pro, a course in magic.”
Even more important than the great routine, this detailed booklet teaches you about construction, routining and presentation strategies that you can implement into your existing repertoire. It is a crash course in advanced card magic and thinking.
Published by David Malek in 2017. 6 x 9 inches, perfect bound, 170-pages with many photographs. Our current copies have all been hand-signed by David Malek.
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A master class in conjuring thinking, given by a master magician.
A review by Jamy Ian Swiss in The Lyons Den 11/27/2019
Everything I’ve written about The Ultimate Ten-Card Poker Deal is equally true, if not more so, of The Dream Card Revisited. This booklet also addresses a single routine, at a slightly higher price than that asked for the Ultimate Ten-Card Poker Deal. In return for that slight difference, you get a book twice the length, that is nothing less than a master class in conjuring thinking, given by a master magician. That’s right: one hundred and fifty-eight pages dedicated to one routine. And a book filled with priceless teaching.
“Teaching” is the operative word. You don’t just get the instructions to a trick. You get every conceivable detail, and I cannot imagine a student completing study of this book and feeling that anything has been left out or any unanswered questions are left to linger. There are, for example, thirteen pages devoted to palming, describing multiple techniques, countless fine details, and superb theoretical discussion about misdirection, along with the author’s thoughts about other palming experts who have influenced his work, including the legendary Michael Skinner, and a contemporary, John Carney.
“The Dream Card” is a neo-classic take on the card-to-wallet plot, devised by Darwin Ortiz and first published in 1988 in his first and excellent book, Darwin Ortiz at the Card Table. It remains among his best-known routines—and for good reason. It brings a different approach to the standard card-to-wallet routine, invoking not just the effect of transposition, but also of a kind of time travel (not unlike Alex Elmsley’s “Between Two Palms”). The routine achieves a deep mystery with fairly minimal requirements: an extra card; a force (in Malek’s version); a palm; and a Balducci-style wallet. The original routine has been used by countless magicians (I’ve used it myself on the trade show floor), and it’s sparked variations, notably including Jim Swain’s terrific “Airmail Card” (Miracles with Cards by James Swain; 1996).
Malek considers Ortiz’s trick to be “a one-of-a-kind brilliant card trick,” that he has been performing professionally for more than twenty-five years. In that period, the author has devised a number of “ideas that preserve the effect while, at the same time, make other areas of the routine stronger.” I believe these claims are accurate, and reasonably made—grounded in real-world experience, not armchair theorizing, or vaporous wishful thinking of the kind that fuels the instant download market.
Purchasing this book will deliver a reputation-making, career-supporting, miracle routine to your repertoire—assuming, of course, you put in the necessary study and practice, and all-around effort required. But that’s not why you should buy this book.
You should buy this book because David Malek is both an excellent thinker, and an excellent teacher. When I think about some of the greatest influences, teachers, mentors, and colleagues I’ve known in the course of my life in magic, the one thing they all had, or have, in common, is the level of detail in their thinking. Dai Vernon, Johnny Thompson, Michael Skinner, Tommy Wonder, Juan Tamariz … these men, and others like them, have expanded my thinking—about not only what to think, but also about how to think, and about what is available to think about, and is worth thinking about. Every phone conversation, letter and phone call I ever exchanged with Michael Skinner served to further expand my universe of thought about magic.
That’s exactly the level of detail you get in The Dream Card Revisited. This isn’t just a book about a trick; it is a guided tour and a teaching course in expert thinking about conjuring. I believe, above all, that that is what you stand to learn from its pages. And that’s the kind of lesson that is impossible to put a price on.