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Xabi • DSS • 01/27/13
When I finished downloading it, I realized that I had not received a video, but a folder. That folder contained the 18 clips that can be found in the DVD, but without putting them together. I very much liked the idea. I don't have the need to look for the section I want, because everything is instantly accessible. It may sound something not important at all, but taking into account that the video is over 2.5 hour long, it makes things way easier.
18 clips, I'm going to rate each of them without getting into much detail, I don't want a 2km long post...
Altar display : A very nice way of balancing a packet on top of another one - kind of hard to explain.
Atom: You make a triangle and have cards spinning around it. I like this very much.
Backhand Bullet Shot: I don't like shooting cards, but this one looks good.
Card in Fan (Recovery): We all know it looks amazing - check the media section if you don't.
Classic: You create a triangle while shuffling the cards. THIS IS SICK!
Interlock Deck Split: the king of the deck splits. There's a video of it on t11.
Interlock Delta Formation: Start with a IDS, end with a three packet castle in your hands.
Jeff McBride: the father of card twirling teaches some basic flourishes.
ONE delta: start with ONE, end with a delta. The name says it all.
Pseudo Card in Fan: You throw a card into the air and catch it with a fan horizontally. Looks great!
Rain Dance: combines two easy moves to create a increadible flourish. Easy and amazing.
Revolving Angel: A simple move that you have to do very quickly if you don't want spectators to laugh at you. If done correctly, it looks very nice.
Create a triangle. Turn it into a square. Create two triangles that form a rombus. And end with two triangles in one hand. Yes, one hand. This is my very favourite one.
Stardust: looks nice but, don't like it much (check media section!) 5/10
Trinity: take a triangle from the inside of another triangle, and the fuse them into one. Looks amazing.
Twitter 2.0: Nice flourish, can't really explain it. It just cannot be described.
Winged Castle: A castle with a fan on it... Nice.
Concluding, this is a DVD that is worth buying! Very cool and amazing stuff taught! What's more important, you'll start having some great ideas, and develop your very own flourishes!
VIvek • India • 12/17/12
0 - 60, true to it's word. The most comprehensive cardistry video ever by one of the best. 100 stars if there was an option.
Jon • Maryland • 11/08/12
Charlie • Nevada • 11/08/12
John Harber • England • 10/14/12
Very simple and very practical. Looks great!
Crow • Spartanburg • 10/13/12
Andrei is an amazing cardist. He teaches everything very well, but I do suggest you buy Genesis V1. Like Andrei says, you can't just read the 2nd Harry Potter book and expect to be caught up with everything.
Jahid • London • 10/12/12
Andrei jikh has the devil's hands. The teaching on this DVD is brilliant!
Oliver • Sweden • 09/22/12
It's good but I think Andrei could have taken a longer time to talk about every move. You really need Genesis 1 before learning many of these moves. The negative aside, the moves are extremely good and it's worth the money.
Bar • Israel • 08/08/12
Alexander • Stuttgart, Germany • 04/28/11
This is really one of the best DVD's I've ever seen. He payed attention to every little detail. I loved the performing sections. They all look like single films and trailers. The moves which Andrei teaches on the DVD are very unique and stylish and they aren't just completed flourishes but they are combo moves, so you can build and create your own combos and flourishes with those cuts. So all in all it's a great modern DVD for beginners and professionals and I highly recommend it to every flourisher out there. Andrei and Theory11 did it again and produced an amazing product.
Robin Carey • Michigan • 04/07/11
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This is my review for the second volume of Genesis by Andrei Jikh, which can be found at Theory11. I broke down each move and wrote any thoughts I had about it. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask! Genesis v2 is a great volume and upgrades a lot of the ideas laid out in the first disc.
I also have to say YOU NEED GENESIS V1 BEFORE THIS. Nearly every single flourish or move on this project is built from a move on the first volume. Not just basic cardistry or flourishes, but Andrei's original work that can only be found on Genesis. So if you really like the way these sound/look, I recommend you pick up v1 then revisit this disc.
The teaching in this volume is superb, just as the first one. Each move begins with a cool performance trailer. Next, Andrei verbalizes the move and talks about any pertinent information or history. Then he does a quick walk-through of how it works, followed by a longer and more in-depth one. After that there's a slow motion follow along phase, all topped off with a conclusion section. In the conclusion Andrei gives you any hints, tips, or ideas to help get the flourish down. This last section was extremely helpful when learning some of these, so don't just skip over it. I don't need to talk about the video or sound quality, it's Theory 11. Same top-notch recording we've come to know and love.
Altar Display: This is an example of Andrei's unique thinking. Half the deck is balanced perpendicular to the other half which is being held in between the bottom area of your palms. This volume only shows the basic display but you can tell there are quite a few application possibilities with this little gem. The hard part of the move is just getting to top packet to balance. Luckily, this becomes easy after an hour or so of practice.
Atom: Atom is the first kind of flourish I've seen like this. A lengthwise triangle is made (from Genesis v1) and a single card is rotated around it, like a particle orbits a nucleus in an atom, thus the name. If you can make the lengthwise triangle then this move is a piece of cake. As with a lot of one card work in flourishes it looks difficult and complex but is just the opposite.
Backhand Bullet Shot: I feel like a broken record talking about the originality of these moves but each one is a legitimate new concept from what's been released thus far. Andrei himself says that he's never seen any other move that launched a card from a packet, on the back of the hand. I was glad to see more bullet work as it's such a good looking flourish. This move is not as pretty and flashy as the original bullet but that's not the point. It's an effective, versatile way to shoot a card off the back of your hand. The mechanics are a lot like the Thumb Propulsion.
Card in Fan (Recovery): We first saw this move as one of the little preview clips Theory 11 posted before Genesis was released. This move is a stylish way to recover from dropping a card. Hell, after you get it down you might drop one a purpose so you can show this to laypeople. The mechanics aren't hard, but timing them in sync is. Once you can get everything flowing you can increase the distance the card is shot making the move more and more impressive.
Classic: Take the Widthwise Triangle and put it together with the One-Handed Shuffle, and out comes Classic. As Andrei said, he took a common problem people have when first learning a shuffle and turned it into a viable flourish. Inspiration can come from anywhere, even mistakes. When Classic is done instantly, it has a nice pop to it once the triangle appears. If you've got the One-Handed Shuffle down you can already do this move.
Interlock Deck Split: Yet again, Andrei created his own way to do a common move. The Interlock concept is based on doing something with your fingers laced together, making everything extremely difficult. However, it looks bad-ass. This first video teaches it just as a way to separate the deck in half. The next move does a little more with it, but you can tell Andrei has a whole host of ideas up his sleeve with this one. I feel that Interlock has been the hardest concept to get down on this DVD because it's a completely new and foreign concept; my hands aren't used to moving and working that way yet. It looks extremely impressive though and I think it'll be worth learning for what he has in store with it later.
Interlock Delta Formation: This is just a tease of what the Interlock Concept can look like. The Delta Formation is making a triangle on the back of your hands. It's basically adding an extra step to the Deck Split. But with just that one extra move it looks even more impossible. It just kills laymen; they don't believe someone could make a shape on the back of the fingers.
Jeff McBride: I always enjoy Guest Submissions on DVDs and this one does not disappoint. Jeff McBride was, for the most part, the creator of once-card twirls and flourishes. He teaches the basic one he uses. If you learned the one card flourish the Virts put out when you subscribed to their mailing list, it's the same exact mechanics. He teaches a few other ones, as well as cool combinations. These are a great way to enhance your flourishes with a small amount of effort.
ONE Delta: This flourish builds on the ONE concept from the first disc of Genesis. It's also a cool-looking way to close a Widthwise Triangle. It's somewhat difficult to keep all three packets balanced and aligned but this goes away with time. ONE Delta shows how versatile Andrei's concept really is and where you can take it.
Pseudo Card in Fan: If you love the Card in Fans but can't seem to get the hang of them, this flourish is perfect for you! Pseudo CIF is quick, visual, and flashy. When you perform it, it appears to have the same mechanics as the original CIF flourishes but in reality is a lot simpler. You also need to have the Bullet Shot from Genesis v1 down to perform Pseudo Card in Fan.
Rain Dance: Rain Dance looks like the child of the Continuous Bullet and the Jones Change rotations. That's basically what the move is at its core. Doing these two kinds of flourishes together and at the right speed creates an infinite sort of look. Timing and rhythm are key here. Definitely a pretty flourish and, if you have already learned bullet, not too difficult.
Revolving Angel: I really like the idea behind this flourish. Rather than just getting the motions down to make it look good, you need to have style. If you were to perform Revolving Angel without any kind of flair or other movements in it you would look ridiculous, as Andrei points out in the video. So it's much more about the performer and how that specific person does it rather than copying the same moves as everyone else. I'd love to see more work like this.
Shapeshift Sequence: Easily my favorite flourish on the whole DVD. I first saw this sequence a while back on a YouTube Video Andrei posted and I've wanted to learn it ever since. Doing a twirl and making a triangle, then a square, and a second triangle all in a couple seconds is nothing short of incredible. The grips and moves are less than conventional but once your fingers have gotten used to them speed comes quickly. I've been practicing it for about two or three days now and go through without any hiccups (usually) and at a decent speed. I hope Genesis v3 offers more with this shape-shifting idea.
Stardust: Like a lot of other moves on here, Stardust is a combination of two other flourishes. It's composed of a card spin through the fingers and Bullet. When you put these two together it flows great and looks like the card is moving of its own accord. If you've mastered the two pieces of this one then it should come naturally. I can already see other flourishes where Stardust could fit right in.
Trinity: Back in Genesis v1 Andrei stressed that the alignment of the packets when forming a triangle would be important later on. This is one of those times when it's important. Trinity is a triangle production. You make one Widthwise Triangle and then strip another one out of it, creating two instantly. It's extremely visual. Another knacky move but that's just because it's a different type of move.
Twitter 2.0: This is Twitter from the first volume along with a card shot and some Bullet action. It's a unique move in the sense that you're shooting two cards off the deck at the same time. Andrei said that it was discovered by accident; even his accidents are creative. This is definitely a cool move and, yet again, requires prerequisite knowledge from the first disc of Genesis.
Winged Castle: The Winged concept was taught on the first volume and utilized a little bit. This flourish show more of the possibilites Winged can accomplish. To laymen this looks 100% impossible. It seems like your balancing 4 packets of cards on just the edge of your thumb, while also holding a one handed fan. It's an impressive display as well. Again I think Andrei is going to build on this concept even more in the third installment.
That's all of them. After watching this whole DVD, I've become impressed with Andrei's originality. I wouldn't even just call it style since he comes up with totally new types of moves that haven't been seen before. Instead of putting his own twist on existing ideas, Andrei just creates his own concepts. The only thing I didn't like about this disc was the fact that it's the middle one. The moves in here aren't quite as cool as the ones released in the first volume, and I'm sure the third one will be even better. Don't get me wrong, these flourishes are fresh but you can tell this is the in-between step. These are setting the stage for what's to come, and I can see some exciting things over the horizon for Andrei and Genesis. Until then make sure you're ready by practicing Genesis v2.
Aubrey • Munich, Germany • 03/26/11
Andrei is indeed, the future of Cardistry. An incredibly in depth and well explained crash course on one of the hottest artforms today.
Andrei is clear, straight to the point, elaborate and articulate in his explanations. He is a great teacher and communicates his ideas well with no sketchy run-arounds.
If you have not purchased the first volume of this series, it would be wise to do so before jumping into this one. The first DVD covers the fundamentals needed to execute the more complex and challenging techniques in this DVD. Don't go biting off more than you can chew, as they say.
Many thanks to Theory11, and Mr. Andrei Jikh for putting out another quality product.
Jon Wilbanks • Yakima, WA • 03/24/11
T11 has done it again! Building on what Volume 1 offered, v2 teaches more moves, concepts, and ideas. Even if you don't learn all that V2 has to offer, the mindset it will put you in is worth the $ alone.
Thank you Andrei and T11!
Nathan Inosanta • Philippines • 03/21/11
What can I say? All the moves are cool and stunning.
waltertayspades • Malaysia • 03/19/11
Smooth! Beautiful! What more can I say?
John Heide • Chicago, IL • 03/19/11
Just to be expected. The greatest addition to the greatest DVD series. No more waiting.