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Cheryl • Singapore • 10/22/2012
This is amazing. Performed with great reactions. Get it now!
Bee • U.S.A. • 9/15/2012
This is probably the best effect on the wire. It is the cleanest, most visual, most natural looking, best version of the twisting the aces plot out there. I have used this live, and it kills. It's a killer. Just click add to cart right now, download it, watch it, love it, and in the words of Nike, " Just do it". This is something you will use. Worth the price and more.
Sam • New york • 7/25/2012
I love this trick! Can't wait to see more from Blake :)
Punyesh • India • 3/29/2012
Twisting the Aces is a plot in magic that I really love. There are lots of great versions out there, but High End blows them all out of the water. Kudos to Blake!
Aaron P. • New York City • 3/25/2012
I've been a fan of Blake's work since I purchased REF4M. When I got High End, my expectations were SUPER high as the video downloaded (quickly!) to my computer. The verdict...
EPIC WIN! This is phenomenal. Smart, clever, logical routine, and great instruction. This routine is going straight into my repertoire after I practice it more in the coming weeks. Thank you, Blake!
thejefwright • Maine • 3/24/2012
I love this trick. Great routine, even better ending. I really love Blake's teaching. I think his explanation of the sleights used in the trick is worth the price, even if you don't want to perform the routine - but you will want to. This is my new favorite. I'm really looking forward to Split Sessions V2...
Spidey • Montreal • 3/9/2012
When Blake showed me this, I had a high end - in my pants... If you know what I mean! I love this! I don't do a lot of sleight of hand card magic but I will be using this. :D
Olli Mustonen • Klaukkala, Finland • 2/27/2012
Mercury Aces was one of the first card effects I put my heart into mastering when I got into card magic 3 years ago. My best critic (my wife) pretty much knows how the most effects I perform works and with Mercury Aces she knows exactly how it's done. When I showed her High End she was blown away. The handling is so much cleaner. Thanks again Blake for High End as it's an absolute upgrade to my arsenal. And price wise $6.95 compared to Mercury $11.99.
Robin Carey • Michigan, USA • 2/23/2012
Full review with pictures at http://www.robincarey.com
Method: I always enjoy seeing Blake’s ideas because of the new approach he brings to old effects. Similar to REF4M, High End isn’t some ground-breaking sleight of hand but a workable, useful real-life effect that will actually get put into your repertoire instead of being tossed in “the drawer”. High End uses quite a few moves but they’re all motivated throughout the trick. When I first watched the explanation I felt a little overwhelmed by all the sleights but after running through it two or three times I didn’t even have to think about it; as the majority of the sleights are ones that everyone has learned. It’ll just take a few tries to string them together smoothly. Also, the set-up is almost nothing and, as long as you can do a cull, you should be able to do this one impromptu.
Teaching: The walk-through is set at a good pace, keeping you interested but not leaving you behind. The explanation goes through each phase of the trick very thoroughly so you won’t have any questions at the end (it’s about 30 minutes long). There’s also a mirror below the cards during the entire teaching portion so you can see what’s going on underneath, which helps you keep track of everything while learning. One thing I really enjoyed was that Blake taught a few variations for different sections of the effect. Having options at various points during the trick makes it adaptable to a lot of situations and shows you how versatile it can really be.
Angles: This is where I’m a little unsure about the effect. Without revealing anything, there are some portions where it can be extremely easy to flash. The angles are fairly sensitive on this one but still manageable. The more you actually perform this trick the more conscious of the angles you become. I would highly suggest doing this for another magician or family member until you can do so without flashing. Another good way to check your angles as well as to work on your patter is to record yourself from the angle a spectator would watch you. Then you can see each and every point you flash while hearing what your patter sounds like all together.
Difficulty: If you already know all of the sleights used in High End then it’s a pretty easy effect to get down, but if you’re learning some for the first time while watching the explanation then I would suggest you master that sleight before you try to put the whole trick together. The rhythm of the counts and displays in High End is very important as well as a little knacky. Just like with the angles you’ll understand how the the timing should feel once you actually perform it.
Nicholas • Louisville • 2/23/2012
Great version of this common plot with multiple, creative endings. I highly recommend!
Rusty • Indiana • 2/22/2012
Lucas • New Jersey • 2/17/2012
Really great quality download! Way better than Mercury Aces because you don't do anything unnecessary. The two versions by Pandrea and Kun were nice additions, so its up to you how to end the routine.
Mitchell • Florida • 2/16/2012
Amazing performance and cool ending!
MOMO • MOMO's World • 2/16/2012
I have seen Blake perform this live quite a few times, and the ending kills laymen. Well worth the buy!
Sam Stephans • Virginia • 2/15/2012
I love this routine! Very well produced, and the instruction is top notch all the way through. I've played with this plot a lot in the past, but I think Blake's handling is one of the best yet. Thumbs up. Great work.
Rudi • Austria • 2/15/2012
This has been done before A LOT, and I have to say I know almost all of them, because it is my favourite type of magic. However, this is a nice variation, but I don't see why it is prized at $6.95. Only because he is Blake Vogt? Sorry, but in my opinion it is overprized and I cannot get why there is so much hype on it. It is a good trick that you might perform, so if it's worth $6.95 for you, then buy it. For me it was not.
Kyle Marlett • Las Vegas, NV • 2/15/2012
Blake showed me this the other day, and its super nice! Very smooth and direct with a great and unexpected ending!