Digits of Deception (Alan Rorrison) Use easy-to-make gimmicks to perform miracles with cards and household objects Overview The Big Blind Media videos that I'm personally most familiar with are nearly all on card magic. As anyone experienced with their products will know, they are among the best in the business when it comes to producing high quality and well produced magic videos and DVDs. But what I didn't realize until recently, is that Big Blind Media has been expanding their range of products into other genres: mentalism, street magic, and tricks with money, dice, and rubber bands. So I was pleased to discover one of their brand new DVD releases, Digits of Deception (DVD) featuring Alan Rorrison. Get a taste of the video in the official trailer here. Listed in their "Easy Moves" category, this is a collection of eight different impromptu style tricks, performed with a range of different household and other common objects. In other words, these tricks with ordinary items like a key, a ring, a coin, a sharpie, a lighter. Of course there's a generous contribution of tricks with playing cards as well - what collection of tricks would be complete without them?! But besides card magic, impromptu magic that can be performed with everyday household objects and props is one of my favourite genres to perform, simply because there are often opportunities in ordinary life to put this magic into practice. Alan Rorrison But who is Alan Rorrison? If you're coming from the world of card magic, his name might need some introduction. Born in Port Glasgow, Scotland, when he starts talking you'll immediately recognize the local flavour that he gives the English language, courtesy of where he grew up. And for someone who was started out as an apprentice welder out of high school, he's certainly accomplished a lot since becoming a professional magician. But when you start magic as a hobby at age 9 like Alan did, you never know what success you might have. And success he's certainly had, first producing a few successful releases of his own (Smoke 2.0 is a true reputation maker that will make you feel like James Bond!). He then moved on to working as a magic consultant and prop building, before being approached by the world of TV. Today Alan is considered to be one of the UK's top creative magicians, and has done consultant work for big name TV stars like Dynamo and Troy. Add to that his performances at Hollywood's Magic Castle and London's Magic Circle, and it's obvious that he has some solid credits behind him as a magician, creator, and consultant. The esteemed Paul Wilson gives him this wonderful description: "If James Bond was a magician, Alan Rorrison would be Q!" So with some understanding of his credentials, and the kind of material he's going to be teaching us, let's check out this new DVD! Contents Here are the eight tricks taught on Digits of Deception: 1. Rory's Rise: Effect: A card is inserted into the bottom of a deck but remains outjogged, and in front of your spectator's eyes it magically disappears into the deck and reappears sticking out near the top. Comment: Ray Kosby's "Raise Rise" is the inspiration for this trick, and Alan teaches you how to make the needed gimmick he's come up with for it. Take your Ambitious Card routine to the next level - literally! Sometimes a visual touch like this will really add that special something to your existing magic. 2. Key Thing: Effect: Starting with a borrowed ring and a borrowed key, you push the key through the ring - even though it can't possibly fit! Comment: This can be performed impromptu with genuinely borrowed objects, a real strength of this routine! Alan also explains how to do this with a coin instead of a key. 3. Fries With That: Effect: Four Aces each vanish from four separate packets, then reappear in the final packet, but then vanish again and are found among the other cards. Comment: This is a play on the classic MacDonald's Aces, hence the name of the trick. It requires building a custom gimmick (it's not the usual gaff for this trick, and card splitting is involved) and some basic sleights like the Elmsley - something that fans of packet tricks will already know. 4. Bud's Bottle: Effect: This routine is about penetrating a borrowed bottle with a borrowed and signed coin. Comment: Although this is genuinely impromptu and doesn't require the usual kind of gimmicks used for this type of effect, you will need the right conditions and setting, i.e. a one-on-one performance where the lighting and type of bottle used are ideal, and where you don't hand out everything for lengthy inspection afterwards. 5. Static: Effect: With the help of some "static", a card on top of the deck shoots up and sticks to your fingers, before descending slowly back onto the rest of the deck. Comment: This very visual levitation effect can be angle sensitive, but it can look stunning and be very fooling. And the gimmick needed literally will take you just a few seconds to make. 6. Sharpie Bend: Effect: A Sharpie held in your hand melts and bends at 90 degrees, and then can be handed out for inspection, being now permanently fixed at right angles. Comment: People familiar with metal-bending tricks will warm to this very quickly. Care will be needed in making this particular gimmick, although it won't take a lot of work. When performed well, the illusion can be thoroughly convincing. 7. Aces Out: Effect: Four Aces are shown in a packet, and when your spectators choose one it vanishes and appears in the middle of a deck - in which all the other cards are shown to be blank! Comment: Plots with blank cards are among my favourites (e.g. "I Dream of Mindreading" by John Lovick) and this is a particularly fun one. You'll be making a gaffed deck, but after that it's pretty much self-working, and the astonishing payoff can be worth it! 8. Be Safe: Effect: A sticker is instantly removed from a lighter, and then thrown at the lighter where it instantly is attached again permanently, and can even be examined. Comment: It won't come as a surprise that the paddle move is your friend here, but it is a practical application of the Jumping Jems idea without needing a gimmicky looking rod that screams "magic shop".