The Bullet Trilogy (John Bannon) An overview of John Bannon's fantastic "Bullet" trilogy of videos Background John Bannon is my hero. Well, maybe not quite, but he's certainly a brilliant magician, with a remarkable capacity for a clever psychological approach to his card magic. And I do enjoy Bannon's card magic immensely! The nice thing about having Bannon as your teacher, is that you're not going to be challenged to become a move monkey, needing to do difficult knuckle-busting sleights that take years to master. Instead he has a more subtle approach, and while he's not afraid to use some sleight of hand, it is usually done in a modest way. He especially relies of psychology and clever construction for effective card magic. Despite a somewhat minimalist approach, Bannon has proven himself as having the capacity to create very powerful magic. He might not have a careeer as a professional magician, but you doesn't need that in order to make an impact, as the important contributions to card magic by big name amateurs like Alex Elmsley already prove. In today's magic industry, Bannon has certainly made a name for himself courtesy of his high class creations, which he's shared both via his books and via the DVDs he's put out with Big Blind Media. In this article I'll be giving an overview and review of three of those DVDs, which together comprise Bannon's "Bullet" trilogy of videos: Bullets After Dark (2009), Bullet Party (2011), and the most recent release, Fire When Ready (2019). Big Blind Media (BBM) is of course the company that keeps producing videos of the highest standard, such as the excellent Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks series, and they are highly regarded for their superb production values, sound, visuals, and camera work. Bannon had produced some videos himself (Impossibilia and Smoke & Mirrors) before joining forces with BBM, but it was only when he began partnering with them that the production quality of his videos went through the roof. In 2009 Big Blind Media achieved what they considered "the ultimate coup", when John Bannon agreed to let them produce his next full length video - his first since way back in 1992. Entitled Bullets After Dark, this DVD would prove to be a big hit and is still a best-seller today. But the Bullets After Dark DVD would would also become the first of what is know as Bannon's Bullet Trilogy. This series consists of three full-length videos from John Bannon, each taking up two DVDs. The majority of the tricks contained in them were previously taught in Bannon's books and booklets, but the Bullet trilogy of DVDs has certainly help popularize his best work and bring it to a much wider audience. Let's give you an overview of the complete series. Vol 1: Bullets After Dark DVD (2009) This was the very first entry in the trilogy, and was produced in 2009 as a result of John Bannon teaming up with BBM for the first time. It contained a dozen routines, the accompanying description here being the ad copy for each trick. 1. Dead Reckoning: She mentally spells the name of her card-and there it is! Just. Not. Possible. Sophisticated, yet self-working wizardry. 2. Dawn Patrol: He "accidentally" shuffles one card between two face-up Queens. Yeah, right, but you won't believe how-and how fast-this works. 3. Doctored Daley: Presentational judo to knock your spectator off-balance. See what a small addition to a classic magic trick can accomplish. 4. Power Of Poker: One card at a time, she forms two poker hands. He correctly predicts every one of her ten separate decisions. A self-working poker blockbuster, gone mental. 5. Counterpunch: The Dunbury Delusion slams into the Biddle trick. It's not just a card trick, it's a con job. 6. 4 Faces North: Bannon's "Last Man Standing" leaner and meaner. Shuffle the cards face-up and face-down. No way! Only Aces staring upward. 7. Watching The Detectives: Continue your guided tour down the garden path. A sandwich trick from the twilight zone. You won't see it coming... 8. New Jax/Full Circle: Next stop: A highly-engineered, stealth fighter-like transposition. Welcome to the future. 9. Origami Prediction: A mathematical drive-by. Multi-stage prediction with error-correction. Fools you when you see it. Fool yourself when you do it. 10. The Einstein Overkill: Fooled Einstein; might fool you. Einstein didn't get to see the kicker ending. He wouldn't stand a chance. 11. Bullet Train (Iconoclastic Aces - Syncopated Aces - Interrobang Aces): Iconoclastic. Syncopated. Interrobang!? Bannon's unholy trio of ace assemblies. Ahead of their time. A neo-modern classic. 12. The Bannon Triumph: Re-branding Bannon's classic four-packet Triumph routine. You know it, you love it. Or, will love it... The majority of these 12 tricks were sourced from Bannon's books Dear Mr. Fantasy (2005) and Six.Impossible.Things. (2009). The material is very strong, and tricks like "Power of Poker" and "The Bannon Triumph" (a rebranding of his earlier "Play It Straight Triumph") continue to be regarded among John Bannon's all time best work, and are still extremely popular today. Also included was instruction for a false cut, the "J.B. Flytrap False Cut".