Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks: Ryan Matney Edition by Big Blind Media (2020) Ryan Matney joins Big Blind Media's popular video series on self-working card magic Background I have a real love for self-working card tricks, and I've previously written an article about why you should try self-working card tricks, recommending the merits of this genre of card magic. I've a special interest in the classics, and have covered some of the very best tricks in this genre in two other articles (10 of the Best and 10 More of the Best). So where can you learn some of the top tricks that this genre of card magic has to offer? On numerous occasions I've made positive recommendations for the excellent series of videos produced by Big Blind Media (BBM), entitled Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks. With great production values and clear teaching, they do a splendid job of covering some of the very best of the best, each with a carefully curated collection of top self-workers. The first of these DVDs was produced in 2012, with Volumes 1-3 coming out in successive years, while Volume 4 was released at the start of 2020. Building on the success of this series are several other closely-related releases from BBM. The DVD Awesome Self Working Card Tricks (2015) was effectively another member of the series, despite a slightly different title. And in 2019 they released Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks: Cameron Francis Edition, which featured tricks that were exclusively the work of Cameron Francis. Now in 2020 comes a similar collection, featuring tricks from Ryan Matney, and entitled Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks: Ryan Matney Edition (2020). If you're not familiar with Ryan Matney, then this recommendation from self-worker aficionado John Bannon should get you immediately interested. Bannon wrote the introduction to Matney's book Spoiler Alert, and has also praised his other books with glowing endorsements like this: "I have been a fan of Ryan’s for a while now. [This] is a delightful book full of interesting card magic. If you like refined, semi-automatic methods (like I do) and thoughtful, occasionally quirky presentations (like I do), you will thoroughly enjoy this collection (like I did)." Matney has also received high praise from big names like Max Maven, David Regal, and other students of simple, elegant, and hard-hitting magic like Cameron Francis and John Carey. Performance Example Does Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks: Ryan Matney Edition live up to the quality of the rest of the series? To whet your appetite, see the official video trailer, which includes a performance of the trick Pallbearers Aces. Contents This collection contains a dozen tricks, the accompanying description here being the ad copy for each: 1. Pallbearer’s Aces: The ultimate gambling demonstration, where people will not believe your skill with the cards… and they’d definitely never believe you don’t need any skill to perform this! 2. The Maven / Bannon Triangle Conversion: You and your spectator construct a ‘four-sided triangle’, which inexplicably leads to the four Aces! 3. The Positive Fortune Observation: A commercial masterpiece! A fun ‘reading’ turns out very much in the spectators favour… despite the fact that you had stacked the odds against them! 4. Amara Rises Again: A baffling card revelation where the cards reveal everything themselves, and then top it off with a four-of-a-kind KICKER! 5. Harmony: Show how closely linked your spectators are, as they affix post-it notes onto two randomly selected cards. First, they find each other, and then they turn out to be impossibly connected! 6. Discard Dating: a clever version of the ‘Royal Marriages’ where your spectator turns match-maker, and hooks up all the happy couples! 7. The Synchronicity Theorem: You and the spectator work together to remove two random cards from the deck before the serious stuff begins… and what do you know? They are exactly the two that needed to be picked! 8. The Long Way Home: With more twists than a bag of twizzlers, this will prove that there is no such thing as ‘Free Will’ with the playing cards! 9. Duel Construct: This fooler has the spectator invent a card, and then find it’s exactly the one she has cut to, in advance! This WILL fool them! 10. Vintage Mob Scene: Get everyone involved with this four Ace production. The deck is repeatedly shuffled and cut, and yet everyone ends up producing an Ace from their packet! 11. Positively Fourth Street: A lucky Ace that won you a big poker game just keeps turning up; even when the spectator shuffles and deals! 12. The Psychic Dyslexia Approximation: The revelation of a thought-of card that you genuinely don’t know until the end of the trick. It’ll fool everyone - probably even YOU, as you perform it!