A New Angle
Ryan Plunkett and Michael Feldman have found fresh new takes on an age-old tool, the stripper deck. By taking advantage of sleight of hand and other card magic techniques in combination with the advantages provided by the tapered deck, their thinking advances the use of the stripper into a realm of surreal and strikingly original effects.
For example, there is The Hallucinogenic Shuffle in which the face-up condition of a deck is shown, but through a series of ordinary riffle shuffles it gradually transforms to a mix of face up and face down cards and then instantly back to the righted condition.
The Law of Conservation of Bullshit is a weird effect in which a spectator and magician repeatedly trade half the deck with each other across an imaginary line. Even though they are exchanging packets, each time the spectator's cards are mixed face up and face down, while the magician's are all in the right orientation. The effect ends with a magical transformation of the entire deck.
Among the many other effects included are variations on Triumph and The Collectors, a color-changing deck routine that allows a convincing display of the original color of the deck, as well as perspectives on various utility techniques using the deck. There also are a number of "Shavings," which are generalized techniques and ideas with the deck rather than specific routines.
Written by Ryan Plunkett and Michael Feldman, photographed by James Murphy, designed by Heather Wood, edited by Susan Palmer Marshall and Pedro Nieves-Bosque, with a foreword by Lance Pierce, A New Angle contains more than twenty routines and concepts, with additional contributions by Harapan Ong, Edward Boswell, Nathan Colwell, Frank Fogg, and Brian O'Neill.
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Hardback, 176 pages, Black and white photographs.