Baltazar Fuentes And His Magic by Baltazar Fuentes – DVD

Written by Bernard Sim

There are many very good concepts and ideas in this DVD. A total of 9 routines and 2 card sleights are taught in this DVD.

I’ll talk about the sleights first. The first one being Revolutionary Pass, this pass looks so good and undetectable. The video even slow it down 3 times and you still won’t be able to catch the move. Besides this pass, another pass “Baltazar's Turnover Pass” is also taught. This one is easy to do and you’d use it too.

Now for the routines, these are some nice routines even though they are not new in plots.

3.0 Balls

The classic 3 balls routine. I find this routine can be a bit confusing at times as there a many repetitions. However, you can also modify the moves to suit your needs. The moves taught are very useful.

Ring And Rope

A  standard routine that is magical at times. There are some parts of the routine that I like. Fuentes’ moves are clever and convincing.

Coins Thru Table

Very nice coins through table. The kicker ending is very nice, when I first watch it, I thought he was using 4 extra coins when he doesn’t use any extras at all. Coin workers will love this.

The Matrix Strikes Back and Matrix 2

Are 2 very well thought matrix effects. Of this 2 matrix routines, I prefer the Matrix 2. Matrix 2 starts with the standard coins moving from 1 card to join the coins at the other card. It ends with an additional of 4 coins, 1 coin under  each card. This is more knuckle busting but if you put in effort, you will be rewarded.

Disention Aces

This is similar to the effect “Cutting to the Aces”. The aces “pass” through the deck one at a time. Looks simple but not that easy to do.

Phantom Kings

4 kings are shown to the spectators; they are then transformed into aces. This one looks nice and I’m sure you’ll enjoy performing it.

Upright Change

Is a color change that is a tad different from the traditional method. In this method, the fingers can be spread wider to show an empty hand. The change looks magical.

Coins And Purse

Added as a bonus routine in the DVD. I don’t really like this routine (the sequencing) as some parts doesn’t make sense. An example would be, putting a coin into the purse , then take it out again and then vanish it. This is done when there are 3 other coins on the table. But from this routine, you can learn some other moves that you can apply to your coin magic.

The most annoying part of this DVD is the editing. I feel that he should get someone else to do the editing. Remember how the songs in the 80s are remixed? Flanging was used during that time. This DVD has Flanger added during his explanation. I don’t see any reason why this should be done. It is kinda irritating with this going on when you’re trying to listen to his explanation. But don’t let this minor fault stop you from getting this DVD. I think this is a good DVD to own. You can learn various moves and sleights. Baltazar is very slick with is sleights.

Recommended, rating 4/5.

 

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