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Past Midnight by Ben Earl


The debut material by one of the best underground card magicians in the world: Benjamin Earl. For years, Ben has been one of Europe’s top professional performers and innovative creators. Like many of these quiet achievers, he has previously avoided magicians, conventions and all attempts to get him to share his original material. Until now…

Past Midnight is a 3 DVD set of well-cultured card magic, mental beguilement and gambling sophistry - a fine entrance into the limelight and the bedrock upon which Ben built the house that is Studio52.

This DVD set comprises three volumes of startling, original material that will surely find its way into the repertoires of hobbyists and professionals alike.

Disc One features Ben’s imaginative handlings for several of card magic’s classic plots. As well as fantastic new approaches to traditional plots, this disc also contains many original flourishes and sleights as well as all the work on Ben’s ‘Stroke Change’, which looks like trick-photography even when you know how it’s done. Best of all, this incredible change, like almost all the material on this disc, is easily within the reach of any intermediate card handler.

Disc 1 – Commercial
Collectors I
Collectors II
Open Triumph
Ace Assembly
Shades of Hofzinser
Prophecy Shift
Soft Spread Production
Stroke Change
Pop Over Move
Loose Double Lift
Streamlined Control
Side Faro False Shuffle
Chrisbuckgreenhoff and Sybil Show
Full Suit Production

Disc 1 Running Time Approximately 1hr 16min

Disc Two focuses on gambling and card table material. As a true student of the art, Ben has been refining and advancing card table artifice for many years. The finessed handlings and methodological advances that he demonstrates and teaches on this disc comprise some of the most important contributions to this branch of card magic by a new voice for many years. Fans of ‘the real work’ will be delighted by Ben’s decision to share these prized techniques.

Disc 2 – Gambling
Card Control/Production Sequence
Psychological Shuffle
Broken Thompson Cut
Middle Card Spin Out
Blind Cut Technique
4D Discovery
Sow by the Lug
Riverboat Harmony
House Rules
Bottom Deal
Grey Shuffle
Erdnase Productions
One Hand Shifts
Discrepancy Switch
Palming Techniques

Disc 2 Running Time Approximately 1hr 33min

Disc Three contains a wealth of Ben’s mental card magic, a style which he prefers to perform these days. There are several fantastic and totally practical handlings for Think-A-Card as well as versions of Mental Poker and Brainwave that break entirely new ground. Impossible Locations and Thought Card To Pocket handlings which fool absolutely everyone ensure that the only problem you’ll have with Ben’s material is which tricks to leave out of your performance!

Disc 3 – Psychological
Pseudo Brainwave
Mental Voyage
Thought of Card in Pocket
Peek Techniques
Lookaway Glimpse
Intuitive Poker I
Intuitive Poker II
Two Card Transpo
Bonus Effect: Playing the Odds

Disc 3 Running Time Approximately 1hr 17min