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What Top Pro's Are Saying
"If a restaurant
had a thousand tables and there where a thousand magicians performing,
one for each table, all the people would want to be at Carl's table...including
the other 999 magicians. Carl is that good."
“The routines are high-impact workers,
best compilation of clearly workable ideas that I’ve ever encountered!”
-Paul W. Cummins
"The advice is excellent,
and is the kind of information that can only be obtained through experience.
In fact, Carl offers one suggestion that was new to me, and which I have
immediately incorporated. "
"Here's fine advice
from a working pro who really knows what he's talking about."
"It's a rare treat
to learn from one of the true masters who makes his living doing this stuff
for real people. Carl's as good as it gets."
"A must for those
wanting to learn practical material"
"Swaying palms, hot
white sand, sun-kissed shores . . . This is where Carl Andrews makes his
very good living! Now he's giving up his marketing methods for us mere
mortal mainlanders. Run, do not walk, and take his advice! Who knows, maybe
you too can get your own island one day."
"I have seen this material performed in the "real
world" for amazed audiences. It is my kind of magic: practical, "working
pro's" material that is within the reach of every performer. This is
material used regularly to "wow" both the Hollywood celebrity crowd
and the high-end Hawaiian tourist trade."
"I like them both!
It's always a pleasure to see stuff that's not pipe dreams and closet magic.
This is clearly material and advice from a performing magician who knows
"Very good. One can
really see you are a worker, the practicality is obvious."
"Anything Carl puts
out should grab the attention of anyone who hopes to be a successful magician."
"No pipe dreams here.
Carl gives you the real work on performing for real people in the real
world. That's what everyone is looking for, and that's what Carl delivers"
A Living Performing Close-Up Magic — DVD
practical and extremely high impact close-up magic! You’re gonna like
this guy - all his magic is super visual, super funny (yes, tons of corny
lines!), and most of all realistic for the walk-around performer(translation
- just about everything works out of the pockets). Carl kicks it off with
one of my favorites,
Gregory Wilson’s Dishonest
Abe. This is the growing coin plot as a regular penny grows to a silver dollar
size penny and then climaxes by exploding into a 3” jumbo penny. Carl
brings thoughtful nuances to this marketed effect and his jumbo production
at the end fooled me hard (despite the fact I’ve performed this routine
as my opener for the past 3 years!)
Déjà vu - Swain’s
airmail card combined with the Two Ton Transpo. Climaxes with the Sankey idea
of a card appearing on a paper clip that’s been in full view the entire
time. Carl also tosses in some great ideas on maintaining a two-card stack.
The World Famous
Two Coin Trick - Hopping Half without having 40 bucks ‘hop’ out
of your pocket - he does it with real coins! The coins can be examined
at the beginning without having to sacrifice anything visually during the
You Don’t Know Jack -
Another line I use incessantly. This time it’s the title for Carl’s
version of Mike Close’s Frog Prince. If you don’t already perform
this, you’ll want to start. Carl has brought some great ideas to the
table for this great “non card” card trick.
Amazing - You’ll
fast forward to the explanation.
Picture Perfect - The selected
cards develop on two blank cards.
- The cup a ball routine with a empty can of beans - they’re “has beans!””
You can't go wrong with Carl
Andrews. His experience in working walk around and resort areas are now available
to you. The first part of this video is Carl's ingenious and entertaining
routines he uses everyday, shown then taught. The second half of the video
is worth a $1000.00 or more to the serious magician in this field. Carl pulls
up a barstool and gives a lecture on getting work in restaurants, walk around,
and other venues. He even goes into teaching you how to make venues where
none exsisted before. - e-magicstore.com
Ring Magazine Review by Phil Willmarth:
Really liked the video, the routines
and advice are superb.
Carl Andrews, Jr. is a consummate
professional and here are seven snappy routines developed and tested under
fire in real life performance.
Perhaps most important of all,
there is some of the most straight-from-the shoulder practical advice I have
seen on making a living with close-up magic. His tips on booking and working
restaurants are pure gold. PRW
Talks Reviews by John Evernden:
This is a new video by Carl
Andrews, Jr. Carl lives and performs in Hawaii, and has lectured at the last
three IBM conventions held each year in Hawaii in March. He is an accomplished
professional, with lots of experience in walk around, table-hopping, and magic
theatre. This video deals primarily with table-hopping in restaurants, and
how to build and maintain a reputation performing this type of magic.
The photographic and sound quality are
excellent, the performance and teaching are excellent, and the tips section
is even better than that. If you have wanted to do table-hopping, have read
all the latest books on the subject, but found yourself still wondering how
you actually find a good restaurant, sell yourself, and handle the minute
details of actually doing this kind of work, Carl's video will provide straight
forward answers to most of your questions, and give you the courage to get
out there and do it.
by Tim Trono
I’d like to pass on some information
about a book and video that you should REALLY check into.... the book is entitled
“Making a Living In Magic Performing at Restaurants and Hotels”
and the video is entitled “Making a Living Performing Close-Up Magic”.
Both are by Carl Andrews, Jr. from Hawaii. I do not have anything to do with
either project other than thinking that these are worth everyone’s
attention. Both are SUPERB and are definitely on my top ten GREAT purchase
list for quite some time.
I bought the
book and manuscript initially for the material but let me tell you... it’s a whole lot more. There
is some of THE best advice I’ve heard in a long time (and I’ve
been doing table and strolling magic for 19 years). AND the material is out
of this world... VERY practical, VERY usable, VERY strong, and VERY good.
Don’t even hesitate... as you won’t
be sorry. This stuff is SUPERB.
I predict the book and video will be huge
sellers due to the amount of great, workable material and the superb advice.
Jacket Required- MagicTalk Reviews
Being familiar with Carl's other
two videos and book, I just knew this video would be full of great, practical
material. I was not disappointed. It is nice to get material from a magician
who has who has used and tested the effects in real world situations before
passing it on in a video.
I think that is what I like
most about this video. The fact that Carl has tried and perfected the material
for real people in the exact situations that it is meant to be used... strolling.
Another nice touch is that you get to see Carl perform the material at the
resort that he works at regularly in Maui. You get to see the effects performed
and you get to see the real reactions. No studio. The explanations are as
clear as they could possibly be. Shot in a studio with great camera work and
every effect carefully explained with Carl's personal tips and thoughts on
Practical, usable material that
any close-up or strolling magician will get a lot of use out of. Highly recommended.
-- MagicTalk Reviews
Jacket Required' - The Linking Ring Magazine
This video contains some
super close up effects that Carl uses regularly
at a restaurant in Hawaii. All of the effects fit in your pockets, are easily
reset, and can be performed without a jacket. Perfect for restaurant workers
or for those that just want to travel light and be prepared to do magic
apparently impromptu. It was hard to pick my favorite from the nine routines
since each of them is very entertaining and involve the spectator.
Highly recommended MG
from Maui - Book Review from Visions Online Magic Journal
by Carl Andrews
Available from your favorite dealer
In a Blink: 10 out of 10
If you've just started out working in restaurants or strolling at parties,
or are thinking about working in those venues, or want to add some other
effects to your repertoire to add variety to your act, buy Carl Andrews'
from Maui’. You have to have it. That's it. End of review.
Okay, so that's not the end of the review.
But what I said wasn't hype, either: this really is one book anyone having
any connection with restaurant or strolling work cannot be without.
‘Magic from Maui’ is
one of those rarest of rarities: it's a book that delivers the goods and
then some. Although I hesitate to say it, this is one book you could build
an entire act from, then build your business -- and your reputation --
from that act. And Andrews even helps you out doing that.
This is an absolute winner.
‘Magic from Maui ‘ by
In a Blink: 10 Out of 10
Cards, coins, cups and balls, dice... Andrews has it all here. And you can
forget about things like huge resets or angles or carrying around half of
the local hardware store in your pants pocket. Andrews material is solid,
craftsman-like stuff for the strolling and restaurant magician. And don't
even get me started about the wealth of great, common-sense material on working
restaurants in the first place.
Quality of Instruction: 10
Andrews' writing style is clear and concise and with a delightful eye on the
performing nuances; it's extremely easy to read and learn from. There'll be
no problems learning the effects from Andrews' work.
Line drawings by Tony Dunn which are wonderfully done and beautifully placed,
complimenting and Andrews' writing superbly.
This is what Andrews' material is all about. Remember, we're talking basically
about ‘hit-and-run’ magic when you're talking table-hopping
and strolling, and to pull that off presentations have to be short, crisp,
and easily remembered. Andrews' presentations are full of that thinking,
pulling the spectator into the trick as quickly as possible and keeping
everything nice and visual besides.
Yes, there are some takes on the classics here, but Andrews' does a superlative
job taking those and adapting them to his way of doing magic. From the
‘Hopping Half’ and ‘Scotch and Soda’ plots (done
without gimmicks) to a short and startling Cups and Balls routine to a clever
approach to Card-on-Ceiling, Andrews fills his work with what works for him.
Luckily, these original takes -- and the thoroughly original work besides
-- will work for most anyone, anywhere.
Hopping Cups and Balls
Andrews Table Hopping Cups and Balls: A Review from MagicTalk.com
Posted By: Steve V'
Date: Saturday, 21 September 2002, at 10:03 p.m.
Carl Andrews, for those not
'in the know', is one of the gentlemen who started Illusions restaurant and
is one of the greats of restaurant and strolling magic. Carl also does comedy
and stand up magic as well and presently works for one of the major cruise
lines having left a top resort in Hawaii after a number of years. His previous
videos, the latest before now being No Jacket Required, are really of value
to close up and in particular restaurant magicians. Carl really knows what
magic works and has performed for thousands upon thousands of spectators.
I think this is one of the best
cups and balls routines I've seen. I think this is absolutely the best one
for performing table side or at the bar for a few folks in front of you. Much
respect to Vernon and Ammar etc. but I'm looking at this from the perspective
of a non-magician (hard but I can handle it) and while I can applaud the wonderful
Dai Vernon wand spin (Wes James, forgive me since I forgot who else should
be credited for the spin), which isn't used here, for real people the goal
is to entertain and mystify and Carl does it.
Very highly recommended.
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