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A structured course on powerful and practical card magic.
A structured course on powerful and practical card magic.
A structured course on powerful and practical card magic.
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The Foundations of Card Magic is a full length in-depth course that I've been wanting to create for a while now. I will teach the proper foundation to solid card magic and many powerful effects that I have never taught before. Learning magic from YouTube is great; but a DVD format will allow me to teach card magic in a more structured and in-depth way. I have been studying magic for the last 12 years and this DVD will include the strongest card magic that I have come across. Much of this material I have never taught before; and never will again outside of this project.

The goal of this DVD is to be easily approachable for complete beginners, but also provide a lot of value for experienced magicians. The topics I will cover include:

Basic Card Handling Skills

When learning a new skill it is common for people to jump ahead of themselves and attempt to learn very complicated and advanced stuff before mastering the basics. Why? Because we are impatient and lack the foresight to take baby steps towards an end goal. Do yourself a favor and LEARN THE BASICS FIRST. This will prevent you from picking up any bad habits, and will help attain the level of skill you want more quickly and effectively.

Sleight of Hand Technique

This is where the hours and hours of practice come into play. Some of the strongest card magic uses secret moves or "sleights" that your audience  should never see. There are thousands of sleights out there, but only a handful of them that you need to know how to do to be a great magician. I'll show you what you should concentrate most of your time on practicing.

Flourishes

Card flourishes are fancy moves that are extremely impressive and demonstrate a high level of skill. These moves range from multi-packet cuts, fanning, springing, and other visual displays. Flourishing isn't directly related to magic, however it can be used lure your audience in and help establish some credibility.

Routines

It's miracle time. I'll teach you how to put it all together to create effects and tricks that will amaze people. These pieces of magic have been hand selected by me and are the routines that I personally use on a regular basis. All of the material is strong, practical, and tested. 

Backers of this project will receive a copy of the DVD as soon as it's ready along with some awesome bonuses...

All backers of this project will also receive a life time membership to the 52Kards Inner Circle group. This is an exclusive invite-only Facebook group for magicians to get to know each other and ask questions, answer questions, share videos/pictures, etc. This group will launch the day that the DVD is released.

If you have already pledged $50 or more then you qualify to receive add-ons. Add-ons are additional perks you can receive if you increase your pledge amount for the project. You're already getting free shipping, so why not pick up some extra goodies?

Custom Flash Drive pre-loaded with the DVD: Add $25 to your pledge. The flash drive comes in the snazzy form of a credit card and the USB connection flips out ninja style! The entire DVD will be pre-loaded onto it and there will also be some secret bonuses and extra space on the flash drive for you to add any of your own files! 

Custom Flash Drive Pre-loaded with the DVD and Secret Bonuses
Custom Flash Drive Pre-loaded with the DVD and Secret Bonuses

Custom T-shirt: Add $20 per shirt. T-Shirts come in Small, Medium, and Large sizes. See the available designs below.

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 $40,000 - Magic is a UNIVERSAL language. At $40,000 I’ll hire a professional company to translate the DVD into other major languages to make it more accessible for students internationally. I’m planning on Spanish, French, German, and am open to suggestions for more languages.

$50,000 - Companion eBook. When we hit this goal is hit, I will commit to producing a companion "Foundations of Card Magic" eBook to go along with the DVD. In this eBook I will write a number of essays discussing the presentation, psychology, culture, and principles behind magic. Video is perfect for teaching methods and technique, but written words are ideal for dealing with the theory of magic. This eBook will be a great addition to the DVD project!

"Hi Asad - I'm a serious magic hobbyist (and by day a director/writer/actor of movies and TV shows) and I've scoured many sources and your style of teaching is by far my favorite ... I'm wanting to put some time (and money) into taking my skills to the next level, and I want you to be my teacher!" - David Wain

"I’m a 44 year old family doctor who has always loved sleight of hand but have never had the time to invest in learning…only watching. Now I’m learning. It’s a great and inexpensive hobby and it’s even become a great way to spend time with my 4 children. Of all the sources I’ve used so far, I’ve enjoyed yours the most. Concise yet thorough. Keep up the great work. I really appreciate your help." - Mike

"I am such a huge fan of your content because it is so much different than every other teacher I've seen online. I've been doing card magic for about 6 or 7 years now and I felt like I hit a wall in my progression. I'm in college so I don't have a lot of time to study techniques shown in a book. Your videos were so instrumental in progressing my skills and expanding my arsenal in an extremely speedy fashion. Your explanations are also very clear and concise and I love you always focus on the nitty gritty, considering that's where a lot of card instructors lack in their explanations." - Chris Wheatley

"What you are doing here is truly magnificent. Your dedication to better people skills and help them with their social abilities is touching. You have such detailed explanations and tutorials that even the beginners can learn from. Sites like these can drastically help people open up and allow kids to express themselves in a positive and rewarding way. Shy kids a can really go up to someone and make new friends with the simplest of  utilities; a deck of cards. You have helped me so much throughout my magic career. Thank you dearly, once again, for giving back to the community. Rock on Asad, rock on :)" - Devin 

See more testimonials here: http://52kards.com/testimonials/

photo credit to Case15: http://case15.deviantart.com/

Risks and challenges

This is a big project to undertake, but the only risk/challenge I can think of is getting the DVD released on time. I have a very clear vision for what this course will look like so I'm very confident in delivering it in a timely manner.

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    APPRENTICE:
    I will be your mentor. Get all of the above AND get direct access to me. I'll send you my personal e-mail address and Skype username. Feel free to message me if you have any questions. Send me your performances and practice videos and I'll critique them, give you honest feedback and will help you fix any mistakes. Having direct contact with a mentor is the fastest and most effective way to improve your skills.
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