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Prezi

Prezi is a website that allows users to make dynamic, exciting presentations. It’s a great alternative to the standard PowerPoint slideshow. We had to throw together a quick Prezi for one of my classes so I decided to do one on the difference between magic and flourishing as a lot of spectators ask. Since this was a presentation these are only my main points, I spoke and elaborated on all of these as well. This will give you a small idea of what Prezi is capable of.

Posted: May 13th, 2011
at 12:34pm by Robin Carey


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Magic Goings On

Hello everyone,
There’s a lot that’s been going on in the Magic world lately so I figured I’d do a news update. First off, Dan and Dave started out their own clothing line. Their debut consists of two T-Shirts called 52 Leagues. The two shirts feature the same design but in different colors. As with all of D&D’s products I’ms sure they are high quality. They better be with that price tag anyway.

“Our latest venture goes beyond anything we’ve done before and into the exciting world of fashion. D&D Clothing was inspired from our interest in design and love for magic, this new endeavor expresses a lifestyle we know will appeal to the magic enthusiast of all ages and levels.”

Next up is The Crown Deck. The Blue Crown is an up-and-coming magic site run by Alex Pandrea. Ever since they’ve started, The Blue Crown has kept a high-level of professionalism. It’s an impressive project and I’m sure we’re going to see great things from them in the future. This Friday The Blue Crown is releasing their first deck of cards, The Crown Deck. There’s a lot of pictures up on FaceBook, as well as a contest you enter by tagging yourself in one of them. Rumor has it that these cards will be a limited run so I’d recommend picking a few up this Friday.

In other card related news Lance T. Miller, artist behind the Bicycle Gargoyle deck, is starting up a new project. Tentatively named the Steampunk deck, he’s trying to start the whole process himself. If this deck is the same quality of the last one then I can’t wait to get a pack. He’s just about halfway there with his pledges. Check out the page on Kickstarter and pledge if you like the idea. If you give $10 or more then he sends you a deck once they’re produced. Check the right side of the page for the different prize tiers and help Lance out.

A little farther off in the distance is EMC 2011. This is the Essential Magic Conference. Last year was their first run in 2010 and it was awesome. It’s a completely online conference streamed live. It’s $90 to sign up and worth every penny. Last year the wealth of information was crazy. There are all kinds of presenters from all corners of the world of magic.

The Speakers have already been announced including names like Apollo Robbins, Lennart Green, Dan and Dave, Eric Mead, Max Maven, and many others. You can see a video including all the presenters here. EMC is great if you have friends into magic as you can split the cost and invite them all over to watch. It lasts 3 days, July 7th through July 8th. The best part is that you get DVDs of all the presentations and lectures, as well as bonus material. I plan on doing a review for the box set sometime during June before the conference so you guys can see what they’re like.

Images taken from their respective websites.

Posted: May 9th, 2011
at 11:53am by Robin Carey


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Dusk/Dawn

Here’s an awesome YouTube video that Allan Hagen and Dan Buck did together. This was a project they did to commemorate the first deck of Magic-Con Cards opened, and I’d say it turned out pretty nice. Allan also posted an interesting clip on Twitter showing the before and after effects of the color grading he did.

Posted: April 12th, 2011
at 3:56pm by Robin Carey


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  1. Thanks for sharing, Robin! Appreciate it!

    Allan Hagen

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They’re Here!

The Bicycle Titaniums and Bee [red] Stingers have arrived! The first thing I thought was ‘Wow’. These look incredible. When I first read that the Titaniums were going to be printed with metallic ink I was a little worried. As I talked about in one of my previous posts, the metallic has to be just right. If not the cards would end up to bright or not noticeably different. Theory11 did an outstanding job, yet again, and got it just right. I’ll talk more about the Titanium Bicycles in my review. The Stingers look even better in red than in black. There are also some metallic accents on the Stinger box, a nice little addition.

Remember to vote for which review you’d like to see first.

New Cards!

Posted: April 8th, 2011
at 8:11pm by Robin Carey


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Thanks, News, and Other New Things

I want to start this post off by saying Thank you. Yes you, reading this right now. I’ve had an overwhelming response to the reviews in the past couple days. It’s awesome to know that the stuff I put up actually helps you guys out. That’s the whole reason I write these reviews. And if you guys ever have any suggestions, comments, or ideas feel free to say them! We’ve got a few exciting things in store for the site so stay tuned. (Maybe some contests with cool prizes?) Again, thank you guys.

There’s been a couple brand new releases this weekend and Dan and Dave as well as Theory11. The one I’m most excited about are the new Red Bee Stingers! They look incredible and I’m curious to see if the changes Theory 11 made in the stock and finish are noticeable. The first stingers were smooth and durable so if these shouldn’t disappoint. You guys can expect a review for them as soon as I get my hands on a pack.

Bee [red] Stingers

T11 also put out another interesting deck of playing cards, Bicycle Titanium Edition. I have some reservations about these. Don’t get me wrong, they look cool from the pictures and I’m excited to see them in person. I just wonder if the metallic is going to be too subtle and go by unnoticed, just right, or too pronounced and distracting. Knowing Theory11 and the playing cards they produce I’ll bet it’s a good balance. Titanium bicycles seem like a unique looking deck, but still have the sense of familiarity for spectators. Again, check for a review soon.

Bicycle Titanium

Dan & Dave also had some cool new stuff up for grabs on Friday. Papercuts by Chris Hestnes Was their big project. I won’t talk to much about it here, as I did an extensive review of it a few days ago. Check that out if you have any questions about the DVD.

Their other release was some Magic-Con Swag. This including Magic-Con playing cards and the Magic Con programs. If you’re interested in the playing cards they are, sadly, sold out. The programs are still available tough. Very nice booklets with information and some effects/ideas from each presenter. I talked more about them in my Magic-Con Day One post. If you didn’t get to make it there this year, this is your only chance to get one of these.

MC2 Goodies

Well, that’s all I’ve got to say for now. The swamp of new releases should keep us all busy for a while. If new playing cards aren’t enough for you then you could always check out new effects like Twitch or Eclipse. If you guys have any specific products you want reviewed or just want to talk about these, leave a comment. We love to hear what you all have to say!

Images from Theory11 and D&D

Posted: April 3rd, 2011
at 4:07pm by Robin Carey


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