has emerged as one of magic's most elegant performers, as well as one
of the art's most versatile creators.
Both the elegance and versatility are on full display on Center Stage,
John's first DVD collection in many years. Whether you are a longtime
fan of John Guastaferro or whether this is your introduction to his work,
Center Stage is the definitive way to study John's unique approach.
This is a collection of fourteen routines and moves, but there are also
fourteen lessons embedded in each effect if you watch very carefully.
Many of these routines are captured on video for the first time, and others
contain important updates from the originally-published handlings.
particular, the emphasis in this collection-which is filmed live at The
Session in the UK-is on close-up and parlor card magic. In addition, we
have included an intimate interview with John covering all aspects of
his intelligent, relatable approach to creating strong magic. If you want
to take your magic to the next level, and add layers of polish, mystery,
and meaning, jump into Center Stage.
Lost and Found – This is John's signature routine where a signed
card vanishes from a clear sleeve, then reappears inside. Learn all the
one-degree improvements that make this effect more powerful than ever.
Squared - Four business cards placed in the deck by your participants
end up predicting the outcome ... followed by an ending that no one sees
coming. This new version of John's "Gemini Prediction" is now
Cut - The Ballet Cut is a graceful flourish and in-the-hands false cut
that is sure to become a standard move in your work. Learn the finer points
plus visual card revelation featuring the Ballet Cut.
Bend & Ring on Straw - This impromptu bending straw is easy, fun and
visual. Continue the routine by making a ring appear and penetrate the
Line - This four-card assembly engages four people as the Jacks make their
way into one person's hands. It's perfect for both close up and stage.
- In this unique approach to the multiple revelation effect, the magician
reads the minds of seven people-then produces each of the cards in a different
way. The routine has caught the eye of magicians worldwide.
Opener - Imagination becomes reality as invisible items appear from nowhere,
including poker chips, cards and rubber bands. The perfect way to introduce
all your props.
- A card with a compass drawn on it helps find the spectator's card, then
ends up being the signed card.
- Using one devious move derived from John Bannon's Bullet Catcher, you
cause a selection to jump from a packet of five cards to the deck. John's
take on Elmer Biddle's classic Transcendent is sure to become standard
for every strolling performer.
Case - The Aces travel to the box in different ways in one of the finest
card-to-box themed routines around.
- Four Aces appear one at a time in visually stunning ways. Also learn
the technicolor version from One Degree.
to Homing - This powerful card-to-pocket routine features three distinct
and increasingly impossible phases.
White Lies - Predict which of the four Queens your participant will turn
over, then show that the trick never happened. Learn the fooling principle
behind it, plus how to make John's Picture Perfect Wallet.
Side - A selected card vanishes and reappears upside down at a number
named by the spectator.