Draven Reviews: The V.S. Project by Paul Pickford

approved Title: The V.S. Project
Artist: Paul Pickford
Producers: Alakazam Magic UK
Retail Price: $40.25 USD
Learning Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Length of DVD: 1 Hour 36 Minutes per disk.  2 disk set.
Notes:  This is a 2 disk set.
Features (Identical for both disks):
•    Play All
•    Chapters

The VS Project is an interesting two disk look at how many different ways a single utility move created by Paul Pickford can be used to accomplish some pretty insane magical moments.  One move, and over three hours of instructions on different applications, if there ever was a Swiss Army knife of card moves then the Versatility Switch would be it.

The move itself is a little knacky, but it’s pretty easy to learn.  It’ll take some fiddling to get the timing down with the moves and all.  The move is a bold card switch done in the off moment and right under the spectators noses.  They could be burning your hands and they’d never see anything.  It’s angle proof, and can be done one handed.  Not only that but its applications are endless, which is a huge plus in my book.  I just love magic tricks that have a wide range of applications.

Performing the Versatility Switch is kind of like performing a second deal, but you’re tossing the card onto the table instead of dealing it down.  The casual nature of the move is what makes it so bloody deceptive.  This move really doesn’t work so well into the hands as on the table I’ve found, so I guess there’s a reason why Paul performs this on a table during the DVD.  So table hopping and close up won’t have any issues with this move, but you’ll want a flat surface nearby if you’re going to be doing this on the streets.

The V.S. Project is a full on two disk DVD set.  The first disk teaches the move, and goes on to suggest several different applications for it, while the second DVD picks right up where the first one leaves off and continues right along with more ideas.  All in all The V.S. Project packs in 15 different routines fully performed and explained plus the Versatility Switch itself, and then just because three hours of additional ideas isn’t enough there’s an online registration code that you can unlock a special section on Alakazam’s website with to get even more thoughts, ideas, presentations, etc from other magicians.  Thus making the V.S. Project more than just a utility move, or a magic DVD, it’s a living entity that will grow with the community as people use it and give feedback on it.

I’m not going to go into a lot of detail on the different routines included in this product because frankly you can read them for yourself in the product description.  Also this is more about the power of the move itself and its wide range of applications, and less about the specifics of those applications because you’re going to come up with your own stuff I’m sure.  However of all the suggestions given in this two disk set I personally loved Paul’s Fourway presentation and his Psychic Ace of Spades.

Fourway is a fun presentation where you try to find a spectators selected card but get it wrong three times in a row.  In the end you finally get it right but the other three cards have all turned into the selected cards mates!     With the Psychic Ace of Spades you put the Ace into the card box and have the spectator think of a card. Amazingly enough, the thought of card and the Ace of Spades switch places!

With a card move as versatile as this switch, and easy to perform, you’re going to have a lot of fun coming up with your own applications for this.  This DVD really only starts a journey into this subject and it’s on you to take it the rest of the way until the final destination.  What will you do with the V.S. Project?  Check it out, go online and then share with the rest of us who are already there waiting on you.

When I give my product scores below I am measuring them on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 Being absolute the worst score possible, and 10 being the absolute best, making a score of five average. The four points that I grade upon is Product Quality, Teaching Quality, Sound & Video Quality and Overall Quality.

Product Quality: 8
The price is a bit out there for a single utility move, but the applications are endless and the online aspect makes it a real treat.

Teaching Quality: 9
The teaching in this DVD is top notch.

Video & Sound Quality: 9
Crisp clear sound, good solid video.  Well done production.

Overall Quality: 9
There’s a lot to like about this product.  The move is very versatile and very easy to master.  It’s a bit knacky at first but that’s quickly over come.  The end product is a powerful go to move that card magicians everywhere are going to love.

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About William Draven

William Draven is a professional magician and sideshow performer living in Los Angeles, California. Follow him on Twitter at WilliamDraven or on facebook at www.facebook.com/thewilliamdraven
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