Draven Reviews: Forces Project by Liam Montier

approvedTitle: The Forces Project
Artist: Liam Montier
Producers: Big Blind Media
Retail Price: $35.00 USD
Learning Difficulty: Easy
Notes: none.
Features:
•    Play All
•    Techniques
•    Tricks
•    Trailers

The Forces Project is a great introductory DVD into the art of forcing cards in close up magic.  Big Blind Media in combination with the talent of Liam Montier take you through an impressive list of card forces ranging from the easy to the more advanced moves.  The DVD breaks down not only the mechanics by the theory behind why each force is deceptive and what conditions you should use the force in.  Then just to make sure things are complete Liam teaches you a couple great routines using what you’ve learned that will surely impress your friends and family.

I remember learning my first force from Mark Wilson’s Complete Course in Magic.  I’m pretty sure I used his riffle force verbatim from the book for a number of years before changing my handling.  From there I think I picked up a few new forcing techniques from Royal Road before I settled into using the current set of forces that I have today.  This DVD isn’t going to be the one stop encyclopedia on forcing.  There’s a lot of ways to force a card that aren’t in this project, but this is a great place for a newcomer to start.

Liam teaches 24 different forces on this DVD and the tutorial is quite nice.  He walks you through slowly so you can perform the moves with confidence yourself.  Some of the forces are very easy to do, others like the classic force will take some time to master.  Liam leaves you with the confidence that you’ll be able to learn this stuff.  I don’t think anyone will feel flustered or confused when watching this DVD.  The format follows the classic formula of demonstration followed by explanation.

Learning how to force a card is pretty much one of the most important things you can learn to do in card magic since so much magic deals with this concept.  And while this DVD certainly isn’t the be-all-end-all final chapter in the book of forcing it is a great resource and reference point for a magician of any skill level.  It doesn’t matter if you’re new and wanting to find something that you can work with or expert and want something to challenge you.  Liam also teaches six different routines using the forces taught in the DVD which I thought were pretty cool.

Without going into too much detail this DVD teaches great forces like the Cross Cut Force, Riffle Force, Dribble Force, Classic Force, Back Slip Force, Swindle Force, among many others.  All of these moves are utility devices and as I’ve already said a nice touch is that Liam gives you some insight into some of the psychology behind why you should use a specific force for what situation you may find yourself in.  I really liked how he shows you what the tools are, AND how to use them effectively.  It’s a win- win.

So who would I recommend this DVD to?  Anyone.  Everyone.  This is a great DVD to have in your library and as a reference source it’s filled with tons of useful moves and performance theory.

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
At a price of $35 bucks this DVD is a little more expensive than on average, but it’s worth it.

Teaching Quality: 8
I liked watching Liam, and he found a way to keep the material fresh.  One of the problems with working on a single topic, such as forces, is that the material can get dry and repetitive.  Liam found a way to keep my attention from start to finish.

Video & Sound Quality: 9
Sound and Audio were both great.

Overall Quality: 8
This is an excellent DVD, and I highly recommend you look into it.

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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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