5 Cards (Performance Breakdown #2)

Performance Breakdown. 5 different spectators pick 5 different cards, and the magician finds them one at a time in 5 different spectacular ways.

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I grew up in Macomb, MI, I am the youngest son of two history teachers. I went to a film school for a year and currently working as a video editor for an exercise equipment company.

I plan on moving to the Los Angeles area either before, or early, 2012. I primarily work with After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and Cinema 4D. I am also a cinematographer, an independent wrestler, a magician, I can solve a 7-sided Rubik’s cube, I am drug and alcohol free, and a proud graduate of P90X.


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26 Replies to “5 Cards (Performance Breakdown #2)”

  1. interesting how you perform for kids when you have a sexually titled video in your channel.

  2. I love this and I could see u pull your loop on your wrist but that's only because i've seen it a thousand times

  3. TT, sponge, rocky raccoon, slydini 'over the head', … soo many routines that kids (and even adults) go CRAZY for.. they don't connect with cards. 

  4. At the end of the introduction I see a card being burned. Is that a card trick? I can't find that card trick tutorial.

  5. Great job Jarek.  You are obviously extremely talented.  But like they say, there's a time and place for everything and I think you chose the wrong time.  I've seen some of your street magic videos and they're really good.  However I don't think five cards was such a good idea for elementary school students.  Did you see the difference between the water bottle reaction and the card flick reaction?  Kids don't care about fancy sleight or epic card manipulation.  They like fun small vanishes, or re-appearances.  They like funny things like color changes, quick changes, particularly tricks with props and animals.  I am a magician as well and I would never do a card trick for younger audiences.  I used to love card tricks, but working with other material has made me focus on them less.  I still do love them and performing with cards is what got me started.  However during the performance you seemed kind of shaky and awkward.  This is understandable of course, because every magician goes through this.  But I just think had you done other tricks, like vanishes or the classic rabbit out of a hat, or even just the vanishing deck, you would have gotten better reactions.  Kids like things simple and this effect is just to powerful and complicated in a child's eye.  It's like a comedian.  If he tells overcomplicated jokes to younger students or very impacting jokes, he won't get any laughs.  But if he tells simple and silly jokes, he will get a barrel of laughs.  You could have used balloons or scarves even.  Kids would have loved that and the reactions would be much better.  I'm not saying that you got bad reactions.  I'm just saying if I were a young child, I wouldn't have liked this effect very much.  There's no color, or energy.

    Another thing, you should have done tricks for the whole class and not single students.  You could have occasionally asked for volunteers though of course.  Only doing a trick on five people excluded the other kids and you might have made some of them feel left out.  Did you notice how one of the students tried to get up and the teacher had to tell him that you weren't finished.  You were losing your audience's attention because you weren't portraying any emotion and had almost no energy.  Also the comment about dancing: you're not a dancer you're a magician, so why were you dancing?  If you did that to try and make the kids laugh, okay.  But there were still ways you could have done that through magic and have been much funnier.  Also you kinda mumbled at some points.  You should be speaking loud and clearly.  This was not necessary, but you could of done tricks badly, or even make funny objects appear for laughs instead of dancing.  Another thing, you could of at least dressed like a magician, I think the kids would have liked it better had you been in costume.  It would make you seem more like a magician and the kids would have maybe been more excited.  If I saw a clown, without the costume it wouldn't be as impacting as if he would have been in costume.  It just looks better. 

    If you're not excited about your trick, how can the kids be?  Even if you have seen the trick one hundred times, they haven't. 

    You always talk about rising above and being confident, yet I don't understand why someone of your talent didn't do that.

  6. dude don't impersonate Dynamo – you're WAY better!!! And comming up with your own ideas is not that hard, just dream. Fine, IF you can't do that (I wouldn't know why), ask and I'll help. 

  7. Omg the more i see the more i want to see is 42 to old to start ?
    if you get time please cheak out my channel i have done a big mix of stuff from how to guieds to stand up comedy (well my attenped) i would love to get some advice  many thx
    and please keep up the fantastic work , the insperation you give many kids and adults is well just outstanding you truly are an insperation.

  8. please can i have a tutorial for the first jumping card of the routine 😛 Jerek is awesome as always 😉 love you master <3

  9. You are seriously amazing! You should be proud if your skills! As a current card-magic learner I can say that I have a long way to go before I can even begin to compare to you 😀 and trust me when I say you have definitely made those kids' day and reinforced their belief in magic in the world :3 also you have yet another follower xD

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