Jon Armstrong has made a living with his quick wit and a deck of cards for most of his life and the material in his exciting new DVD series is right out of his working repertoire. Learn how to turn boring card tricks into entertaining card magic!
Jon Armstrong has performed for some of the world’s most prestigious audiences in over 30 countries worldwide. Growing up in Orlando, Florida, Jon became fascinated by the magic he saw in the theme parks around him and dreamed of one day having his own show. This dream came true when Disney asked him to bring his act to Epcot and he became the resident magician at Walt Disney World at the age of 20. Las Vegas was next as Jon became a recurring headliner at Caesar’s Magical Empire. It was also during this time that he started touring around the world as both a performer and lecturer.
Jon now resides in Los Angeles and is a frequent performer at the world famous Magic Castle. His television appearances include A&E’s Magic Castle After Dark and USA’s Ready For The Weekend. He’s also worked as a television consultant on such shows as CSI:NY, Las Vegas, The Wizards of Weverly Place=2 0and is currently a magic advisor on the hit CBS show The Mentalist. Within the magic community, Jon’s been featured in MAGIC, The Linking Ring, and M-U-M. He also appeared on the cover of the December 2004 Genii in an issue dedicated to his magic. In April 2007, following two years of nominations, Jon was named Close-Up Magician of the Year by the Academy of Magical Arts.
3 Blank Monte – A Monte routine with three blank cards and a spectator’s signature that takes the sting out of the usual “magician is always right” scenario and ends with a truly magical climax.
Numbering – A spectator’s card is discovered by apparent numerical coincidences in the deck. Learn how to turn a mathematical card trick into a miracle.
Royal Open Relationships – The twelve court cards magically pair themselves by color. Jon’s version of Trost’s Royal Marriages will fool magicians and laypeople alike.
Goal Triumph – In this stand-up version of Vernon’s Triumph, a deck that has been shuffled face up into face down magically rights itself save for the spectator’s selection. Jon teaches some new handling moves in addition to a presentational hook that elevates the piece into something substantially more than just a card trick.
Out Of This Blah – A small packet adaptation of Paul Curry’s classic trick that retains the impact of the original. A spectator intuitively separates twenty face-down cards into red cards and black cards.
The Biddle Trick – A spectator’s selected card vanishes right in their hands and reappears reversed in the deck held by an other spectator. Jon’s work on this classic effect demonstrates how to make something as simple as a card trick bigger – and better!
Triple T – The four Kings are displayed and one of them keeps reversing itself under impossible conditions. Finally, it changes into a spectator’s selected card right in their hands. A new handling of the Marlo/Vernon Think Touch Turn concept complete with an amazing finish.
Second Deal – Jon explains his much-praised Push-Off Second Deal in minute detail and ways to use the move. With some practice, you’ll be dealing seconds in no time!