Game Changer

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Game Changer is a sensational collection of magic and gambling effects with cards. This book picks up right where his critically-acclaimed debut Confident Deceptions left off. Jason has once again raised the bar with 18 new, powerful effects, gorgeously illustrated with 225 stunning high-quality, full-color photographs.

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5 reviews for Game Changer

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Daniel Roy

    I’ve seen Jason perform live a number of times, so I can tell you first hand how strong the reactions to these routines are.

    Jason’s second book, somehow, exceeds his first in every way. Incredibly well thought-out effects, strong premises, creative new plots, and cohesive thinking all come together to create routines that can go into your repertoire right now.

    Many of these effects will require some practice, but it’ll be well worth your time to learn the sleights required, many of which are explained in full detail with gorgeous color photos. If you want to improve your card magic, this book is for you. Highly recommended.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jeff Ashkettle

    Coming off the heels of his first hit book from 2013 entitled “Confident Deceptions”, comes a continuation of the wonderfully creative card magic you have come to expect from Jason Ladanye as well as the Vanishing Inc Team (who also produced Confident Deceptions). The newest offering is “Game Changer” and the title is on par with the material offered within the covers of this new book. Clocking in at 350 glossy pages sprinkled with 225 full color, high def photos so you can follow along with the well written descriptions. This book, although only 111 pages longer than his first, is almost twice as thick but the same height and width so they will look great beside each other on your bookshelf.

    Each contain 18 effects. “Game Changer” is split up in two sections. Section 1 is Magic Effects, of which there are 8 and section 2 is Gambling Effects, of which there are 10. The Forward is written by Michael Vincent who calls Jason’s work “sensational” and likens the quality of this book to “Lessons in Card Mastery” by Darwin Ortiz (Incidentally, If you do not know about Jason, he was one of Darwin’s best students while growing up and taking lessons from the Master Card Magician) so this compliment really is not a stretch.

    “Game Changer” starts with a fairly in depth look at the “pinky count” which is one of his most used sleights (although you can do any of the effects in either book without, you can just replace with your favorite method). I will note that I NEVER was able to do a successful pinky count before reading his description in “Confident Deceptions” and now I can hit it more than 75% of the time. This description in “Game Changer” goes even deeper and adds photos to help. I am certain I will get it down soon). Later in the description of “Lucky Charms” he goes into a detailed explanation of the MCF too. In fact, all but the simplest sleights are taught and any that were not greatly detailed are referenced in common books like the “Card College” series. Which leads to the Question – Who is this book written for? Well, there is actually something in it for all skill levels. (He goes over this on a short Podcast he recently did about the book on the Vanishing Inc site). Take 26 minutes to listen for yourself, also, don’t forget to check out Jason’s blog which is full of great thought provoking posts.

    Jason does not put any material in either book just for the sake of filling it up. Every effect is tested over years in front of lay-audiences and have been honed in every detail. If it does not meet his high standards, it doesn’t make it to the book. Each effect is broken down into sections such as “Effect” – a brief description, “Set Up” – What needs done to start, “Method” – Very detailed with full color high def photos to help the reader understand fully, then a highlighted in silver/grey “Patter” section taking you thru the whole effect and finally “Comments” about the routine and it’s nuances and “Credits” for ideas and sleights plus where to find many in print if you wist to explore it further.

    Each routine is written in what I would call a “conversational” approach. While reading, it feels like he is telling you directly (and one on one) the workings rather than the standard “Textbook” feel that many magic books seem to have. Even if a particular effect is not one that would make it into “your particular act” there is still a lot there to learn that will help you in other aspects of your magic. The book finishes with a page and 3/4 of “Acknowledgements” to those who helped and inspired him.

    Lover of great card magic that I am, “Confident Deceptions” rose quickly on my favorites list. “Game Changer” will certainly do the same after this first reading. Cannot recommend it enough.

    Grab your Copy for only $60.00 You will be glad you did.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nick Altieri

    Jason Ladanye did it again…”Game Changer” this book is an instant classic! With over 8 years in the making this book is flawless. He pulls out all the stops let me start by saying the quality Is by far the best I’ve seen. The instruction’s for 18 incredible and astonishing card tricks are crystal clear. The photography is out standing and the attention to detail is perfect. Everything about this book is remarkable you can tell he put a lot of work on making this book not only a go to but a must have for any Card Magician or fan. Jason is extremely thoughtful of the importance to learn the right way and with ease. This Book is the epitome of what great card magic books should model themselves after. So please I urge you to grab a copy I promise you won’t be disappointed and I know you will be blown away the very second this hits your hands! “It’s a Game Changer”

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    James Douglas

    With over 30 years in magic now I am fairly critical of most new books and even more selective in what I actually purchase. I have found over the years that there are just a handful of authors (Ortiz, Lavand, Wonder, Giobbi, Tamariz…) whom I trust. With Jason Ladanye’s second book he is now also joining this list.

    Jason maintains a very active social media presence and so through his website or youtube videos you can quickly gain an appreciation of whether his style of magic speaks to you.

    However – even if you aren’t passionate about card magic I believe the book has something to offer. Jason writes with clarity and is a very methodical educator. He seems to genuinely want to give away the ‘real work’ of his professional routines and cares about teaching them properly.

    I would strongly recommend this book to the magical fraternity not only because Jason is an excellent technician, performer and constructor of effects but more importantly because he is a great teacher – his thoughts will hopefully inspire your own development even if you never perform one of the effects in the book.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jerry Danes

    Jason´s new book is truly great. I wouldn’t be surprised if it will be considered a modern masterpiece. If you thought that Confident Deceptions was good, you’ll think this book is even better. It follows the same thinking as the former book: extraordinarily strong magic and gambling effects with ultra-smart constructions. One thing that I think is worth mentioning is the fact that Jason always test drives his material many times for a live audience. He never rushes to publish new material just because. I will end this review by repeating what I wrote about Confident Deceptions: Do yourself a favor and really master all sleights needed to perform the effects. I am sure everyone that purchases the book will find many items that will go straight into their repertoire!

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Jason makes his living with a deck of cards, and the routines in this book come directly from his close-up act. These effects have been performed over and over for years in front of lay audiences. You’ll find nothing but strong, polished routines that amaze and entertain.
Along with technical ability and presentational skill, Jason’s strengths also include his creativity. He creates new card plots and completely reinvents the classics.
The effects are constructed so as to baffle the sharpest audience. Although some routines in this book will require focused practice, any difficult sleights are taught in explicit detail, and the reward is well worth the work.
350 Pages / 18 Effects / 225 Color Photographs

See what the top names in card magic are saying about Game Changer!

“If you love strong, sophisticated card magic, you’ll love this book.” -Darwin Ortiz
“Game Changer” is not just the title of the latest work from Virtuoso at the Card Table Jason Ladanye; but is in fact just that- as it brings a fresh vista to the elements of real entertainment at the card table. The material is not easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is.” -Jack Carpenter
“Packed with terrific psychological insights, stellar example scripting and superb construction and staging, this new book from Jason Ladanye is all killer material with no filler. Light up a good Cuban, pour yourself two fingers of Islay single malt and crack open a fresh pack of cards, because you are in for a real treat.” -Andrew Wimhurst
“The man not only knows his craft, but has worked hard to enrich it with his creativity and technical prowess. I’ve enjoyed Jason’s work for years now, and I’m genuinely excited to know he has more in store.” -Jeremy Griffith
“Jason Ladanye is a hard-core card expert and he makes no apology for his approach and technical virtuosity. This new book will be a welcome addition to all lovers of elegantly crafted card magic. This new book continues right where the last one left off. In fact, Jason has raised the bar higher than I expected of him. Game Changer is sensational. “ -Michael Vincent
"Jason is the "whole package." Consummate chops, deceptive and surprising effects, presentational stories that intrigue and captivate—all wrapped up in a unique, consistent and thoroughly engaging character." -Simon Aronson
“Jason Ladanye is a card magic beast and a card magic machine. It’s one thing to have killer chops; it’s a whole different level to combine those chops with a take-no-prisoners approach to effect construction and leave an audience convinced they’ve seen the face of God. That’s Jason’s mantra. Anyone who reads, learns, and studies this material is going to be a better card worker because of it.” -Tony Cabral
“Jason Ladanye‘s first book put him on the map and his newest book takes him to greater heights. It’s filled with card routines that are smart, engaging, and structured to surprise any audience. A must-have for any card magician.” -John Guastaferro
"Jason Ladanye’s work always combines powerful techniques and methods, convincing structures and intriguing premises into what should be the goal of every professional card magician: strong magic. It's a sure bet that his new book, Game Changer will be exactly that." -Jason England

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