Review: The Rough and Smooth Project (DVD and Roughing Stick) by Lawrence Turner & BigBlindMedia

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]“The Rough & Smooth Project” by Lawrence Turner is a visual encyclopedia for making your own rough & smooth cards.

Lawrence Turner is a British entertainer and an authority on rough and smooth cards.  He gives lectures on the art of roughing cards.

You receive a DVD and a roughing stick so that you can immediately start to rough your cards.  The DVD is well produced and Lawrence’s explanations are concise and clear.  The DVD is well organized into logical and useful headings so that you can easily reach any topic on roughing your cards.

Lawrence commences by explaining the differences and the pros and cons of using a roughing spray versus a roughing stick.  He then goes on to show you how to rough single and triple cards, as well as roughing only certain spots of a card.

Once you understand the applications of rough and smooth cards, he goes on to show you how to use a roughed card as a key card, and how to combine the Svengali and corner-short principles with rough and smooth cards.

Lawrence then demonstrates and explains the following gaff decks: Invisible Deck, Brainwave Deck, Super Nude Deck, Generic Force Deck, Pop-Eyed Popper Deck, and a deck specially made for practicing card flourishes and extreme card manipulations called the DNF Deck.  He also discusses 2 other decks.  The Generic Forcing Deck allows any card you choose to be the only card with an “X” on its back.  The KKID Deck is an interesting deck that incorporates Kenton Knepper’s Kolossal Killer concept.

However, I would have loved to see included in the DVD explanations of several packet tricks using the rough and smooth principle.  I suppose once you understand the various applications of roughed cards, which are explained in the DVD, you can easily come out with packet tricks yourself.

My favourite part of the DVD are the FAQs.  Lawrence answers some of the questions I myself would put up to him such as:

  • Should I write on the cards before or after the application of the roughing substance?
  • Can I rough plastic playing cards?
  • Can I top up the roughing?
  • How can I prevent the cards from losing their roughing?

If you do card magic, you need to have this video encyclopedia on rough and smooth cards in your library.  

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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