Who is Marc Spelmann?
I have known Marc Spelmann for the last eight years and he is one of those real world performers who create pure miracles from conception to completion, no pipe dreams, no fillers, just pure astonishment in every routine.
Marc has been invited to perform for the worlds elite A list, from Eric Clapton, Lennox Lewis, George Michael, Jack Nicholson, Hugh Grant, Davina McCall, Gerry Halliwell, Johnny Vaughn and HRH Prince Andrew.
His client list is truly extensive with corporate giants such as Sony, Vodafone, Columbia Pictures, Jaguar, BMW, Dyson, The BBC, Carlton Television, Channel 4, Channel 5, Madam Tussauds, Rail Track, Credit Lyonnaise and Amtrak as a mere few of Marcs regular clients.
I managed to finally get Marc to release some of his treasured routines for the magic community and I have to say that as a magic dealer I cannot remember a book or DVD set with so many real world routines. Marc has delivered material that knocked everyone out at the filming. I am confident that anyone of any level who purchases these DVDs will use Marcs killer routines and principles.
In my opinion Marcs fantastic chair routine One In Thousands, Staple Roulette and his diabolical approach to the bank night theme The Prize Draw are all individually worth the price of the entire set of DVDs to a working professional and could be sold for hundreds of pounds each.
On the day of filming a shattering 31 routines I could not decide which routines I wanted to ad to my repertoire, I was spoilt for choice, a rarity for any set of DVDs. The privileged audience who saw the filming firmly believe that every effect was a true performance piece.
Marc thinks outside of the box and creates workable real world effects that play huge. I can honestly say that it is an absolute pleasure to be releasing this unbelievable set and the two and a half year process of finally pinning Marc down has been worth every second. All of this from someone who is not really known in magic circles and at a young age for his wisdom, knowledge and maturity with the impossible. Our art will benefit I'm sure
- Peter Nardi
Volume Four - The Initiated
In The Shadow Of Geller
Marc Spelmanns unbelievable one handed coin bend that has fooled everyone who sees it, incredibly clean and best of all the coin slowly bends at the finger tips. Not just a reveal of a bent coin but the audience actually see it bend at which point it is fairly handed to the owner.
Just A Thought
A shuffled deck of cards is openly spread for a spectator to just think of one, no forces of any kind. The thought of card is slowly divined and placed on the table for the dramatic revelation.
Out Of Sight Just In Your Mind
Marc Spelmanns variation of the renowned classic by Dai Vernon, streamlined handling, minimal sleight of hand in probably the most direct mind reading card effect. Marc has made Dai Vernons classic effect easier and more accessible for all to do. No table required, no breaks held, just pure mind reading.
A stack of regular business cards are used to demonstrate psychometery and clarvoiance. A volunteer draws a simple image on any business card, it is then mixed and lost into the stack, the performer talks of the old mediums and how they could divine information from an object that is personalised. The business cards are slowly dealt until the performer thinks they have it
at which point it is placed sight unseen under the spectators hand. Now the impossible happens as the performer duplicates the drawing down to the finest detail.
In The Shadow Of Banachek
Marc pays homage to a modern master and inspiration with a direct easy to do visual coin bend that is ready to go in an instant, a reputation maker that creates a souvenir that will be kept for years. The audience see you with empty hand take a coin from a spectator. The coin is held in one hand only and the audience help create an energy at which point your hand is opened and the coin eerily bends at the finger tips, again it is cleanly handed back to the spectator.
A chosen hour is thought of, a card freely selected and an ESP symbol chosen. Three outcomes from hundreds of possible combinations all of which are clearly predicted in a single photograph in your wallet which has been in view from the start. Direct, strong and impossible for a lay audience to back track. "Another effect going straight into my intimate act."
A shuffled deck is randomly cut by a spectator who memorises the cut to card. The card is replaced and shuffled back into it's half of the deck. You ask one question and one question only as you spread the upper half of the deck "Is the mate of your card in this half?" At which point you name the memorised card. Remember, the deck is shuffled by a spectator at the
beginning. They cut anywhere, even changing their mind if they choose yet you hit every time.
A card is cut to and secretly remembered. Four other cards are introduced as red herrings, all five are placed on the table as you ask the volunteer to place his shadow over each card, after which you capture his shadow. You then run your hand over the cards and stop on his thought of card. A dramatic piece of simple yet astonishing mentalism.
This alone is worth the price of the DVD, it fooled me badly. Marc Spelmanns killer application with a regular Bicycle deck that he has held back for sometime, fooling all those who have seen him use it. The most invisible of its kind. Very easy to create and even easier to use. Best of all it costs you nothing to put together.
A deck of cards is shuffled and a card thought of, the cards are instantly squared, left in their random order and pocketed. The spectator is to visualise the colour of the card, then the suit, then imagine the card in it¹s numerical position in an imaginary spread. Not only do you divine the card but mention that the card was approximately 23 cards down in the deck at which point you reach sight unseen into your pocket and instantly remove the card, no force of any kind, Marc generates huge impact from something that is easy to do. Perfect for situations when there is no table or spectators hands to use.
What People Are Saying:
"Marc Spelman is one of those unusual characters that come along once in a generation who knows how to create an idea in such a way as to create a stunning performance piece of mentalism, He also knows that presentation is everything."
"The material is first class, easy to understand and most important of all, highly entertaining. I like your style. friendly, courteous and very disarming. The material is delightfully commercial. If the viewer doesn't come away with some of the most workable and entertaining effects I¹ve seen in some time, they should try stamp collecting."
- Larry Becker
"The effects I saw are very clever and seem to have no explanation. Marc handles his audience well and leaves them with a very good feeling about his "powers!"
- Richard Osterlind
"Marc Spelmann has an inspired Alchemical knack at combining ideas and principles in proper measure to create new life. His reworking of classic ideas and effects will leave you breathless. The Spelmann touch is close to a knock over the head with a club. It hits you where it counts and leaves you dazed, blurry-eyed, and excited. Do yourself a favor and study Marcs work, I think you too will find yourself highly rewarded for your effort."
- Kenton Knepper