"If you are into flourishing, this is a must-have" -Joe M. Turner, Genii Magazine
"Celestial Mechanics is a DVD from David Davies who is well known in the underground card scene in the UK. It is produced by Alakazam Magic UK and the production quality is definitely up to their high standards. I would like to start with the production quality of the product first and then get into the content. There is wonderful artwork on the DVD sleeve, great sound quality on the disk and lovely editing to round off a high class production made for a very enjoyable viewing of this DVD. The camera angles are also perfect for this type of instructional DVD which focuses on card moves, and it is filmed with a straight on shot with a main camera for the close up action and switches back and forth to a rear side angle shot for a detailed explanation on the complete work. I enjoy learning from this type of video explanation and wish a lot more magic DVD’s were filmed this way.
Now, let’s get into the content of the DVD. Celestial Mechanics teaches some of David’s prized moves with playing cards. They are moves that he has only shared with a select few and believe me, they are very good indeed. This is a DVD that focuses on cuts, both false and partially false, very visual flourishes and excellent card technique. David has a very soothing voice and this actually makes learning much more of a tranquil experience believe it or not. I wasn’t sure what to expect with another DVD on this kind of content and I was pleasantly surprised by it. David teaches some amazing and very visual flourishes and unique false cuts that I can honestly say that I have never seen before. There are 28 moves, cuts and flourishes taught on the DVD and they will generally vary in terms of card skill level from medium to advanced. This may sound daunting but I am pleased to say that there are also some easy and excellent cuts and flourishes that you will be able to learn immediately and put into your close up card act that won’t take a long time to learn and if you are sitting with a deck of cards in your hand while viewing the DVD, will learn them right away. David is very skilled with cards and some of the moves, flourishes etc., are based on work from Dan and Dave Buck, Chris Kenner, Brian Tudor and others. If you are a fan of any of these artists, you will definitely appreciate David’s work. He has a good amount of his original material but has also taken some classic moves, cuts and flourishes and added his unique twist on them. I really enjoy watching card moves from the past take on a new life. David has accomplished this in spades!
Celestial Mechanics is one of those DVD’s where you will learn some great magic moves to put into your card work. My favorite pieces on the DVD are Bling - which is a twirling in the hands three packet cut, Sideswipe - which is an example of a cut and a four card revelation, Harlequin - which is Chris Kenner’s Sybil flourish turned back to front, Yoda - which is a four packet cut that jumps between the hands, Snapparition - a very clever and entertaining piece in which a selection appears with a finger snap from a squared deck, Thumb Trigger - which uses the thumb to trigger a crimpless card production and Swirlier Pass and Pulse - which is a three packet in the hands cut.Celestial Mechanics is something that I enjoyed very much. If you are an intermediate or advanced card worker, you will still get a lot from this offering. Those who are just starting out with doing flourishes and fancy false cuts will also appreciate this DVD too. They will greatly enhance your card material and you will learn some very cool moves. I hope to see more from David Davies in the future as I can honestly say, that I am impressed with his skill. His teaching is also very easy to learn from along with the wonderful camera angles that are used to convey the moves." -Tony Chris, *Reviews Vanish Magazine