Welcome to a tour in my mind. Within this piece of work I wanted to provide the viewer with a feel as if they are going on a ride through my thought process. This is only a fraction to what is yet to come.
Back in early 2007 I was at a rock gym and I noticed that all the routes were named. Clever names to describe the difficulty or the rock setter. I walked past one entitled "Arthritis Onslaught". I realized that I couldn't climb this route. It was massively advanced and that's when I realized rock climbing doesn't mix with card handling. It roughens up your hands and builds catalysts making your grip and overall handling with a deck compromised and changed. It hit that I need to make a youtube video with difficult routes for my fellow card enthusiasts to follow. Since I believe I should surround myself with those who have more time put into magic than me then why shouldn't I do this for younger magi than myself? This is why I do what I do. To push others so they want to become better. I love being pushed by card men who are technically more knowledgeable and more advanced than me such as John Bodine, Ricky Smith, Theron Schaub, Brian Hart, Dan and Dave Buck.
Arthritis Onslaught part 1 first came out in 7/7/07. Since it received such a good response I decided it was only right to make a sequel that would come out on 8/8/08. After AO2 I realized that it was one of my finest pieces only after a year or so of looking at it. The more I thought of topping it, the more I felt overpowered. I was always afraid that I would never be able to give something better but one thing I've learned is that with more time and knowledge put into any subject, your growth is exponential and once you demolish all of your self built boundaries, they become simply a choice rather than something in your way. With the more I learn the more I realize that I have no boundaries any more.
I want to go further in this tunnel and I want all of you to come with me. I wholeheartedly thank all of you for sticking with me and believing in me. I love you all.
persist & endure,
Come connect with me. We have much to learn from eachother.
I'd like to take this chance to personally thank Wax, Pogo, and Bob James for allowing me usage of these songs.
Wax is one of the most talented lyricists I've ever heard and if you haven't heard him go right now to his youtube. I used to be an MC in my high school days and I would write stacks and stacks of rhymes. I've battled countless, written an army of rhymes so I've always had an eye for MCs with actual talent. Wax has this talent and charisma. Go check him out. http://www.youtube.com/user/waxandher...
I first stumbled upon Pogo's tracks a couple months ago and i instantly fell in love with his music video for "Splurgenshitter". It was refreshingly new, talented, and unique. I emailed him and he responded quickly with the OK to use this song. Thank you good sir. I hope you enjoy your work blending with mine. It was the perfect vehicle for this video.
As for the credit song, what can I say? Bob James is one of greatest composers that has ever lived and its an honor to live in the same era as him. I sent him a message a few days because I've always been in love with "Storm King" from his album "Three". It has something to it that I can't quite put my finger on. Some may not know his name but you've most likely heard his work. If you've ever seen "Taxi" you've heard Bob James. The theme song entitled "Angela" to the TV sitcom is one of the most well known themes out there. Bob's bass player "Nathan East" is actually a magician and a member at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. Small world.
And thanks to Brian Hart and Ryan Birk. These two guys were the reason why I had the walking shots. Couldn't have done it without them, even at my skill range with a camera and creativity. haha.
Canon Vixia HV 30
Sony Vegas Platinum 9.0
( I used color correction on all the clips to give it a film look)