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The Misdirection Sessions

James Brown

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Misdirection is one of the most misunderstood concepts in magic.

  • Many think it’s covering a small action with a big one. 
  • Others think it’s getting you to look over there, while the dirty work happens. 


Both groups are wrong… and James Brown is here to tell you why. 

As a professional performer and close-up icon, he’s performed all over the world in some of the hardest conditions possible.

James can fool audiences, while completely surrounded, with the simplest tricks… because he understands misdirection on an elite level. 

We sat down with him for a 30-minute interview and kept the cameras rolling. 3 hours later and James’ was empty, he’d given every single last bit of knowledge he had on misdirection. Nothing left out. 

Along the way, we charmed him into giving away 3 reputation-making effects. 


  1. 1. James’ definitive 3-phase card under box routine
  2. 2. Card under glass - done right. 
  3. 3. The infamous, SIGNED CARD MONTE… where you can switch a card in someone’s hand and have them swear blind that they’ve been holding it - THE ENTIRE TIME. 


Like a good book, 'The Misdirection Sessions' are broken down into bite-sized, enjoyable chapters. You can shotgun it all in one sitting, or keep coming back to this proverbial page-turner. 

This isn’t one of those ‘look over there’ kinda projects. Instead, this is jam-packed with theory and practical demonstrations of elite misdirection to suit any character and performing style. 

With this project, you’re not just learning how, you’re learning why at the same time. 

If we took a poll and asked magicians which part of their magic you’ve all been neglecting, the answer would be this - misdirection. 

Start streaming The Misdirection Sessions today. MagicStream.com members can watch it ‘free’ as part of their $9.99/month subscription. 

Customer Reviews

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Excellent thoughts

This is a really excellent source of information that can be viewed more often. The explanation of the tricks (or if you do it as explained, trick would no longer be the appropriate term but miracle) is very detailed but not lengthy. I am very glad that I decided to buy this download.

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K.N.
Necessary Learning

The Misdirection Sessions were probably some of the most important lessons I've learned in a long time. What James Brown talks about is important for magicians to think about, and really reconsider when preforming for real people. It's good stuff.

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B.S.
Well worth the money

Very interesting. Lots of good points made. I'm definitely rethinking my misdirection.

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S.W.
Fascinating

James’s discussion of misdirection was really fascinating. I could have watched him talk for hours.

The magic he shared was very good and seems practical.

He had plenty of tips on how to apply misdirection.
The whole discussion was very casual and it felt like you were having a chat with a mate. However I think it could have benefited from a little more structure and guidance on how to begin applying these thoughts and how to build up to a place where they feel comfortable.

Occasionally the guy behind the camera asked questions, I found him very quiet and difficult to hear what he was saying.

Overall it’s well worth watching.

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Excellent

Bought because I know from previous releases that James used strong misdirection to create strong magic without the need for complex gimmicks. This series of talks is excellent; well filmed with practical demonstrations of the techniques described.

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wow

watch it on magic stream this is so good and interesting!!
crazy stuff!!

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D.T.
Absolutely Brilliant

Yes, yes, and yes again! So far, I've only watched the first of the three, but it is well worth it. As a pickpocket as well as a magician, James Brown has a very different understanding of attention control and misdirection to most magicians (especially those who are only, or primarily magicians).

Misdirection is a topic which is so often misunderstood (and misapplied) that magicians forget it has a very straightforward job - the better the misdirection, the more you can get away with because people won't even realise they've been misdirected. Why spend years perfecting a cut which can withstand a person burning your hands, when you can simply make it that 1) they don't look at your hands, and 2) they aren't even aware that they haven't looked at your hands (and therefore are incapable of figuring out what has happened). Straight forward, pragmatic, eminently practical and also entertaining to watch, this will definitely be enjoyed by anyone interested in misdirection, and give them a lot to think about.

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TOP

An outstanding piece of master class. So much excellent information in 3,5h video. Really successful. Thanks and also for the 3 tricks which underline the whole concept of missdirection. By the way, I didn't find the sound in any way too quiet or hard to understand. There are many other top performers with a more difficult to understand accent. ;)

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The Misdirection Sessions

Not only it is good Magic, but it is also a deep study on Misdirection and the limits that we put ourselves to avoid taking risks in order to play it safe. In my case, it has helped me a lot!

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One of the best downloads on Ellusionist

This is one of the best downloads you can buy if you want to take your magic to the next level. Everything in here is so important. Immediately after watching this I came up with new ideas for my card to box routine. I would love to see more of these session-type of videos in the future. The only thing I can complain about (therefore the 4 stars) is that the audio when Duane speaks is really low and it's hard to hear what he is saying.

I loved this!


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