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' head 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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Davide Bandini
Not only for close-up artist

I trusted Misdirection session because I already knew James Brown as an artist. Needles to say, I was amazed by the power of the Misdirection, not only did I improve colse-up routine, but the concepts explained can also be applied to stage musical act as in my case. Probably the best purchase on ellusionist

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Per K.
The most important stuff is here

I like the conversational format. The three sessions absolutely function best together as a whole. This is very important information for beginners as well as experienced performers. However they take for granted that you know basic terminology and moves. So probably best to have a little knowledge from before. My suggestion would be to take notes as you watch because of the flowing open nature of the format. It would be difficult to find the one thing you are looking to view again. So take notes! And listen to this information. He really pin points a lot of the flaws we have, and suggests better ways to look at things, and better ways to practice magic.

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Ian Jenn
The Science behind what makes magic work

Great for beginners and experts. I'll have to go back and rewatch my favorite magicians again with new eyes.

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Gary Tantari Jr.
Misdirection session

This video series was worth every penny. You forget what you can get away with if you have good misdirection techniques.

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PyroBasil
an honest insight into what misdirection should be

throughout the years I've seen people make an emphasize on the idea of the big movement covers the smaller one, it's not that simple and this course is here to tell you that and also tell you that our perception of reality is fragile, I've never seen someone go into this level of philosophy when it comes to misdirection, I can't recommend this enough.

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Dave
Misdirection masterclass

So much really good information, not just what to do but why you should do it. A lot of important points made with practical examples to reinforce the thinking. Excellent stuff

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James Mitchell
Misdirection

You may have thought just fooling people with tricks Is all you needed. Well guess what you are wrong, James brown will show you how to make your tricks mind blowing. Misdirection teaches you the little details we all were missing. When your done watching you will understand the little moves matter more then the big move. That will make your audience confused and amazed all at once. Don’t miss this opportunity to take you magic to the next level. Get misdirection today

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Michel
Very good sessions from a professional opportunist

I saw James few years ago in Lyon, for an unforgetable workshop about magic and pickpocketing, misdirection was clearly in the centre of the week-end. Was so great. This sessions are very good and remember me the workshop. Theory, pratical advices, very good vision, all you need go be confident and understand the spirit of misdirection. When we know the work of James Brown, its just pleasure. Very valuable.

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Tyler Milsaps
Ellusionist is THE reason I get back into Magic

This product has really help me get over my fear of performing.. Hours practicing, and never performing because I'd flash in the mirror / camera every 15th try.. immediately after watching it, I said "screw it" and decided to show my girlfriend a trick I JUST learned. I know I "messed up" the trick, slightly, but she didn't notice and said it was great! Maybe this is the start of something beautiful

I got into Magic because of Ellusionist, about 10 years ago in High-school, and THE reason I was able to start strong and impress people, and make friends. I actually started magic because I thought it would be a great way to start socializing, which is something I was NOT good at, at the time.

After graduating, life got distracting and busy, and I would forget to keep the passion alive. Yet I constantly come back, just as I did a couple weeks ago, and the FIRST place I go to is always Ellusionist.

They're what helps reignite my passion, they're the reason I started, and because of this passionate, genuine team of people, I have a wonderful community to be involved in. I'm grateful for this team of people, for so many reasons. So, yeah.. 5 stars!!!

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Ryan Lassiter
A must have for the modern magician

Get yourself out of the 70's and into the modern day with these helpful observations and uses of how our mind actually works. It's not smoke and mirrors, people. It's misdirection at its finest. ;0)


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