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 Post subject: Metal by Dee Christopher and Titanas - My Review
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:28 pm 
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Metal by Dee Christopher and Titanas - My Review

Buy it: http://www.penguinmagic.com/product.php?ID=S12969

Price: $16 after discount

Demos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydCuYQwnv88

Note: This review is simply MY OPINION on the DVD.

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The DVD

The DVD is decent quality, lasting about an hour in total. Each effect has a live performance, followed by an explanation outside, complete with car noise with a wooden backdrop. A HORRIFIC METAL MUSIC riff plays throughout the explanations, at about 70% of his voice volume and becomes annoying after 0.001 second into each segment. Why anyone would play a constant music track during explanations is beyond me, no less a repeated grinding guitar that's not even music - it's just aggravating.


Quicksilver - 21 mins

The highlight of the DVD, and a very good effect. Two spoons are shown and spectator picks his favorite. And then:

Phase 1: The spoon twists, visually. Now I know you're saying CORKSCREW but what makes this different are the subtleties he's packed into it. The hand motion looks really funky, like the metal is moving around on the spoon. You can definitely see that something weird is going on. And then his twist LOOK visual. Watching the performance for the first time, if I hadn't been doing Liquid Metal for so long, I would have easily been convinced that the dude really just twisted it. You know a spectator HAS to be thinking it's a gimmicked fork after that.

Phase 2: Standard in-the-face Gallerian Bend type of move. Very convincing.

Phase 3: You borrow their finger, bending the spoon visually with it.

Now you're probably saying: "Corkscrew, spec finger bend - Liquid Metal dude!". Well not really. The twisted fork is different than LM and requires more work to install, plus the finger motions and visual twisty portion make it stand out. Especially the multi-phase aspect of this (compared to Banachek's series and Gallerian Bend) is total win. Plus the bends here are easier if you have weaker hands, or even want to get some stronger spoons.

Difficulty: 3/10. In-the-face aspect requires some mirror work, plus other practice time. Overall, you should be performance ready after like 50 spoons.
Rating: 9/10. Solid spoon bender, worth the effort to get down.

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HDFCK - 10 mins

Spectator inspects two normal spoons. You rub the one they select, and it heavily warps.

One phase routine where you reveal a warped and bent up spoon. Not sure how to rate this since it's so short, and just seems like an afterthought ("hey let's give em a messed up spoon?"). Not as polished as Quicksilver obviously, but you can easily use sleeving or some magnets in the back pocket to swap out a regular spoon for this warped one.

Difficulty: 1/10. Got a warped spoon? You're ready to go.
Rating: 7/10. I can see some possibilities with this, but I'd rather show two normal spoons and THEN my warped one. Good for a quickie on the street, I guess.


SYN - 10 mins

After showing two normal coins, one bends inside the spectator's hand at the same time another visually bends in your hand.

Before I even start, you go to your pocket twice. Which I'm NOT a huge fan of. If you can get over that (or already have a coin holdout), it's a cute routine. Originates from his previous PDF ebook "Pieces at 3AM":

http://www.deechristophermagic.com/3am.cfm

I do like the initial show of "2 normal coins", which does indeed look legit while held up at the spectator's eye level. And touching their hand while having the first coin bend is nice. This is better than the crappy shuttle pass version I use when I left the Quantum Bender 2.0 at home, so I'll probably switch over. Great for street magic, the hand bending piece alone would make some great memories.

Difficulty: 2/10. Should have it down in no time.
Rating: 8/10. If you don't have an existing pre-bent coin routine in place, this one is nice and visual. Plus a spectator in-the-hands bend is fairly potent.


Loki

After placing different colored poker chips on your hand, you're able to determine who took which. Is this really a trick?

Difficulty: 1/10.
Rating: 1/10. Sorry, I hated it.


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Conclusion

If you don't already have a solid spoon bender in place, nor a pre-bent coin in-the-hands quickie, you'll really enjoy this DVD. Especially for the low price of $16. No it's not Liquid Metal. The teaching isn't as exhaustive, and you don't receive like 10 street performance, however the nice subtleties Dee introduces are excellent, and highly recommended.

A great deal for anyone that wants to get warmed up on practical metal bending for very little cash.


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Shot on location in the UK, Titanas presents Dee Christopher's METAL.

Teaching the guarded methodology and technique behind his highly visual and impactful metal bending routines, Christopher covers all the ins and outs to take you from a beginner to a pro - seasoned metal benders will also find new techniques and tricks to apply to create maximum damage with minimal pocket space.

The effects taught are as follows:

Quicksilver - Two spoons are shown, the first one is VISUALLY twisted out in the open (DC neck Twist), the second melts into a perfect arch in three phases, involving the spectators throughout!

This is Dee's working routine that he's performed thousands of times in the last year alone all over the world. Only two spoons are required and the reset is INSTANT.

HDFCK - An examined spoon warps and distorts as the spectator holds the bowl and the performer slowly runs his fingers down the neck. Phenomenally visual and HAS TO BE FELT TO BE BELIEVED.

You've never seen a spoon bent like this before, after countless requests for release, it now features on this triple feature DVD.

SYN - Two coins are held at the performer's fingertips, the spectator takes one in their hand and the performer holds the other at fingertips. The performer's coin starts to visually melt upwards in half and as this happens, the spectator admits to feeling the coin bend in their hand too!

With this great visual and sneaky technique you will always gauge a positive response from your spectator when the coin bends in their hand with no chance of a psyche-fail!

Clocking in at over an hour's worth of performances and tuition, DC and Titanas have also included a BONUS: Two versions of the highly acclaimed LOKI from Dee's book Pieces at 3AM.

Loki - A spectator takes three different coloured poker chips and hides one in each pocket. The performer not only reveals which pocket each resides in, he also can tell them which order they were taken in!

No electronics, no gimmicks, no peeking, this is a perfectly simplistic demonstration of mind reading, or precognition. two versions are taught, one of which allows you to openly place a prediction which can not fail on the table before you begin!

Get your copy of this highly anticipated release from one of the top new talents in psychokinesis.


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 Post subject: Re: Metal by Dee Christopher and Titanas - My Review
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:42 pm 
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So Akira, as one who only does Liquid metal but wants to get into spoon bending. Would you recommend this DVD over others or is there a diff spoon bending DVD you prefer?


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 Post subject: Re: Metal by Dee Christopher and Titanas - My Review
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Zenn_Darkfire wrote:
So Akira, as one who only does Liquid metal but wants to get into spoon bending. Would you recommend this DVD over others or is there a diff spoon bending DVD you prefer?


Not a lot of competition for multi-phase spooners. This one wins, especially for $16. You'd use the coin routine, too.


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 Post subject: Re: Metal by Dee Christopher and Titanas - My Review
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Zenn_Darkfire wrote:
So Akira, as one who only does Liquid metal but wants to get into spoon bending. Would you recommend this DVD over others or is there a diff spoon bending DVD you prefer?

One DVD that I really enjoyed was the World's Greatest Magic: Metal Bending DVD. It's very cheap and it's got a bunch of cool bends from Banachek and Richard Osterlind. I use some of the stuff from that dvd all the time informally at restaurants.


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 Post subject: Re: Metal by Dee Christopher and Titanas - My Review
PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:51 am 
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ThatsMagical wrote:
I had been waiting for this review :D. You didn't mention much about the method, does it take metal bending to a new level? I was in doubt to buy this because, like you, i already own banachek's PKS and liquid metal, i am afraid the method is quite similar. So is it still good to get this? Are things completely different from those two dvd i had? Especially the corkscrew bend, i hope it is different from banachek's and morgan's concept


Thats what i posted on another review. I guessed you answered most of my question. So i could conclude the method is new and completely different from other two?


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 Post subject: Re: Metal by Dee Christopher and Titanas - My Review
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Most of it looks like... well old ideas...

It all looks like pre-bent stuff and then pretending to bend it. In which case is there any real reason to buy the DVD?


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 Post subject: Re: Metal by Dee Christopher and Titanas - My Review
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ThatsMagical wrote:
So i could conclude the method is new and completely different from other two?


There's nothing really "new" in metal bending, they all borrow heavily upon each other. Dee adds a couple of interesting subtleties and ideas, that's all. Plus he does it with a spoon instead of a fork (which are easier to bend).

If you're seeking the next revolutionary Liquid-Metal-type step in bending, this ain't it.

keepitbottled wrote:
Most of it looks like... well old ideas...


It is. Again, you're paying for the subtleties and pre-built routine.


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 Post subject: Re: Metal by Dee Christopher and Titanas - My Review
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keepitbottled wrote:
Most of it looks like... well old ideas...

It all looks like pre-bent stuff and then pretending to bend it. In which case is there any real reason to buy the DVD?


Haha ya i agree with this.


Ok thanks akira, I am in doubt to buy it just for the new subtleties and ideas. But can it literally bend any spoon? Its hard to find soft one anywhere, most of them are thick(like those in restaurants) and people might suspect this and that, though they might clear their suspicions after examine it but it will definetely be better if you could just take any silverware from any place and bend it straightaway.



PS: I got cut once while performing liquid metal due to 1 rude audience who suddenly came and tries snatch the fork away from me after i did the first tine bend.


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