Everyone gives Born to Perform such a hard time, yet I like the video. Many people suggest Card College as an alternative, which is an excellent series however here's how the average new magic user will behave:
Watch the DVD, notice the DL being the main component in all the tricks. Browse to DL section, learn it. Practice for a few hours, get bored, show the tricks to their friends.
Realistically, 50% of the people who watch Born to Perform will never watch another magic video and simply lose interest. In fact lots of magic hobbyists simply dislike cards. They take forever to get sleights down, learning curve especially for the more advanced material is steep, and most kids have better activities than sitting at home working with cards. And in the real world, kids who sit and diddle with cards as a hobby are outside of the mainstream.
One of the big sticking points is how The Classic Pass is taught. If you do Oz's method, your pass will suck, and you'll have to completely relearn it from scratch. But I contend that nobody, and I mean nobody will watch The Classic Pass on this video and run to their rooms and practice the poorly taught version for 5 years without seeing more advanced material, or ending up buying a better taught version. If you're a new kid who's obtained a gleaning interest in "magic" from watching Blaine perform, pickup Born to Perform, your main goal is to do the four tricks taught on the DVD, zero of which require The Classic Pass. So why learn it?
You'll logically see the tricks require a DL, which is taught pretty well in my opinion. And proceed to practice that, get fairly skilled and try these out for your school friends. Next step is to get bored, and move onto better hobbies or join the Penguin board (or some other board), or find some magic friends and ask where you can find more tricks, and learn more about cards.
Their response? CARD COLLEGE!
Learning any skill requires practice, time and patience. The guy who taught me to ride a motorcycle stunk at it. He disobeyed almost every traffic law imaginable, never signaled, cut people off, took unnecessary risks and was a general nuisance to traffic. Having a brain, I modified his technique to be better, ended up enrolling in a formal class to get my license and can safely ride now. Did learning from him ruin my technique, or make me have to relearn habits? No, because I NEVER GOT THAT FAR before re-evaluating his behavior. Had I found a mysterious, lonely street and proceed to practice riding just like him for 4 years ... yes I'd need to re-learn a lot. But I'm no robot, I in fact used my brain to apply my own style and pizazz to the art of riding.
And so will any new magician learning The Classic Pass from Born to Perform.
So why should you purchase BTP?
First off, and quite easily the main reason to purchase this DVD is it's fun to watch. Oz has a vibe going with his audience, having fun, entertaining them, getting great reactions. The performances make you want to rush out into the street and do these effects yourself. The re-watch ability of BTP is amazing.
Second, the lighting and camera work are pretty good. Explanations are (for the most part) clear and concise, and to break up the teaching and make it more interesting, flashbacks to the street performances are inserted. "Ah! This is where the card goes to mouth, now I remember!".
Third, the tricks are old impromptu classics that rarely fail to impress and obviously get good reactions from his street performances. If you have a deck of cards in your back pocket, or run upon some people polishing up their poker game, you have four solid routines to draw upon. Which is very good for a complete beginner.
Fourth, the audience is cute. Mmmkay?
Add in the fact that it's geared toward a more younger, A.D.D. crowd and you have yourself a well spent $30. Which you could earn by mowing your neighbor's lawn.
In conclusion, nobody will ruin their card magic by purchasing this DVD. In fact they'll probably move onto another hobby and never even practice The Classic Pass or anything else for that matter. Those who find Card Magic appealing, and it draws upon their inner core, calling them like destiny in the wings - will come back to get more. And as they get more, they'll end up with Card College from your recommendations.
So relax, let the new people enjoy Born to Perform. It's a well produced DVD, capable of tickling the magic interests of teenage guys from around the world.