Sankey's Greatest Hits (3 DVDs) The essential collection for the serious close-up magician! Highly Recommended! Exclusively at Penguin!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 23rd, 2010
I really like Jay Sankey. He has very visual and relatively easy magic. There are 35 effects on these DVDs and my take on it is if you can find 10 that you like, then you paid only $7.50 per trick for 10 great effects....4 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
So here are my top 10 (in the order they appear on the DVD):
1) Stirring Silver. A borrowed ring penetrates the bowl end of a spoon. completely impromptu
2) Color Blind . Magician impossibly determines which of 6 pay envelopes the spectator has selected
3) Carbon Paper. The spectator selects a card and puts it under their hand. The magician burns the back of another card and then magically transfers the burn mark from the magicians card to the selected card.
4) Identifying features. Magician magically transfers the torn corner from the spectators dollar bill to the magicians dollar bill. Very nice bar or street trick. Simple, but people freak out. They just don't expect it.
5) Three times lucky. Some one else didn't like this, I love it as it is impromptu with a shuffled (and even borrowed deck). Magi predicts three cards the spectator selects later. The slight he teaches allows you to force three cards without showing the back. So you can do this trick more as a magic trick where the three selected cards have a different back from the rest of the deck...
6) Please don't feed the playing cards. Card is very visually caught reversed by cards held together by a rubber band... Very easy, very visual.
7) VIP. Double prediciton. Spectator selects a playing card and thinks of any word in any language you can spell in. Magician reads their mind and names the card and the word. Naming the word really freaks people out. It seems impossible. Very, very easy, but seamingly impossible.
8) Tracking Device. Magician finds a spectators card by using a button that disappears in a flash and then reappears sown on to the spectators card. Great give away.
9) Stapled. Selected card appears stapled between two other cards. Impromptu (excpet you need a stapler). But there is no prep.
10) Mr Clean coins across. I use this all the time. Three coins across routine. No gimmicks. Seems impossible. No tossing of coins back and forth, they just go, one at a time.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
First off, let me say that this was a great DVD for so, so very many reasons. The run time is an insane 5 hours and 41 minutes, and almost all the tricks are good. The stand up comedy is hillarious, the monolouges, fun to watch, and the entire video was nicely filmed. Overall, this DVD set gets a 10/10.4 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
Disc One: This is all the performances of the effects and some comedy and monologues and whatnot. I will review each trick on this section. Oh, and if it uses fire, I will put an F before it.
Collect Me Not: A nice idea for a routine, just it seems as if whenever I perform this all the spectators know something fishy is going on. I tried to get some of my friends to watch Jay perform it to see if it was still fishy to them. It was. The handling is kind of tough to get down too. In terms of what this looks like from a spectators point of view, there are better collectors routines out there. In terms of handling, there are better routines out there.
Stirring Silver: If you don't know this routine, you need it. It is perfect for virtually any situation and you can learn it in a lot of different places. It is really easy, really ingenious, and looks like real magic.
No Jacket Required: A tad on the fishy side again, but that may be just me. It is pretty cool, the concept of coins flying across your body and all landing in different positions. This one is pretty easy to do though, so it might be for you, might not.
Color Blind: Great idea, and it looks like real mindreading! Only problem is you need to construct a few gimmicks. It's not very practical either. The gimmickes however are fairly inexpensive, and it is a really easy trick to do.
Mexican Jumping Coins: A lot like No Jacket Required handlingwise. It's not that hard to get down, and it is a nice coins across. Again, some may like this, some may not.
F: Carbon Paper: Wow. This is a great routine, and if you think you have already learned it on Secret Files, think again. This handling is a whole lot better than the one on Secret Files, and it is a great idea for a trick. Whether you are on the streets, working bars, or even a parlour show, you could find a way for this to be in your act.
Indentifying Features: A fairly good routine. It's nothing really new in terms of handling. A cool routine it is however.
Fragile Harbor: All of you will see how this is done when you see him perform it. Yes, it is really easy to do. Only thing is... THIS KILLS SPECTATORS! Many of you who have this, I urge you to try this out. Trust me, you won't be sorry. It is super easy, and will leave many of you saying, "Heck, why did I not think of that?".
Three Times Lucky: A triple prediction effect, dealing with three selected cards. I don't like the vaugeness of the prediction, nor the move used to accomplish it. Stay away from this routine.
Please Do Not Feed The Playing Cards: This is without a doubt, the most creative trick I have ever seen. The moves, easy. The trick, magical. The spectators reaction, priceless. Some tricks money can't buy, but for everything else, there is Jay Sankey.
Belly of the Beast: I did not like this one to much. The trick itself is great, and it has a really good effect on spectators. The handling, pretty easy too. Meh, you might use this, you might not.
Smugglers Aces: His patter line is great for this trick, and the trick is good too. It does use the 2 for 4 count, and when he does it, I would swear that there were 4 cards there. This move is absolutly beautiful in his hands. Oh, and the trick, yeah, it's ok. But the move...
Forgery: Another routine I rarely leave home without. It has a lot of variations, and I think this is the best. Trust me when I say you will perform this. The ending really sells it to them as well. X's multiply over and over and over again, and it is really cool looking. Pretty easy too.
Joking Around: I believe this is taught in other places, and is kinda one of those filler tricks.
VIP: Either way you use it, to pick up girls or to read someones mind, it scores big time with people. You probbably will use this one too.
Ups & Downs: A very practical and magical coins thru table. This you people will perform, and trust me, will get great reactions with. 9.0
Missing Evidence: Again, nothing new in terms of handling, it is fun to perform and gets good reactions.
X: I do not perform the invisible deck. For someone who does, this is a nice little add on. It's almost like adding Nitrous to a Lamborghini though, in a way it will still be astounding without, but better for some with it.
For invisible deck workers: 9.5/10
F: Tracking Device: I perform this in a different way than Jay, but the idea is great. You will use this. A person looks at a card. It is put back in the deck. The performer than pulls stuff out of his pocket. A button comes out. It bursts into flames, vanashing. In the case, it is threaded onto the selected card. Very direct, quite magical.
Perfect Timing: Taught on the Boris Pocus DVD, it is a simple idea, taken to new hights. Anyone who has MWCCIM will know how this is done.
Hotlink: A very romantic trick, which is pretty much limited to bieng romantic. Regardless, it is easy and magical, so...
Stapled!: A really, really good idea for a trick. Two cards are stapled together and left in full view. A card is selected, signed and returned to the pack. When the staple is fairly removed, they find thier card stapled in between the two previous ones. I don't perform this too often, but when I do, it gets great reactions.
Fade Away: This is on 22 Blows to The Head, and he used to sell this for 20 bucks alone. This is a great routine where the spectator imagines the cards fading and then it actually happens! 9.0
Mr. Clean Coins Across: If you can do a good Goshman Pinch, you have this down. I perform this a lot. If you have three coins, you can do this.
Disc 2: Explanations. These are very in depth, and Jay is my favorite magic teacher. He does go a bit fast on parts, which is no problem for any intermediate magician.
Disc 3: Bonus Material. This stuff is awesome!!! Some of the greatest magic I have ever seen. My favorite disk in the set, the comedy on this one is hillarious. NOT CHILD APPROPRIATE THOUGH! Oh well, the minds of today are already scarred from Family Guy and South Park, so...
State of the Union: His performance and explanation for this is hillarious. THe trick, it is ok. Two cards melt together... Nothing new.
Rolling Thunder: Pretty easy. Not something I perform. Some will, some won't.
Mountebank Aces: A great theatrical premise and a great trick. Ending is great. Everything about this trick is great!
Extended Credit: So much fun to perform. You take someones credit card or drivers licsence and then you stick it in a small envelope. With no funny moves, you snap it in half. When you pull it out, it is completely restored. The method is so much fun!
Boxing Ring: Seen elsewhere. Not new. Pretty good. A spectators card appears on the magicians ring inside the card case.
F. Spark it Up: A great Christmas trick. Easy. Great for children. A snowman visually melts in a burst of flame. You probbably will perform this at Christmas time. 9.5/10
Hit & Run: A pretty nice routine. Some may like this, some may not. All depends on personal preference. 8.5/10
Transient: So many DVD's of his this is in. Regardless, a great effect.
Case of Mistaken Identity: This involves a gimmick you can make or if you have one its even better. I love the idea of the card case morphing and this is the most practical of any I have seen.
Nowhere Coins: Kind of stupid. The whole lead up... People think something else will happen. No one believes what they see, because they don't see it. Sure, coins appear from nowhere, but they are put into a hand and expected to vanish. The idea however opens up a host of other uses.
Overall: 1000000/10. Please buy this. It is great, and I know regardless of your skill level, you will find something usable. Jay is definitly one of my favorite magicians.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 11th, 2012
Someone has to tell Jay to stop talking at some point. A lot of his ramblings and sketches are tiring. The most frustrating thing is the lack of performances before actual people shown. Especially since there is a whole DVD just for performances of him alone in a pool hall. Watching magicians ask themselves to pick a card or signing their own playing cards drives me nuts. It is confusing and makes it hard to learn. The real value is in learning Jays best moves and handlings. Some good mentalism bits as well.1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 16th, 2011
I have been practicing magic ever since I was five. I have bought and received several amazing effects from penguin magic. This DVD by far is the best group of tricks that I have come across, with some of the best teaching from one of my favorite mystic artist, Jay Sankey. If you have never bought a Sankey product, I HIGHLY recommend purchasing this astounding set of effects. These are the effects that I everyday. For your own good, please ADD TO CART!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 5th, 2010
So much material packed in these 3 dvd's,Jay is the man.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 6th, 2010
Jay Sankey is definitely one of my favorite magicians after this. I guarantee this will make you think higher of him after watching!
What you get is 3 DVDs in a nicely packaged box. There are 10 new mind-blowers, and a whole lot of rare stand up comedy sketches and cartoons and different little bits.
The DVDs are so well produced. THey are simple. Not in a studio or out on the street, but in a pool room. It's jazzy and very classy. Nothing takes away from the learning or viewing experience. IF you like tricks with random little objects and amazing coin/card magic, this is great. Or even if you like to laugh your butt off. There is so many tricks on here that one full DVD was devoted to the comedy bits and performances. Disc two is explanations, comedy. Disc three has BONUS effects, explanations, and comedy.
I highly suggest this to you if you can spare the money. Jay will make it worth it for you! You WON'T regret buying it. I promise
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 5th, 2010
JaY is entertainment. Anyone that does magic in a bar, restaurant, corporate, or casual strolling will glean something useful from this DVD. Some of Jay Seaver is not appropriate for younger magicians. The skill level necessary for most of the tricks varies from beginner to expert.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 4th, 2010
I just watched this again yesterday after owning this for years. It's still great and there are plenty of great tricks to pick up after not watching this for years.
My current favorite is Stirring Silver. A completely impromptu effect with a spoon and a borrowed finger ring.
This is great for any Sankey lover or anyone who loves audience tested material that really works.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
This is a set of 3 DVD's that have strong commercial magic. Cards, rubber bands, flash paper, spoons, and borrowed rings. Not only that you get to see Jay Sankey doing stories, and stand up comedy. Definitely a must have for Sankey aficionados. Add to cart today!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
A good collection of effects. Lots of moves to try and learn all at once. My advice is work through the material slowly, as not to be overwhelmed. The nice thing is, all the tricks are performed in a poolhall. Unlike Jay's other "greatest" videos that are just pieces of other material condensed onto a dvd.
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