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Reaction Ad-Libs Starring Gary Darwin (DVD) The ULTIMATE Course in Situational One-Liners for Magicians, MCs, Jugglers, Ventriloquists, Comedians and Public Speakers... Not for Politicians!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 15th, 2009
This dvd is garbage - period.
These quote, unquote "reaction ad-libs" are of the lamest 1950's variety. None of them are applicable in modern society and only a roomfull of geriatrics would even laugh at it - as long as their hearing aids are turned up that is. Thankfully, I never had to buy this. A friend bought it, brought it over, and then proceeded to steal about an hour of my life away while watching Gary Darwin dish out some of the dumbest ad-libs that only Milton Berle could love.
Avoid this, unless of course you've built a time machine and are planning to take your act to the Jersey shore in 1960. While your at it, stop by my house about 6 months ago and stop me from watching this piece of trash so that I won't have to remember it.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 15th, 2008
Do you have an uncle who thinks he's funny, but all he does is repeat tired old lines you've heard a million times? You smile politely, but it's unfunny and uncomfortable?
The title of this disc is misleading. "Adlib" means "made up spontaneously", but this DVD is instead a lame collection of a few tired old one-liners. You are getting a home-made video taken at some convention. Darwin suggests an onstage situation, offers a few lame comments (sometimes just one) and then asks the audience to throw in more. The problem is, about half the time, they've got nothing, and neither does he.
Worse yet, there were a couple guys in his audience whose idea of humor is nasty and demeaning. If you want your audience to hate you, there are some great lines here. Darwin goes on at length to worship Don Rickles, a sour, demeaning 82 year old "comic" sometimes known as the "Master of Venom". If you think insulting your audience is funny, you might actually like this disc.
Honestly, there are three laughs on this whole DVD. Everything else is "take my wife, please" kind of lame non-spontaneous non-humor. Long sections are devoted to worshiping Rickles and other off-topic filler. Darwin can be heard, but the audience responses are often inaudible. Production values are shoddy and unprofessional. It's awful.
-- Alternative: the same day I bought this disc, I bought Gregory Wilson's Pyrotechnic Pasteboards. Greg is full of genuinely funny adlibs, both in his performance and tutorials, and he is a masterful teacher. I got way more material from his live shows than I got from "Reaction Adlibs".
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 26th, 2008
this is just a bunch of old guys sitting around telling OLD OLD OLD jokes. some famous people show up, but save your money and search google for bad vaudeville jokes.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 4th, 2010
this is one of the few non magic dvds that i have found useful. it helps the magician find his/her way out of difficult situations or with difficult spectators. this is a situation that we have all found ourselves in and it helped me handle such situations
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 29th, 2008
a typical "in your face" style of reactions and quotes. there are a few good one liners in there, which you could adapt and use for your own show, but there is a lot of poor material with it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 6th, 2007
this isnt a heckler stopper miracle cure, but these are suggestions straight from the mouths of todays top pros. gary darwin isnt the only one on this dvd, its got lance burton, jonny thompson, dixie dooley, the amazing jonathan, jay noblezada, and the list goes on. unfortunately its hard to understand some suggestions from the audience. its all very tongue in cheek and if thats not your style then this may not be for you.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 3rd, 2006
ok, i love gary darwin. if you have seen his thumbtip dvd, you will know he is very funny. but this dvd is lame. the lines they use are kinda corny. when the other magicians in the audience speak you can't hear them sometimes... there should have been a mic in the crowd... i was very disappointed when i saw this....not to mention waiting 4 months for the dvd to show up
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 8th, 2008
It´s not a baaaad DVD, but I really expected more. The gags are like jokes, I thought Gary would tell how to deal with "problems" and difficult situations at the show, not just say a joke every time. It was really under my expectations. But, if you are the type of magician who say jokes EVERY time, buy it.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 22nd, 2006
it wasnt that good. i tried a couple of the one-liners and i got laughed at... dont by this
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 21st, 2012
I could see where some would complain about the DVD, because he solicits input from the very experienced crowd (some of the biggest names in magic are in the crowd), but then you can't hear all of their comments. However, there is good stuff in the DVD.
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