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Mind Stunts 1&2 by Patrik Kuffs (2 DVD Set) Looking for a goldmine of fresh new mentalism? Look no further... Canada's #1 crazy creative mentalist is HERE!
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An insanely dynamic entertainer and innovator, Patrik Kuffs has made smash-hit appearances at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, the International Battle of Magicians in Atlanta, and on such varied television shows as Popular Mechanics For Kids, Ad Lib and Urban Magic, with David Acer and Richard Sanders.
On Mind Stunts 2 Kuffs gets even more insane. You'll learn:
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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 10 of 15)2 of 2 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 7th, 2008
Hello i did purchase these ones and they are quite expensive and it doesn't have too powerful tricks but they are great openers and they are impromptu it should be like 25 dollars or 19 dollars for both but if money is no problem it does deserve to get 3 stars because most are impromptu and its great openers if you wanna open with something not that impressive.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
If you have any working knowledge whatsoever of mentalism, don't waste your time with this. Everything is very basic, easy to figure out on your own, lacking good patter and scripting, and mostly all fluff. It's the kind of material you get in one of those boxed magic kits you buy at the mall, essentially the mentalism version of cheap plastic gimmicks. I didn't use anything from the DVD's and the one effect that caught my eye he didn't even explain. He just said he'd keep that one to himself and moved on.
On the other hand, if you don't know anything about mentalism and are curious about it, it's not terrible, but otherwise, stay away.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 4th, 2010
i have come to learn that most mentalism dvds are hit or miss. and this is a miss. the tricks are unoriginal and not very practical or commercial. in my opinion the tricks work for him because of his personality, maybe im just different, but most of these tricks just arent for me!
One of the best sets on Penguin Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 11th, 2014
Blindfoil by Patrik Kuffs performed by Matt Johnson has become a bestseller and one of the highest ranking products on penguin at the moment.
That made me think.. why does his Mind Stunts have such a bad reviews? Isn't that a little bit weird or even funny?
Gentlemen, yes it is!
This set is honestly one of the best sets here on penguin. I totally understand the disappointment of some mentalists, who are expecting from a product to be 100% sure-fire, should be easy-peasy and sould come with all you need to have (do you really think this is the way?). If you are that type, please do yourself a pleasure and leave this product. If you are a mentalist who wants to create miracles, who wants a funny and intriguing set full of bold, but wonderful effects from one of the kindest and hilarious guy on the mentalism field, buy this set now!
Weak. Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 6th, 2010
I felt that most of these effects were a bit weak and not really all that usable in the real world. However I was mostly put off by Patrik's quirky personality, it just distracted me from actually learning anything. Sorry.
Good! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 10th, 2008
What to say about this one! It's very good, thou i think number one is much better then number two!
Nothing too special here Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
I have to agree with other listings that it is hard to justify the cost of this set given the included material. For many, the tricks here may inspire alternative handlings (eg Bank Light's explanation is bordering on ridiculous and there are easier ways), but at other times, the ideas are sorely lacking. Including a routine that is nothing more than "magicians choice" is a bit insulting. The DVDs are entertaining, and they have prompted thought. Having said all that, I will be making use of TOC, Book Test 2 and Blindfoil, so it wasn't a total loss. Just could do with being a little cheaper.
OK but not great Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
Patrick Kuffs' Mind Stunts and Mind Stunts 2 are a collection of original mentalism routines presented in Kuffs quirky style. Let me preface my review by saying I'm never been all that wild about most mentalism routines. So if you are thirsty for new mentalism, this may be the ticket.
Degree of Difficulty
Easy. There are no tricky sleights to learn. 90% of the routines are timing and acting. However easy these may be, I don't think this would be a good introduction to mental magic.
Kuffs plays both magician and spectator and uses editing to portray both roles. I prefer seeing trick performed for a real audience to gauge the reaction to the presentation. Combining a thick accent and goof-ball style, this teaching style was really hard for me to watch. Perhaps his style works in front of a real audience but we don't get to see that, now do we?
Quantity of Effects
There are a total of 7 effects and Kuffs blatantly tells you that he is not going to show you the last trick, Nostradakuffs and to figure it out for yourself. So 6 tricks for your hard-earned clams.
Quality of Effects
These tricks don't do much for me but I think that some of the material is usable. The Book Test 4 Dummies was my favorite. The name is appropriate because someone who is not a dummy might be suspicious of the method. If you are not familiar with book tests, it goes like this; some picks a random page from an seemingly normal book. The mentalist then reads the mind of the spectator and predicts the word. In this trick the spec selects the first word from a random page out of a truly random book and writes the word on a business card. Then the magi does the same. Viola, the words match!
Kuffs using little vignettes in a variety of settings to frame each trick. At times there is clever editing and the video quality is good. However the hand held camera work is all over the place. Zoom in, zoom out, jerk the camera this way and that way. Kuffs was trying to be overly clever and comedic with the presentation. It just wasn't my style of humor and I'm not a fan of hand-held videography.
I think if your a fan of mentalism, you're going to find a way to use some of this material - especially if you are mixing humor with your mentalism act. I have to be critical of any DVD that shows you a trick and then doesn't provide the secret. Isn't that what we're paying for? Mind Stunts 2 is more of the same so if you think you might like this DVD, I would suggest getting both. Personally, this wasn't my cup of tea.
Good but not for me Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 9th, 2010
These DVDs have SOME good material, but none of it is my style. Most of the stuff I really didn't like, but I do appreciate the creative thinking and can say there are a few things that are good. The Book test 4 dummies 1 and 2 are both good. I won't say they are the best book tests out there but they are worth a try.
Blindfoil is also a creative, almost impromptu way to do a blindfold routine.
These routines are not overly challenging so I know you can do them. If you are looking for some new mentalism then maybe give this a look
Even if you have no experience....stay away Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 27th, 2010
Ok so i read some of the reviews, and it said if you were a beginner to metal magic(i was)It would be a good place to start. Well, i just waisted 55 bucks. well forty five, the book test on the second dvd, there is one on both, i have used(well i modified it a lot, but the principle was good to know.)
just when i thought i had waisted my money, he comes to a trick, and i thought man, that may have made it worth my money....he begins to explain it, the his phone rings and he walks off and the credits role.
besides the lack of valuable content, his teaching style is not good. His stage presence(and teaching)is really annoying and it makes it really hard to watch. avoid it.
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