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Nothing by Max Maven (DVD) FOUR HOURS of standup mentalism instruction from the living legend himself. NOW SHIPPING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 10 of 10)6 of 8 magicians found the following review helpful:
Good but not for me Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 10th, 2010
This material is strong and economical. To put together the entire routine is super inexpensive. I like this because it is really a MacGuyver mentalism set. However, the material itself is not the strongest and has it's problems. You will see an example of this in the dvd when Maven has someone add up some numbers. Para-sight is excellent, but after that I can't think of any other reasons that the material stands out. The best part in my opinion is the panel discussion with Maven, Eugene Burger and several other great psychic entertainers. This is a good collection, but it is not for me.
The entire act costs less than the DVD! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
The premise is simple: Max Maven spends a few minutes in the supermarket and comes out with a complete act. And believe it or not, that's exactly what happened.
If you're into mentalism, then you've heard of Max Maven. Actually, even if you aren't, you've probably heard of him. Max is somewhat famous for his sinister-looking appearance, which actually covers an incredibly intelligent man with a passion for magic. This DVD set shows you exactly what can be done when you have to come up with something quickly and can only use the items on hand.
There are several effects taught here, and the amazing thing is that the teaching DVD (the second in this 2-DVD set) is so in-depth you'll know every nuance of Max's routine and why he chose every particular action. This isn't just "here's how it's done", but is more like "here's why it's done"--which helps you as a magician to create your own effects later.
Most everything here can be done within a few minutes of watching it. While you probably won't do his complete routine, you'll probably find parts that immediately resonate with you. He does a sort of book test with magazines that I particularly liked.
This is an expensive set, but worth it.
A great education in stagecraft Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 27th, 2006
Please be aware that this is not a rapid pace collection of tricks. This DVD is more of a tutorial in creating & presenting a powerful mentalist act. Sure Max goes over 7 and 1/2 effects (some really good), but this isn't really the point of this DVD. Instead it teaches you how to take risks, think on your feet, mind the details and interact with your audience. Don't let the Internet demo video make you think Max is boring his audience to tears, the full performance is MUCH better. Overall a very good DVD to take you to 'the next level' in your performance abilities. Minor quibbles: the DVD is kind of pricey and Max didn't use his 'guest stars' to their fullest. Otherwise, lots of educational value here from one of the great thinkers and historians of magic.
Nothing by Max Maven Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 18th, 2013
There were a lot of supporters for this DVD, unfortunately, I can't be counted as one of them. I was very disappointed. It is very expensive to boot. I did not think that ANY of the effects were that hard-hitting. Max Maven has good delivery and knows how to present his tricks, but I can't honestly say I'll use the effects on this DVD. Disc #2 has interesting conversation, but does not justify the price. Sorry----definitely not for me.
Luke warm at best.. C+ Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 24th, 2011
It's Mentalism 101.The tricks are very basic. Its the equivilant of a kids magic set for someone thats just getting thier feet wet in mentalism. A couple tricks do leave room for spectator error. If you follow Max's Career he strikes me as the guy who sells the tricks that are a little more dated and keeps the really good stuff to himself. Nobody will accuse you of being a "Gifted Telepath" after studying this dvd, However if you are making a seriouse transition from magic to mentalism its worth checking out. You will get some good info in the bonus features. If you've been doing mentalism for a while I'd go ahead and skip this one.
Max teaches you to be great with "NOTHING" Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 8th, 2006
I have a great day job and magic is hobby that I get to perform in a variety of venues. This set has added substantially to my repertoire along with my ability to put together a great “topical” show when on the road.
I love the simplicity and elegance of the effects in this series. Don’t skip the “In-Depth Explanations” with Eugene Burger, Brandon Combs, Gene Matsuura, Stephen Minch & Jan Rose. The comments Max shares on the psychology of magic and why the effects work and how each participant might experience unique effects are fantastic. (I would buy the tape just for this discussion never mind the effects) My first exposure to his magic many years ago left me unimpressed; mostly do the persona he uses. I purchased his three volumes of Max Maven's “Videomind” (Also a highly recommended) for the great effects and I was hooked. “Nothing” shows the real Max, his passion for the subject shines so brightly it can not be ignored.
I hope he keeps these coming.
His comments on history are right on. As a hobbyist I only wish he would have added suggested reading/videos worth exploring; however the lovely Easter egg he left was wonderful.
Nothing as in Seinfeld Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 9th, 2012
When I saw the title the first thing that came to mind is how the show Seinfeld was suppose to be a show about nothing, yet we all know it was a show about everything and anything.
There is an old saying, "give a man a fish feed him for a day, teach him how to fish feed him for life".
The first dvd is just the show itself, the second is a world of info, it teaches you the effects itself, but more than that it opens up your mind so you can take what you learn and build your own stuff, come up with your own ideas, and seriously its unlimited.
good dvd starter Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 1st, 2014
This is a good starter dvd for anyone interested in mentalism. Thia isn't a "gere is your next show" but you could use these effects. If you actually watch both disks you will learn a lot about magic and stage craft.
This is definitely Something!!! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 11th, 2013
At first, I did not care for the material. However, after watching it again I can really appreciate it. It uses every day objects that I do not think will arouse any suspicion. Max is a very gifted performer who thinks on his feet, so if you're looking for cut-n-dry effects, you won't find many on here. A lot of his patter is in response to what the spectator says, so it's not easy. Sure, the spectator messes up the time prediction but Max is such a seasoned performer that he still saves the effect.
As everyone has mentioned, the discussion section is absolutely wonderful! He goes in-depth as to how and why he could use these effects and why they're in the order that they are.
I really don't think you'll be disappointed with this DVD set. I highly recommend it!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 25th, 2011
I got this when it was first intoduced and it is GREAT!! I was able to use some of the effects within minutes and brought them into my show. the audience response to the "new" effects was huge and as a resuld I have been using them for well over a year. People who have seen my show before, still come up and ask "How did you do that??"
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