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Complete Course in Magic with Cups & Balls (2 DVD Set) A library of cups and balls moves, techniques, and routines packed into two DVD's!
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This is exacly what you need! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
I don't really like Eddy Ray but that is my personal opinion. Everything on this DVD is excellent and everyone with Cups & Balls should own it. Learn how to do all essential moves, sleights and loads to fascinate your audience!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 9th, 2010
I didn't like this. don't get me wrong, this is a good resource to learn the cups and balls from. It's just that it is far from the best. This is all good usable material, but if you really want to learn the cups and balls then get Michael Ammar's DVDs, also available from Penguin. Eddy ray's dvds are just a rehash of the basics. Who knows maybe Eddy learned from Ammar too.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 24th, 2007
I own both this set and the Michael Ammar set. You will probably see these compared rather a lot. Whether by chance or design they teach almost the same material in almost the same order. This means they will be compared, and in a comparison, this set (in my book) comes up short.
I don't know whether this similarity was intentional or not. If it was, I feel it was a bad choice, both ethically and strategically.
I believe Ray has a lot of talent, though, and feel that, had his video not been so close to Ammar's more people would make the choice I made...to own both.
On with the comparison:
Both are sold here at Penguin.
Both will teach you *more* than enough moves to get a C&B routine up and running.
Each has some material the other does not. Ammar's extra material is, to my way of thinking, much better than Ray's extra material. You may disagree. Ammar has an additional opening sequence, an additional closing sequence, and a lot of philosophy and history.
This one has a lower price (always important), it has a Benson Bowl routine, and it has a visual demonstration of the Carlysle proposition bet with a Paul Fox Style cup and a Lacrosse ball. I may be missing something else, but that's what comes to mind.
If I could only have one set, it would be the Ammar set. If it was out of stock, I'd get this without regrets. My true preference is to have both.
In sum, nothing wrong with this product...it's just that there is something better which was around first.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
This is a solid resource. Make no mistake, it covers a ridiculous amount of content. It's begins simply and moves methodically to more advanced material. It covers everything you need to know about Cups & Balls (and even magic wands! Which was a weird inclusion). My suggestion would be to get a resource like this and then invest in Table Hopping Cups and Balls. Buy now if you are interested in more than just cards and sponge balls :)
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
The DVD is well produced. It has a classical music sound track which I like (I can imagine some people might not). The teaching is a tad dry but very good. Ray occasionally flashes but overall he seems to be a very capable Cups and Balls performer.
Being a noob to the Balls and Cups, I didn't understand the organization of the material at first. Once I got midway through the 2nd DVD it all became clear and I got excited about the possibilities. You really are given the building blocks to creating your own routine. The building blocks are roughly presented as a series of beginnings, middles, and endings.
There are a few things that are on this DVD that I gather may not be on the Ammar DVD. These are:
The Eddy Ray Advanced Stack Move - loading two balls into the same nested cup.
The Eddy Ray Cheat Move - a better version of the Click Move - this is one of the best moves on the DVD.
Francis Carlyle's Proposition Bet - not really a trick - more of an optical illusion
Four wand spins
Wand Appearance with a silk
Wand Disappearance with a silk
Eddy Ray Wand vanish
Roy Benson Bowl Routine
The Roy Benson Bowl Routine is a bonus. Basically a single cup (bowl) routine with sponge balls. His final load is a deck of cards so it is a really great transition routine.
My only complaint was that I wish Ray provided a little more instruction on misdirection, acting, patter and presentation. I give this DVD set a 4/5 rating. He lost a point for some lazy editing on the second disk and a dry presentation.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 1st, 2008
this is a very good deal that all the thing you get come together.instead of paying for each item get them all together.
JUST ADD IT TO THE CART ALREADY!!! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 7th, 2007
well, i got this for much more from the local magic shop, wish i know penguin was going to get it, i would have waited!!
anyway, it's a great DVD set! amazing! the first dvd alone goes over all the different movies and ilusions you can do using the cups and balls! the teaching is suppurb.
the second dvd you learn tricks, and the tricks are amazing. they teach you easy tricks, and tricks that require a bit more practice (even though cups and balls handeling is pretty easy overall, not to much practice!)
you can also combine different routines and slights, and come up with your own routine that fits you perfectly.
bottom line, this is a A+ DVD, and one you need to get!!!
Lots of material to learn! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 16th, 2007
Ok, here is my quick and dirty review of DVD 1 after one viewing. After finding some discouraging reviews on the net I wasn't expecting much.
I'm an beginning to intermediate card magician so that is my frame of reference. So far I am very pleased with DVD 1. The production is very good. There are a ton of moves to learn. If you haven't done balls Cups and Balls before, get ready to practice your tail off.
Other than the basic cups and balls routine, DVD 1 is basically a bunch of building blocks from which you can make your own routines. Having not done Balls and Cups before, there is enough material here to keep me busy for weeks.
Angles shown are very good. Eddy Ray explains each move in detail and points out easy mistakes to avoid. His presentation is a tad dry. But, there is performance footage where he shows off a fun routine.
Best Magic Makers Dvd!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 18th, 2007
I have over 6 magic makers dvd's in my magic library. This is by far their best one! In my opinion, Eddy Ray does a better job and explains each move even more thoroughly than in other dvd's he's instructed in. In the past, I was not a huge fan of Ray; however, this project made me think different. In this dvd set, I would compare Ray's style of instruction to that of Jay Noblezada or Oz Pearlman (I'm a huge fan of both)!!
Anyway, I am new to cups and balls and after comparing many cups and balls dvds, I was lucky to find this set. It is an Excellent buy and you get your $ worth! ADD TO CART NOW!
Excellent reference Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 28th, 2007
This 2 DVD set is a great reference on the cups and balls. It has a great covering of sleights and really teaches you all the moves you may need (including the benson bowl routine). However, compared to Ammar's 2 DVD set, it is missing routine samples and it is not as entertaining (I still haven't find a DVD where Eddy is not a bit boring)
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