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The Greatest Beginner Magic DVD Ever featuring Oz Pearlman and Jessie Geneva (DVD Download) The perfect place to start. Powerful tricks with beautiful secrets that are fun and easy to perform.
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Magic is one of the best hobbies on the planet. Being a magician means you always have something to share with the people you meet. You always have something fascinating. You always have something fun. You always have something to give.
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GREAT starter DVD! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 15th, 2010
I LOVE this DVD! "Ultimate Pick A Card" is my favorite! VERY effective! Thank you Penguin!
Very Practical Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 28th, 2011
It is easy to learn and very practical.
People always felt impressed.
Worth Every Penny Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 25th, 2011
I got this video as a free promo with another purchase. It's quality is fine and who could argue with free, right? This is absolutely the most elementary magic there is. There are a few techniques that everyone should know (and most of us probably do) such as the french drop and a couple basic forces. Personally, I think many of the tricks are far too obvious, though I can be a bit more observant than the average spectator. The only routine I took away from this DVD is the Ultimate Pick a Card, the rest don't have much of an impact to me.
The main reason this item gets three stars is the acting. I think Oz is one of the best magic instructors out there. I have purchased hours of his material. He explains everything clearly and simply and usually you can learn a trick by watching him explain it once. Unfortunately, they decided to add a "co-star" to this DVD, Jessie Geneva. Penguin must have wanted some bleach-blonde eye candy for this one to keep some beginners interested. I can't think of any other reason to have her on here when Oz's solo videos are SO much better. This was the biggest downfall of this DVD. Her 'acting', if you call it that, is more contrived than the auditions at the local theatre company. They probably shouldn't have let her talk, either. Oz explains each trick with Jessie playing the spectator, then they have Jessie bumble her way through the trick with Oz as the spectator. Grit your teeth and watch that part once, because he explains some good outs when she messes up, but then you're going to want to fast forward through any part where she is playing magician. The rest of the time, you just have to deal with the distraction.
Great for gifts to beginners Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
This is just the DVD to give as a gift. It's straight forward, most illusions are taught with demonstrations also shown by a novice, so it's great for people who are unfamiliar with magic to follow along.
Some of the explanations skip over what might be important bits of information, but most of the DVD is a terrific level of simplicity for beginners.
Yes! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 4th, 2010
This is a great DVD. I recommended it to a friend who was always asking me where I learnt magic. One day I went round his and watched the DVD and it is actually very, very good and the effects are to a decent standard.
As always Oz teaches the effects clearly and in an amiable manner.
nice begginers Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 4th, 2010
this is a great dvd for someone curious about magic. having said that it isnt very useful for anyone who has any experience. but if you need a dvd to introduce someone to the basics...then without question this is tthe right choice!
Good for the Beginner as indicated Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 6th, 2010
This is a good starting place for the beginner. You will learn some valuable techniques that will serve you well. If you are a semi-pro or armature with some knowledge of magic technique you may want to skip this for a more advanced DVD. Like I say though good for the beginner who it was designed for.
Better than I expected Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 4th, 2010
This is a great DVD. Honestly wasn't expecting all that much, but it was quite good. Much better than the promo clip makes it out to be.
Just to let you know where I'm coming from, I'm a guy who used to do quite a bit of magic as a teenager, but haven't done any in over a decade. At my peak, I was not a great slight of hand artist. I never quite developed the dexterity for the more complex slights, (maybe I was lazy :-) but my presentation was very good, and I made the tricks look better than they actually were. That was my thing. ::shurgs:: it was the best I could do :-) Anyway, I've been meaning to get started again, but it had been so long, I didn't really remember many tricks. Plus most of my skills were very rusty. This was a great refresher, and just what I needed to get me back in the game :-)
This was only the second instructional video I'd ever watched. The first was The Floating Rose by Kevin James, which is AWESOME. Anyway, most of my previous magic education had come from books. The video medium is certainly much better at teaching slights. No surprise there. What surprised me was the quality of the tricks included in this package. I expected the tricks to be too simplistic for someone with my previous experience. But in fact, I thought most of them were very effective exactly the way they were presented, and gave lots of latitude for personal modification. For example, when I do the French Drop at the beginning of the coin routine, I make it look like I might be vanishing the coin into my mouth as I blow on it. Then I make a joke of pretending to chew on the coin just before producing it from the spectator's ear :-D It produces a completely different mood, but it works nicely.
Most of the tricks' moves are very well explained in the video, so you know exactly how to cover up what you're doing. The Jumping Rubber-band tutorial should have done a better job of showing the best angles for covering up the setup move. It's a bit lacking here, but after playing around in front of a mirror I figured it out. It's a great little trick.
Other than that, my only suggestion is this: Since it's touted as a DVD, it would be nice if the download was in ISO format, so that it would be ready to burn. This would also allow for the inclusion of a scene selection menu, and jumping from tutorial to tutorial. I really missed this feature.
Well, that's my review. Thanks to all of you at Penguin. This was a great gift. And i appreciate it a lot!
Way better than expected Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 9th, 2010
Honestly, I thought this would be another cheezy video with stuff you wouldn't do for real people... WRONG!
I got this as a promo, and can honestly say that if I had paid for it, I would not have been upset (Although, I prob. would never have ordered it based off my original opinion).
Hence me writing this for those who may want to buy this. Take a serious look at it. It's worth it!
For example: Ultimate Pick A Card. I thought "Come on... this is going to be boring" and was ready to fast foward. Glad I didn't! It's a really COOL new to me trick for sure!!! EASY, but again, very cool way!!
As always, Penguin does an excellent job of including tips, and detailed techniques to not just show a trick, but PERFORM one!
And I actually liek seeing the "Assistant" do the tricks after. Shows a REAL person learning it with you. I like that.
This has easy to learn effects that are a GREAT way to start off, or a refresher, fun viewing for veterans.
I would HIGHLY reccomend this to ANYone thinking or wanting to get into magic.
My 8 yr. old is going to love it! (less the match trick).
I always tell him he has to be 15 years old (or whatever I choose depending on the trick) before he can learn it...
I can't wait to share this with him!
Happy to get it for free Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 26th, 2011
This was given to me as part of a promo. I learned from it and performed a nice trick explained in it. It is exactly what its title is.
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