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Multiplicity by Max Maven (DVD) Control the all-consuming question of free choice vs destiny. Learn the techniques of the grand master himself. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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"What if I had done things differently?"
It's the all-consuming question: Fate vs free choice. Sleepless nights full of "what if"s. And it's now under your complete control.
"How clever is Max Maven? Very damn clever...It is worth every penny and is a welcome addition to the magic literature, highly recommended. "
Matthew Field, The Magic Circular Magazine 3/1/2011
Running time 3 hours 15 minutes
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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 10 of 12)4 of 4 magicians found the following review helpful:
Great, great DVD! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 1st, 2011
I couldn't disagree more with the previous post. I have learned a lot from this DVD. I'm a huge fan of Mr. Maven, I have read a lot of his work and know his Videomind series. Although I think that Videomind is just a tad better, this DVD is full of baffling, interesting and contrasting effects. I really enjoy Max's way of performing and his explanations are superb. A little warning: The effect you see in the trailer, the one with the brick and the feather is NOT explained on the DVD. And it's not over two dozen routines. This number includes the so called "tour de force", which is more or less one effect in slight variations. This Tour de Force - along with the mentioned Verbal Control pamphlet - is the perfect guide to master Equivoque. Max is very well-read and also tells you a lot of things about this technique.
The effects are all really good and keep the limited world of mentalism interesting and I think I'm gonna perform all of them at some point. So that's a two thumbs up from me! Greetings from Germany, I'm a huge fan!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 22nd, 2013
This DVD goes into exceptional depth on magician’s choice and multiple outcomes. Some have said that there are too many similar routines and that that weakened the DVD. I disagree. Magician’s choice and multiple outcomes are the life’s blood of mentalism and this DVD is the master course. Many times people have a difficult time extrapolating the information they have learned into new areas allowing them to create their own routines. This DVD shatters that by demonstrating precisely how a given principle can be used in so many “different” ways. I have already used these principles at home. I put the name of the restaurant that each member of the family wants to have dinner at on different pieces of paper and then, through a “random selection process” we go where I want. ;) Had I learned a single routine, I would have had a harder time seeing the potential for other options.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 12th, 2011
Great stuff in this video...not only the effects but each one of them is fodder for additional material you can create on your own.
If you are a mentalist and don't have this classic work on multiple outs; you are mentally out of it
You have to have this. Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 4th, 2011
If you're getting into mentalism, you have to have this DVD. Max takes equivoque to a whole new level. Max is an odd character, but he definitely knows how to make an off-the-cuff situation flow like a pre-determined method.
I heard a saying when I started getting interested in magic that said, "If you know a hundred ways to force a card, and only one way to reveal it, you have essentially one effect. However, if you know one way to force a card, and a hundred ways to reveal it, then you know essentially a hundred effects." I believe that theory to apply directly to the information in this DVD set. Max gives you new and amazing ways to apply the equivoque that come across as natural, planned, and stunning.
There's no sense in passing this up, as you're going to have to learn this information one way or another if you expect to be good at what you do. You can learn it through personal trial and error over the course of years, or you can learn it in a few hours. I chose the shorter route, and I'm very happy I did.
Awesome material Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 13th, 2013
I first met Max in the 70's when he was Phil Goldstein and working at Hank Lee's Magic Factory in Boston. He did the greatest close-up work and seemed to know everything in the world about magic, yet he was only 4 years older than me - it seemed like light years! I was right because this DVD shows his brilliance, as previous material has already. I won't say a lot as many reviewers have already given him kudos with this knowledge and presentation of equivocal effects. Max points you in the perfect direction with this material that enables you the power you need to label your own miracles in everyday situations that can make you look like you are a God or from another planet, or close... I think the DVD is worth ten times the price and if you do any mentalism you have to have this... period :)
Would make a solid single video, but a bit overpriced for the content Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 10th, 2010
Max Maven is one of the best thinkers in modern mentalism. All of the routines are well constructed and very strong. His notes on the subtleties of using magician's choice and multiple outs are very good and helpful. The problem is, some of the routines are very similar to each other, and so were largely unnecessary to be included. Eugene Burger provides a wonderful "foil" for Max. Overall, this is a useful work, but all of the really good information could probably have been covered in a much shorter, and less expensive, DVD.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 9th, 2012
great dvd worth 10x the money, the big let down is that he doesnt not reveal the out if eugene berger would of selected the other bag (with the brick), so if you are buying this to find out the out for that, you will be upset, for me thou the dvd has tons of value so many good ideas.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 11th, 2013
The Equivoque is a powerful tool, but more often than not it's done very, very poorly. Max goes in-depth on how to make even a choice of two objects quite engaging for your spectator. He gives many, many examples so you can see how to apply it. I think the key to the Magician's Choice is to think very quickly when your spectator responds so it doesn't seem contrived. Max is also a very funny, witty, and such a cad!
I think every magician should own this DVD!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 15th, 2013
When I buy a DVD or a book, I sometimes get one or two tricks to integrate into my shows. This DVD opened a new world for me.
A Must Have! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 9th, 2014
I often don't recommend stuff that I really love the most and the stuff I want to use, because I want to use it for myself and keep it more secret.
However, I've seen too many magicians,
even a professional magician once,
do the magician's choice SO BADLY
that it left me wondering how many
innocent minds were deprived of what
could've been a mystery.
If you ever plan on using Magician's Choice/Equivoque,
please do your poor audience a favor
and watch this DVD VERY CLOSELY.
Max performs various effects
using this methods many times,
and you need to listen carefully
to every little phrase Max says to appreciate it.
Most of his phrases depend on the spectator's
choice, and Max say one phrase or another phrase
accordingly...very fast, without missing a beat,
so that it appears that was the next clause in his
sentence from the start. BRILLIANT.
Apparently, that pro magician I saw do the MC
so badly had performed it the same way
since he first discovered the secret..
when his uncle taught it to him at age 7.
It's like most things in magic;
it's not just knowing the secret,
it's knowing the secret AND executing it flawlessly (after much practice and study).
Do I like Max Maven? No, I never liked him.
He's not a likeable guy (and he doesn't try to be).
But this is genius.
When I used to work behind the bar at TGIF,
I recall doing several things over the course of about a year...
ID or Brainwave D, floating bill/napkin, sponge bunnies, card under drink, ambitious card, Now You See It (from Royal Road), 2 Card Monte, Mind Power Deck or Radar Deck, $100 bill switch...
But sometimes I would just do something without any of my props. Told spec to lay out several small items..cell phone, watch, shot glass, pen, ring, etc. About 7 or 8 items. I wrote one of them on my napkin, scrunched it up and set it near spec. Then equivoque'd them. It KILLED.
If you perform this well, YOU CANNOT TOP IT.
(but beware...it is very easy to suck at this. It doesn't require physical dexterity..you can do this until you're 90 years old and with 2 hands tied behind your back; but your mind must be ready).
Remember! It's not just knowing the secret.
Many people know the secret to the Balducci Levitation,
and they think that's all there is to do it.
But there are several subtleties,
and it takes tons of practice to
make it look beautiful.
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