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The Treachery of Tricks by Francis Menotti (2 DVD Set) An arsenal of SIX commercial, professional, FULL routines from an evil mastermind. NOW SHIPPING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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“Francis Menotti is a clever, clever man and I will eagerly devour anything that he is willing to share.”-Kevin James
“Francis always has the knack to twist my brain… A pure joy to any creative lover of our Art.” -Gaetan Bloom
“Francis Menotti is the rare performer that knows exactly who he is, and every moment on stage reflects this knowledge… This video is a true treasure.” -Todd Robbins
For the first time ever Francis Menotti has released some of his most coveted secrets on DVD. On this DVD set you will be taken on a journey into the world of meaningful, powerful, and artistic presentations of magic effects. Not only does Francis teach how to perform some of the routines that have made him a feature performer at the Magic Castle but he gives great advice on how to take your own presentations to the next level. You will see Francis perform for a live real world audience and Francis takes you behind the scenes with a very informative audio commentary. If you’re looking for effects, you will be pleased. All the effects on The Treachery of Tricks are extremely commercial and will fool magicians and laypeople alike. If you looking for more than just the standard magic DVD then this is it.
This 35 minute performance includes many signature presentations that have never appeared anywhere else. While some of the effects are taught in the tutorial section, this is much more than just a series of tricks; it is a full experience, included to demonstrate how to create a memorable show.
Francis reveals the nuances and motivation of his show.
Menotti shares his thinking on magic theory- call backs, foreshadowing, theatrical anchor points, scripting, & character development.
effects with unique presentations that Menotti uses in his professional working repertoire.
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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 10 of 21)5 of 5 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 12th, 2012
First of all, total kudos to the production team as they really had their work cut out here, but with patent vigour they really have captured this masterfully - in bog standard English, the shots are perfect! Every visual detail is captured, the editing is slick & the whole spirit of Menotti's work shines through, huge thumbs up to Papercrane, this is possibly their best release to date.
So what exactly are we dealing with here? Well, the pinnacle teachings (or should I say treachings, b dum) are focused around the psychology of performance, in particular the various techniques that can be employed to specifically create memory recall, or as Menotti describes 'hooks' in the spectators mind - thus leaving your audience with the ability to remember many multiple moments throughout the show, a sort of family tree but for memories. This alone is hugely powerful & will be sure to inspire your own approach to routining.
To experience these 'foreshadowing' techniques, the viewer is delightfully subjected to Menotti's parlour show where the true value of creating hooks is evident. The show I could talk about all night, it's freakin awesome! The audience management, scripting, effects, choreography, it's all super smart and very inspiring.
To capitalise on the performance tape, their is also commentary version where Menotti talks you through his reasons for certain actions, lines, provides insight into the history of the effects, includes stories of past performances & points out small details which your likely to miss first time round. This really goes to show how a class act is constructed and the commentary concept is something that I've never encountered with a magic product before, I do hope to see it again!
A few of the effects from the parlour show are explained in great depth, I have to say Menotti is the finest teacher I've ever come across. Incredibly clear, perfectly paced, every point is justified, credits are extremely well researched, the list goes on.. you can't fail to miss a thing. There are also a couple other effects taught, suitable for close-up or parlour and again these aren't throwaway items, each aspect has been thoroughly considered.
Also included is a section called 'Essays' which gives us a chance to peek into Menotti's mind and see how he thinks. Some excellent advice here and content which we rarely see with magic products, the fact that Menotti shares this with us shows his immense attention to detail.
Overall I think this release is worthy of a standing ovation. Highly Recommended.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 15th, 2012
There's two disks in the set- disk one contains several tricks, with detailed explanations, so that you can add the material to your act. My favorite of the bunch was Schrodigner's Card, a nifty routine in which a selected card vanishes from the deck and appears somewhere else... all without you ever having to touch the cards. Its a fooler.
Disk two contains a full 30 minute show and some "essays" (actually Francis discussing magical thoughts on video), and this is where the true value lies. Francis is a wonderful performer and he's a very clever thinker. I would have paid double just for the show and essay portion!
Anywho, I really enjoyed the dvd, and its rare to see a dvd on stand-up material, taken right from a talented performers show, being released.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 15th, 2012
Just watched these today. Seriously - awesome job man. Is so rare for a great thinker to share his original presentations and thinking behind his formal set. From his razors, to the mixed up words, SHOES, the "killer" ending, (plus several others), to his essay section and thoughts on performance - all really smart stuff and a real breath of fresh air. 5 stars
Mixed Bag Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 7th, 2013
Francis Menotti has released something of a mixed bag here. Everyone will find something in the effects that he teaches to like, and his explanations are alright. The real meat here is the full performance, and then his audio track over it. You learn a lot about his philosophy on making routines. This DVD set is like a fine one, it is good, but not for everyone.
INCREDIBLE! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 20th, 2014
Simply the best DVD I have ever bought for routining magic and forming a performance in a close-up/close-up stage magic. It goes into not only a great variety of smooth effects but also some fantastic sleights and most importantly, performance advice. I mean, you even get to learn a sleight of hand variation of The Raven!...its just awesome. GET THIS!
Great DVD! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 18th, 2012
Ok so first off the production quality of this dvd is just amazing. Also Francis is just an amazing thinker behind magic every action is there for a reason. Now for me I can only see myself using probably 2 or 3 effects out of this dvd but everything else you get the thinking and discussion about magic and magic presentation is just amazing. You won't be disappointed.
Very nicely done Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 9th, 2012
Its a wonderful dvd. Very well produced. Allot of the dvd focuses on spectator management wich is very cool apart from the tricks, wich are awesome too. Francis doesn't strip down his whole show. He selected a few tricks, and for those made a very well produced tutorial. The second dvd is the entire show narrated by him.
Up your own performances Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 12th, 2012
Francis brings the real work to this set of dvds. He shows your how you can take your magic to a professional level. No fluff or pipe dreams on this set. He teaches magic effects he's honed in his own shows and how you can take these same principles to your own magic that you perform now.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 3rd, 2012
Francis Menotti presents one of the best DVDs I have seen on the art of magical performance. While there are lots of DVDs and collections that house many more effects, far more technique or much more that might seem immediately "usable", The Treachery of Tricks parts with something even more precious. Menotti lets us come back-stage and into his mind-set for creating a cohesive, practical and polished performance. He shares razor-sharp points on audience psychology, show framing, effect selection and development and aims them squarely at the target of creating an entertaining, magical and memorable experience for anyone lucky enough to attend.
I bought this DVD as a part of a "Choose 5 for $99" special offer, but it would have been worth it had it been a hundred bucks by itself.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 20th, 2012
I really enjoyed this DVD set, especially the "Shoes" mentalism effect with an iPhone. I've been getting a lot of mileage out of that one in my strolling magic sets. I also loved the 2nd DVD that includes a full show without interruption. His last trick is killer--no pun intended! Highly recommended!
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