There are 3 or 4 REALLY GREAT moves available on this DVD, and the reasonable price makes it well
worth owning. Why not a 5 star rating? I have issues with the DVD: which is the meat of these
illusions. Most of what you watch is from the audiences point of view, which I found quite confusing
and VERY difficult to learn from. Eventually, Michael shows you a magician's (or first person point
of view)which was filmed in sepia, or off color. Personally, considering the intricate, delicate,
subtle, complexity of the moves involved MOST of the DVD should have been shot from magicians view,
and multiple presentations using slow motion photography should have been used, not just one. Slo-mo
was not used near enough. When using your fingers to preform routines like this it is a pain to have
to try to rewind and replay, and maintain the knotted positions your fingers are in! A DVD has lots
of space so providing 2 or 3 REAL slow motion takes from 1st person point of view for each routine
would have been ideal. Lastly, about 1/2 way through, the audio went bad on my DVD. I could
understand him but it was as if he was talking from across the room and not nearly as clear as it
should have been.Using DVD's as training tools, especially for magic, is ideal. I just wish guys
would really use them to their full potential. Michael did not, and he has some great stuff to teach
us. Bottom line: buy this. Michael is great at what he does and very personable. Eventually you WILL
figure things out, because the final results are worth it.
5 of 5 magicians found this helpful.
I really like the ideas. As he said in the DVD, you should practice it in front of the mirror until
it's like second nature. And that is true with anything really in the performing arts.... How you
do by yourself will always decrease 10-20% when you're actually doing it for other people. I read
another review that said he disliked it because it takes too much practice.... Then why do magic...
in fact, there is no easy way out for such a visual effect like this. I'm not saying it's hard, but
if you want to maximize the link and everything, it will take time.
I learn each phase in a
day or two and I just practice it whenever I can... such as waiting in line, and etc.
a great effect overall! It will take practice, but don't let that stop you. I am a pianist, but I
have not been doing a lot of rubber band magic. I can assure you that it's not too difficult. My
only concern is people who want to get the trick and start performing on the same day.... That will
not work with piece of magic.
If you practice, it will look just like the trailer. It was
completely worth it. For the amount of material you get... $20 is a steal.
I would rate this 9.5/10... since it's not my favorite effect and as with all rubber band
magic... you need some misdirection to "get in position" and that doesn't suit me, but other than
that, it's really great!
Make sure you can do the effect with your eyes closed!
Definitely get this! Support this magician! $20 is wayyyy underpriced for the amount of
ORIGINAL material you get.
4 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
I was very excited to get this DVD. The things you can do with rubber bands from this isn't just
amazing, it's beautiful. If done correctly, the ring literally looks like it phases through the
un-gaffed rubber bands. This routine requires a lot of practice, though. Nothing too difficult but
the method can be easily given away if you don't. It's a lot of fun to perform and the reactions
you'll get, especially from the Master Link, will be well worth the time and effort. Plus, at such
a great price you won't go wrong. The rubber bands that come with it are really nice too! They are
now my go to bands and I wear them everywhere and use them for all my band magic.
Overall, it's a great purchase for anyone that needs another piece of rubber band magic. I
highly recommend it.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
looks super amazing there is a lot of info on this DVD with plenty of camera angles. Lots
of different effects based around the same methods so as you learn and practice more you become more
comfortable with each step as you progress. It is something you can do and have with you at all
if you are new to band magic as I was it can be a little confusing but as
previously stated with the well filmed DVD a quick flick back over and you'll be up and reading in
in conclusion if you do not have a band trick in your routine or are just thinking of
trying out something different this was a great DVD and a great routine that surprises everyone
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
Hey y'all. Pi ring on band, what can I say? It is definitely the new standard for ring on rubber
band. Took me a couple of days to get my head around, must of watched it 50 times. Feel fluent with
it now apart from the master link. Amazing detail in the tutorials. would definitely recommend.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
there is 3 phases for this effect but pretty much u cant learn them...
the instructions isn't
clear he explains it really fast as if someone was chasing him even tho the dvd is 1hr.
there is 2 camera angles which is great for this trick but if the shot needs to show u the 1st angle
they show u the 2nd angle and vise versa.
I Love this effect it's a impromptu pack small play Big! Michael Scanzello is clear in his
discription in terms of the manipulations required to achieve the effects there are numerous phases
to the routine ,the problem is the camera work ! the camera angles make it challenging to decipher
the correct steps because of inappropriate visual perspectives, i found my self conceiving my own
moves which resulted in the same out come! so it's fine! there is one phase that grossed me out the
dangle which i wouid exclude for my taste! But as a whole this well worth the effort there are a few
Live prefomences which is always best in my opinion as it contextually defines the moves ,this one
of the best band effects around include this with Joe Rindfleisch, Dan Harlan ,Ammar material & you
have a Band arsenal at your command
I'm not one to write reviews but i was compelled to do so in this instance.
I was very excited
to get this trick. It looks amazing! I've been doing magic over 20 years and I have never had such a
poorly explained description of a trick. He should have practiced his explanation a few more times
before trying to present it to a wider audience. He never actually goes through the steps as a
complete unit. He is constantly starting and stopping and changing angles, making it that much more
difficult to learn from.
I'm am looking forward to learning this trick, but he is making
that journey such a challenge.
I give props to the development and time invested in this trick, but it's just not for me. If you
like rubberband magic, it's a good piece to add to your arsenal. Personally, crazy man's handcuffs
and up the ladder are enough for me...adding anything else seems redundant. Looking for something
ground breaking, I don't think this is it.
This is how magic should be sold, with everything you need to do the trick and a methodical
explanation of how to do it. Although the learning is difficult at times because of the angles, it
is well worth learning for the wonderful effect you will have for your repertoire. I wish everything
I bought was produced so thoughtfully. kudos Mr. Scanzello