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Pi: Ring on Band by Michael Scanzello (DVD + Rubber Bands ) "The new standard in ring on rubber band." -Chris Kenner. NOW SHIPPING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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"WOW... Awesome and practical. The new standard in ring on rubber band."
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 5th, 2014
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.
Very Nice Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 19th, 2013
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.
It's 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.
Practice, Practice, Practice Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 4th, 2014
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.
tricky but worth it Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 10th, 2014
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 times.
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 no time.
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
defo the new standard Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 5th, 2013
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.
Great trick- Awful instructions Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 17th, 2014
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.
eh....it's alright Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 8th, 2014
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.
Well done Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 21st, 2014
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
Rubber band magic -Carefully explained Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 12th, 2014
I have only practiced the first 3 phases,and Michael carefully breaks down EVERY move. However, because both of his hands are engaged, when he says to catch a strand "here" it is hard to see exactly where he means( in fairness, one time he was able to indicate exactly what he meant by "here" The next time, I could not tell and had to experiment with different places). Adding an arrow post filming would be helpful as would for the camera to hold the shot for a few moments. There were several places where I wished the camera would have held the image for a few seconds. Yes, I did have to pause the DVD many, many times (but my hands were engaged as well and it was awkward and difficult to do). After several days of this, I did realize that there was a sheet enclosed with a couple of photos for the different phases. This was what I needed! I think more images on the sheet would have been helpful. Michael does verbally explain every move - it is just sometimes hard to see or the camera moves on too fast. There is a valuable section after each phase, soundlessly showing the phase from the magicians view. Overall, the effect is very impressive and I like the routine. I would recommend it for someone looking for a close up rubber band routine- it is easy impromptu magic with a borrowed ring.
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