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The Art of Play by Terry Ward (3 DVD Set) Learn how to combine magic, comedy, and audience participation to keep your audience engaged and entertained. NOW SHIPPING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Be inspired to be a better magician with Terry Ward and The Art of Play.

Terry Ward has performed for the most prestigious audiences including fortune 500 companies such as Coke-A-Cola, Nestle Carnation, GE, AT&T, and over 25 years at Walt Disney World.

Also known for being an influential mentor, Terry is now ready to share his secrets with you. You will be learning his opener, his closer, and all magic that make it a hit at the number one tourist destination in the world.

Terry will SHARE with you HIS VALUABLE PERSPECTIVE how to combine magic, comedy, and audience participation, to keep your audiences engaged and entertained throughout your routines. It's time to elevate your performance with Terry Ward and The Art of Play!


Chicago Kicker
Terry's surprising and interactive opener for over a decade. The power of the classic Red Hot Momma with a kick in the end.

Cards to Pocket
Terry's powerful closer for over 20 years! A multiple selection routine with a surprise call back ending.

Also includes:
Interviews on Card to Pocket and Chicago Kicker with Giovanni Livera. In Studio & Live Performance.


Terry's knock out routine that he has been honing for over 20 years! A world class three shell game with all the elements of play in the real world.

Also includes:
Interview on The Shell Games with Giovanni Livera. In Studio & Live Performance.


In depth interview Into Terry’s, “ART of PLAY” philosophy with Giovanni Livera and Live Performances.

Total Running Time all 3 DVDs: 3 hours 24 minutes

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 11th, 2014
I enjoyed the product, the quality is good and the filming is fine (always one camera angle) always the same angle.

The effects are the type of stuff that's works for an audience of people of all ages and social backgrounds as it should be on the streets. Easy to follow, direct, visual. Nothing to argue with that.

I appreciate the insight on the philosophy of being able to give options and learn to go with the flow. Terry's experience as a working pro allows him to master not only the skills required in his effects but to also manage audiences with ease.

I have to give the product 3 stars because I was disappointed by the fact the "card forces" where not taught in detail even though during the explanation an headline on the bottom of the screen states to look in the main menu of the DVD for the "techniques" section. There is no such section to be found. The value of this products is more in the way magical art should be presented rather than sleights. But still, mastery of the techniques involved is the premise of any art. If something is advertised and full teaching is promised, it's simply unacceptable to forget. I believe that's what happened. They forgot to include the techniques section. Not a minor mistake.

I also found it boring to have to listen to Giovanni repeat the same things over and over and over in each and every interview: How nice it is of Terry to share his routines and how special his style is of giving options and playing with the audience. After the fourth time I couldn't listen to it any more. Really you have nothing a else to say?

The hardest tasks of a street performer are gathering a crowd and keeping the crowd from leaving. All shootings start after a crowd is present. If they had included the part where he gathers the first few audience members the product would have been much more valuable. There are plenty of routines that play great on the street. I would have loved an even broader insight.

Overall I think this is not a bad product and I think Terry Ward is an amazing performer. Get the DVD if you want to watch a master. but for people interested in street performing there are better sources at a better price.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 24th, 2014
As soon as this was released, I bought this DVD set immediately. I'm a huge fan of Terry's work at Walt Disney World and I knew I was in for a treat. This set is first class in every way ... the packaging, graphics and camera work are all top notch!

Three of Terry's signature routines are thoroughly explained with both live and studio versions of each. Very helpful to see the interaction with audience members and how Terry's theory of "play" is used to keep things fresh.

Everything is clearly explained and Terry even lets you in on some of the logic that goes into each routine. This is a true gift to the magic community ... thank you Terry for sharing!

If you're a working pro, The Art of Play belongs in your DVD library ... Highly Recommended!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 2nd, 2015
Terry is great with his audiences. He's playful, has a fun character, and is very engaging. You will learn a lot from watching him perform. The effects he teaches are very practical and work well in the various situations he shows us. Highly recommended. He also has an informative interview section. I just have to say that the guy who is interviewing him is HILARIOUS. He's either a serious OVER ACTOR or is just slightly nuts. He would make a great foundation for a character. He's a pleasant fellow but if you watch the interviews you will see what I mean.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 16th, 2017
The content on these DVD's is just outstanding, with a premium bit of attention paid to performance. If you're looking for a DVD that is packed with new effects, this isn't really it, but the routines that are covered are very strong, and the teaching is very well done.

But the real reason to purchase and watch this set is to learn about Terry's approach to performance and interacting with his audiences. Well worth the price and should be in everyone's library.
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