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On the Spot with Gregory Wilson (2 Volumes on 1 DVD!) On the Spot is a guerilla course in performing impromptu magic. The material is so strong, you could show up at your next gig with no other magic and still entertain the daylights out of them!!!
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An On-The-Street Video Set of Routined Impromptu Magic
These aren't just abbreviated quickies. They're complete routines that are so strong, they can be used at any professional performance.
Shot live on the streets, Gregory Wilson's On the Spot features over 2 hours of material, in-studio explanation, broadcast quality footage, and multiple performance excerpts for each routine.
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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 10 of 188)11 of 14 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
Let me start by saying that this a gem for sure, but there are a couple "issues" I want to address. There are 13 effects for $49.95. That's a bit pricey. Of course, there's always the argument that if you get one good effect, it's worth the price, but where do you draw the line. If you got one good effect on a DVD that cost $100,000 dollars, is it worth it?
Obviously that's an extreme example, but we need to consider the current market. Even L&L would not charge $49.95 for this DVD. On a couple of the effects, Glossy Finish for example, while the effect is good, it appears that they "cheated" a little in the performance section. In the explanation, he talked about the get ready for the effect, and it seemed a little bit contrived, and watching the way he performed the effect, I would be hard pressed to believe that he was actually performing it the way he claimed.
Having said all of that, I still believe that the DVD is worth getting. Florida Keys is a brilliantly constructed routine where the key penetrates on and off of the key ring, no gaffs or gimmicks. The explanation of this was a bit rushed, and he left out a few points of the presentation, so a minor disappointment there. 3/4 coins across was a great routine as well. However, it pretty much is Jay Sankey's Mr. Clean Coins Across. Other than the way Wilson stood and held his body as he performed I really didn't see a difference between his routine and Sankey's.
Questionable Trick and the 99 cent trick, were by far my favorite. I also really liked Toll Free. These are three very good coin tricks that are very impromptu and very much within the range of just about any level of experience and most of all they have excellent presentational hooks.
If you didn't already know, it's clear by this DVD that Wilson is a real worker. These are real routines that he does on a regular basis, and everything on the DVD is stuff you can do without having to carry around a bunch of "props."
The effects are performed out "on the streets." The explanations are then filmed in the studio using a beautiful model as an assistant. He then performs the tricks again for her followed by the explanations. Then after the explanation, there's another clip of him performing the effect in the streets again.
Another thing I really liked about the project is that you see a few times when he gets caught trying to steal watches, etc, and you see how he handles it and how he recovers. Also, you really get to see him in his element. It's very entertaining.
There is a section in the performance where he is just doing a bunch of seemingly random stealing and pick pocketing, etc. There is so much going on that when they do the explanation, some stuff is left out. Lots of pros and cons to this project. Overall, I say get it. It's got a lot of great material, and the "missing" stuff and production issues are minor compared to the many Gems you'll find.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 9th, 2010
I love this video. It is a true example of how powerful impromptu magic can be. These tricks aren't throwaways. They also aren't all easy. They are however, well within the grasp of the average magician.
My favorite routine is Florida Keys. It is a bit knacky but once you have it down it is like riding a bike. I carry this set up everywhere I go. I also like Quicksilver. This is another great routine that can get alot of mileage. Finally, A questionable trick is the ultimate economical trick utilizing a dime and a penny.
There isn't a single thing on this video that I haven't performed at least 10 times. Most I have used more than I have counted. I love it.
Not bad, but if you are a newbie like me, you probably won't be performing anything too quickly. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 30th, 2013
This is a well-presented and well-made video, very entertaining and informative. But it's not really geared toward a newbie. I'm glad I got this, but most of the contents won't even make it into my practice routine until I've spent a lot more time learning some basic sleight-of-hand. In the meantime, it's given me a few moves to start practicing, and some goals to reach for. I look forward to actually having the skills to perform some of these sometime down the road.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 24th, 2011
Got this with my Choose 5. The thing I like about this DVD, is the principle that sleight of hand is as much a part of magic as the gaffes and gimmicks. Yeah, the DVD costs, but you don't have to buy extra stuff. And you don't have to worry that you've got some gimmick on you. In the old days guys used to do killer magic with billiard balls and cards, with GLOVES on. Try that one out. Learn all these tricks and you will have developed what is called "sleight of hand". Guys don't like it because they have to practice and practice. They want something that will do the magic for them. They're missing out on some killer magic. Man up and learn what it means to do it the "hard" way. Add to cart, and start practicing.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 18th, 2011
I like several of the routines taught on this DVD. As would be the case with any magician, there are routines that fit your style and others that don't. I use the pen routine, quicksilver, a questionable trick and the over the head routine often. Most of the rest I would never do.
Wilson's teaching style was perfect for me. I really like most of his explanations. There were just two routines that I felt he left out one or two details that would help me to perform confidently.
I like most of the content on the DVD but gave it only 3 stars because I felt it was a little over priced. If you can get this DVD in one of Penguin's special deals, it would be well worth it.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 7th, 2010
I did buy this DVD as part of my 5 DVDs for 99 offer about a year ago. I just had time today to write up a review of this excellent product.
I don't usually do this but this is a very good product that you should add to your cart.
I'll admit the price is a bit steep and out of all the tricks, the only two I hated was the one where Greg was throwing paper balls around and the ring stab, but that's just my opinion.
Other than that, the teaching is very clear. There are several tricks in this DVD that can be "reputation makers." One of my favorites is glossy finish, where lipstick just somehow appears on your spectator's hand.
You must add this to your library if you're interested in street magic.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 5th, 2010
Every magician should know how to use everyday objects on the spot.Greg does a great job presenting these routines in an entertaining fashion. I felt that the DVD could use some more content in this price range.
Beginners should expect to practice a great deal before presenting any of the routines in this DVD.
Gregory is the Best Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 22nd, 2010
I've watched a few DVDs of other magicians but when you watch a Gregory Wilson DVD you learn a lot more. I found this DVD very easy to follow and the tricks don't take long in learning and I would say that this is good value for your money.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 6th, 2010
Gregory Wilson is a true technician when it comes to his magic and you will love some of the tricks in this and other DVD's by him. There is something for every magician and performing situation in this DVD. Forget your cards for a moment and have a great time with the tricks in this DVD. Must have add to cart.
The DVD for when you are On the Spot Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
This DVD gives you reason to perform magic anywhere you go at anytime. The DVD has some effects that really stand out.
3/4 coins across- This is visual and done literally right under their nose. 1 coin goes across one at a time, and in a visual way. Don't pass this one up it uses a sleight that most beginners won't be comfortable using but I get into it quick and snug
Recap- And impromptu misdirection fooler with a Pen and it's cap. You can end at any phase you'd like. But don't pass up all the phases. You have a full pen and cap routine that is easy and visual.
Quick Silver - Not your uncles quarter trick.. This is fast pace and deceptive. And not for the faint of heart. Work on your sleights and you have a hilarious quarter routine.
Get this DVD. It gives you magic that will fool people and magic that you and your spectators will have fun watching.
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