If you are a working, walk around/restaurant magician, I think this DVD will be more valuable to
you. Overall, your going to get some good, quick tricks with high impact.
Moderate. Some very easy tricks and some are going to require moderate practice
depending on you skill level with coins and cards.
Jim's style is easy-going
with some dry wit. Overall he is easy to understand and explains the tricks in adequate detail.
Quantity of Effects
You get reasonable value for your money as there are 20 effects. There
is a real odd mix of stuff; coins, cards, sight gags, pen tricks and mentalism. I see this material
as supplemental tricks; attention getters or quick hit tricks between your bread and butter
routines. If you only find one or two usable tricks then you probably won't be happy with the DVD.
However, I think anyone should be able to take away 5 or 6 really good tricks from this DVD.
Quality of Effects
You'll find some really good tricks and some ho-hum ones. Some of the
tricks are not 100% guaranteed to work as they rely on certain principles that your spectator might
not follow. Here are my favorites.
I have read other short reviews where the favorite seems
to be Crushed. This involves the appearance and disappearance of a 20oz. soda or water bottle. This
illusion is quick and eye-popping. Pace gives you a variation with a silk that looks pretty magical.
Plus it makes a cool noise that gives you an audio component to the illusion.
Impossible Color Change was almost worth the price of the DVD and has become my default color
change. A wave of the hand and the card changes. I like this because of the economy of motion -
unlike the Erdnase which requires a longer motion to achieve the change. Plus you can be much more
dramatic with the magic wave than with an Erdnase.
Quick-o-Chink is a super fast coin
matrix effect. Four coins are arranged in a typical coin matrix (square) pattern. A quick wave of
your hands and all four coins jump under one hand - very cool indeed.
I don't remember
seeing this vanish in Bobo's Modern Coin Magic. The TV Coin Vanish starts with a coin resting on a
couple fingers, the coin is taken into the other hand. The first hand is opened to show that it is
no longer in that hand. Then the other hand is opened to show that it is clean as well (sort of
anyways :) Then the coin is plucked from mid-air. No sleeves or gimmicks are necessary.
Bet involves a free selection of 3 cards by the spectator. The magi inserts the cards into the deck
and the deck is squared. The magi pulls an valuable object from his pocket as a motivator for
winning a bet. In one swift motion, the deck vanishes and the magi snaps the specators 3 cards from
If you're a seasoned pro (ie, someone who earns money doing magic) then you've
seen most or all of the sleights on this DVD. For an amateur, you'll probably pick up a handful of
Poor. There is a single hand-held camera for most of the
DVD. The camera is shaky but not overly annoying like in some other DVDs I own. Is owning a tripod
too much to expect for a video producer these days? To show an alternate angle, the camera man
simply walks to the new angle and Jim repeats the move. The menus have no style and no frills.
As the name of the DVD implies, these are visual gags and effects. No five minute routines here
- just smash 'em upside the head tricks. The material is probably most useful as supplemental
material for a close up magician. Jim loses points for mediocre production quality and the overall
usefulness of the material is not as good for amateurs as would be DVDs that specialize in a
particular form of magic like just cups, just cards or just coins.
Watching some of the
tricks your going to think "duh, that's kinda stupid." However these are Pace's time tested tricks
that should impress an audience of lay people. As Jim frequently says "just give it a try."
6 of 6 magicians found this helpful.
This video is fantastic. I wouldn't call these award winners, but there are some nice little effects
that can be added on to different routine. Penzoil and Water and Quick-o-chink for example are both
nice little editions. There are also some great stand alone effects like the mental card stab and
the Magic list. The Magic List alone is a great item that I would buy. The skill requirement for
these items isn't that great some like the Mental Card stab do require a higher skill level than
others. The explanations aren't that indepth so if there is a sleight you don't know you will
probably have to look else where to learn it.
4 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
I didnt get much out of this DVD, but did enjoy watching it. There are a few good ideas that one
can add to their performances. One strong effect I use from this DVD is the Walter Gibson card
trick. Its a very strong and easy mental effect with 3 playing cards that the spectator chooses.
Jim Pace is a little nutty (in a good way), and he does provides some good entertaining tid-bits one
could add. I didnt find much use for them though.
4 of 5 magicians found this helpful.
Even though the production seemed very primitive but the content is priceless. Was pleasantly
surprised by the tricks taught by Jim Pace. Was clear and easy to understand.
2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
there are some things here that are really good, i like this dvd, the guy teaches pretty good, the
vanishing water bottle is awesome,i also learned a few new things that i didn't know so those are in
2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
This is a great DVD packed with 20 awesome routines. Unfortunately, Jim is such a good magician, he
makes all of these tricks look easy. They aren't that easy. Nearly all of them require at least 15
minutes of practice, sleight of hand, strong fingers, or all of these. Plus the trick 'Honk' makes
no sense at all.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
I'd say that most of the tricks on this DVD are gags. Small jokes and gagy things to add to your
performances. If you're expecting a DVD on actual tricks and routine stuff, then you don't want
this. But if you want a few neat things to add to your shows then just click "ADD TO CART". I like
it even though it wasn't what I expected. By the way I live in Portland and know Jim Pace.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
this is one of the best dvds you probably will not buy.
Im glad I got this as part of the blizzard although even that was overpriced most of the effects are
only good for directly In front and the filming was terrible and rushed it sounded like he has the
worst flu ever sniffing the whole way through. I took maybe one or two little tricks but this I
imagine would be only good as a kids beginner DVD but even then maybe not...
VISU-Antics is the perfect name for this dvd that is stuffed with highly visual tricks, illusions
and effects. This dvd is in my top five of my entire huge magic collection. The teachings, the pace
and overall production of the dvd is on point. The effects are indeed eye poping, even to a magician
like myself and much much more to a laymen. Penguin Magic gets a thank you for hooking me up with
this excellent buy at a coolbox price and addition I got the download too. In conclusion, if you are
looking for some cool simple illusions and tricks that are all on one dvd, this is it. Standing
Ovation for this Dvd.