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Visu-Antics by Jim Pace (DVD) Wake up your audience with these EYE-POPPING gags, stunts, and magic routines. Leave your spectators on their feet!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
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.
Degree of Difficulty
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.
The 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.
The 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 thin air.
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 new skills.
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."
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 10th, 2010
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.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
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.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 11th, 2013
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.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 31st, 2013
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 my routines.
GREAT, but........ Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 21st, 2004
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.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 11th, 2003
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.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 10th, 2014
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...
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 1st, 2014
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.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 22nd, 2013
I got this on cool box , but I think its still worth the orignal $20.00. I like Jims laid back style he brings to a DVD full of tricks, some cool stuff I had not seen variations of before. He gets through the material quite quickly, but the expanations are more than adequate to make most things work with a bit of practice. Production could have been better, but was more than adequate given the very reasonable price.
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