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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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Jim Pace is one of magic?s most visual close-up artists. Working 4 restaurants per week for over 20 years has taught him to create flashy, attention-getting magic that makes audiences scream. It?s magic that?s low on set-up and high on pay-off. The video is jammed packed with some of the best gags, stunts, and magic routines you're ever going to see. Best of all, this stuff is easy and you'll wind up doing most of it!

  • Crushed - A bottle instantly appears at your fingertips and vanishes just as quickly. It?s a revolutionary new technique without topits, body loads or holdouts!
  • Freaky Fork - A borrowed utensil mysteriously bends under impossible conditions - TWICE!!
  • Hat Trick - Your arm completely vanishes as you reach into a borrowed hat! It looks even BETTER than it reads!
  • Impromptu Princess - Perform the world famous Princess Card Trick any time, anywhere, with any deck!
  • Impossible Color Change - A visually impossible color change.
  • Magic List - Predict a spectator?s free choice of a word!
  • Mental Card Stab - A thought of card is STABBED in mid air!
  • Penzoil and Water - A single phase done completely in the hands!
  • Parallel Sleeve Vanish - Perhaps the cleanest most invisible coin vanish in the world . . .. guess where it goes? And at what angle??
  • Peripheral Bounce - The old gag of bouncing anything - a brick, a potato, even a check!
  • Quick O Chink - A one-phase matrix that takes 2 seconds to perform!
  • Pocket Pen Vanish - Vanish any pen with short sleeves . . . and show your hands completely empty!
  • Shrinking Pen - Visibly shrink and ordinary pen down to 1/3rd its size!
  • Stealing Away - Jim?s technique of stealing and reproducing 2 glasses from a dinner table.
  • The Bet - Jim loses 3 selections into deck, vanishes the entire deck, and then plucks the selections from midair!
  • BS Prediction - Predict the serial number of any borrowed bill!
  • TV Coin Vanish - Looks so good (from the front), that you could perform it on . . .
  • Walter Gibson - Jim?s tribute to one of card magic?s top creators.
  • World?s Fastest Card Trick - A thought of card is plucked from mid air!
  • Honk - Who needs a squeeker? This is a sound effect you make that can be used anytime and anywhere!!

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4 of 4 magicians found the following review helpful:
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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.

Teaching
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.

Production Quality
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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3 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
Not bad - still liked it. Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
I didn’t 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. It’s 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 didn’t find much use for them though.
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3 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
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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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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
pretty good this dvd Report this review
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.
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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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Eye popping gags Report this review
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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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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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 11th, 2004
I thought it was an excellent DVD. The bottle disappearing trick alone is worth the price of admission... Well worth the money!!!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 17th, 2004
Nice quick tricks, most can be done with everyday objects, not much gimmicks.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 25th, 2004
I really like this DVD. Crushed is a very good trick and so are most of the others too! Crushed and the Hat Trick made this DVD, minus those tricks and this video is pretty blah!
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