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Jonathan Levit: Ahead of the Game - Black Rabbit Series Issue #5
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In this 2-Volume set, Jonathan Levit introduces you to the secret he uses to craft clean, jaw-dropping magic. He calls is being "ahead of the game". Learn the secret, use it well... guard it with your life!

Jonathan is a magician, actor and television host. He has appeared on Fox's "Masters of Illusion," was the host of VH1's "Celebracadabra," and has been the magic consultant for many television shows and films.

Over 5 hours of content! Includes:

  • 2 live shows filmed at The Magic Castle
  • 2 feature commentaries by Jonathan
  • Professional magic routines that Jonathan has perfected over thousands of performances
  • Detailed explanations
  • 40-Minute interview
QUADROREVELATION - Jonathan's opener is a spectacular 4-card reveal. A real fooler with maximum audience involvement, this one trick is worth the value of this DVD set.

EVERYTHING CHANGES - An epic blue-to-red color change they never see coming and brings the house down.

DRAW A BLANK - Jonathan's Any Card at Any Number (ACAAN) has an ultra-clean presentation and a killer ending.

LEVIT TRIUMPH - This brilliant handling of the classic Triumph effect is an instant showstopper that always generates thunderous applause.

THE UN-MATRIX - Jonathan's signature matrix is famous in the magic community. Jonathan performs it for two live audiences, then shares its background and explains one key move to accomplish the routine. Performance-only.

Packed with dozens of valuable lessons and tips, including:
  • The advantages of being "Ahead of the Game"
  • Connecting with an audience
  • Staying in control
  • Time misdirection
  • Psychological audience management
  • Jonathan's method for loading a card onto a chair under a spectator
  • Building your character
  • Building the "moment" of an effect
  • Creating realities for an audience
  • Using a signature prop
  • Jonathan's approach to mentalism
  • Structuring an act
  • Jonathan's Fan Forcing and Deck Switching Techniques
  • Enhancing an effect by moving the moment of magic
  • Challenging yourself
  • Handling technical difficulties
"Frankly, I'm surprised Jonathan has released the very routines he's taken years to perfect. Masterful, amazing routines I have quietly coveted since I first saw him wow an audience with them. Now, the 'wow' can be yours too."
- Bruce Gold

"Jonathan's show embodies roll-in-the-aisles comedy and jaw-dropping magic. This combination is exactly what is needed to leave your audiences with the feeling they've witnessed something completely impossible. Studying his comedic timing alone will enhance your show greatly. Learning the tools he uses to create his mind blowing magic will raise you to a whole new level as a performer."
- Suzanne

"Jonathan is a perfectionist. It shows in his pure sleight of hand and the way he thinks."
- Dean Dill

"After having given many Performance Workshops, it was a real pleasure for me to watch magic through the performance of a real actor. Is there a difference? You bet. Jonathan's performance is clear, focused, intelligent and professional. (Note: Like magic should be done.) The magic is well served by Jonathan's audience management. He knows how to tell a story, engage his audience and sell a trick. The effects, while different, are in everyone's reach, yet his style and presentation make them memorable. Do yourself a favor, watch this DVD."
- Bob Fitch

"Jonathan really 'gets it' when it comes to magic. Not only does he fool everyone with his magic, but he makes a real connection to the audience. More magicians need to think this way. More magicians need to see this DVD."
- Dan Garrett

"Jonathan Levit has put the time and thought into his magic to make it great, now he is willing to put time and effort with his fellow magicians We can now all benefit from his efforts."
- Stephen Bargatze

"I have seen Jonathan's live show numerous times at The Magic Castle and the audience reactions to his most powerful effects simply have to be seen to be believed. Jonathan is a highly skilled magician who is opening the doors to his repertoire on this DVD. If you want to become a better magician, watch this and learn as much as you can from a true master of the magical arts."
- Anthony Asimov

"Jonathan Levit: Ahead of the Game" is ISSUE #5 in the Black Rabbit Series, which features outstanding professional magicians from around the world who perform full shows for live un-coached audiences.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 7th, 2014
This is one of my favorite DVD sets I've ever bought.

The amount of thinking that went into this whole product is really amazing. Jonathan really gives everything away.

The DVD starts off with 2 full (and uncut) performances of Jonathan at the Castle. You see back to back performances of the SAME set so you see how he leads people down the path he wants. This alone is worth the price in my opinion, there are not enough DVDs out there that have FULL uncut performances where you can see the changes.

The performances also can be played with commentary. This is an AWESOME feature because you can basically hear his thoughts during the act.

The act itself is funny and VERY magical with a lot going on.

The interviews after the performances are also REALLY valuable and he goes over the creative process which lead him to this beast of an act.

The tricks are amazing as well but the real value for me was disc one. Disc 2 was filled with the explanations and also a couple other discussions. The tricks are VERY interesting and have some really awesome ideas within them.

The best part for me was the fan force Jonathan teaches and gives one heck of a justification for getting it all to come together. Again... makes it worth it.

This DVD is going on a special part of the shelf with Bill Malone's On The Loose, Doc Eason's Bar Magic and David Williamson's Ridiculous.

If you like card magic and would like to see how entertaining it can be, check it out!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 9th, 2014
The show was not terrible but it wasn't good either, I feel that it was lacking structure. What happened to convincers, proving, over proving, plot, the tricks meaningfulness to real life. Also it all seemed like one big pick a card trick and a uncomfortable coin trick, you didn't even now when the magical moment happened or when it was going to happen. And who does two pick a card routines back to back. The only good thing about this dvd is that he really gives you the confidence that if he can manage to do a money making show of that low caliber displaying to you things what not to do, then you get the feel that I most likely can do better than that or not do that. Overall, a let down of a purchase.
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