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Off the Cuff: A Lecture of Routined Impromptu Magic (DVD) This is the lecture that started it all. Greg Wilson is famous for entertaining people in close up situations with no special props or lengthy set-up.
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Have you ever needed to make a big impression but left all of your big impressive stuff at home? Worry no more. Using available, ordinary objects, you'll learn many simple, but yet stunning effects. Some of the effects include:

  • Something for Nothing - A coin repeated appears at your fingertips and just as quickly vanishes into thin air. Get ready to hit pause on your DVD player.

  • Recap - The stuff legends are made from. Perhaps the most popular trick invented in the last 10 years. Stand in line to see a show at the Magic Castle, and I bet you someone's doing this for people while their waiting. What is Recap? It's an eye popping five-phase routine with a borrowed pen and its cap that you will use everyday - everywhere you go!

  • Pitch and Ditch - A revolutionary new move that functions as a topit (No jacket required). Now you can vanish any item and show your hands completely empty!

  • The All-Around Vanish - A totally complete coin disappearance - without all that suspicicious handwashing.

  • Coin Under Watch - A borrowed quarter disappears 3 times. Twice to your watch and once to theirs! Guaranteed to make 'em do a Chimp Flip!

  • Sugar Shocker - A sugar packet instantly changes into a dollar bill as it drops through your fist!

  • Plus, half a dozen more spur-of-the-moment miracles in this 90-minute impromptu lecture. With off the cuff, you'll be prepared to perform on-the-spot in a wide range of sticky situations - at work, home, a restaurat... of even a deserted island! In other words - anytime, anywhere... with anything. Off the cuff is the one thing that every magician should have up his sleeve.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 9th, 2010
This is the video that got me so interested in impromptu magic. If you have ever been caught off guard with people wanting to see something, but you don't have any props, then this is the dvd for you. As Greg says on the dvd, a real entertainer should be able to entertain with anything at anytime. Greg shows a variety of with a variety of props. Recapped is the strongest routine on the dvd. I give this a 3 only because a lot of the material is either borrowed from other performers or are generic standards. Still this is a great dvd.
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Impromptu Magic Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 9th, 2010
This set contains a lot of impromptu magic that you can do anywhere at anytime with everyday objects. Probably my favourite routines on this set is the coin under watch where you make a borrowed coin appear under a spectator's watch, and recap which is a really cool trick you can do with an ordinary pen but gets huge reactions from the crowd. Gregory Wilson has also put out a video since then called "On the Spot" which has most of this material plus a little bit more.
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Not as amazing as I thought it would be Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
Some creative ideas, but not very many things that I personally find useful for me as a restaurant magacian. Still some creative thinking, and recommend for beginner to intermediates.
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Another awesome DVD by Greg Wilson Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 29th, 2006
Another awesome DVD by Greg Wilson! I am a huge fan of his other DVDs, like Double Take and Hundy 500. I know some people prefer On the Spot (which I have yet to buy) but the tricks are great, such as Recap, Coin in Watch, and Time Bandits....and I performed one of the tricks on this DVD to turn a sugar packet to dollars bills to tip waitresses at the restaurant, reactions were great!

Since it is impromptu magic, sleight of hand and subtleties are a must to pull the tricks off. All you need is practice!

This item and Greg Wilson's Double Take should be in the "Greg Wilson Store" Definitely deserve the attention of Penguin Magic's customers!
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Finest impromptu ever Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 18th, 2006
Oh my god this DVD is awesome I just received it today and i am already taking this stuff everywhaere with me. I carry around two rubber bands for Time Bandits, which is my new icebreaker trick. A pen for recap, which is so visually shocking you will fool your self to a point. Normally in magic DVDs there are only a few gems, but this DVD itself is a gem!

Only problem was on the trick "off the cuff" He didn't really explain this part of the trick very well so I don't think I fully understand how to do this but I use my variation of it any way.
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Greg Wilson Rules Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 13th, 2006
This DVD is awesomeness. The routines (espescially recap) are taught in great detail. After the tricks, Greg gives suggestions and has a discussion with his audience, which helps. I gave it four stars because there aren't really any close-up shots, which can make the learning process a little bit difficult, but don't let that deter you from purchasing this DVD. Thanks again Penguin for a Grade A purchase. You guys rule, so does Greg!
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Off the Cuff Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 3rd, 2006
This is a film from one of Greg's lectures. You can see the way he interacts with his audience and put it into your own rutine. All the material on here is performable. And ALMOST all of it can be found wherever you are. The only exception is the stapled buisness card rutine which would be worth carrying a stapler around in your pocket. Its a great DVD worth buying
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A Fantastic DVD On Impromtu Magic Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 7th, 2005
Well, what can I say except that this is a fantastic DVD. It is like having a front row seat at Gregory Wilsons lecture, or better still it's like having Gregory Wilson as your private teacher in your front room.

He goes into great detail and explains all the moves and slights in such a clear way. You won't be left wondering how he achieved the effects because he will show you in a step by step fashion, even giving a little advice for patter for the effects. Although having said that it is better to come up with some original patter yourself that will reflect your own personality.

The effects range from easy to more advanced, but with a little practice all the routines can be done quite easily. On a difficulty scale out of 5 I would give this DVD 3. But I would give it 5 stars for it's pure genius, it's quality of teaching and the fact that Gregory Wilson is a really funny and nice guy who knows how to entertain and teach. I would highly recommend this as one of the best impromtu magic DVD's out there.
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Impromptu Magic at its best! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 26th, 2004
This video was a whole different kind to me. Impromptu magic can't be any better. Gregory Wilson is a great performer and an awesome teacher. In addition, this guy is hilarious!
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