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Seance with Dixie Dooley (DVD) Do the dead materialize? It's the absorbing question of all time. On this startling new DVD from Las Vegas headliner Dixie Dooley you'll learn to create apparitions and perform S�ances.
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Please note: This DVD teaches about the s�ance as a form of magical entertainment. The purpose of the DVD is to help magicians perform magical effects with a s�ance theme in a setting in which everyone in the audience knows it's "just a show". This DVD does not teach or support any belief system or explanation of events that may be or seem paranormal. Questions of beliefs and religion are outside the scope of this DVD. If you're under 18 years of age please talk with a parent or guardian before purchasing this DVD.

When you ride a roller coaster or go to a scary movie... you know you're not going to get hurt.

You enjoy being frightened, but you know all along it's just for fun.

The difference in this DVD is... someone could get hurt.

In a darkened seance room, spirit messages appear right before people's eyes. They see ghosts. They see objects move. In this place they may find answers to questions they've always pondered. They may even come to believe they've made contact with the dead.

So, much more is at stake than just entertainment. You're flirting with the eternal questions of man, his darkest desires, and his deepest beliefs. That puts a great deal of power in your hands as an entertainer. Houdini used this power for good. We trust you will do the same.

"In the s�ance room, two things matter. What happens... and how we explain it." -- Dixie Dooley

This is the world of the imagination; the world of strange noises, funny feelings, and eerie uncertainty. On this startling new DVD you'll learn close up spirit effects you can perform inches from an onlooker's face, and comedy s�ance effects you can perform on stage.

As a special bonus you'll see rare footage of Dixie Dooley as he leads a legitimate S�ance.

The Effects:

  • Spirit Slates - Make spirit messages appear on covered chalkboards.
  • Spirit Cloth - A bell rings, a tambourine rustles, a hand reaches up and grabs you.
  • Haunted Key - This bizarre little key has a mind of its own.
  • Haunted Deck - One of the scariest card tricks in the world. The deck moves by itself to find your selected card!
  • The Devil's Ashes - Messages materialize from ashes sprinkled on your arm.
  • The Houdini Spirit Table - This is the table Houdini used to expose the fraudulent spirit tricks of the Boston Medium Margery. This table was in Dixie's possession for six years before he discovered the gimmick! This is the first time the gimmick has ever been exposed.
  • In the S�ance Room - Dancing Handkerchiefs, The Glorpy, The Crystal Ball, The Large Floating Table, Black Art and more!
  • Spirit Cabinet - Your assistant is placed in a trance, tied up, and enclosed in a Spirit Cabinet. The spirits in the room make themselves known by creating any number of strange, impossible, and often hilarious disturbances inside the cabinet.
  • The Zombie - Learn the world's most mysterious floating ball effect with Dixie's professional advice on transitioning in to your Zombie routine.
This Old Haunted House:
  • The Spirit Table - You'll learn how to build a spirit table step-by-step for under $ 100. This same table would cost over $ 300 if you bought it in a shop.
  • Spirit Slates - Dixie talks you through the construction of your own Spirit Slates. These Spirit Slates can be constructed for under $ 10, and in a store they might cost upwards of $ 50.
Comedy S�ance:
Watch as Dixie performs a comedy s�ance in his "World of the Unreal" show at the Boardwalk Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This routine will give you dozens of ideas and help you incorporate the spirit effects you've just learned into your act.

Bonus:
The Liberace S�ance - Late at night in a darkened building, Dixie and a small group of others attempt to contact the hereafter. Penguin Magic has acquired exclusive footage of the unusual event.

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2 of 2 magicians found the following review helpful:
Caveat Emptor!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 5th, 2005
Although the production of this DVD was good, the material, which is what you're paying for, is barely elementary. Dooley even seemed bored with the whole event...just "going through the motions."

If you are looking for material with any depth - IT AIN'T HERE!

If you are new to magic and looking for this kind of material; you could do better elsewhere!

Caveat Emptor - Let the Buyer Beware!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 25th, 2005
I don't know where to buy half of the items. They don't sell them here, and I have googled some of them and still can't find them.

Very good DVD, just wish i knew where to pick up the effects!
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2 of 2 magicians found the following review helpful:
Great DVD if Your Into Haunted Magic Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 25th, 2009
I am personally into haunted magic (Thread through neck, needle through arm, exc..) so I really enjoyed this DVD. If your not into scary magic then this DVD is not for you. Also, some tricks it tells you how to build them, but others you need to buy the actual item (Penguin also sells the items you need)
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 15th, 2005
This DVD is cool!
I recommend this DVD if you are interested in spirit tricks.
But the tricks that are introduced in this DVD is hard to be performed without special magic stuffs.
But this is cool. I highly recommend this DVD !
(Sorry for my English, It's not that good.)
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
Nothing earthshaking or new Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 30th, 2005
All of the things that appear in this DVD are old seance material or haunted effects. There is nothing in this DVD that is has not been done before with the exception of the comedy seance. This is even mildly original but it is fairly entertaining to watch. However if you have never seen anything from a seance, this may be an OK place to start.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 6th, 2005
This video offers the skilled performer a chance to enter into the realm of bizzarist magic. With complete instructions on how to build a haunted deck, a set of spirit slates, a spirit table, as well as numerous other effects, Seance is a gold-mine of useful information!

Don't be deceived! This video does not offer quick, flashy effects for use on the street (but nor does it market itself as such.) Instead, what is presented is a list of suggestions for the seance room, the parlor (commonly called a "den" nowadays), and the private dining room wherein a small group of people may be entertained.

You can't learn much from this DVD if you're looking to take these effects to school, to the office, or out to the street corner. Instead, if you're throwing a Halloween party (or, better, if you know someone who is throwing a Halloween party and they're willing to pay you) then this DVD is jam-packed with great ideas.

Not for card-enthusiasts, coin workers, street magicians, or those who don't have an attention span greater than three minutes in length. This DVD is for the SERIOUS and PATIENT magician who wants to create a truly hair-raising experience that will be remembered for years to come!
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 12th, 2005
An excellent presentation of seance material to add to any parlor, stage or bizarre act. This is fun to watch and gives plenty of practical information.
This DVD is for the magician who is interested in PERFORMANCE, style, communication and appealing to the emotions and feelings of their audience. It is not for the magician who focuses on extreme, "in your face" sleight of hand tricks to amaze people with their fast skills. There is little application for the street magician (although with a little imagination you could adapt some of the material).

As for originality of content, it exists in the presentation rather than the technical information - as it is intended to be. Seance magic is a very old form of magic and the techniques presented here are a study in the old techniques.

Overall, this is an excellent addition to the library of the magician interested in the deeper art of magic and performance. It lost one star with me simply because I would like to have seen a bit more done with Houdini's spirit table, and perhaps a bit more in-depth history.

I admit, I hesitated a few weeks on this purchase because of the few bad reviews - after seeing this for myself, I recommend it highly - add to cart and broaden your mind.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 17th, 2005
I would advise waiting until after Halloween to buy this, then if interested Get It!

Good things about this DVD:
1. The Cover
2. The DVD Menu
3. This old Haunted house, How to build your own table and spirit slates, great section as far as the information goes, however see the following section for more information.

Room for Improvement:
1. I am over here, hello!…the production obviously had more then one camera while filming however when edited the angle selected was not first person, so Mr. Dooley ends up talking stage left most of the time and it becomes almost annoying to watch.
2. Energy- excitement is not there, he seems almost board and as if he was reading a script.
3. The first few effects are very basic, almost toy store magic kit style.
4. I have to admit I bought this on impulse and its marketing.

If you are interested in getting this, wait until after the Halloween season and then make up your mind. It does have potential to inspire your own creativity and is an ok start for your own spirit magic. I did enjoy the “This old Haunted House” section. If it was not for that I would have felt ripped off.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 20th, 2011
I am extremely disappointed in this DVD. Almost all of the "effects" performed and taught here are below beginners grade. The majority is picked up in "stocking stuffer" stores around the world. The "Spirit Table" is garbage (and I've seen some really bad ones) and seriously a waste of time. The only thing that interested me in the slightest was the moment the DVD ended. I've written reviews before and NONE of them would be as low as I really wanted to rate this one (unfortunately the lowest was 1). Extreme waste of my hard earned money and none of which will give me anything in returns. There's so much more to all of the things he "taught" (seems a bit extreme to use that word with this item) in this DVD but it's basically the exact same garbage instructions printed in black and white that comes WITH the items. Even Docc Hilford's $1000 Dollar Seance gave me more and it's written in folded flyer paper! Aside from Dixie being extremely boring during the performance I've found that there's even more of a REM Cycle Sleep while he's instructing what it OBVIOUS to begin with.
I Really thought picking this up would give me new ideas with props I learned when I was six years old but even DIXIE seemed to make my six year old self look like Criss Angel.
If you're new to magic (I mean if you're 40 and for the first time have the urge to learn illusions and NEVER seen any due to coma or seclusion on a deserted island) this may be for you; if you've been performing for quite a while (or even a little while for that matter) I'd avoid the wasting your money and pick up something else.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 2nd, 2004
First off, if you are looking for the secrets to seance tricks, then this is a great buy. I enjoyed learning how Dixie pulled things off, and he does an excellent job of describing everything.
But if you're looking for a routine or more than just how a trick is done, this DVD will not help you. Its just an explanation.
Imagine buying an Ambitious Card routine and all you got were these instructions: Have card selected. Control selected card to second to top card of deck. Perform double lift to show selected card. Put top card in middle of deck. Show top card is selected card.
There is so much more to this routine/trick that is left out and could be thrown in for greater impact. I was just left wanting more from this DVD.
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