This is a must for any performer. Information given in this lecture is as important as the working
of any effect. This will take your magic from just a trick to entertainment. If you are interested
becoming an extraordinary Entertainer here is step one!
This course started off by differentiating someone who does tricks and someone who is a magician.
This lesson is essential for magicians.
I learned the basics of lighting - I went from
knowing nothing to knowing something. I learned how to handle different types of stages. I learned
how to avoid dead time. Surprisingly, I learned a really good tip on standing still. There is a
conceptual portion near the end that I'll be revisiting. All of the advice is made up-to-date, and
it notes the changes since the book was written. The lesson is mainly about stage performances but
there are lots of things that apply to all forms of magic.
Problems? There is some material
repeated from earlier trick-less lessons. There is nothing on sound effects.
entertainingly put together and a joy to watch. Dan Harlan clearly put a lot of effort into this
I have watched through the lesson, but there is so much content that we “magicians” typically don’t
pay attention to, I thought it wise to go over this one multiple times. To make this easy I decided
to convert the lesson into an mp3 where I can listen to it over and over again. I refer to this
lesson as my therapy for being a magician.
This lesson brings so many elements together to
create the moment, the effect. I sometimes forget about the importance of the why because I’m so
interested in the how. Man is it cooler to have the entire package instead of the battery that runs
the machine. I mean, a battery is cool and important but that’s not why the gadget is cool. Just
as the method is incredibly interesting it’s not nearly as interesting if there is a wonderful
reason for the effect besides “check me out”. Don’t get me wrong, I want to be “checked out” (so to
speak) if it’s positive attention. But I would rather have the moment be more magical then just
“see how cool I am”. This lesson really drives that home for me. Hence the repeated listening in
my car time and time again.
Dan Harlan is a genius, truly a genius. Subscribe to this if
you want help in learning how to be a better magician. I saw one review where a gentleman had
mentioned he thought one particular lesson had so much preparation that it wasn’t worth performing
the effects. I 100 percent disagree with that review. I feel that in the last few years going
through these lessons that I’m just now learning what it takes to truly be a magician. The fun that
goes into the work, that goes into the understanding and the pride when you have a finished a piece
of magic is so much more rewarding. It’s as though my relationship with magic is deeper due to the
extra dedication that I put into it. Dan Harlan is my couples counselor and magic is my mistress
(it’s okay, my wife knows).
This lesson doesn't contain tricks but true magic is more than tricks or selights or effects. Dan
completely understands this and takes you through the finer theatrical points of magic. Dan teaches
each segment with the detail and humor you've become accustomed to while at the same time delivering
hard hitting information. This lesson was enjoyable to watch from start to finish and is a must for
all performers as I'm sure everyone can take away something from this lesson.
I would have
loved to see Dan explore small travel savvy options for lighting, backdrops, music systems etc for
the performer who wants to present their show in different venues (banquet halls, house parties,
etc), but over all the lesson is a wonderful class on magic theatre. In a world where tricks reign
supreme it's refreshing to see someone focus on the art of theatre.
I enjoyed this detailed
Dan explained so many thinks about stage. I recommend this lecture to
people who are not doing stage too
BUT it ended suddenly when dan was explaining practice
This had help me recognize lot of casual mistakes that I had done.
This chapter is so packed with incredible information, it's difficult to know where to begin. Let's
just say that, as usual, Dan Harlan comes across as the best professor in the best college class
that you ever had. He is well versed in acting and the theater arts, and he applies his knowledge to
magic brilliantly. I doubt that you will ever see anything as concise, yet comprehensive, as this.
It's the platinum standard for the Tarbell series. If you are serious about the art, you owe it to
yourself to spend the pittance on a world-class lecture.
To be getting presentation advise, albeit driven by Tarbell first, by Dan Harlan is an opportunity I
hope any striving magician will quickly take advantage of. As in all he has done in this series it
is well presented in a logical and easy way to understand.
I don't have to tell you that Dan is a great teacher. Everybody knows that already and he proves
that another time in this lesson.
But what I need to share with you after watching this video,
is that the information he gives to the viewer are just priceless. There are a ton of things that
you will learn and use in your performances. Even if you don't do stage magic at all.
Perhaps the most valuable edition. Concise, humurous history of theatre and practical stage
technique. More of exactly this needed in the magic world.