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Underground Magic (DVD) You are about enter into a world where magic has no boundries! On this DVD you will learn tricks that defy reason.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 21st, 2005
One of the things that I have found over the last year or two as a fairly regular Penguin shopper is the value in instructional DVDs. I feel disappointed that this one wasn't obviously marked as for beginners (which it is).
The reason for the low score, however, is because this DVD doesn't really provide any instruction. Disembodied hands gesture to indicate how the effects are achieved, but without actual explanation, we are left to suffer the melodramatic background music. There are times, too, when the gesticulations that are meant to serve as instruction do little to clarify how the effect is meant to be performed.
The medium of DVD - unlike instructional books - can use both audio and visual information to enlighten the viewer. "Underground" completely fails to take advantage of this fact. In doing so, it comes across as the mere exposure of secrets rather than the teaching of magic.
No Words!!!!!!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 23rd, 2005
In truth, there are some great tricks on this DVD, especially for beginners. But, in order to learn the tricks, you have to suffer through some of the worst music ever, and absolutely no vocal instruction. This made things like card cuts almost impossible to learn, and I repeatedly became very frustrated trying to learn some of the tricks that could have been a lot easier if I had some "help" from the person on screen, who's hands are the only things you can see. Overall, I just can't understand why Magic Makers made this DVD without vocalization.
Underground, under standard Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 24th, 2005
This DVD doesn't deserve its title. Maybe they thought not saying a word could be cool and we would like it, but I'm sorry but no, it doesn't work at all. I had to rewind, slow-motion to get some of the effect, some cuts are not even filmed over the shoulder. Imagine trying to practice something from a different angle of what you're supposed to see and with no explanation. I am really disapointed in that DVD. I gave it 2 stars only because I got it for free and I learned a new effect that I think kids might like.
It's a great start Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 6th, 2006
Man there have been a LOT of bad reviews about this DVD. There are plenty of tricks I've gained that I fool people with all the time at work. I first saw this DVD as I was just getting into magic, and I'm glad that I did. Tricks I do with the rubber bands always entertain kids, and the spoon bend gets EVERYONE.
- Most tricks use everyday household items, easy to find
- Good balance of card and non-card tricks
- There's no dialogue
- Music sounds like a bad B-Rated movie about disarming a bomb
- Some tricks require a lot of practice
- The price is a bit much
All in all, I would say if you're just getting started into magic, get this DVD. Great for beginners, boring for the experienced.
Great DVD for beginners Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
I got this in a Penguin Magic bonus giveaway. While I knew many of the tricks on it, there were a few that I didn't know and liked the use of no talking to demonstrate how to do the tricks. I ended up giving this away to a friend who was just starting out in magic and its really sparked his interest for more. If you know of someone who wants to get into magic, this would make a great, inexpensive gift.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 7th, 2010
I actually like this DVD. I don't think anything on here will blow people away, but for a beginner magic DVD it is excellent. This is a good variety of effects on this DVD so for the beginner who isn't really sure what they like, there is a taste of everything. For the price and variety that you receive this DVD is a great way to go.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 9th, 2005
This DVD is full of great material, too bad I already knew most of the tricks. You learn a mini lesson in metal bending, a great way to start off with mentalism, cuts with cards, not much for beginners, and even rubberband tricks. All in all this is for BEGINNERS! But a great buy! Get this if you are not familiar with metal bending, mentalism, and money tricks. I think the Underground Bill, Magic Key Bend, and Underground Vanish are great!
Good for beginners Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 20th, 2005
If you're new to magic, then this DVD is loaded with material. However, if you've been doing magic for over 2 years, then you probably will know over 1/2 of this material. The thing I do like about this DVD, is that it has a wide variety of tricks (cards, metal bending, rubber bands, money, use of thumb tip, and much more). This is perfect for the beginner, but the experienced magician would be better served getting something else.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 7th, 2005
I'm twelve and this DVD was great for me. I'm really good at flourishes and that stuff. I've shown my friends alot of this stuff after I learned it, and they were blown away! This gets my highest rating for a great DVD!
It has its place Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 13th, 2005
Overall, I like this DVD as a one-stop gathering of what I would consider to be either decent "between larger routine" tricks for a parlor act, OR, there is a decent amount of material for someone who enjoys doing some tricks at a dinner party type situation. There are a few things that would make a good addition to a table hopping act.
Nothing extreme or "in your face" here, if that's your thing. Yes, many of the tricks are presentations of material you can find elsewhere, but that is true of much of magic - just read the list of effects to see if you already have them.
It lost two stars with me because all the effects are presented and explained with pantomime set to music. While I am capable of making up my own patter, I do like to hear how someone else presents it.
Again, read the list of effects and decide if you need to add them to your collection or not.
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