If you are a beginner to magic, and you are too lazy to read the Mark Wilson Complete Course in
Magic, then this DVD is for you.
Everything on this DVD can be found in just about any
beginner's book such as the one mentioned above, and I would certainly recommend Wilson's course
However, this DVD is a good introduction to various aspects of magic, and it
might help the beginner better decide what type of magic s/he would prefer to learn.
are 13 effects taught by real live working pros (Jeff Hobson, Joseph Gabriel, Katalin, Losander, Max
Clever, Jason Baney, Dan Sperry, and Roy Shank).
All of the performers did a great job
performing and teaching, and they appeared very relaxed in front of the camera... that's what
happens when you actually perform for a living.
Much of the basics that most magicians are
familiar with are found here, but I even found myself picking up a couple of cool ideas from the
DVD. Here's a sample of some of the stuff found here:
* Torn and Restored Paper
* Cigarette Vanish applied to vanishing a pen
* Coin through silk
* Shalt Shaker
through the Table
* The old cut and restored newspaper trick (think baby powder)
The paddle move
As you perform a few of these effects, you'll learn lessons that are
critical to a magician... misdirection, timing, etc.
You'll also see a couple of classic
plots at work:
Magician In Trouble, Sucker Bits, etc.
All in all, this is a pretty
solid product if you're a beginner. For a veteran, it may be of value for you to watch it just to
see other pros perform, but likely you can skip this one and not feel too bad.
* Beginners - Get it. Gem.
* Veterans - Skip it - Rubble.
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