This was filmed live in a real restaurant with real audience members at a restaurant that Mr. Prince
actually works at every week. I really like this aspect of the DVD. It was a little noisy at times,
but nothing too bad. The navigation and menu, etc. was all just fine. All in all, the production
quality was an 8 on a scale from 1 to 10. In volumes I and II, during the explanations they would
show flash backs to the performance segments. I think that aided greatly in the learning of the
effects. In this volume, however, I don't recall that happening.
One other nit-picky thing
. . . in Volume I, he said that you should never work on Thursday's, yet he opens this DVD by saying
that this is one of his regular restaurants that he works every Thursday.
Anyway, on to the
effects . . .
The Bleached Deck (4/5) - Speaking of Mr. Princes Technical skill, he is
definitely good at executing the Erdnase Diagonal Palm Shift. He's very good at it and uses it in
almost every trick. This one is no exception. The effect here is very good and very clean, but still
his presentations are very bland and have no interaction with the audience and are way too fast to
the point of confusion. I will say that the selection process used here is extremely clever. One
little thing that bugged me during the explanation: Somewhere in his monologue, he says something
along the lines of "that won't be a problem because of the corner clipping." What corner clipping?
He never mentioned anything about a corner clipping (I'm assuming he means a corner-short card), so
I have no idea how it's used in the routine, where it's used and how it helps the effect.
Ready, Teddy, Go! (4/5) - A variation of Ring Flight which is very clever, and the best part is
that the final place that the ring ends up is examinable and handle-able by the audience. You will
have to modify your clothing, but it's probably worth it. Again, however, with his personality . . .
he is so focused on delivering his script (I use that term verrrrrrrrrrry loosely) that he pretty
much ignores and talks over the audience. He did it again in this routine when the girl was
explaining how here mood ring worked.
J.P. Jennings Wallet (5/5) - Fastest load in the
west! This is a very cool way to modify your Jennings Wallet. You also get a little bit better
personality from Mr. Prince on this one. Also, this load technique allows you to load some pretty
darn big items into a "sealed" envelope inside of your wallet. If you do any "to-wallet" stuff,
especially if you use the Jennings Wallet this section (with all of the tips and ideas for the
Jennings Wallet is very much worth your attention.
Strike Three (3/5) - There was a bit
more interaction at the beginning with the spectator, but it quickly vanished. He suddenly went into
robot mode again. However, there are some really nice moves taught in this section. He fooled me
with a super clever vanish - an adaptation of the Vernon Wand Spin vanish that ends with both hands
empty. Again, however, there was a lot of just mindless mumbling while he executes moves for himself
without engaging the audience at all.
The Roaming Card (4/5) - The effect is quite clever
and to Mr. Prince's credit, during the performance, the audience member screwed up, and he recovered
nicely. It's a pretty straight forward cards across routine. The effect is that a spectator thinks
of a card from one packet. It vanishes and appears in the other packet at a position named by the
spectator. It's pretty darn sneaky and pretty easy to do.
The Bullet Concept Part I (3/5) -
This is a concept that he shows three applications for. Others have played with this concept. I
have, Paul Wilson has, and there's someone else whom I cannot seem to remember, and I can't find it.
It's in one of my videos somewhere. If I find it, I'll come back and edit this review. The concept
is clever. The performance of it was a bit fidgety and sort of a weak effect, but it has a lot of
The Bullet Concept Part II (2/5) - This is another effect using the Bullet
Concept. It's kind of a fun idea, but too fidgety. Also, I really don't like it when he immediately
palms out the card and immediately goes right to his pocket to pull it out and then dismisses it. He
does this a lot, and it's very not-smooth and clunky and not magical at all. Although Mr. Prince has
a lot of experience and it a good technician, he could use a lesson or two in timing, pacing,
rhythm, etc. Again, this is clever cutesy kind of trick, but it was way too fidgety.
Bullet Concept version 3 (3.5/5) - I found it funny that the first two were called "Part I" and
"Part II," but the third one was called "Version 3." That aside, this is a nice addition to card on
ceiling, however, I don't like the immediate card to pocket thing as I've mentioned. He just throws
it in there and again, his presentation was anything but coherent or even personable. He was just
sort of going through the motions so that he could finally get through the journey, which he didn't
seem to enjoy. Also, during the explanation, he really doesn't teach you how to do card on ceiling.
He just kind of grazes a few bullet points and recommends you get Ammar's stuff to learn how to do
Coin Kebab (4/5) - This is very sneaky . . . wooden kabob skewer through
borrowed coin. He gives some very clever tips and techniques, plus a really sneaky tip/idea/line of
patter that really improves the illusion if your audience member happens to have a foreign coin
(which is pretty common where he performs).
The Pepper Pot Strikes Again (4/5) - This isn't
a complete routine, but rather a modification of one of the versions from Volume I. So if you don't
have Volume I, this part of the DVD is useless. However, if you do have Volume I, then this is one
of the more valuable parts of this DVD.
Some Final Thoughts:
Like the first 2 volumes,
there are some advice segments on this volume. He gives some pretty worthwhile pointers on various
different scenarios you might encounter when approaching a table as well as some good opening
tricks, where to stand at the table, how to orient yourself in reference to the table and the
spectators . . . a lot of good ideas here.
Minor nitpick: In all three volumes, he kept
looking at the monitor and wouldn't keep his eyes on the camera. It was very distracting to watch
this during the explanation sections.
If you've read all three of my reviews on Mr.
Prince's work, you might think I don't like him or was mean, etc. However, the truth is, from what I
can tell he is a very knowledgeable magician, an excellent technician and a really nice guy. He's
also a creative thinker and has some really great ideas. The main criticism I have of his work is
that he performs way too fast and way too "rambly" and basically ignores his spectators. It's a very
common thing that magicians do. I've struggled with it myself over the years.
his performing style, there are some good ideas on all three of these DVDs. This one in particular,
the tricks average a rating of 3.65. However, considering that the asking prices is $45.00 and
you don't get that much material and you get a few places where you have to learn the effect from
another source, I'm rating this as a solid 3 out of 5. Thus . . . gem.
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