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An Extension of Me (DVD Set with Gimmick Coin Bonus) by Eric Jones - DVD
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"Eric Jones is THE real deal!" This is what top magicians from all around the world are saying after seeing Eric Jones perform his stunning close up magic. Eric has long been known to the magic underground, but now he is catching on like a wild fire. Eric is smooth as silk and his magic truly looks like magic... slow, beautiful, stunning. For years, Eric has closely guarded his material and refrained from making DVDs or sharing his work in detail. He has finally decided that now is the time to share it with you in his new three-DVD set "An Extension of Me."
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 21st, 2013
Just about everything done on this DVD is beautifully put together, with an essence of natural moves and smooth behaviors that makes the magic look effortless and simply amazing.
There are, however, some rather important draw backs I find with this DVD set.
1.) Two of the Coin Routines are done in almost exactly the same fashion. The productions and vanishes (which is essentially the entire trick for both of them) almost mirror each other, yet are presented as two entirely different effects on the DVD. This, to me, felt like a slap to the face.
They are both beautiful pieces of sleight (then again if one is, I guess the other has to be as well), and it allows you to choose different styles for the amazing Here-and-Gone type of effect. You should not perform the two in the same showing though, for obvious reason.
2.) The DVD set is rather expensive, and although it comes with material you WILL use (there's no ifs in this statement, after watching the DVDs, as long as you paid attention, you'll use at least one trick), my favorite tricks would involve spending a lot more money just to perform them.
If you are already an experienced magician with special gimmicks, then you probably already have the materials to perform my favorite effects, and this will not affect you.
However, if you are newer and do not have these props, you will be horribly disappointed in the fact that you have to spend almost $200 (USD) just to perform the trick. If you're serious about being a close-up magician, you'll most likely buy these props sooner or later anyways, so it may not be too disappointing, but if you're not sure on how far you want to take your magic, then you'll probably hate this discovery.
3.) My last negative thought on this DVD set, is the prop it comes with. The Karate coin.
The routine Eric Jones does with the routine isn't my problem at all, but in the DVD, he himself states that the prop given with the DVD isn't something that he'd use. Not because it's bad quality, but because of the style of coin. He says that it's a harder trick to "sell" to the audience, because it's much less believable than it should/can be.
All in all, these 3 negatives only brought the DVD down by 1 star to me, because; Those two routines are still beautiful and allow you to change up the way you present it as you go along, coin gaffs are something most serious magicians will buy anyways, and the coin included is labeled as a free prop anyways, and investing in a better karate coin won't even be much more expensive.
Not to mention, after doing the math (90/18=5), it's about $5 per trick, and in the modern world of magic, it's EASY to spend $30+ on material you will NEVER use, and as I've already stated; You WILL use something on this DVD, I have no doubts about it.
Routines I found not only to be worth performing, but I almost always resort to are;
Eye Candy (most fun I've had with sponge balls in a long time)
Oxy-Clean Coin Routine (Billy would be proud)
These are not the only good ones, but I found these to be absolutely enthralling to learn and perform, and these are the tricks I'm more than happy to resort to.
I hope this helps,
an early offering from one of the best Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 24th, 2012
Eric Jones is one of the best coin magicians I've seen. he patter is calm and unassuming, and he's a very good teacher making sure to cover a lot of the finer points of the effect.
the 3-disc set is a bit pricey and some of the best tricks he shows requires that you have a few gimmicks (if you're a coin performer, you'll likely already have them). the tricks he teaches will take some practice if you're new to coins, but they are powerful visual effects--his Impossible Coins Across alone is worth the price for the set and it's an effect i am practicing hard to put in my repertoire as soon as i get it mastered.
of note, if you're not familiar with Eric Jones, he's left handed, so a fair amount of the teaching shots are great for "mirror image" for us dexters.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 3rd, 2012
I have a lot of magic DVDs, and this is one of the best. I feel like I can relate to him, like it's possible for a regular person to make amazing magic. I love his presentation style because it is not so fast you can't see what is happening. I could just see doing similar routines anywhere, whether for friends or at a gig. I think he has possibly the best sponge ball routine ever on DVD #2, and he is really known as one of the best coin experts! However, I really love his karate coin routine on DVD #3.
This is just a great DVD for both amateurs and pros.
Eric Jones at his best Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 14th, 2010
I bought this off of Penguin recently, and I loved it. Eric Jones gives you everything in depth with multiple performancesfor each effect, minor details are covered, and the quality of thid DVD set is amazing! Every detail was thought out.
I find that this set has given me raw ideas that I've encorperated into my other routines as well as a couple routines that I have just modified the patter to. WARNING: YOU WILL NEED OTHER GIMMICKS THAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE FOR SOME OF THE ROUTINES. NOT ALL GIMMICKS ARE INCLUDED.
Best dvd I ever bought Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 3rd, 2011
Everything is visual. Everything is practical. You may need to spend up to $80 worth of coin gimmicks. I already use healbound remix, ishkabible sandwich, ambitious, and the ambitious force in my professional routine.
Good stuff. Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 7th, 2010
This is expensive but the quality of tricks here sort of make it worthwhile. Eric Jones has been around for a while now and it's great to see him release some of his routines- this DVD captures some amazing magic and Im shocked that he's actually giving some of them away.
Every one of his tricks is visual and that seems to be his emphasis when he does magic, so if you like visual magic then you will love this. Be warned you, you will need to spend hours practising some of these effects!
WoW! Eric Jones is now my favorite teacher Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2013
Fantastic 3 volume DVD set. Pretty much every piece of magic on these sets are real-world workable magic. Most of this magic is also very doable- stuff that you can easily learn.
So many great tricks and routines on these dvds.
I have incorporated many of his handlings and acts into my magic.
Eric is simply the best instructor out there. Right up there with Gregory Wilson & Bill Malone. He is easy to understand and is a great communicator. His magic makes sense. this is stuff you will use.
This is one of the best DVD sets I've ever seen. His metal series are outstanding as well. Buy it, you wont regret it.
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