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.
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.
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)
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,
5 of 5 magicians found this helpful.
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.
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
3 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
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.
2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
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.
2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
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.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
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
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.
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