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Rene Levand Close-up Artist- #1, DVD
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René Lavand is one of the true artists in the world of Close-Up Magic. His presentations and performances have a poetic and artistic quality to them that never fail to earn standing ovations.

Mr. Lavand has achieved legendary status and is without a doubt one of the most highly skilled close-up magicians of the past century

His stature is even more amazing when you consider that he accomplishes everything using only one hand. Watching him will inspire you to strive for excellence.

Each volume begins with a twenty-minute performance followed by a walk-through of how everything is accomplished. Interspersed throughout are detailed explanations to many of the original techniques, sleights and subtleties René has created.

Volume One

The highlight is a very detailed explanation to his It Can't Be Done Any Slower, René's hit of the World's Greatest Magic II television special.

The Show includes: My Visiting Card, A Triumph, An Amusement, Why Do The Colors Alternate Themselves?, A Few Red Cards, A Few Black Cards, and It Can't Be Done Any Slower.

Techniques taught include: One-Hand False Shuffle, One-Hand Double Lift No. 1, One-Handed Second Deal, One-Hand False Cut No. 1, One-Hand Double Lift No. 2, One-Hand False Cut No. 2, One-Hand Tabled Bottom Slip Cuts, The Pocket Divider and Half Deck Switch, One-Hand Third Deal, One-Hand Displacement, and much more.

Simultaneous English translation by Tina Lenert. Running time: Approximately 60 minutes.

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 10th, 2010
It is unbelievable that what Levand can do with one hand. I bought this for his routine It can't be done any Slower. this is the Oil and Water routine that he performed way back on World's Greatest Magic 2. The sleights are very very challenging and will take some getting used to only using one hand. I wouldn't recommend this at all for beginners. There is plenty of other things to work on.
The whole dvd is also translated. This is annoying in the performance portions because the translator gets excited as she watches the performance.
Otherwise the material on his is very good and valuable is something were to ever happen to one of your hands.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 27th, 2010
Like many I also bought this DVD for Rene's famous oil & water routine "It can't be done any slower".
The production is obviously from a different era long time ago and the simultaneous live translation from Spanish to English is sometimes not in sync with what you see. It might therefore take a couple of re-runs before you really see the nuances of Rene's handling.
The routine is a beauty and even for a two handed person a lot of the handling probably gains in clarity if you perform it one handed like Mr. Lavand does.
The production of the DVD (VHS) takes one star away from the 5 I would have given it otherwise.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 26th, 2017
Here is a true artist. I love his work.
I wonder how it will take me to learn all this but I feel that it will be time well spent.
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