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Richard Osterlind Mind Mysteries Too - #5, DVD
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Set One

ULTRA BOARD-For the first time on video, see Richard Osterlind perform his classic Mental Epic type effect with an ungimmicked board!
SPOON BEND-A totally new bend with an ordinary spoon that looks impossible! This takes spoon bending to new heights!
FORK BEND-Three forks just melt over at the mentalist's command! It looks like power shoots from the mentalist's hands!
THE VERY MODERN MINDREADER-This is a whole act that uses nothing but a few cards and envelopes. This one can make your reputation as a mind reader!
DIGITAL FEEDBACK-This is the best calculator effect ever! You will stun your audience numerous times and leave them with an ending they will remember!

Set Two

INSIDE THE FOLD-This is one of Richard's most cherished secrets! An audience member calls out a number. He is handed a folded card which has been in the performer's empty hands from the beginning. The chosen number is predicted inside. It is that clean!
STAINLESS STEEL BLINDFOLD-This is one of the classics of mentalism. See Richard perform his favorite routine right out of the manual!
PENOMENALLY (PSYCHIC CONTROL)-A pen placed on a bottle moves at the mentalist's command! There are no threads and the movement is totally under the performer's control!

Set Three

STOPPING A WATCH-The actual mechanics of stopping watches and changing the times are demonstrated. Richard discusses the applications to many types of watches. Also included is controlling a compass and how to mentally destroy a hotel room key!

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 4th, 2010
I'm a fan of all of Osterlind's work, but the collection on this DVD isn't among my favorites. Perhaps not so much that the material is weak, but because much of it just doesn't suit me.

I'm not into metal-bending effects. Sure, maybe we're far enough removed from Uri Geller that metal-bending is no longer synonymous with "fakery", but there's still just no appeal to these effects for me.

The large section on watches is becoming more and more obsolete, because many people don't wear watches any more, and if they do, they're digital.

The other routines are good and entertaining, but there's nothing that made me think, "Wow, this DVD was worth it just for this". Consisting of effects that are merely "good" along with ones I'd consider irrelevant, makes this one clearly inferior to his many other excellent sets.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 15th, 2011
Very good if you're into PK magic. Some very good work on Uri Geller type spoon bending and watch stopping. I mostly got it for the Very Modern Mind Reader. The DVD only cost about the same as buying the Very Modern Mindreader booklet from Richard Osterlind, so technically that one effect is "worth the price of the DVD". It doesn't suit my performance style but it is a very well thought out routine and watching Richard perform is always a valuable lesson in showmanship. For that reason alone I would recommend this to anyone who is serious about actually performing magic and mentalism as opposed to just learning methods and tricks.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 9th, 2010
I found this entire series to be a valuable resource on performing and understanding mentalism. If you want a great place to start with someone who knows his stuff in the area of mentalism this series is for you. The spoon bending is very good I also found the stopping a watch material entertaining if not totally practical for myself. This set of DVD's is a great resource in the area of mentalism. Can't go wrong with mentalism from Osterlind.
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