I learned about thimble magic quite by accident. By this time I had heard the name Joe Mogar
mentioned any time thimbles were discussed. As Jeff McBride and Cardini are synonomous with ball and
card manipulations, Mogar is synonomous with thimbles and color changing knives. His DVD entitled
Thimble Dexterity was generating some good words from thimble workers.
One note before we
go any further. If you buy the Thimble Dextrity DVD you will need to purchase thimbles directly from
Joe Mogar at his Magic Stars web site. Any set of thimbles that nest or have a big lip (such as the
Vernet thimbles) will not work with Joe's moves unless you have gigantic hands. They are very
inexpensive and Joe is a great guy to talk to on the phone!
Degree of Difficulty
Advanced. Certainly a beginner can tackle this material. Joe starts with the basics so there is
no prerequisite experience with thimbles required. Some of the moves are relatively easy if you've
been doing other forms of manipulative magic while other moves are going to take weeks of
repetitions for your fingers to acquire the dexterity to execute flawlessly.
Mr. Mogar is a
very good teacher. Like most of my instructional DVDs, he moves a little fast but the are several
sequences that are replayed in slow motion for several repetitions.
One nice touch that I
really appreciate is that Joe provides guidance on how to practice. He gives you warm-up exercises
for to develop dexterity and how to avoid injury. He talks about not performing until you're are
rock solid to protect the magic from exposure and a lot more than I can cover. Joe also has some
pretty strong opinions on thimble magic - what you should and should not do and criticizms of
certain thimble moves and performance styles - it's really great stuff.
The bonus teaching
section is probably the best of any DVD I've ever watched. He covers a lot of stuff in detail. Like
what thimbles work best and what to do with cracked thimbles and maintaining nice looking fingers!
One very minor compliant; I would have liked to see more performance video footage. Most of
the material is presented in what I would call a lecture format. Even the presentations feel like a
lecture and not a real performance. This is a credit to Joe's phenomenal abilities; he leaves you
wanting to see his whole routines just as the audience would see them.
get an arsenal of moves and sequences from which to construct your own routine. This DVD fits that
Thimble effects are very magical. This is not a single trick DVD so you have a
wealth of material to construct a killer routine. I would guess that a good thimble routine derived
from this DVD would make great addition to a kids act or stage routine. Joe told me on during our
phone conversation that he has performed thimbles for a couple hundred people and that the colorful
thimbles are very visible to a sizable audience. I could see thimbles as a part of a larger
manipulation routine, set to music, that might transition to cards or billiards.
production quality is good. Nothing flashy but the video and audio quality are good. The menuing was
a little confusing at first because you have to drill down into sections but that is a credit to the
amount of material covered on the DVD. A little background music would have made the production a
lot more enjoyable. The slow-mo sections are completely silent and that is unnerving to somelike me
who needs some ambient noise or music to feel at ease.
If you're a serious student of
manipulation this is a must have for your collection. Joe Mogar is a true thimble master and his
contributions have had an enormous impact on the art.
Don't forget to order the thimbles
from Joe or you'll have a tough time doing any of the stuff on this DVD.
One final note -
I'm going to compare in a follow up blog the Mogar and McBride DVDs because their approach to
thimbles is quite different. Also the Shoot Ogawa thimble routines I've witnessed on youtube.com are
worth talking about - Shoot is scary good with his thimbles. Both approaches have merits and it will
be fun to contrast the two styles.
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There are very few resources out there for thimble magic. Doesn't change the fact that this is an
excellent dvd. If you have never been privileged to view the visual quality of thimble manipulation
then you are missing out. They just seem to come out of nowhere.If you want to learn, Joe Mogar is
the guy to learn from. Thimble manipulation is very accesible to the average magician. These
routines aren't that difficult and you will be manipulating them like a pro in no time. You learn a
variety of sleight including productions, vanishes and color changes; the staples of thimble magic.
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This is an excellent DVD and if you are thinking about getting into thimble magic this is the
starting point. Joe is a good teacher and his products are top of the line. Add to basket and know
that there is something here for your close up thimble routine. Lots to learn from this DVD.
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Many hold Joe Mogar as the thimble Guru and say this DVD is the one to get if you want to learn
You should note this is NOT an encyclopedia of thimble work. This is moves Joe
likes. So you will not learn all the moves or devices, So do not expect any discussion on holders
and traditional steals since he does not like them. He feels they are not needed as his method with
his thimbles does not require holders.
You REALLY DO NEED TO BUY HIS THIMBLES. He tells
you the size of his thimbles and really you can not translate all his moves with other magic
thimbles and 99.5% of stores and internet will not have the thimbles of the size he uses.
DVD is lacking some production value. It is hard to navigate and jumps around. That is, they take
some routines and reuse them to teach other moves.
MANY of the slow motion segments are
missing. Only a few have the slow motions.
Joe does not really teach you. THIS IS SHOW AND No
TELL. This is similar to a lecture where he shows you want he is doing but not teaching the find
points. So he might say "You do it like this." And he does the move at speed a few times. He
does not describe WHAT he is doing. That is, he leaves out the find points and it is up to you to
work it out.
There are some routines not fully demonstrated. He goes right into
explanations. It would have been nice to see some of the routines done live or at least in full as
he would present in public.
Some of the moves flash on camera and they took a weak approach
flashing text on the screen that the effect is "angle sensitive". Sorry this is an excuse. He did
not perform it well and they were too cheap to reshoot the segment.
Maybe having his book will
go into more detail. While you can learn from this DVD, having his written notes, might give you
more insight to some of his moves as he would have to describe the methods differently than doing
it on video. I can recommend it as part of your library but with the cautions above.
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His explosion and implosion moves are great, some of the color changes are very good, and the 12
thimble production is very good. When I got the DVD I expected their to be at least one really eye
popping how did he do that moves. There were none of those. In the Vanishes section, he has one good
thimble vanish, and the others are pretty much the same thing. IN the productions section their was
nothing of particular interest. IN the color change section their were a few nice changes. A lot of
the moves revolved around handkerchiefs with thimbles, which I do not use. Also, on a side note, Joe
Mogar the teacher is incredibly boring and even though he is talented with thimbles, his
presentation is really boring. It is more of a watch me do this, and this and this. Ta Da
conclude, I believe that if you are going to start out in thimbles, this is a good DVD as the
explosion and implosion moves are taught, as well as basic and advanced palming, and some solid
vanishes and changes. If you are looking for a more entertaining and powerful thimble routine, get
Shoot ogawas thimble DVD.
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