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Past Midnight (3 DVD Set) by Benjamin Earl and Alakazam - DVD
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Disc 2 Running Time Approximately 1hr 33min
Disc 3 Running Time Approximately 1hr 17min
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A good addition to your library Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
Past Midnight is one of those DVD sets that seems to get the mix of entertainment and instruction really right. It is impressively produced and the packaging and finish is all top-notch. The amount of content is a good reason for the price. I've had it for a while now and I can be honest to say that I am still working through it (I'm halfway through the second DVD). It's the kind of set that you pick up, watch a routine, spend ages working on that one routine, put the DVD away and move on. Then a few days, weeks or months later, you come back and look for more.
A few notes: These tricks are not for beginners. The handling is not easy and the sleights are intermediate. His teaching style is thorough but he has a matter-of-fact style that makes you feel kinda stupid when you don't get things down instantly - "it's done like this..see.." and you're like "no..I..hang on..wait..crap..dammit..rewind".
The only reason I will give this 4 stars out of 5 is because of the repetitive music through-out the entire thing. Oh my goodness. I have not watched this DVD for a few months now and I can hear the tune in my head as I write this. If only there was a way to watch it without the "spooky beats". A small side point.
Overall - Buy this. Yes, it's pricey but you aren't investing in one trick - you are buying a collection. Think of it this way: If my calculations are correct you are getting 44 routines for $75. That's roughly $1.70 per routine. Come on!
Ben Earl Rocks Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 20th, 2011
This is one awesome set of DVDs if you love cards as much as I do. Ben Earl combines beautiful technical skills with clever effects to produce stunning results. He is also a good teacher, although he doesn't explain everything in the slow detail I would like. For example, compare his skimpy teaching of the bottom deal with that of Jason England's incredible download. However there's always a rewind button to help.
Overall, this is a winner.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 7th, 2012
The handling and the thought behind Benjamin Earl's effects
excellent. All the slights are explained, perhaps not where you expect them. The Erdnase explainations I found enlightning, I had developed a differnt one handed shift from my reading The Expert at the Card Table, 50 years ago.
i love this Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 11th, 2011
the magic is great ... the gambling is awesome.... the psychology is top notch .... i use at least 5 things everyday and about 2 in my professional close up routine ....it is great ... would not buy this if your just starting...instead buy an oz/ jay product .... this is a great product but dont buy it .... b/c i dont want people knowing this stuff
A must for card workers Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 19th, 2012
This is an incredible DVD set. You can find easy and difficult tricks, but all of them are powerful, and a few of them will fool magicians. All the great ideas he shares will help you creating your own magic. I repeat it : this is a must for card workers.
Past Midnight by Benjamin Earl and Alakazam Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 27th, 2015
I bought this set of DVDs for my adult son for his birthday. He has been fascinated with the techincal side of slieight-of-hand for many years. I don’t think he aspires to be a magician of any sort but only to understand the skills a litle better in order to add to his appreciation of the art. He has thanked me profusely for this set of DVDs and it apparently fills the bill for him very well. He has found them to be exactly what he has been looking for in terms of understanding and appreciating the skills better and he has been very impressed with the clarity of the presetation and the progression of the lessons. He also really likes how it is not only the basic skills that are covered but also some of the more subtle apsects of technicality, misdirection, and patter. He has been and continues to be very pleased and has told me he is looking forward to watching these videos over and over again. He thinks he might even be able to pick up one or two tricks to impress his young nephews! The fact that he so highly endorsses this set of DVDs makes it easy for me to give them my highest endorsement, too.
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