Wow, when you really want the truth, you will find it here. I have been doing magic as a hobby/side
gig for a number of years and wondered about getting into it full time. One magician I have talked
to about it is always gung ho, with you need to this and that and I sell this, you need to buy it.
Like it will solve all the issues with becoming a full time magician. I really appreciate Tom's
honesty and really liked a lot of his ideas. Not that I ever thought going into business would be
easy, but this DVD really have me more perspective. For now it's extra cash, but if I build up my
clientele, there is a lot of good direction to come from this DVD.
this is my favorite non magic teaching dvd on penguin. parents got me this for birthday and it has
been very useful in turning a hobby into a career. invaluable advice concerning performance venues
and what gear to chose. it is a great addition to my arsenal.
As what is arguably equally important to the study of magic to the sleights and effects, the
magicians tables, cases and gear are really NEVER deeply explored within the realm of magic.
Well, that all just changed with a 2 volume DVD set that is worth its weight in GOLD to the true
I know that I threw out my briefcase after watching this DVD; he gave so many
tips and explained things that made my performances SO much better.
And this isn't just a
guy who is guessing what he is talking about; he really has been doing this for years, and it is
incredibly obvious in the way that he explains things (some you haven't even heard of) in COMPLETE
This volume (volume 2) was better, in my opinion, than volume one (as it really
dealt with the bussiness aspect of it). However, if you ONLY have the money to pick up ONE volume,
it is highly recommended you pick up the first; it will really give you insight as to how Tom
teaches and what kinda stuff he goes over.
...and come on, for 12 dollars? That is a
REDICULOUS steal! Pick this up today!
This is my absolute favorite DVD set ever produced by Penguin Magic. It teaches you how to get off
your butt and onto your feet and performing.
On volume 2, there wasn't as much
"instruction" going on, as there was business management and other PROFESSIONAL advice. Tom has been
doing this for years and it really shows.
If you want to really learn the secrets behind
starting out professionally, this is the DVD to get. Not only did he teach us how to become a full
time professional and transition right into it, but we learn a few tricks
Now, the tricks
aren't the greatest and you can pick these up with little effort. Theres a mentalism effect, an
ambitious card, and a few other cool things, including an AMAZING silk routine. I perform this
professionally myself and LOVE it. It's so well laid out and presented to you that you can pick it
up and start practicing and performing in almost no time. Everybody I have showed this to has loved
it and you will too.
The performances are both "in studio" and on the street for a live
crowd. Tom is pretty funny too. The performances are great and lets you see inside a real pro
adapting to a different setting.
Finally, the real info is here. They bring Tom in for a
really long interview that's split up. It's in studio and looks really nice. He talks from anywhere
to 25-even 40 minutes in some places and it's split up with the performances.
this DVD, again to anyone wanting to pick up a professional attitude. I started performign after
watching this, and you can too!