Now, Jay Sankey has some good material out there, but lately he's been rehashing sleights and old
moves into apparent "new ideas" with slightly "new" handlings. Bending The Real falls into the
category of mediocre and plainly unusable. I'm not entirely sure what was going through Sankey's
mind when releasing this. apparently he was trying to convey that a "bend" is a way to misshape
reality or thought. Bending was an apparent ploy to use deception as a social activity. Basically in
a nutshell, what other impromptu DVD's have been trying for years.
Jay doesn't really hit
any new ground with his Bend idea and it seems to fall flat once the project is finished. I'm not
sure what was to come of this, but it was hyped up more than I can remember with different videos
and a claim of "redefining" magic into some art form. But sadly it's just an orange-shaded mess with
Literally, the product description says: "Bending is about creating dream
moments, inspiring people to open their eyes wider than ever. And we wanted to make sure that this
surreal FEEL played a big part in the viewing experience of the DVD. The result is a DVD that is far
more visually interesting and engaging than 95% of the magic trick dvds on the market." If by
visually interesting they mean annoying camera cuts, orange and blue tint that distort picture
quality, and short explanations to tricks, well then job well done Mr. Sankey. I seriously do not
know what they were thinking when they filmed this, most tricks are explained really fast and with
the Watercolor splash they add to the picture, most times it's hard to see what is going on in the
first place. For a DVD that claims it's "visually Stunning" is it no surprise that No one, including
Sankey, filmed this way again?
Now onto the tricks themselves. There literally is nothing
here anyone can use. Most of these tricks(I'm not calling them bends cause it sounds stupid) are
either pranks or useless feats you can do for some type of betting games over friends. One even goes
as far to include a rock and your friend's car...You can see where that will go. Aside from the
pranks, there may be 2 or 3 that you may use, but in no way a display of your true magical prowess.
The only ones that seem worthwhile are the ones were the gimmicks are supplied to you, but not all
are good. Hijacked and Vanishink are both pretty decent. Descendant comes with an incomplete gimmick
and is a slap in the face, and Zero Gravity is altogether useless. Even with Hijacked and Vanishink
it is not worth it.
BtR also includes two "booklets"(non-pre orders only get one) that
state they have more ideas and essays. I use booklets with quotations because these things are
barely pamphlets. About the size of a video game manual and only four pages long, I think the
material of both pamphlets could of been covered in the short intro on the DVD.
I may be
overly-critical on this but it is because of this one reason. HYPE. Jay Sankey as well others that
helped in the project prior to release stated many times how Bending the Real was going to reshape
how we all think of magic and how it will be unlike any magic DVD before it. It's a complete lie. If
he had said Bending The Real will help beginners not be scared about magic but be able to think in a
more social way, then it would of made more sense. As a worker or professional, this does nothing
for you. Even if it was tailored for new hip audience into their first foray in magic, I still
wouldn't recommend it since there are plenty of tricks and DVD's suited just for beginners(Hell
Penguin magic even has a free two hour beginner DVD). So this is why I do not recommend this at all.
Now this isn't a stab at Jay Sankey himself. Jay has a ton of good material out there, but
unfortunately he has a bunch of stuff like this that is drowning his great work. I strongly
recommend Front Row Sankey, Hemispheres, 22 Blows to the Head, In a Flash, Kaleidoscope, or
Spontaneous Combustion, just to name a few, over this any day. Do not make the same mistake I did.
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I am hard pressed to highly recommend this product. I'll admit this wasn't a complete waste of
money, since there were some tricks that were interesting and ingenious.
itself seems to be new itself. I don't understand why the philosophy couldn't have been expanded
even more. Instead it is a four-five page booklet. If this was truly revolutionary why not make a
book about it?
In addition, the camera work and cheesy techno music more than put me off.
Furthermore, some of the tricks were stupid gags. I don't so much see the some of the gags
as effects (I refuse to call them bends), but more of filler material. Also, if you think that
pencil trick has the full gimmick parts you are mistaken. If you look around reviews, you will know
what I mean.
I truly find it hard to believe that people can justify spending their money
on this. Given my opinion, this DVD was just a DVD that, although there were some gems, had a lot of
filler material that can be found off the internet. There are better magic products you can buy with
$35. This is not one of them.
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Jay Sankey has produced some great stuff. Too bad this DVD is not one of them. Jay did an amazing
job of hype, and I bought into it.
My biggest issue overall is the filming technique. If
you go watch some Bending The Real videos on Jays YouTube channel you will see what I mean. Terrible
color, bad sound, difficult to see what is going on... but filmed that way on purpose.
many of the tricks are silly gags or mean spirited pranks. Very unprofessional and unusable. Of the
25 "tricks" I will use Vanishink and maybe Hijacked. Those 2 tricks aren't really worth the cost of
admission but live and learn.
This has not turned me completely off Sankey but it will
definitely make me never pre-order from him again. Read the reviews, watch some videos, and decide
if it is for you. I would have gotten more value for my money by buying a pizza and making it
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I'm sorry, Jay did not create a new genre of magic called "bending." This was a marketing ploy and
worked on many people, myself being one of them. The DVD is Short and the effects are taught
quickly. The DVD has a very annoying filming style which makes the color seem off and is hard to
see things clearly. Some of the effects are actually mean spirited pranks that I wouldn't perform
for my worst enemy. This is a pass. Jay has some great stuff out there but this is not one of them.
Your Real will not be Bent after watching or perform these effects.
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Bending the Real by Jay Sankey
should be called
Stole my Money by Jay Sankey
of new ideas! Too mutch hype!
I like video's that have a picture and often have sound!
of Jay Sankey its magic not art.
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As much as I aprecciate the work of Jay Sankey, and he truly is my favourite magician,this truly is
a disaster.Not only by just using the word bend you can sell any idea.I mean,some of them were gags
and pranks(kind of) and I haven't get why this should be selled as a magic set.The only reason I
give this 2 stars is because I got some pretty good gimmicks.Go get 22 blows to the head,that is WAY
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I do not think that this dvd is as bad as everyone here is making it out to be, it has a few good
"magiciany" tricks on there, like the one with the four jacks to aces, and vanishink, but the rest
are things that you play around with when the opportunity comes up. They kind of fall under the same
category of the effect you do with a straw where you give it a push with your mind and it magically
rolls across the table. is it your a material? no. is it a fun thing to do when your hanging around
after dinner and dont want to be a weirdo with cards? yes. anyways, i feel that this dvd was
intended, not for the beginning magician, nor the ameteur or advanced magician, but for the every
day person who wants to stand out every once and a while.
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Here's the nitty-gritty of the DVD.
1. Don't expect mind-blowing magician foolers. You
will not find that here. This is magic tailored for social purposes with laypeople--to share in
whatever light you see fit.
Technically speaking, you should be able to lie/deceive and be
able to pull off extremely basic sleight of hand (on just a few of the effects really). In other
words, no knuckle-busters (unlike Revolutionary Coin Magic) are in this project.
effects and methods are all clear (if you've watched his youtube channel--you'll know what I mean).
The explanations are precise and quick.
3. Not all of the effects are magical. Some seem
to be very mischievous, others are more like stunts, and some are like spectacles. The idea is to
elicit a strong emotional response from people--and being pranky, using a gag, etc are other ways of
doing so. I think Jay is trying to get magicians to include other ways to impress, flirt, etc other
than using the traditional approach of magic.
4. The best thing that I got was a clarity
of how you can frame your magic in a way that is on the off-beat (if that made sense). Seemingly
impromptu and situational with the potential get people's attention. This idea of the "bend" is an
interesting take and how one might approach doing magic in social situations like work, bars, and
schools. The new theory is something that I can appreciate.
5. There is a re-hash of a few
effects, but those are the ones that needed gimmicks before (Zero Gravity, Descendent, Hijacked, and
Vanishink) and the gimmicks come with it.
6. It's well produced and the essays that came
with it are interesting (strikes me as "Beyond Secrets: part Deux"). It's neat to have quotes and
bits of theory between effects.
I would highly recommend this--remember that method is
secondary to the effect.
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Bending the real is a cool dvd with a lot of different "bends". Some range from magic to pranks. The
reason why this dvd is great is because it includes some of jay's tricks that he sells individually,
like Vanishink, Indecent, Zero Gravity and stirring silver. If you want to learn magic, find a
different dvd. If you want to learn impromptu "stuff", this is the video for you
Compared to Jay's other material, this just isn't very good. This is coming from someone who has
gotten most of their 'mileage' out of Jay Sankey-based material.
Instead of this, get
anything else by Jay Sankey, most of it is much better than this.