This is the typical way mentalism has NOT to be done. To many props, to much cards, not to mention
that you have to buy
apps, special decks etc. The performer seems very nervous, very bad
presentation and very poor effects.
Perhaps fine for begginers but very poor for magicians with
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I haven't written a review in about two years, despite having bought over a hundred products in that
time, but I wanted to correct the terrible misconceptions that some of the other reviewers have been
spreading. This is among the worst lectures in the history of magic. You will gain nothing useful
from it. There are a couple of formerly decent tricks that he completely destroyed with his
variations. Then there are a couple of awful tricks that are purely Max's. His presentation is so
dry and boring. He also probably messed up his own tricks at least fifteen times, especially while
performing MUD. It's pathetic. Additionally, you need to buy something from Max to do anything. I
don't understand how anybody found anything of use from this. This was over three hours of my life I
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There seemed to be only one effect that didn't require the purchase of something from Max and that
effect was an awful lot of setup for an effect I found rather dry.
I did not like his
performance and he seemed to fumble a lot. He comes off as more of a car salesman as he spends much
time explaining effects that can only be done by purchasing his expensive products and an IPhone.
Sorry Droid phone owners. A big disappointment. I think there should be a limit of how many effects
in a lecture require expensive products pedaled by the magician. I prefer Greg Rostammi for apps as
his are priced much more affordably
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I dont have a problem with max. I think his stuff is great but for some reason the lecture itself I
found very blah. I should have waited to purchase this and not rushed into it. I will not use any
of this stuff, maybe 1 thing for the lecture. Alot of the other stuff requires other purchases such
as a special deck or online subscription. I have purchased many other lectures and to be honest
this right now is the worst investment I made in terms of live lectures.
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This lecture was not good at all. None of the tricks were that strong and the MACAAN that the other
reviews praise seems over complicated and not strong because you are using technology.
first trick is a lie detector effect that goes on for too long. A lay audience would loose interest
and it has no really big finish to it. The next trick with a bill just has so much going on that it
A lot of the lecture consists of tricks with the App that Max has created.
If you don't own an iPhone or iPad then that is a large section of the lecture wasted.
Q and A was quite interesting but apart from the Q and A and the envelope switch, this lecture has
taught me nothing.
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I had never heard of max before this lecture. This man is a creative thinker. You can tell he puts a
lot of work into creating his effects. Mental killer and MACAAN are freakin awesome, but the one
that impressed me the most was MUD. Such an awesome principle that's super clever with multiple
applications. I will definitely be on the lookout for anything max releases after seeing how clever
he is. IMO this was a great lecture!!!
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Max's lecture was outstanding with the wide variety of effects he demoed with just a few
props.....trust me this guy is a real world thinker and creator of top shelf performing
pieces....he just scratched the surface of what he is capable of in the lecture ....the performing
part he leaves up to you and your capabilities as a performer....do yourself a favor and check out
his webssite or contact him regarding other effects he has created you won't be disappointed ....
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The last few minutes redeemed the lecture. Unfortunately, I found many of the routines somewhat
convoluted (serial number revelation to card trick to disappearing card to disappearing bill to bill
in strange location to card on bill to... I lost track!).
I also found little new in the
methods -- only their combination was innovative. Max's presentation was not terribly inspired
(although he was playing to a group of seasoned magicians and not a lay audience) and his technique
at times painfully transparent.
He demoed some very nice apps, and if you are into that you
might have got your money's worth... although the majority of the routines that he showed require
you purchasing a gimmick or an app from him! More like a sales promo than a lecture.
the last five minutes he taught (seemingly begrudgingly) a nice impromptu set with cards (in the
spectators' hands no less) which was refreshingly simple, direct and usable.
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Max was kind enough to share over 3 ½ hours of material and thinking. He presented material that
could benefit everyone from hobbyists performing for family and friends to working professionals.
The Q&A had invaluable advice and I would have bought the lecture for the Q&A alone. The other two
stand-out items (for me) were his take on the Spectator Cuts to Aces routine and a mind
reading/multiple card revelation effect (an effect Max has kept under wraps for over 20 years).
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I thought this lecture was a lot of fun and filled with unique insights and effects. And certainly
the best interview yet. If only we all could work magic in gentlemen's clubs. I've seen quite a few
penguin lectures. To see the very top guys in the business fumble props, mess up sleights, and show
nerves clearly demonstrates how difficult these very one sided lectures must be. I thought Max
handled it as well as anyone. Did I love everything? No. I don't agree with his thinking on the bill
effect at all. In fact I hate it. But as I said on the cafe, it's one trick in a 3.5 hour lecture,
chock full of interesting stuff. Nice job, Max.
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