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Live Without a Net by Richard Osterlind and L&L Publishing - DVD

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Richard Osterlind Live . . . Without a Net!
Richard Osterlind . . . Captured "Live" in Reno, NV!

For the first time on DVD, you'll see Richard Osterlind in his natural performing environment, presenting startling mentalism and amazing magic for an audience made up entirely of people who happened to be frequenting a casino in Reno, Nevada.

First, you'll first see him perform a full evening stage show in a comedy club and for the guests at an exclusive after-show party. Finally, you'll witness some incredible street magic-style performances for passers-by in the concourse of the casino! All of the performances on these DVDs were shot without any retakes or editing for you to accurately see what a top pro can do in actual working environments!

Then, Richard, along with co-host Jim Sisti, delves into not only how these amazing effects were accomplished but also the real secrets of what makes this material so effective for lay audiences.

It's all live...and without a net!

Disc 1 - The Stage Show

Linking Rings -
Richard uses Dai Vernon's classic "Symphony of the Rings" as his entertaining opener. He proves that magic and mentalism can be mixed effectively in a performance to win over the audience's approval!

Spoon Bend - Here Richard segues into some of his classic spoon bending techniques to set a more serious tone for the performance. Watch how strong this routine plays for a lay audience!

Mental Epic - Richard uses the standard Mental Epic effect with the Ronnie Gann finish, showing how strong classic mentalism can be. Then, he destroys the audience with his own double-climax ending!

Par-Optic Vision - This is the routine with Richard's Dynamo Deck that recently wowed Internet audiences. A spectator draws cards Richard names out of his own pocket! It looks totally impossible!

Q & A Act - If ever there was a routine that proves you can read minds, this is it! The classic Dunninger routine is presented by Richard with a few modern updates.

The Addition Effect - Richard does the classic Add-a-Number effect using ordinary articles. Again, a classic Dunninger routine is re-created in a modern setting!

Combination Padlock - An original routine by Richard where audience members choose the correct numbers to open a combination lock in a new and novel way. This is a study in routining magic!

Clip Line - A stunning presentation of Alpha-Mental with an ending Osterlind devised over 20 years ago. Just when you think the effect is over, you are hit with an incredible second climax! The audience loves it!

Disc 2 - Stage Show Encore and After-Show Party

Linking Finger Rings -
Richard chose to re-visit his classic handling of this effect for the encore of his show. Watch the stunned looks on the spectators' faces when they see their own wedding rings linked together!

Artificial Intelligence - Richard performs the triple-prediction effect from his book, Mystique, using nothing but three index cards. The handling and effect is everything you could want in a close-up routine!

iCornelius - Richard uses a borrowed iPhone to reproduce the addition effect he performed on stage. If anything, the effect here is even stronger!

Dr. Sack's Dice Routine - Again, Richard shows that a mystery performer can effectively mix magic and mentalism in a show. Here he performs the classic Sack's Dice Routine while completely surrounded by astonished spectators!

Double Penny Bend (performance only) - Richard closes the after-show party with his now famous penny bend done two times! The camera is only inches away from Richard as he bends two borrowed pennies at his fingertips!

Disc 3 - Casino Concourse

Spoon Bend -
Again Richard uses his spoon bending expertise to not only astound passers-by, but to also draw crowds over to watch him! See the professional way to handle this type of performance!

Dynamo Radar Deck - Richard recreates his classic Radar Deck effect with his new Dynamo Deck. See how this new prop can handle situations even when spectators make mistakes with their cards!

Dynamo Deck: 3 Cards - A spectator freely chooses three cards from a deck. Richard names a card and the spectator somehow grabs the right one from his pocket! This is repeated three times...and it's freaky!

Spear-It Knife - Richard takes a forgotten classic out of Tarbell, Harrison's Knife through Coat, and streamlines it for a modern audience. If you don't already know the secret of this effect, when you watch it, it will stagger you!

Center Tear - Richard performs his famous Perfected Center Tear over and over again to amazed and dazzled people just passing by in the casino. See why this is one of his most cherished secrets!

Chronologue - For years, Collector's Workshop has been including Richard's personal routine for the Bob Cassidy effect, Chronologue. Now you can see how it plays for an innocent bystander in the casino!

Swami Effects - Richard uses the Swami Gimmick in a variety of ways to guess people's birthdays, read their minds, and predict their thoughts. These clips show why this little gimmick is, perhaps, the most important one in mentalism.

Hypnotic Hands (performance only) - Watch Richard use his powers of suggestion to fasten a teenager's hands together, creating screams of delight! Although not explained, watching this routine will teach anyone the right way to make hypnotic suggestions.

Disc 1 - Running Time Approximately: 3hr
Disc 2 - Running Time Approximately: 1hr
Disc 3 - Running Time Approximately: 2hr 21min

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 29th, 2011
a true guru.. we can watch osterland's performance in real world situations. in the parlor setting(i believe that's where it was)we witness the absolute impossible. you are getting very VERY powerful mentalism with this set and it is an absolute bargain. just remember you're only getting knowledge so you may have to make, or purchase 'other things' but you're learning from the best. you WILL use at least 80-90% of the material here. i don't like center tears..i just don't but he taught a great one and i will be trying this.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 4th, 2011
This is great. As a Osterlind fan i am a little bias. We get to see real performances and once again mind blowing material. The only down side is that there is a large overlap of material that Osterlind has already covered in other dvds or publications. Overall i still think this is worth getting, even if its just to refresh your memory on effects you've learnt years ago but forgot about.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 7th, 2019
I discovered this treasure through a sale Penguin was running. Wow. Am I glad that I did. There are some mind numbing (in a good way) effects on these DVDs. Also, Richard's teaching style suits me very well (this is the 4th product of his that I've purchased and I see very little overlap). There are a couple of moments when he assumes knowledge that the viewer may not possess, but simple online searches remedy that. Great also to see a master perform live!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 14th, 2011
Disc 3 shows Richard doing live performances for casino people just passing by. This alone was worth the DVD money, since he shows many subtleties for spoon bending, center tear, knife through shirt, and thumb writing.

Pays for itself with 1 gig referral, which I GUARANTEE you'll get with the spoon bend by itself. Add to cart, watch and savor all SIX HOURS of mentalism mastery.
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