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Stand-Up Magic - Volume 1 (World's Greatest Magic) - DVD

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In the vast literature of magic, a surprisingly small portion of it deals specifically with stand-up magic; that is, magic that is performed on a stage or platform and suitable for entertaining and engaging audiences large and small. Thus, finding quality material has always been a challenge for performers who endeavor to present magic in front of a group of spectators. For the first time, the very best stand-up effects, performed and explained by artists who have fine-tuned these pieces to reputation-makers, have been collected in one place. These are tricks that are suitable for platform, stage and parlor presentations. So, whether you perform in living rooms, banquet rooms or on the world's largest stages, you'll find an amazing assortment of performance-ready masterpieces here just waiting to be the centerpiece of your own show. These performers are among the best of the best and on this unprecedented collection, they're providing you with their signature routines. Everything you need to be a successful performer is right here; you just need to add some practice and a stage.

Volume One
On this volume, you'll be treated to Richard Osterlind's version of Bank Night, the perfect way to open your show and to get to know your audience. Johnny Thompson presents his interpretation of Al Koran's classic of mentalism in which an audience-generated three-digit number is found to be inscribed on the back of a medallion that the performer was wearing from the beginning of the performance. Bill Malone provides an object lesson in how to turn a close-up trick into a show-closing stage piece while Harry Allen demonstrates how to take a children's trick and make it play big . . . and for adults! Paul Potassy and Terry Seabrooke perform and explain completely different but wildly entertaining versions of the borrowed bill to impossible place plot while Falkenstein and Willard teach an amazing and easy-to-do rope escape with a truly impossible twist. Finally, Petrick and Mia present a delicate and beautiful silent silk effect that would compliment any stage show.

Bank Night - Richard Osterlind
Koran Medallion - Johnny Thompson
Standing Ovation Invisible Deck - Bill Malone
A Day At The Circus - Harry Allen
Bill in Potato - Paul Potassy
Burnt Banknote Routine - Terry Seabrooke
Gypsy Rope Mystery Escape - Falkenstein and Willard
Linking Silks - Petrick and Mia

Running Time Approximately 1hr 48min

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
I bought this DVD when first looking for some stage routines for an upcoming charity magic show. There is some really good stuff on this DVD. There is no theme per se, but just a collection of solid routines from some of the best in the business. Bank Night looks to be a great opener to get the audience involved and laughing. I would consider it light mental magic. The audience seems to have a good shot at winning 0 but they didn't select the right envelop. The Linking Silks is a pretty routine done to music. Three large silks link and unlink like the classic Chinese linking rings. The best of the bunch is the Gypsy Rope Escape. I've seen it performed by a local magician and his magician daughter and it is amazing. The teaching is good and the DVD is fun to watch.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
This was a pretty good DVD from the World's Greatest Magic collection. A couple of my favorite effects on this DVD include:

1. Bank Night from Richard Osterlind
This is one of the best bank night presentations I have ever seen. I am usually not a fan of this routine, but Osterlind's handling and presentation is fantastic!

2. Paul Potassy's Bill in Potato
This was a very unique and interesting effect. I am not sure if I will ever perform this, but it was very interesting to watch Potassy's performance and insights into this effect.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 17th, 2014
Glad that I bought this DVD ! I especially enjoyed Richard Osterlind's version of Bank Night,Bill Malone did a nice Invisable Deck, The Vanishing Elephant with Harry Allen was interesting considering that I always considered "A day at the Circus a kids effect. I also liked Paul Potassy's Bill in Potatoe. A Good DVD.
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