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Michael Ammar's DVD series "Easy to Master Card Miracles" is full of classic "workers".

Do the DVDs in this series have chapter divisions?

What I mean is: How do you navigate between the different tricks on the DVDs in this series?

Is the DVD just a single continuous take without chapter divisions, or does it have a menu that lets you navigate directly to a trick or explanation of your choice?
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Yes the Dvd's have chapter division in them. they also have a menu that lets you navigate directly to the trick.
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I think pretty much all magic dvds have chapters.
The Easy to Master series is well thought out: great material, well explained.
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Thanks for the feedback, and I appreciate the help! I just wanted to be sure before getting some of these DVDs. I placed an order just now, and look forward to them arriving.

From what I've read, #1, #2, #4 and #5 seem especially to be favourites for many people?
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I have #1 and #3. Everything is taught well, but to tell the truth there are only four or five effects that have actually made their way into my working repertoire: Triumph, 8-Card Brainwave (although I can't tell you the last time I performed this for someone), Red Hot Mama, Further Than That, and Jazz Aces (although I made several modifications). I played around with several of the others (the Paul Harris Las Vegas Leaper, Cannibal Kings, Acrobatic Aces, Secret to a Perfect Royal Flush, Between the Palms, and Color Changing Deck), but I never kept up with them. (There is nothing wrong with these effects or the way in which he teaches them; I just simply wasn't digging them enough to supplant some of the other card effects I was doing...)

I am pretty sure Mr. Ammar teaches the Martin Nash version of Collins Aces on one of these sets, as well. As usual he does an excellent job -- but if you already have Mr. Nash's explanation, it is pretty much identical.

Based on the contents, #2 sounds pretty great (not sure why I never bought it -- probably because I already had learned several of these from other sources): Twisting the Aces, Daley's Last Trick, Card Warp, Overkill, and That's It are all winners.
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How well are these standing the test of time do you think?

Have the routines in this collection been superseded by better material that's come out in the last 10-15 years? Or are they holding up well?
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They are holding up so well that the single routines are being release one at a time (for around $10 ea) by Penguin as "Legends" downloads. I still perform many of the effects from all 9 of the now dvds in the series. I would drop them in an instant if they didn't get great reactions as I have several books of different material I could use instead.
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Got some links to these individual Legends downloads on Penguin?

I can't seem to find them, and am curious which ones they picked.
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On Mar 18, 2018, EndersGame wrote:
Got some links to these individual Legends downloads on Penguin?

I can't seem to find them, and am curious which ones they picked.

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/9416
http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/9446
http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/9492
http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/9468
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I really appreciate Mr Ammar's teaching style, and have the full set (the first ones on VHS, which came with printed instructions). All of them feature classics, and even on #9, he has the very strong effect, 'the Visitor', from Larry Jennings which I've found to be a real jaw-dropper. Michael always gives proper credit and even tells viewers to check out the original sources. The title "Easy to Master" is true, in that the effects do not include the more difficult sleights. However, the effects themselves are carefully selected to really put on a show. Also as the OP asks, it is not one continuous take; and the tricks are presented in sets as if in actual performance. And, like I say, he gives credit, and will lead you to other magicians and their works. Lynn
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L&L ePub now has all downloads on sale 60% off. Time to pick up a couple of more volumes of EtoMCM!
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L&L ePub now has all downloads on sale 60% off. Time to pick up a couple of more volumes of EtoMCM!

Just $14 each. Wow, that's a VERY good deal!

For example, here are the first three volumes:
http://llepub.com/index.php?main_page=pr......ts_id=72
http://llepub.com/index.php?main_page=pr......ts_id=74
http://llepub.com/index.php?main_page=pr......ts_id=75

I just bought the actual DVDs recently, and they were all more than $30 each. Definitely a great opportunity for those who don't have the series yet!
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Do the downloads have the same image quality as the DVDs?
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I don't know as I only own a couple of the downloads. My impression is that the video quality seems to be about the same as standard def DVDs.
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The one advantage of DVDs is that they are easy to navigate, and find a particular effect, so personally I prefer the DVDs.

But if this offer had been around at the time when I was buying the DVDs a few months ago, I think I might have picked up the downloads instead, given the cost saving!
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Depending on what media software one has it is possible to burn the downloads to DVD and add chapters to a main menu.
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On Mar 16, 2018, JoeHohman wrote:


I am pretty sure Mr. Ammar teaches the Martin Nash version of Collins Aces on one of these sets, as well. As usual he does an excellent job -- but if you already have Mr. Nash's explanation, it is pretty much identical.


No Ammar teaches the Martin Lewis version of Collins Aces.
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