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Topic: Miracles from the Sock Drawer
Message: Posted by: D J Hawkins (Dec 17, 2005 08:14AM)
New DVD by a guy I've never heard of before - Paul Gallagher. Anyone know him, or has anyone seen the DVD yet ?
Message: Posted by: zgecko (Dec 17, 2005 12:14PM)
I just ordered it from Hocus-Pocus. An interesting concept; I certainly have much more than a sock drawer of magic items I haven't used for years! Will be happy to provide some comments as soon as I receive it and have a chance to watch. 5 and 1/2 hours?!
Message: Posted by: yendor (Dec 21, 2005 12:58AM)
* 5 hours and 48 minutes runtime

* 57 classic sock drawer props and effects are dusted off, revised, revisited, and given Paul Gallagher's professional touch

* 54 DVD chapters

* Card magic, coin magic, close-up magic, parlor magic , stage magic, children's show magic, and mentalism are all included
Message: Posted by: yendor (Dec 21, 2005 01:27AM)
I also think it's a real fun and funny DVD to watch!
Message: Posted by: pezgod (Dec 22, 2005 07:31AM)

I just picked got this one today! The box and dvd look nice, not a cheap DVD copied on someone's computer! The opening is kind of humorous too! The quality of the video is better than a lot of dvds that I have seen as well. The content is great. I'm just a hobbyist, and already I've found new uses for stuff that I bought over 10 years ago, and has been sitting in a box since about 9 years ago! My only complaint The only complaint about this dvd came from my fiancee who said I was spending too much time in front of the dvd!! I've already spent about 2 hours in front of the TV, and I'm going to be there for another at least 3 and a half more hours! And on a side note...I Love the sock!!!! he pops up every once in a while, especially in the explanation of "Fifi the great", and is a great addition to the dvd.

As far as I have watched, I think everyone can benefit from the wonderful ideas given in this dvd. As I said, I'm just a hobbyist, and I've already found many things that I can use! I'm sure everyone who picks this one up will love it! The time will go by rapidly while watching this one! I'll post some more comments when I'm done with the other 3 1/2 hours! And I look forward to hearing what anybody else has to say as well!!

Message: Posted by: yendor (Dec 27, 2005 12:50AM)
Thought you might be interested in the "sock drawer" props and effects covered in this DVD.

Tel-A-Vision; Disintegration Chamber; Plastic Cups & Balls; Michael Close's "Pothole Trick"; Don Alan's "Ranch Bird"; Mene-Tekel Deck; Crystal Casket; Acrobatic Matchbox; Cigarette Through Quarter; Dan Harlan's "Card-Toon"; Multipying Balls; Thumb Tip; Folding Half; One Handed Change Bag; Mummy Mystery; Double Faced Cards; Needle-Thru-Balloon; Stripper Deck; Rainbow Deck; Blank Backed Deck; Marked Deck; Lota Water Jug; Scotch & Soda; Flash string; Finger Chopper; Buddha Money Mystery; Svengali Deck; Mirage Deck; Koornwinder Car; Coin Fold; Stodare Egg/Egg-Posure; Fan-Ta-Stik/Hotrod; Zig-Zag Pencil/Cigarette; Coin Cap; Mirror Box; Tony Curtis' "Night Out With The Girls"; Pearl Poodle; Glorpy; Pocket Spirit Slates; Vanishing Cigarette; Coin & Glass; Dime & Penny; Quarter Penetration; Plastic Rice Bowls; "Rocky" The Raccoon; In The News; Slush Powder; Rocco's "D'Lite"; Rip-Apart Change Bag; Dynamic Coins; Miracle Card Case; Mental Photography Deck; Invisible Deck/Brainwave Deck; Paul Harris' "Reality Twister"; Flash Paper; John Cornelius' "Thought Transmitter"; Photo-Coin; Crystal Casket; 2 Card Monte.

That's all folks.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Dec 27, 2005 04:51AM)
Yendor, thanks for the detailed list!!

Message: Posted by: Brian Turntime (Jan 3, 2006 04:56PM)
Sweeet. Even if I never perform half of that, it's a treasure trove of magical knowledge. Anything that stimulates new creativity can build your act.

Might I add Yendor is one wonderful guy to deal with.
Message: Posted by: ZAM! (Jan 7, 2006 03:08PM)
Well, I haven't had a chance to finish the nearly six hours yet, but so far I really like it. I think the humor is a nice touch and really makes it very fun to watch. As for the tricks, I think most of them are very practical and overall very interesting ideas. I'm exited to try them out.

This DVD has also made me think differently about all the other really old tricks that I haven't used in years. I now find myself trying to think of new ideas for more old props.

Message: Posted by: evolve629 (Jan 7, 2006 03:15PM)
Your sock drawer will thank you. I also keep my passport in there :)
Message: Posted by: Tim Trono (Jan 7, 2006 06:18PM)
I was fortunate enough to watch the initial tapes from which the final DVD was culled. Paul is a great thinker and has some really really great ideas. If you look at Rodney Whitlock's list of covered items above you'll see they are props we all most likely have and are available in most any magic store. The real benefit of this DVD is that Paul has created routines and handlings to take these classic items to a new level. Paul's got some really creative ideas that will have you thinking "wow that's clever" and will most likely have you searching back in your magic drawer for items that were gathering dust. Highly recommended and a real bargain for the amount of material crammed in to this DVD.

Tim Trono
Message: Posted by: Brian Turntime (Jan 14, 2006 02:13AM)
I especially liked the Svengali idea.
Message: Posted by: ChrisVincent (Jan 14, 2006 12:21PM)
Paul Gallagher's "Miracles From the Sock Drawer" is without doubt, the best general magic dvd that I have ever seen. The information is great. The routines and presentations are professional, well thought out and completely entertaining. I am already using several of the routines in my own performances including "Identity Theft", the childrens' change bag routine and my own version of "Ranch Pig". The quality of the dvd is great and the amount of information (almost 6 hours) is unheard of in an instructional dvd. Especially a dvd with a price tag so low. One might expect to pay $29.95 for a dvd that teaches one routine...not 6 hours worth. Honestly, the explanation of the "Optical Revolve" is worth the price of the entire dvd. Paul's knowledge of the effects and their origins is right on. I have had the opportunity to see him perform live and he is wonderful. If you haven't bought "Miracles From the Sock Drawer" yet...what are you waiting for? Do yourself a favor and get this thing. It will give new life to your old props and new life to your performance!
Message: Posted by: Brian Turntime (Jan 16, 2006 08:59PM)
Compare this with Ellusionist's "Inside Magic" or laughable "Street magic," with a few tricks each and lots of fluff, at a much higher price. Paul doesn't just teach the one trick, he mentions variations that expand the number of effects from 50 to about 80.
Message: Posted by: Mobius303 (Jan 16, 2006 11:28PM)
Paul is a storehouse of knowledge and was taught by none other than Derek Dingle.
quality and quantity ...who could ask for more?
The video is pretty cool.
Thanks Yendor for making it.
Message: Posted by: Magic.J.Manuel (Jan 30, 2006 01:26PM)
This is great DVD on so many levels.

If you are just starting in magic Paul gives real world presentations for very basic props. So if your friends know the secret you will still be able to amuse them with the proper handling and patter.

On another level the intermediate performer will get a good reminder of those old tricks and how they can be used properly to fill out a long gig.

Even seasoned pros will like this disk to reminisce about how it was done in the old days when Marlo and Vernon worked carnies. Paul gives detailed references for the moves he describes.

With the amount of material and tips he could have made it two or more disks, and I have found several ideas that I can use, so I think the DVD is an outstanding value. Regardless of the sock puppet, it is actually helpful sometimes adding details to the explanation, and provides some comic relief to a long session with a pro.

I'd give this DVD Two Thumbs Up! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Message: Posted by: braddevant (Feb 13, 2006 06:45PM)
I told Yendor he was nuts for not releasing the change bag routine as a stand alone dvd. It alone is worth the price of the dvd. A 7 or 8 minute childrens routine with color, humor, audience participation, and a great trick that self resets for the next performance. What more could a worker want. If you don't buy this dvd you are missing the boat BIG TIME!
Message: Posted by: Mike Brezler (Feb 20, 2006 04:08PM)
I love this DVD. I now have a new routine for the change bag that makes it very amazing the way Paul presents it. I am going to purchase a zig zag just so I can do his wonderful routine. My best purchase of 2006.
Message: Posted by: Jeremy L. (Feb 20, 2006 07:27PM)
What are some of the other props he covers?
Message: Posted by: yendor (Feb 21, 2006 12:12AM)
Scroll up to my post of 12-27-05 for a complete liat of the "sock drawer" props and routines included on the DVD.
Message: Posted by: Jeremy L. (Feb 23, 2006 07:39PM)
I am soooooo sorry I completely missed that! Thanks yendor!
Message: Posted by: gerard1973 (Mar 10, 2006 06:05PM)
Paul Gallagher's Miracles From The Sock Drawer DVD should be a must buy for every Magician. This is a very practical and useful DVD that you will ACTUALLY use! Paul demonstrates, discusses and explains more than fifty marketed magic products. Many of the products are standard magic items that many of us have purchased or received in magic sets. In addition to standard routines Paul gives us tips on many rarely seen and little known variations, presentations, and techniques that can be used to fool the owners of the props.

Buy this DVD now!!!
Message: Posted by: tpax (May 15, 2007 09:41PM)
I wanted to revive this thread. I got this DVD recently and have to say the content was very good. He gives nice presentations for a bunch of items that don't come out of your drawers often. I really enjoyed it. If you see it for sale grab it, you won't be disappointed.
Message: Posted by: paymerich (May 17, 2007 02:22PM)
Hehe I am watching the DVD right now in fact , shhh don't tell my boss. it is a great DVD
Message: Posted by: rmendez (Jan 26, 2020 04:17AM)
One of my favorite videos of all time because classics will never die.