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Topic: David Stone's Tablehopping DVD...?
Message: Posted by: adamjames (Jul 25, 2006 08:42AM)
Did David Stone's Tablehopping DVD (the one with the comedy trailer) ever get released?

I can't see it anywhere...was the trailer just a joke? It was funny.

Message: Posted by: in flames (Jul 25, 2006 09:19AM)
I think you talking about the short film he entered (and won) at the AOI Film Fest. Which was awesome BTW. Wasn't it only for the Film Fest not an upcoming DVD?
Message: Posted by: Doctor D (Jul 25, 2006 09:46AM)
I believe the DVD has been scheduled to release around Christmas for the past two years (first X-mas '04, then '05). I believe some of the footage was just used for the AOI competition.

He mentioned it again in an interview in November '05: [url]http://www.leeasher.com/david_stone.htm[/url]

The book he talks about has been released in French, but it still hasn't been translated. Shame...
Message: Posted by: Tivoli (Jul 25, 2006 10:04AM)
I heard it'll be released during the fism and both french and english
Message: Posted by: niva (Jul 25, 2006 10:17AM)
Message: Posted by: Tivoli (Jul 25, 2006 10:46AM)
Oups I mean for the dvd, the book is still only in french
Message: Posted by: Tivoli (Jul 26, 2006 02:12AM)
Hi Folks

What a good news, you can check out this web site to see the teasers of the last David Stone's DVD http://www.realsecretsofmagic.com/
Just whaouuuu my friends so great
Message: Posted by: Sean W. Burke (Jul 26, 2006 09:55AM)
That is pretty funny stuff.
Message: Posted by: adamjames (Jul 27, 2006 08:23AM)
On 2006-07-25 11:04, Tivoli wrote:
I heard it'll be released during the fism and both french and english

So it's being released next week? Wahoo indeed!

Do you mean French & Englilsh on the same DVD, or in two different versions?
Message: Posted by: Tivoli (Jul 27, 2006 10:55AM)
I've just received mime today, my friends it's a hit.
It's a bilingual dvd french and english.
The 2nd opus will be released for christmas I think
You can chek out the teasers http://www.realsecretsofmagic.com/
take care
Message: Posted by: adamjames (Jul 27, 2006 11:42AM)
If it's David Stone, it's got to be great!

Can you tell us what the "19 routines" are, and how much detail he goes into discussing working tables?

Message: Posted by: Sal Amangka (Jul 27, 2006 01:22PM)
I will be adding this dvd to my wishlist! Teaser #1 was really funny!

Message: Posted by: Tivoli (Jul 28, 2006 02:09AM)
As you know he wrote a book about the real secrets in table hopping but only in french, this dvd IS the book.
For this 19 routines he uses roses,flash paper, napkins, coins, cards, ropes, bottle, glass, bill...
It'a really a great hit
hope this help you
Message: Posted by: Sal Amangka (Jul 28, 2006 09:20AM)
Mr. Tivoli,

Just want to let you know that your dvd is also on my wishlist!

Message: Posted by: Tivoli (Jul 28, 2006 09:57AM)
Dear Sal
What a great idea you have :)
Message: Posted by: adamjames (Jul 30, 2006 08:37AM)
Would anyone who has Stone's DVD like to do a detailed review of it? The website doesn't list the contents in any detail.
Message: Posted by: gaafman (Jul 30, 2006 08:44AM)
Yes I will be looking forward to a review. I am not too willing to buy an item without an index and without any review. But offcourse still it's david stone's!
Message: Posted by: Tivoli (Jul 30, 2006 11:19AM)
Dear friends
You can check this web site out http://www.virtualmagie.com and click on the english flag for an approximative translation.
Hope this help you
Message: Posted by: Eva (Jul 30, 2006 11:58AM)
I don't read French, and the translation on that site is pretty bad, but this is what I could make out. (Perhaps Arthur can correct me if I'm wrong anywhere):

The DVD includes the short film David won the AOI film festival with. (in the Bonus section)

The DVD is set in a restaurant and David performs from table to table. The effects are visual, simple to preapare, and easy to reset.

The effects are:

1. Rose production
2. Ghost. Vanishing deck effect.
3. Three Card Monte
4. Called Hierling. Don't know what it means. But Thomas Hierling did no card marix (?)
5. ATM. Production of a banknote from a torn napkin.
6. Flash Card. Card production of selected card from a shuffled deck.
7. Glass Corner. Routine with a glass. Don't understand the translation.
8. Travellers. Four Kings travel magically from magician's hand to the table.
9. Deck Flash. Flash production of a deck of cards.
10. Snowball. An Ace cutting routine performed while searching for a chosen card.
11. One Corner Routine. Very visual routine using one corner (of what??)
12. Hallucination. Rope routine based on Hoffman's with a final shocker.
13. Watch Out. No idea what the translation means. A watch stealing effect?
14. Crossed. Don't understand the translation. ("turning of the crossed hands"?)
15. Cig Clean.Visual and surprising handling of a cigarette.
16. Cards. No description.
17. Veil Rouge. Transposition of two cards.
18. Sponge. Sponge ball routine.
19. Napkin. T&R Napkin.
20. Bite Me. Bottle of wine production.
Message: Posted by: JasonDean (Jul 30, 2006 12:58PM)
One of the last times David was in the United States he crashed at my place and he had shared with me some of the material that will be on the DVDs. All I have to say is that these effects are "real world workers". The information that he'll be sharing is GOLD. He has put his everything into this project, don't pass this up!

Message: Posted by: Eva (Aug 2, 2006 03:00AM)
Mine arrived today. I'm putting it in the DVD player now.
Message: Posted by: Peo Olsson (Aug 2, 2006 10:01AM)
I bought mine today at FISM. Will look at it next week when I have recovered...
Message: Posted by: Eva (Aug 2, 2006 04:33PM)
OK, I said I would give review so here it is:

First be aware that I am a BIG David Stone fan and that he is among my top three favorite magicians. This is probably because I first learned coin magic from his basic coin videos a long time ago.

Now, on to this DVD.

There are four menu items..."Film", "Explanations", "Selection" and "Bonus".

Film is the actual film, which consists of David outdoors by a canal giving the information about working restaurants and cocktail parties. This information is, of course, sound and born of years of experience. His dialogue is interspersed with the restaurant and cocktail party scenes where the tricks are performed. So instead of the usual "performance, explanation", this section is a whole entity in itself.

There are no explanations here, only performances of each effect intermingled with David's talk as he walks along the canal. Bertrand's direction is, of course, outstanding.

The effects fit into David's theory that they should be short, direct, and visual (because of noise factors in these environments). The 'diners' are actors (the same ones in the comedy teaser) but the focus here is on David's performance. His handlings are beautiful to watch.

The "Selection" section of the DVD allows you to skip to any of the effects. The effects are split into categories, "Restaurant" (done with some table space) and "Cocktail" (done standing with the spectators). There are ten effects in each category.

The "Explanations" are done silently by David on a white background and with a glass table (where needed). There is no talking. This is the same way Jay Scott Berry teaches on his DVDs, and I like it...direct, visual and clear. Where needed, an arrow directs you to the area you need to see. David goes over all the moves slowly and from various angles. After each effect, the credits for that effect are shown. Excellently filmed.

The "Bonus" contains the short film that won the AOI Festival, a photo gallery, and an interview with David and Bertrand. ( I haven't seen this yet).

The Effects:

It would not be an overstatement to say that you could earn a living as a magician using this DVD as your only resource. David believes effects done in these situations should be varied, and the effects themselves reflect that...cards, coins, rope, sponge balls, napkins, roses...all are included here. Every effects is strong, and there is no filler. Some are preludes to other effects, such as the flash production of a deck of cards.

I won't go into all 20 effects here, but some of my favorites are:

Ghost: (restaurant) A spec picks a card (say the Ten of Hearts). It is placed into the middle of the deck then the magician tried to make it jump to the top. He fails, but then the entire deck disappears and the magician is left holding only four cards...the four Tens (or whatever the specs card was). Credit says this is from Greg Wilson's FISM act.

One Coin: (cocktail) A beautiful single coin flurry that ends with the production of a jumbo coin. Very visual and startling vanishes and reappearances.

Napkin: (cocktail) The magician tears and restores a napkin...then produces a drink from it.

Coin Glass: (restaurant) A lovely coins into glass routine.

Bite Me: (cocktail) A coin is produced from nowhere, then vanished in a silk. A bottle of wine is then produced from the silk.

Travellers: (restaurant) An Invisible Palm routine with the four Kings and a kicker ending.

Veil Rouge:(cocktail) A color-changing deck routine.

Cards:(cocktail) Productions of fans of cards, productions of single cards, cards from mouth, etc.

This is just an excellent DVD, and I am very happy with it. I will definitely be using a lot of this material.

I am looking forward to hearing anyone else's thoughts on it.

Message: Posted by: Spydur (Aug 2, 2006 06:54PM)
Argh...sooo jealous. I ordered mine and am waiting for it to arive. As soon as it does I will let you know my thoughts on the subject. I cant wait!

Message: Posted by: magiczak (Aug 2, 2006 10:24PM)
Is there anywhere to order it from other than the site posted above? Je ne parle pas francais bien...
Message: Posted by: Eva (Aug 3, 2006 06:50PM)
Haven't seen it anywhere else yet. I don't speak French either...I just clicked the buttons to get to Paypal.
Message: Posted by: Eva (Aug 6, 2006 04:26PM)
Has anyone else received theirs yet?
Message: Posted by: ekins (Aug 6, 2006 11:56PM)
I coudn't find it anywhere else either. Does anyone know if the 5 EUR postage charge is for worldwide shipping? By the way the 34 EUR (29 + 5) is currently about $43.77 USD.

Message: Posted by: BIlly James (Aug 8, 2006 06:53AM)
Woah!!! I cannot believe how QUICKLY this DVD got to me! Maybe France is closer to Australia than I thought...I knew I should have paid more attention in geography class.

The filming, direction and production quality is first class. I could almost have been happy just watching the opening credit sequence. In this regard I'd rate this DVD as the best in my library by a long shot.

Eva has given such a great and thorough review regarding the magic I really can't add much more, suffice to say that I certainly back her enthusiasm for this DVD. David Stone's magic is really beautiful to watch, it really is wonderfully routined and...well, magical. This is definitely the way I like my magic to look and so I shall be adding a great deal of this material into my working repertoire.

Highly recommended!

Message: Posted by: Aymeric de Veyrac (Aug 9, 2006 05:52AM)
Yes this DVD is so funny, very well filmed and give a lot of tips !
The idea of the explanation without background is nice too
Message: Posted by: adamjames (Aug 18, 2006 10:32AM)
Just got mine today! Excellent magic!
Message: Posted by: Mitch Schneiter (Aug 19, 2006 06:07PM)
Does anyone know if a U.S. dealer will be selling David's new DVD any time soon?
Message: Posted by: Joey Evans (Aug 19, 2006 10:14PM)
Sure hope Murphy's picks it up.
Message: Posted by: Daren (Aug 22, 2006 11:14AM)
Any other reviews of this dvd?
Message: Posted by: Joey Evans (Aug 23, 2006 09:57PM)
I too would love a review.
Message: Posted by: adamjames (Aug 24, 2006 04:18AM)
There's a review on the first page of this thread.
Message: Posted by: Joey Evans (Aug 24, 2006 09:38AM)
Additional reviews, I should have said.
Message: Posted by: adamjames (Aug 24, 2006 04:15PM)
Well I've seen it probably four times now and I think it really is excellent. I don't work restaurants, so for me the value of "Real Secrets of Magic" stands in the tricks only. The parts where Stone is talking about restaurant work were entertaining,though.

That said, as a collection of 'real world workers', and disregarding the restaurant slant, this DVD is worth the price.

The magic is strong and visual and Stone's instruction - in a white room with a glass table - is diamond-clear. The performances are very well shot. Bertrand even uses Matrix-style bullet-time effects.

The highlights for me were: Ghost, One Coin, the Deck Flash production, and Napkin.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Aug 24, 2006 10:14PM)
I can't find it anywhere.

David is one of my favorite Magicians. Superb technical skill and a personality to match!!
Message: Posted by: Joey Evans (Aug 24, 2006 11:36PM)
Thanks AJ for such a great review. I assumed I would like the DVD as there really is nothing by David that I haven't. I just wanted to hear more about it. Thanks alot.
Message: Posted by: Newb2 (Oct 16, 2006 11:59PM)
Does anyone know if he teaches his "Moorea Straw" effect on this dvd? The effect is he sticks a straw through is throat and it is seen in his mouth.
Message: Posted by: John Gerard (Oct 17, 2006 03:10AM)
I think this is similar to the "The Impaling Straw" found in Mac King and Mark Levy's book TRICKS WITH YOUR HEAD. The effect is credited to Kevin James.
Message: Posted by: clamon86 (Oct 18, 2006 08:30PM)
I have to admit, this is probably one of the best dvds I have seen in awhile. Its excellent.

The production quality, the camera work, the effects, and the technique are excellent. The advice is excellent. The material is excellent. The explanations are excellent. The performing situations are perfect. There is so much information on the dvd. L&L would have made this 3 volumes. A lot of the effects are standard, with variations. And finally a dvd where the performer doesn't take credit for inventing any of the effects, but changes them for personality and situtation. There is a lot of diversity in all the material. There are also some very funny moments, that made me laugh. All the info is realist, practical, and very usable. Because David Stone is performing, and he's one the best close-up workers I've seen the material is entertaining to watch, it makes for a better dvd watching experience. The structure and editing and camera angles for the explanations and performaces are perfect.

You can tell that David Stone and his team, but a lot of work into this dvd.

I definetlly think its one of the best dvds in the past few years.

The only negative is that several of the routines(coins across, card manip) are performed more quickly than necessary. Although all the material is clean and direct, he could have gotten some longer reactions by slowing doing just alittle.

just my two centavos
Message: Posted by: Paul Wingham (Oct 19, 2006 03:21PM)
I really enjoyed the dvd, there is nothing particularly new on it, but everything is entertaining and well performed and ideal for the restaurant entertainer.

It's nice to see the tricks performed in a natural environment. I particularly like his one coin routine, which is very magical. Coins to glass was very nice as it does not use any extras and no hpc. and there are a few nice bits of business throughout.

Overall, a very good dvd.

I'm not sure who asked but it does not have the straw trick on it, I'm not sure where that can be found, but would be interested as it looks good.
Message: Posted by: Joey Evans (Oct 23, 2006 11:52PM)
The straw routine can be found on David's Quit Smoking DVD. It's a bonus on there. It's a good routine.
Message: Posted by: John Gerard (Oct 24, 2006 05:16AM)
I just finished watching this, and it is an amazing DVD. Production values are excellent, and the routines are very well done. David Stone is very entertaining. His character comes out very clearly even without words (although he speaks english or french in performance, his routines are taught sans speech).

There are some really nice visual pieces here that can be done with little or no patter. If you liked the premise behind Shoot and Apollo's Cultural Xchange, you'll find the material on this DVD to your liking. If you like to ham it up, you can add patter too if you like.

Mr. Stone goes quickly through the routines. A nice touch is that after each sequence, you are directed to books and DVDs by other magicians to help you learn the individual moves and techniques in greater detail.
Message: Posted by: Newb2 (Oct 29, 2006 02:31PM)
Does anyone know when Volume 2 is coming out? In the filmography for both David Stone and Jean Luc, it says they all work on Real Secrets of Magic Vol 2 (2006). Hopefully it comes out soon!
Message: Posted by: strollingmagician (Nov 4, 2006 12:57AM)
Yeah, when is it coming out?!
Message: Posted by: T.House (Dec 9, 2006 10:39AM)

Has anyone found a dealer for the DVD in the US?

Message: Posted by: millarhouse (Dec 10, 2006 01:05PM)
Volume 1 can be obtained from


Or direct from http://www.realsecretsofmagic.com
Message: Posted by: Alym Amlani (Dec 11, 2006 01:31AM)
But where do we get the bottle production gimmick?
Message: Posted by: Markymark (Dec 11, 2006 05:23AM)
It's a 'splash bottle gimmick by Damian Lapardeau [?] sorry about my spelling
Message: Posted by: Christopher Williams (Dec 11, 2006 05:39AM)
The Splash bottle is a gimmick created by Damien Vappereau and Jean-Mark Sinclaire. It is a great prop with many utilities. If you get to see David lecture, he shows you many more applications which are great. http://www.topsecretmagic.co.uk have these in stock at the moment
Message: Posted by: Brian Proctor (Dec 21, 2006 03:53AM)
I just purchased the dvd from Meir Yedid's site and I also picked up the splash bottle hold out from Penguin Magic. I am excited! :)
Message: Posted by: fbnc (Dec 21, 2006 07:40AM)
One of the best Dvd's I've ever bought, the routines are so smooth and taught so well. Great advice for the restaurant worker and working in tough conditions.
Prodution value of this Dvd raises the bar for all magic dvd's and a very intresting anti-piracy warning at the end.
Message: Posted by: Vinnie Laraway (Dec 21, 2006 06:29PM)
Ok, just got my TRSoM DVD today and my eyes were glued to the screen the whole entire time!

IMHO, this really is the best DVD of the year! The production quality, special effects, humor, routines/effects, insight, editing, and music were all done to the highest degree!

The highlights of the DVD (effect wise) for me were Deck Flash, Cig Clean, Napkin, Bite Me, and One Coin!

Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Dec 26, 2006 02:18PM)
I bought this dvd because of the comparisons to to the "jailhouse" set.....and I loved it....stone has some wonderful effects on this disc, great openers for a restaurant and some sound advice on the subject of walk around and restaurant work

I highly recommend it

Message: Posted by: Review King (Dec 26, 2006 02:26PM)
On 2006-12-26 15:18, tedb wrote:
I bought this dvd because of the comparisons to to the "jailhouse" set.....and I loved it....stone has some wonderful effects on this disc, great openers for a restaurant and some sound advice on the subject of walk around and restaurant work

I highly recommend it


Here's what Kozmo had to say:
Message: Posted by: Brian Proctor (Dec 27, 2006 07:52PM)
I got this DVD in the mail yesterday. I even brought it to work to watch on my break times. So far it is the most entertaining DVD I have purchased.

I love the new way of teaching the tricks silently. I hope Liwag and Stone have set a standard in which most newer DVDs will follow.

I was blown away with the amazing effects in this volume. So far my favorites are: Hermes, Ghost, One Coin Routine, Voile Rouge, Sponge, Traveler, Bite Me, Cards, and Napkin. :)

The ones that I plan to start on are Bite Me, Cards, and Traveler.

I can't believe there is going to be a second one! Anyone have word on the production on that one?

I was really caught by that false roll of the credits. I laughed so hard! That was great!

Who will be the one to sue the other for image rights? Jim Carrey or David Stone? Just kidding. :) They must be brothers from different mothers.
Message: Posted by: Sir Pharaul (Dec 28, 2006 06:45AM)
I love David Stone's stuff. Every dvd I have of his is awesome. I really like his coin videos too. Hard but great stuff.
Message: Posted by: Louis.P.M (Dec 29, 2006 04:08PM)
I really like the work of David Stone (Who doesn't?).

This DVD has been tickling my curiosity for a long time now. Would you say the manipulation routines with coins and cigs are a good introduction in this type of magic?
Also, I'm a big fan of magic gags or quick effects...so Flash Deck is really telling me to buy this DVD.
What do you say?
Message: Posted by: Brian Proctor (Dec 29, 2006 06:27PM)
Yeah, they are great! A bit to tackle if you are beginning to work on that stuff, I would check out Bill Tarr's book "Now You See It, Now you Don't." It has some exellent cigarette, card, coin, and ball manipulations in there. And it is easy to follow with great drawings.

But if you get the DVD, you will have fun with those routines. It would not take much to learn them. They are quite easy to grasp.
Message: Posted by: paisa23 (Dec 30, 2006 07:13PM)
Brian I couldn't take it anymore, I ordered both this and Coinone. Cant wait to get them. I cant believe I was in the dark with coinone for so long.
Message: Posted by: Brian Proctor (Jan 1, 2007 06:41PM)
Let us know your opinions when you get your DVDs! Congrats on getting the good stuff! :)
Message: Posted by: Paul D (Jan 9, 2007 12:42PM)
There is extra material on the DVD aswell I was goin throught the xplanations and walked away came back and he was performing a version of RESEt if anyone knows how I did this please tell me because once I rewound it was gone!
Message: Posted by: Paul D (Jan 9, 2007 08:10PM)
I just emailed David to see what I have unlocked. Will inform all when I get a reply.
Message: Posted by: Paul D (Jan 10, 2007 02:35PM)
Ok david has replied to my email this is his explanation.
Dear Paul

thanks for your message. I am off the web because on the road tour.

nevermind about this "Reset" explanation, this is a trick that is in the second DVD. For complicated reasons, we couldn't erase it of the fist DVD explanation files.

you will see it in the vol.2.


Message: Posted by: Magicray80 (Jan 11, 2007 06:50PM)
Hold on I just saw this Trailer and it killed me. I need to get my hands on it. But hey if he is touring right now can you still order from him? Does anyone else have it?
Message: Posted by: Mike Doogan (Mar 26, 2007 03:56PM)
David and I were goofing around about the time of editing and I suggested he flip the film of him doing his close-up card manips so that it appeared he was doing them left handed.

I don't know if he followed through with this. Does anyone who owns the DVD know whether he actually reversed the film at this point?

Let me know. I'd love to know if he followed through on our crazy plan.
Message: Posted by: Mike Doogan (Mar 29, 2007 02:58PM)
Thanks for the PM Bob. Seems he did reverse the film. I'll have to track down a copy. For those who already own a copy check out the section I mentioned and see if it's true!
Message: Posted by: unclesamayen (Mar 29, 2007 08:25PM)
It's a great video!
visual magic and great editting
Nice job!
Message: Posted by: Caleb Wiles (Aug 31, 2010 11:25AM)
For those who are interested, I just posted a brand new video review of David's Real Secrets of Magic Vol. 1 DVD at the following link: http://calebwiles.blogspot.com/2010/08/magic-review-real-secrets-of-magic-dvd.html