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Topic: Byrd and Coats' "Magic With Markers"
Message: Posted by: Cameron Francis (Apr 29, 2007 06:42PM)
I have known James Coats for a couple of years now and I can honestly say that this dvd set is the best heís ever produced (excluding the pick-pocketing material). I havenít seen Bubble Gum Magic but from what I understand it wasnít B&Cís best work. Hopefully this set will restore their reputation.

As James and Nick state at the beginning of the dvd, all magicianís carry Sharpies. Well, not all but most do. And I donít know about you but Iím always looking for interesting things to do with markers. This dvd covers a lot of material.

Disc 1 starts out with B&C talking about all the different shapes and sizes of Sharpies on the market and they have obviously done a lot of homework. Different sized Sharpies have different properties and they take advantage of this in some of the routines presented.

The first disc contains mostly variations of older tricks. And theyíre good tricks. Basically, what Byrd and Coats have done here is to take existing principles and effects and given them a ďSharpieĒ spin. Thereís a hot rod type effect with Sharpies, a card to Sharpie, a Sharpie vanish, Haunted Sharpie, etc. All of the tricks on this disc are within the reach of most magicians and all of them are practical.

Disc 2 covers more advanced Sharpie work. I really liked this disc a lot. There are some very nice Sharpie vanishes, appearances, color changes and even multiplying sharpies. While some of these effects will require a bit of practice, they arenít terribly difficult. Restaurant workers and strollers will really appreciate this stuff.

Letís talk a moment about production quality. Like I said, I havenít seen Bubble Gum Magic but from what I understand, the production quality was poor. Not so on this set. B&C have really upped the production values from any of their previous releases. The lighting is good, the sound is very good and there is even picture within picture during the explanations so everything is crystal clear. Not only that, but if a gimmick needs to be constructed, there are detailed graphics which show you how to make it. I honestly havenít seen that sort of detail in a magic dvd before.

Are these effects earth-shattering, gonna rock your world, changing the face of magic as we know it effects? No. But they are solid and, more importantly, practical.

James told me that this project was a labor of love and I think it shows. If you are looking for some interesting things to do with a Sharpie and need to give your imagination a little jump start, pick up this set. Iím sure youíll find some good value in it.

Not sure if this is out yet but it should be available through dealers very soon.
Message: Posted by: CoinCon (Apr 29, 2007 07:31PM)
Great review on Byrd and Coats' "Magic with Markers." I noticed on Friday that Hocus Pocus had it on their website along with a video demo. Nick and James, very nice stuff guys. I would have never thought about a DVD on "Sharpie Magic" and don't worry, mine has been ordered and is on its way.

Message: Posted by: Casey Sullivan (May 2, 2007 11:25PM)
It sounds a lot like the Bubblegum DVD. I just saw them. It was embarrassing. Read the review in Magic Mag. He was TOO nice if you ask me. After seeing those they will have to come up with something really great before I would ever trust them again.

Message: Posted by: Devilix (May 3, 2007 11:13AM)
Totally agree with Sullivan. Bubblegum DVD was a shame. Will not trust them anytime soon.
Message: Posted by: CoinCon (May 3, 2007 11:20AM)
I just finished watching Magic with Markers. WOW, big difference in that and Bubble Gum Magic or anything else these guys have done. I have been a fan of Byrd and Coats since meeting them in Chicago years back.

I would say that Magic with Markers is one of the best things they have put out. The content is very useable and easy to understand and filmed very well.

I would give this set a 9.5 out of 10.

The thing I like the most about this set is it starts simple and builds from there, allowing a large assortment of tricks to pull from depending on what style of magicians you are. Great jobs guys!!!

I found this on youtube

Message: Posted by: Majestic12 (May 6, 2007 08:27AM)
This is on my list to get. I have been waiting for someone to release a dvd on magic like this. With the glowing reviews here I was suprised a bit, as the bubble gum dvds were a waste IMO.
Message: Posted by: Marshall Thornside (May 14, 2007 04:21AM)
The video demo leaves much to be desired. If that is the best example of material on disc, it does not entice at all.
Message: Posted by: in flames (May 14, 2007 09:10AM)
The Bubble gum DVD had me bursting with excitement, then the negative reviews popped my bubble. I don't think that I'll be marking this one on my list.

Thanks for writing the review.
Message: Posted by: THEGUY26 (Will Swanson) (May 15, 2007 04:07PM)
How many effects are on these discs?
Message: Posted by: FCpreacher (May 15, 2007 08:20PM)
Wow, that looks really ... bad.
Message: Posted by: mfeld (Jul 12, 2007 12:48PM)
Wow. I just checked out the promo video for this. Thouroughly UNimpressive.

Certainly it is a step up from the bubblegum DVDs in production quality, but many of the effects on teh promovideo are not deceptive at all. If that's the best they have to offer I'd hate to see the rest.
Message: Posted by: Paul Budd (Oct 30, 2007 10:02AM)
Decent promo......where can we purchase this DVD??
Message: Posted by: Cameron Francis (Oct 30, 2007 10:23AM)
http://www.mjmmagic.com carries it as I'm sure many other online shop do as well.
Message: Posted by: GarySumpter (Nov 3, 2007 08:08AM)
Having seen several other B&C Dvds I will not be getting this.

Weak is not the word.
Message: Posted by: davidlai308 (Nov 4, 2007 11:58AM)
I have this and cannot recommend it with high value .

It has some decent effects , but that is what it is , a DVD with decent effects you can do with a marker . Nothing MINDBLOWING .

There are some rutines that can be used as interludes , and if you want just that , I say get this . If not, save you cash ....and leave it for another time .

Message: Posted by: granrose (Sep 8, 2020 08:44AM)
Has anyone seen the Bubble Sharpie Set? It is out of stock at VanishingInc.