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Topic: Reviews Wanted. George McBride "The Classics!"
Message: Posted by: caigy (Dec 29, 2007 07:49PM)
Does anyone have any reviews for George McBride [b]The Classics[/b] by BigBlindMedia?
Probably like a lot of others out there, I have strayed away from these tried and tested beauties over the years and am interested to know if this DVD offers a new fresh approach to them, or would I be as well searching out those old books and lecture notes?
Many thanks,

Paul Mc.
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Dec 29, 2007 08:54PM)
It is next on my stack to go through. I'm struggling through Sankeys Hemispheres right now.
Message: Posted by: caigy (Dec 30, 2007 07:20AM)
:) MagicSanta, press fast forward on Sankey :)
I will be patient and look forward to your opinion of The Classics.

Paul Mc.
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Dec 30, 2007 12:25PM)
I will....I think I'll put sankey aside, he's giving me a headache.
Message: Posted by: Cameron Francis (Dec 30, 2007 05:58PM)
George McBride's the classics is very good indeed. The material isn't exactly beginner stuff and I can't say that I'll perform all of the effects on it. But it is great to see some of these classics done as not many magicians do them.

You'll definitely learn a lot about good close up magic watching this dvd.
Message: Posted by: caigy (Jan 2, 2008 06:12PM)
Thanks Cameron.
Have you watched it yet MagicSanta?
Any other opinions would really be appreciated.

Paul Mc.
Message: Posted by: ozman (Jan 6, 2008 09:27AM)
Hi there,

there is now a sample effect from 'George McBride - The Classics' available at -

Message: Posted by: caigy (Jan 6, 2008 04:31PM)
Thanks ozman,
it seems to be up to the same good standard of other BigBlindMedia stuff I have tried.
I think I'm gonna take a gamble on this one.

Paul Mc.
Message: Posted by: caigy (Jan 7, 2008 12:06PM)
I have just discovered this review here on the Café.


Paul Mc.
Message: Posted by: Dave Forrest (Jan 8, 2008 06:18AM)
This is the best DVD I've ever seen. It's amazing! Whoever put this thing together deserves lavish praise. From the effects to the menu's to the artwork to the super-cool way it was shot - it wins in every category. I honestly don't think you'll ever need another DVD if you get just this one!

'Course...ahem...I'm biased! ;)

Seriously folks. If you like the first one, you'll LOVE this one. There's a lot more coin material on this volume for all you coinies out there including one of my favourite coin tricks of all time (since George showed it to me!) Ross Bertram's Coins Across! It's awesome!!!!

And, cardies, you need to see 'Merlins Lost Aces' - it's sublime and the explanation may make you feel a little sick!

Message: Posted by: boinko (Jan 11, 2008 09:34AM)
What's the music used for the menus on both of the George McBride DVDs?

I really dig that music. (Seriously. Did you guy compose it in-house?)

The DVDs are superb, BTW -- some serious moves. Great to watch.
Message: Posted by: Dave Forrest (Jan 11, 2008 10:24AM)

I think Owen may have composed that music himself. I'll ask him.

Glad you like the DVD's!

Message: Posted by: Cameron Francis (Jan 11, 2008 11:22AM)
Owen did compose the music. I told him that I really dug it and that the opening guitar riffs reminded me of The Cure. He wasn't too thrilled with that as his band was METAL!!!

Seriously, though, the music is great. Owen knows his music and puts some really kick butt tunes on the BBM releases.

And the magic isn't too bad either... :)
Message: Posted by: ozman (Jan 11, 2008 11:32AM)
Boinko - you are too kind sir! the music from 'george McBride the classics' was a demo version of a tune for my old band (earthtone9). I spent an entire two month tour of europe with a 4 track, a drum machine, a POD (guitar amp emulator) writing various ditties. most of it never got used for the band... but it found a loving home on Bigblindmedia DVDs!!!

indeed, you can hear two tracks on the forthcoming DVD project called 'THE OMEGA MUTATION'... this also features exclusive tracks from rock bands Slaves To Gravity, Johnny Panic, Standing Dead Centre and This Is Menace! the soundtrack to this 3 disc set is almost as awesome as the magic. HA!

but more about that later... :bg:
Message: Posted by: Donny Orbit (Jan 11, 2008 11:41AM)
If I ever do a dvd with BBM, I hope it is shot in the same style. Underground with kick *** guitar riffs, who wouldn't want that. As far as I am concerned BBM is the new standard for dvd production. Bloody Scots are taking over!!!
Message: Posted by: caigy (Jan 11, 2008 01:28PM)
"Och aye..you'll have had your tea!"

My copy is on it's way. I cant wait.

Paul Mc
(A Scot and proud of it).
Message: Posted by: Donny Orbit (Jan 11, 2008 01:57PM)
My dark red beard can attest to the fact that I've got some scottish/irish heritage.

Message: Posted by: Cameron Francis (Jan 11, 2008 02:53PM)
The music for "The Omega Mutation" is gonna rock hard! Hopefully the magic will stand on its own as well :)

But back to the McBride dvd... which is really great btw. It's rare to see someone make hard core sleights look so effortless. Not that the stuff is impossible, mind you. It's just that George performs it so smooooothly.
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Jan 11, 2008 05:36PM)
I realllly enjoyed this DVD, more so than McBrides other DVD. Here is a question I have. Is McBride a lil' tiny guy or is David Forrest a giant?

As for this DVD I'd rather see good solid classics of magic than bad original material.
Message: Posted by: Steve Haynes (Jan 11, 2008 07:15PM)
I don't have these(yet), but I'm sure there top notch.

Speaking of music, David Forrest 4xFour dvd got me to crank up the speakers and finaly had to put on the headphones(lol).
Message: Posted by: boinko (Jan 11, 2008 09:02PM)
Actually, that's a great point -- and one of the reasons I especially enjoyed this 'Classics' DVD. Aside from McBride himself -- who is clearly an amazing technician and a pleasure to watch perform on the DVD -- I realized that it's *far* more interesting to see McBride's take on the classic stuff than it is to see any so-called "new" stuff. (And by "new" I'm talking about any of the single-trick DVDs from the big American magic web sites. And you know what I'm talking about.)

New material I've seen lately -- with the sole exception of the Ben Earl set from Alakazam (which is stunning, actually) -- has been dismal. Truly dismal and uninspiring. But this DVD is different. It's superb material done by an amazing magician.

One of the best DVDs I've seen in a long while. And the music -- as I say above -- is killer. Dave and Owen -- you gotta sell the soundtracks, too!

Actually all of BigBlindMedia's stuff lately has been great. I enjoyed 4X4 immensely. Keep this stuff coming! :)
Message: Posted by: JohnWells (Feb 26, 2008 11:49PM)
I can't speak too highly of this DVD. Excellent, excellent, excellent. The work isn't terribly demanding and the effects are beautiful. His take on the Merlin Aces is pure gold.
Message: Posted by: Mr. X (Mar 19, 2008 07:17AM)
Big fan of the Coins Across on this and the tip for arriving at the ace packet in Merlin's Lost Ace Trick is the best thing I've learnt this year.

Thanks to George and the guys at Big Blind.
Message: Posted by: ozman (Mar 19, 2008 08:50AM)
Hi y'all,

for anyone interested in hearing more about 'George McBride - The Classics', check out the review from MAGICSEEN MAGAZINE -