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Topic: R. Paul Wilson's Extreme Possibilities 4 DVD's
Message: Posted by: Review King (Jan 4, 2008 09:19PM)
L&L has released this set. I'm a HUGE Paul Wilson fan, so I'm excited about this release!!!

http://www.llpub.com/zenshop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2478

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A collection of killer material from one of magic’s most creative minds. These brand-new DVDs feature some of Paul’s favorite close-up effects and stand-up routines. R. Paul Wilson’s classical approach combines old and new methods to produce incredible magic for every situation and for every level of skill, from beginner to expert.
Volume 1
ConCam Rendezvous – A shuffled deck and a prediction is all you need to perform this baffling effect.
Julie’s Number – The spectator removes any four number cards. These are reversed in four different parts of the deck. With a snap of the fingers they transform into the four Queens!
Zulu Sandwich – Three selections appear, one at a time, between two cards. A baffling production.
Fl-Ash – Paul’s application of a wonderful Michael Sibbernson idea combined with one of the finest card tricks ever invented.
Less Is More – The performer causes the Queens to repeatedly come to the top of the deck before finally changing to Aces.
Challenge Aces – A simple method is transformed into a stunning effect thanks to Paul’s commercial presentation. This has been in Paul’s repertoire for twenty years.
Gone Wishin’ – Three coins appear, vanish then reappear inside a previously empty coin purse. A bold method for a powerful effect.
ConCam Ring On Stick – Paul’s famous visual ring routine. Pure magic for the eyes!
ConCam Monte – Paul’s brilliant underground version of the classic Dutch Looper. (Performance Only)

Volume 2
Tantalizer Too – A Royal Road classic is given a killer twist.
Justify Me – A Collectors routine with a difference. Three selections trapped between four Jacks disappear and reappear amongst the Aces.
Thinking It Over – A thoroughly baffling version of the Cards Across plot. A thought-of card vanishes from one packet and appears in the other.
Thief Of Hearts – Paul’s Valentine card trick, perfect for couples.
Matching The Cards – Paul’s favourite card trick – a Dai Vernon classic, included at Louis Falanga’s request.
Wilson’s Aces – Paul’s magician-fooling version of the classic Ace assembly.
Far Too Many Cards – A simple, entertaining effect for any occasion.
A New Wave – Three coins appear, vanish and reappear without the need for expensive gaffs.
Motel History – Paul’s unique approach to the “Hotel Mystery.” Simple and direct.
Ricochet – Paul’s famous version of the Reset plot. (Performance Only)
Spectrum – Paul’s powerful color-changing deck routine. (Performance Only)

Volume 3
Confabulous – Paul’s simple, offbeat version of Confabulation.
Tipless – One of Paul’s favorite stand-up effects. A vanishing silk that even fools magicians!
3 Through – Three coins pass through the table one at a time.
Popper Bound – Part of Paul’s professional repertoire. A coin routine your audience will love.
Jazz Two Step – Paul’s excellent version of Peter Kane’s Jazz Aces.
Left Turn On Cactus – Four spectators locate the four Aces. Not for beginners!
8 Card BW+2 – Paul’s method for a Nick Trost classic.
Wilson All Backs – A misprinted deck of cards is magically repaired. (Performance Only)
Devilish Princess – A powerful transposition effect with a mentally-selected card.
Predator – A prediction with a twist. (Performance Only)

Volume 4
1002.5 Aces – A four-Ace assembly for when the time is right…
Written Wrongs – A sealed prediction is completely wrong – or is it?
Wild With The Ladies – Paul’s impromptu Wild Card routine – pure magic.
DDT Open Prediction – A simple, direct version of the Paul Curry masterpiece.
SVAR – A coin melts away then reappears at your fingertips.
The Mystery Of The Little Piece Of Cork – Paul’s wonderful version of Ramsay’s effect using props you can make yourself. A lesson in coin magic.
Bottoms Up – “Apparently” demonstrate the perfect Bottom Deal.
Ring On Silk – Quick, easy and effective. A simple stunner.
Paul Plays Poker – A demonstration of Paul’s remarkable cheating skills. (Performance Only)
Message: Posted by: Blindside785 (Jan 4, 2008 09:58PM)
No demo video as of yet?

I bet it will be a goody.
Message: Posted by: Donny Orbit (Jan 4, 2008 10:14PM)
My only problem with these type of sets is that it seems to me like they are dividing effects up with the sole purpose of a larger dvd set. I honestly feel like the number of effects listed could have been condensed into a 3 dvd set and had about 30 dollars knocked off of the price. I REALLY would have liked to have seen a few recently released sets made into book form by L and L. A Paul Wilson book would have rocked.

Please don't get me wrong, I am a big Paul Wilson fan and will ultimately buy this.

Donny
Message: Posted by: professorwhut (Jan 4, 2008 11:22PM)
Here is the link to the demo

http://www.llpub.com
Message: Posted by: in flames (Jan 5, 2008 12:30AM)
Paul rules. I can't wait to get this set.
Message: Posted by: ASW (Jan 5, 2008 12:33AM)
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On 2008-01-04 23:14, Donny Orbit wrote:
My only problem with these type of sets is that it seems to me like they are dividing effects up with the sole purpose of a larger dvd set. I honestly feel like the number of effects listed could have been condensed into a 3 dvd set and had about 30 dollars knocked off of the price.
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I completely disagree. How can anyone complain about value for money in regard to a set like this? I think you're way off the beam here.
Message: Posted by: Magikrn (Jan 5, 2008 12:36AM)
I'll get it just for the girl to his left!!! She is in Steve Dacri's videos, and man is she gorgeous!!! Janette is a beatiful woman as well. The set sounds nice, but a bit much. I guess one volume at a time should be sufficient for me.
Message: Posted by: Donny Orbit (Jan 5, 2008 12:38AM)
I wasn't really trying to complain about value vs. money, but I am sure that is what it sounded like. I just think that this could have been condensed to a 3 dvd set like most of the others with no problem. I have watched a 3 dvd set and wondered why it wasn't on 2 discs also.
Message: Posted by: Kjellstrom (Jan 5, 2008 01:08AM)
Next time, compress all effects on one DVD, just play the video very fast...
Message: Posted by: Donny Orbit (Jan 5, 2008 01:12AM)
Alright, before this thread gets out of hand based on an opinion of mine, I am bowing out of future postings about this set so it does not detract from the actual topic.

Donny
Message: Posted by: Futureal (Jan 5, 2008 02:25AM)
Pity to see that the terrible home-made looking graphics and video titles that have plagued L+L releases for the past couple of years have returned.

- They have fantastic print promo material, why they changed to those silly DVD title screens that look like something out of a home DVD burning software package I'll never know.
Message: Posted by: Peo Olsson (Jan 5, 2008 03:13AM)
This set is a must have.
As for Christopher am also a HUGE R. Paul Wison fan.
L&L has truly kicked of 2008 with flying colors. I can't wait and see what more they will give us during the next comming months of this year.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Jan 5, 2008 07:56AM)
Both demo effects are nice, and I agree.....Must have.....
Message: Posted by: wsduncan (Jan 5, 2008 04:59PM)
[quote]
On 2008-01-04 23:14, Donny Orbit wrote:
My only problem with these type of sets is that it seems to me like they are dividing effects up with the sole purpose of a larger dvd set. I honestly feel like the number of effects listed could have been condensed into a 3 dvd set and had about 30 dollars knocked off of the price. [/quote]

The recent Bill Malone set has fewer items on each DVD than this set. In fact if the 100 or so magic DVDs I have are any indication this set has more tricks per DVD than most.

Your suggestion that they put even MORE on each DVD is a good idea though... He could have done so, and he probably could have put them all on two DVDS and sold the set for thirty bucks. Or he could just upload the whole thing to Bit Torrent.
Message: Posted by: Medifro (Jan 6, 2008 12:49AM)
Danny Orbit,
Darwin Ortiz DVDs has fewer tricks in each DVD, but the run time goes to 2 hours. :) Detailed explanation is sure nice. :)

Anyways, I consider R. Paul Wilson one of my teachers even though I never met him. His Royal Road DVD set was my first DVD set, loved it.

~ Feras
Message: Posted by: Magikrn (Jan 6, 2008 07:19PM)
Volume 3 sounds great...
Message: Posted by: Leeman (Jan 7, 2008 01:32AM)
I have some of Paul Wilson's lecture notes that he sells, or used to sell, on his website. I also have a couple of his individual trick manuscripts and there are a few tricks that were in the notes that are also on the videos. Of the tricks from the notes "A New Wave" a three coin vanish and recovery trick it very neat. I really like that trick and use the sequesnce for a couple of different things. His coins through table "3 Through" I am interested in seeing. It reads like a nice trick but it also reads like it would be impossible to pull off. If anybody that has the set could review that one inparticular, mostly how does the first phase look. I have read tipless and it has some unique, at least to me, uses and moves with a thumbtip. I "Gone Wishin" is nice but his coins to purse from Knock 'em Dead is better, in my opinion. The other ones from his notes "Thinking it Over", "Thief of Hearts", "8 Card BW+2", "1002.5 Aces" and "Bottoms Up" didn't catch my fancy when I read though them a few years ago. As for his ring on stick I bought that as an individual manuscript and really like it, it does take a ellis ring but those aren't too expensive. And if the ring on the silk is what I think it is is also uses an ellis ring and is also included in the ring on stick manuscript. I think that trick on his website is called "One True Ring" and is worth a look if you are into rings on sticks.

So my review, coming from a guy that doesn't have the videos but does have a lot of the notes which have a few of these tricks in them I would suggest looking to see if Paul Wilson still sells the notes and getting a list of tricks in then and seeing if those would be more to your liking, both in amount or material and in price. But I also really like Paul Wilson's stuff and haven't been dissapointed with anything I have gotten from his website. I also don't really like getting videos of magicians after I have read, and liked, a bit of there stuff. I always seem dissapointed with how they actually do the trick or with their performance style.
Message: Posted by: SamChak (Jan 7, 2008 01:35AM)
The effects are absolutely influential in persuading me to put money into the R. Paul Wilson's DVD set. I like Devilish Princess, a powerful transposition effect with a mentally-selected card.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Williams (Jan 8, 2008 04:48PM)
Just remember, people didn't realise how good the Talk about Tricks would be until they saw the DVD set released in 2007. Just because they might not read good or something in Pauls notes to people, I think the DVDs might have you think differently
Message: Posted by: jimbowmanjr (Jan 9, 2008 08:16AM)
Absolutely getting this set. Huge fan of my fellow Scotsman.

--Jim
Message: Posted by: Review King (Jan 9, 2008 08:04PM)
The Mad Hatter deal on this set makes it affordable to everyone.

Paul is one of the premier sleight of hand arits in the world and is tipping so much.

He has performance only of two marketted effects I use ( Ricochet – Paul’s famous version of the Reset plot and Spectrum – Paul’s powerful color-changing deck routine.

When you see Ricochet, you'll want it ( and it's easy ). You might as well order it with the set:
http://www.madhattermagicshop.com/magicshop/product_info.php?products_id=2740

I think it will be a fun set.
Message: Posted by: professorwhut (Jan 10, 2008 10:32AM)
I wonder if all this material would have fit onto 3 DVD's rather than 4 if they had left out all the "performance only" items.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Jan 10, 2008 10:40AM)
If I buy a single DVD and it has performance only, I get annoyed. But 4 DVD's, for about $80, I don't mind. And...they are marketted effects. So, if you like the performance, you can buy the trick ( which requires gaffs ). I think you have to take it on a case by case basis.
Message: Posted by: Mark Rough (Jan 10, 2008 11:30AM)
The performance-only pieces really don't bother me. I think I learn more from watching other people's performances than by listening to them teach tricks. I can see what I like and don't like about their style and learn from it (notice I did not say steal it for my own, that isn't even close to what I mean). I once went to a weekend workshop with some well know magic folks. There were things that I wanted to learn and I asked about them. They were things that were personal pieces from the performer. He told me that, and that they weren't for other people to learn. I don't see that as a problem. Nonetheless, he performed them so we could look at his performance style, his approach to creating effects, and the way he thought about his magic. It was an incredibly informative, and valuable, performance-only kind of moment.

Mark
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (Jan 10, 2008 08:24PM)
As I stated many times in the past, performance only pieces are a complete waste of space and money. Sure there is a lot that can be learned from performance only acts, however if I want that I will just watch all the effects on the DVD and skip the secrets, then the entire DVD becomes "performance only." The secrets will still be there later if I want to view them, so I am getting a far better deal. Whether they admit or not, magicians buy DVDs for material/tricks, not performance pieces solely. Otherwise we would see A LOT more of them as opposed to effects that are actually taught.

Especially beginners and the younger crowd, who have absolutely no interest in performance only DVDs, as they are looking to develop a repertoire of workable effects. Performance, theory, and presentation come later. For the DVDs that you can go and "rebuy" the secrets to the performance only effects, to me this is only a marketing ploy to make more money off of something you should already own. I wouldn't be surprised if the other DVD also contained another performance only, in which you could then go buy another performance only DVD...and on and on...6 performance only acts on one set is ridiculous.

If you don't want to divulge the secrets, leave it off the DVD. Put other material on there that you can teach, or as stated by someone previously, leave it off and make less DVDs and sell for less money to save on production costs. About the only thing these performance only segments do is make the other material seem like "filler" in an attempt to re-market material that should have been included in the first place.
Message: Posted by: Mark Rough (Jan 10, 2008 08:43PM)
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On 2008-01-10 21:24, sirbrad wrote:
As I stated many times in the past, performance only pieces are a complete waste of space and money. Sure there is a lot that can be learned from performance only acts, however if I want that I will just watch all the effects on the DVD and skip the secrets, then the entire DVD becomes "performance only." The secrets will still be there later if I want to view them, so I am getting a far better deal. Whether they admit or not, magicians buy DVDs for material/tricks, not performance pieces solely. Otherwise we would see A LOT more of them as opposed to effects that are actually taught.
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Well, yes. . . that's a good point. Hmmm. Hadn't thought of that. I have to say, though, not being a big dvd/video fan, one my favorite videos is Denny Haney's performance video.
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (Jan 10, 2008 09:18PM)
I had not really thought about it either until now, but your post helped provoke the thought. Sometimes the facts are hidden right in front of your nose, you just have to look down at them. With my above statement you can see why it makes no sense to include performance only effects, as they all can be that if you simply skip the teaching. To me these pieces are just a slap in my face, by exclaiming they are "too good for me" to learn. If that is the case don't bother showing me them. And since this is the case with this set, my money is "too good" to spend on this set. So I will pass.
Message: Posted by: Mark Ennis (Jan 10, 2008 11:31PM)
My favorite Videos happen to be the Legendary Repertoire of Mike Skinner's (performance only) videos. I do agree with you Sirbrad, that the majority of the people in magic purchase DVDs to learn the secrets. Then you have weirdos like myself who would rather watch a good performance only effect or video as long as the magic is powerful and the magician is great.

I don't mind a performance only piece or two on a video (excuse me, DVD).
Message: Posted by: Dave V (Jan 10, 2008 11:55PM)
I prefer seeing a good performance with an audience over some moves taught in an empty studio. And I'm not talking about L&L's stage audience, I'm talking real people. Gazzo Uncensored is a good example. I can learn more from how he handles himself and the people around him. Teaching the tricks are secondary.

Oh, and Mark, no "excuse me" necessary. It's still video. DVD is just the storage and delivery medium.
Message: Posted by: erlandish (Jan 11, 2008 03:40AM)
Performance-only material by the right magician can be worth whatever the magician wants to charge for it. Once you reach a certain knowledge saturation point, you learn a lot more from bootlegs of Kaps, Ricky Jay, Cardini, and the World's Greatest Magic series than you do most educational sets. Also, Haydn, Anton and Gazzo have done the magic world an immense service by allowing some of their stuff viewable for free on Youtube and Google. Once you realize what Tommy Wonder's Mind Movie theory is all about, you get an even deeper understanding and appreciation for the performances on his Visions of Wonder set (assuming you never got to see him live).

Is R. Paul Wilson one of those magicians? Don't really know.
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (Jan 11, 2008 08:12PM)
R. Paul Wilson has some skills, but I think he should pick up Eugene's new DVD so he can learn how to present magic without inducing yawns.
Message: Posted by: MJ Marrs (Jan 11, 2008 11:01PM)
Sirbrad says "R. Paul Wilson has some skills..."

Even though 2008 has just begun, can I nominate this right now for the understatement of the year award??

Paul's among the world's very best sleight of hand artists. Furthermore, anyone who's seen his show at the Castle can tell you that he knows how to present magic without "inducing yawns." Teaching routines on a video and performing one's professional repetoire for a lay audience aren't always the same creature.

As for the performance only segments: Keep em' coming!

With all due respect, I find it sort of funny how some "professional" magicians act nowadays. I recall a time when spending a nice size chunk of one's resources (time, money, and energy) on learning even a single routine that could become part of one's professional repetoire was seen as a rite of passage. Now we feel slighted when there's less than ten tricks on a thirty dollar DVD. Good Grief!
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (Jan 11, 2008 11:17PM)
"Teaching routines on a video and performing one's professional repertoire for a lay audience aren't always the same creature."

Tell that to the author, as he seemed to judge Ben Salinas based on seeing one demo. Paul may be one of the world's best sleight of hand artists, but that does not mean he has great presentation skills. Also my comments were directed to his "performances" not his teaching, and I have seen quite a bit of his work. I find his performance to be quite boring, and uninteresting to say the least. It just seems like he is going through the motions, and I get sick of hearing his low monotone voice with no real heart or emotion behind it.

Perhaps his style just isn't me, and opinions vary...But like I said performance only DVDs can be every DVD you buy so as long as you do not view the secrets. Duh. I have seen magicians who have very little "technical skill" entertain thousands with the presentation and showmanship, and highly skilled prestidigitators put the whole room to sleep with their finger-flicking skills, and no presentation of storyline to speak of. Even if Eugene Burger was not as skilled as R. Paul Wilson, I would buy a ticket to Eugene's show easily before R. Paul's. There is a lot more to the presentation of great magic than just physical skill.
Message: Posted by: Robert M (Jan 14, 2008 10:40AM)
I've only watched Vol. 1, so I can't really give a review yet. But, I do believe there's a good reason why some of the tricks are performance only. For example, if you wish to perform the Spectrum Deck or Predator, I think you need to buy the props anyway. Devulging the secret to these effects would be pointless.

Personally, I don't mind purchasing "performance only" effects. I'm wondering if anyone knows if "ConCam Monte" aka the classic "Dutch Looper" can be purchased anywhere?

Robert
Message: Posted by: Domino Magic (Jan 14, 2008 11:30AM)
Regarding the performance only segments, they are very relevant for Paul Wilson fans. Those who bought the Predator Wallet will probably buy this set as well. Maybe those who are curious about it would like to see it in action before spending the money on it. Just because it doesn't fit into your limited view of what a magic DVD is or can be, doesn't mean others aren't going to enjoy it.
Message: Posted by: MJ Marrs (Jan 14, 2008 08:04PM)
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On 2008-01-14 11:40, Robert M wrote:

Personally, I don't mind purchasing "performance only" effects. I'm wondering if anyone knows if "ConCam Monte" aka the classic "Dutch Looper" can be purchased anywhere?

Robert
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I recall Paul saying that he was going to release his "ConCam Monte" in the future.
Message: Posted by: Salby (Jan 15, 2008 08:45AM)
Is there a different version of His "3 FLY" routine on 1 of these DVD's??... By the description of 2 effects... It may be.
Message: Posted by: Robert M (Jan 15, 2008 10:57AM)
[quote]
On 2008-01-14 21:04, MJ Marrs wrote:
[quote]
On 2008-01-14 11:40, Robert M wrote:

Personally, I don't mind purchasing "performance only" effects. I'm wondering if anyone knows if "ConCam Monte" aka the classic "Dutch Looper" can be purchased anywhere?

Robert
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I recall Paul saying that he was going to release his "ConCam Monte" in the future.
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Thanks, MJ. Man, after seeing Paul's performance, I'm sorry I sold you my Predator wallet! ;-)

Robert
Message: Posted by: Review King (Jan 16, 2008 01:22AM)
I started watching these today ( thanks Mad Hatter for shipping so fast ).
I'm a BIG Paul Wilson fan. That's not a guarantee I'll like everything he puts out ( I'm a BIG Jay Sankey fan and you can see when I haven't like many of Jay's releases ).

That being said...I really like Paul's new DVD set so far. He has put so much thought into the effects and it shows. I watch DVD sets like I read magazines-I start in the middle, go backwards, forwards, jump around-so I have no order in what I'm watching or reporting on.

I was glad to see him give performances of the market ted effects SPECTRUM and RICOCHET. The only way I've seen them done is from my view and now I got to see what the audience sees with these two killer tricks. Visual, beautiful magic.

I watched a couple of the coin tricks and didn't care for them. Some of the vanishes looked a bit un-natural ( like vanishing coins is a natural act;-) They used halves and I think some coin tricks play much better using Dollar size coins as halves are too small ( for 3 fly type of routines ).

Then I watched "The Mystery Of The Little Piece Of Cork". It's Paul's take on the Ramsey classic. There are some versions that have props costing several hundred dollars ( even over $1000 ). Paul teaches how to make this yourself, so the cost is the coins and some simple props ( sharpie, cork, a cylinder and dollar size coins).

Paul has made this a Table Hoppers dream. It's a short routine, with wonderful coin appearances and vanishes. The camera goes close for the routine and the gal on Paul's left ( she's a great audience member that has been in a few Of L&L's shoots-she's smart, funny and has different reactions, depending on the strength of the routine. She is SHOCKED at the vanishes ).

This routine will get gasps. Paul did a fantastic job on this routine. It's a Master Class on coin work and misdirection. Iw ould have paid the price of the entire set for Paul to teach me this one trick. So..I got my money's worth and have only watched a small part of the set.

Paul got rid of the suit he usually wears for this shoot. He is much loser is his performing style. And..he has an excellent audience. They participate and play off Paul and each other and it makes for a fun atmosphere.

GREAT filming also.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Jan 16, 2008 03:00AM)
I'm watching volume #3. I went to the performance only routine or Paul's "Predator" wallet. He pulled out a brown wallet. I was caught up in the great Predator brown vs. back wallet a few years back so I knew Paul used a brown wallet to yank my chain ( meanwhile, he doesn't even know who I am;-)

Anyway..I can see why this expensive wallet was a huge hit. The routine is deadly. I "think" it's the Psyco Killer routine. Amazing!!!!

And I watched Popper Bound-Paul's pet coin routine. It's a combination of two of Paul's routines that has been on video before. I didn't care for the handlings back then, but this new version had my mouth open in awe. FANTASTIC improvements and one of the most amazing coin routines I've ever seen. Paul gives a detailed explanation and I think many folks are going to add this to their coin work. It would be great table hopping because you could stop the routine at anytime. This is incredible!
Message: Posted by: NicholasD (Jan 16, 2008 07:52AM)
Sometimes, because Paul is so skilled with cards, it's easy to forget that he's a very smooth coin worker. I, too, thought that Popper Bound was great and began to practice it right away.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Jan 16, 2008 12:04PM)
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On 2008-01-16 08:52, NicholasD wrote:
Sometimes, because Paul is so skilled with cards, it's easy to forget that he's a very smooth coin worker. I, too, thought that Popper Bound was great and began to practice it right away.
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It's amazing how Paul's coin work has evolved since the earlier A-1 videos.


Popper Bound is a spellbound type routine ( combing his Spellbound To Please and The Coin Popper ) with a silver dollar changing into a copper coin ( which is slightly smaller than the silver coin and you'll see why ) and they change back and forth. Pure eye candy!

The routine flows so beautifully you'd swear he was using gaffs ( he isn't ). I keep watching it over again because it's one of the best coin routines I've ever seen.

It ends with his beautiful move from his "Spellbound to please" routine. In the performance the camera didn't catch the transpo. But it' shown in the teaching section. Paul credits Pat Page showing him the move. It's another gasp getter for sure.

Speaking of teaching, this is one of the most detailed teaching DVD's I've ever seen. Paul goes into minute detail showing all the nuances of what he does. It will make a difference in learning and performing.

The set is a winner. One of L&L's best. The raised the bar for themselves, so I hope they go slow in producing new ones ( I realize they get released sometimes 1 or more years after they've been shot ).

Posted: Jan 17, 2008 12:40am
I'be been watching this set the last couple of days and it gets better and better. Paul was a table hopper for many, many years and I think that's why I'm relating to the power of so many of these effects. I love magic that gets gasps and this DVD set is loaded with them.

There is an effect that in the explanation part he says he did wrong ( screwed up ) in performance and got out of it to make it work. He convinved Louis Falanga to keep it in and gave a lesson on what to do when thing don't go your way. This took guts and showed his great character. I didn't notice he messed up-maybe because the ending was a miracle and the audience reacted as such. I won't mention what trick it was. Paul plays it so cool, I doubt anyone will catch it.

Paul's ring on stick with the Jardine Ellis ring has INCREDIBLE moves. I pulled mine out of the drawer and it will now be in the show. When you see Paul's routine, you'll know why.

Ricochet was performance only-so it seemed. He gave some tips, for those that have it and WOW-I can't believe how strong this will be. I can't wait to try it out.

The classic eight card brainwave ( 8 Card BW + 2 ) gets a facelift by adding two extra cards. Paul then shows, at chest level, the backs of three cards ( instead of the usual two done on a table ).The Olram subtley looks extra convincing this way. And...Paul shows how to riffle the backs so they all look the same color for yet another convincer. Just brilliant additions to an already classic effect ( By Nick Trost ).

I'm spending allot of time talking about this set because I think it's one of the best since magic started being released on video!
Message: Posted by: Leeman (Jan 17, 2008 01:47AM)
How did the coins through table look. I have the manuscript and have trouble picturing how the routine should look.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Jan 17, 2008 10:05AM)
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On 2008-01-17 02:47, Leeman wrote:
How did the coins through table look. I have the manuscript and have trouble picturing how the routine should look.
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Well, it uses 3 silver dollars ( I like the theory of 3 and so this was of interest to me ).

It is extremely clever and looks incredible. It will take some work for me to get the coreography down. I was thinking it wouldn't work for restaurant work and then Paul gave a solution for that.
Message: Posted by: NicholasD (Jan 17, 2008 10:16AM)
I liked that neat little 3 coins at one time through the table that's done as an afterthought at the end of "3 Through"
Message: Posted by: learachel (Jan 21, 2008 01:52AM)
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On 2008-01-17 00:40, Christopher Kavanagh wrote:
I'be been watching this set the last couple of days and it gets better and better. Paul was a table hopper for many, many years and I think that's why I'm relating to the power of so many of these effects. I love magic that gets gasps and this DVD set is loaded with them.

There is an effect that in the explanation part he says he did wrong ( screwed up ) in performance and got out of it to make it work. He convinved Louis Falanga to keep it in and gave a lesson on what to do when thing don't go your way. This took guts and showed his great character. I didn't notice he messed up-maybe because the ending was a miracle and the audience reacted as such. I won't mention what trick it was. Paul plays it so cool, I doubt anyone will catch it.

Paul's ring on stick with the Jardine Ellis ring has INCREDIBLE moves. I pulled mine out of the drawer and it will now be in the show. When you see Paul's routine, you'll know why.

Ricochet was performance only-so it seemed. He gave some tips, for those that have it and WOW-I can't beleive how strong this will be. I can't wait to try it out.

The classic eight card brainwave ( 8 Card BW + 2 ) gets a facelift by adding two extra cards. Paul then shows, at chest level, the backs of three cards ( instead of the usual two done on a table ).The Olram subtley looks extra convincing this way. And...Paul shows how to riffle the backs so they all look the same color for yet another convincer. Just birlliant additions to an already classic effect ( By Nick Trost ).

I'm spending allot of time talking about this set because I think it's one of the best since magic started being released on video!
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Could you tell me more about the Confabulous effect?

Thank

Simon
Message: Posted by: Paul (Jan 23, 2008 05:10AM)
Yes,I'd be interested to hear more of this, obviously from the title a homage to Confabulation.

Paul.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Jan 23, 2008 06:59PM)
Confabulous is Paul's version of Confabulation. It's a prediction effect. Essentialy, you have a note pad ( wich you show to be blank ) and an envelope ( sealed and hanging on a string whcih is attached to the pad.

They answer some questions ( maiden name, arandom number, etc. ) and you write it on the pad. After showing them what you wrote, you cut open the envelope and remove your business card and written on it are all the answers they gave you.

Because the envelope is sealed and dangling from the pad there is no "apparent" way you could have written these answers on the business card. It got gasps when Paul revealed it.

I really like it ( have not tried it yet ).
Message: Posted by: Paul (Jan 24, 2008 05:16PM)
Hmmm, the pad and envelope 'in view' sounds a little like Grimmond's Triple Forecast. Repro 71 used to sell that in England. This 'type' of effect always gets strong grasps.

Paul.
Message: Posted by: Andi Peters (Jan 27, 2008 10:58AM)
I bought volumes 3 & 4 this weekend. Very powerful magic from the big fella from Scotland. I also noticed Paul has a bit of an American twang when he speaks!

Chris Kavanagh, he looks like your brother!
Message: Posted by: Review King (Jan 27, 2008 11:24AM)
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On 2008-01-27 11:58, Andi Peters wrote:
I bought volumes 3 & 4 this weekend. Very powerful magic from the big fella from Scotland.

Chris Kavanagh, he looks like your brother!
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He's Scottish, I'm Irish. So perhaps distant cousins?

I'm sorry I didn't get his talent!
Message: Posted by: rubadubdub (Jan 27, 2008 01:02PM)
Pauls effect called written wrongs on volume 4 is an OUTSTANDING approach to the signed card in envelope which is in full view the whole time.

I cant praise this piece any higher.

Best

John Carey
Message: Posted by: Andy the cardician (Feb 9, 2008 08:33PM)
I just watched the first volume. The tricks are good to great, the explanation is clear and to the point. In short, I am happy with it.

I do however agree with some of the posters above regarding his presentation style.

Plese do not take that wrong - Not everyone can and should be Bill Malone and you do not need to crackle jokes like a machinegun to engage the audience. But you need to sell the trick. If I may use the definition of Eugene Burger . . . Paul is doing stunts, not magic.

The magician in me finds his tricks are highly attractive. And as the tape is made for magicians, it serves its purpose. But in terms of audience management and presentation, I did not get a lot of take aways . . .

Again, this is my personal judgement and strongly biased by my own presentation style.

Andy
Message: Posted by: R.S. (Feb 11, 2008 06:26PM)
I agree with Rubadubdub on "Written Wrongs" from vol. 3 - it's a great effect and an absolute crowdpleaser. In general, I was pleased with the entire set. And although I wouldn't rate the set a "10" , I think there's something for everybody here. As for Paul's presentational style, sure he's no Bill Malone, but he's certainly a capable performer and a good teacher. And besides, as long as the methods themselves are good, you have something that you can tailor your own presentational style to. And Paul's methods are second to none.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Feb 11, 2008 07:34PM)
Paul clearly states that he isn't funny. He's a quiet, reserved guy from Scottland. But...I like his dry sense of humor. I find him funny ( and so does the audience ).

I'm at a point where I'm not learning 300 new coin and card tricks a year. What I am doing is taking what I'm doing and updating/improving each effect from things I'm learning from new releases.

For instance, I love Nick Trosts 8 card brainwave. It's a classic. Paul took this and brought the displays up to chest level and the Olram Subtlety now shows 3 cards instead of two. And, you can riffle the cards and the backs show all one color. They're big improvements and have elevated the tricks power. And...you can do it walk around.

Paul is one of the world's top sleight of hand artists. His teaching is so in depth on this set, it's like he's in the room teaching you. What's that worth? Many times more than I paid for the set, that's for sure.

Posted: Feb 14, 2008 11:52pm
Man, he smoked me on "Tantalizer Too" from volume #2. I kept trying to figure out the method because it was so clean. Smoked badly!

This set of DVD's is packed with effects, sleights and tips. Easy, powerful effects to advanced card work. Something for everyone! Can you tell how excited I am about this set?
Message: Posted by: NicholasD (Feb 14, 2008 11:22PM)
I'm with you, Christopher. I've been spending a lot of time with this set. My recent little project is to master S.V.A.R., the slow motion vanish and recovery. Looks very magical.
Message: Posted by: kent1985 (Feb 18, 2008 09:20AM)
My copies just arrived.. can't wait to watch it..!
Message: Posted by: Robert M (Feb 19, 2008 04:02PM)
I finally finished watching all four DVDs. Good to great material throughout, but by far the highlight for me is that INCREDIBLE poker demonstration on volume four called "Paul Plays Poker".

Robert
Message: Posted by: Mike Powers (Feb 24, 2008 12:01PM)
I just picked up the set of four. I have watched all the performances and can say that this is one great DVD set. The material is first rate. I have no problem at all with the performance only items. And I agree with Robert that the poker demo routine at the end is stellar. I'd recommend getting the entire set of four. You won't be disappointed.

Mike
Message: Posted by: emyers99 (Feb 24, 2008 07:14PM)
I just watched volume 3. I loved Paul's Knock Out tape and he has some really nice items on volume 3 of this new set as well. I was surprised at the poor camera work however. Not up to L&L's normal standards. For some reason Paul performed a lot of routines seated and L&L still decided to shoot from ground level. So many times, you could barely see what Paul was doing with the cards. Other times, the side angle was used and you could see coins flashing or other items you shouldn't see. Poor camera work aside, the tricks were generally very good. I was surprised that I liked Tipless best of all the items on the dvd.(aside from Predator which I already do).

I do have to disagree with those that thought the 8 card brainwave variation was an improvement over the original. I (and my wife who watched it with me) disagree. I actually thought it was a step backwards. What used to be a slow and fair display is now a cramped and rushed display where you barely see the backs of the cards. Plus, bringing the cards up to chest level to show the backs is a very unnatural move.

That aside, I thought volume three was pretty good.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Feb 25, 2008 12:29AM)
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On 2008-02-24 20:14, emyers99 wrote:
I do have to disagree with those that thought the 8 card brainwave variation was an improvement over the original. I (and my wife who watched it with me) disagree. I actually thought it was a step backwards. What used to be a slow and fair display is now a cramped and rushed display where you barely see the backs of the cards. Plus, bringing the cards up to chest level to show the backs is a very unnatural move.
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Do be fair, have you performed Paul's version for lay people?
Message: Posted by: emyers99 (Feb 25, 2008 06:26PM)
Nope. Knowing that there was a variation on the dvd, I performed the original handling for my wife without telling her what it was called. We then watched the performance on the dvd. I asked her what she thought and she gave me her thoughts. Then I told her it was the same trick I had just performed but with a different method. I can't remember her exact response but she was definately surprised that it was the same trick. I asked her why she didn't like the new version and she basically said it looked too "tricky" and she actually was the one that said, "no one turns cards over like that" when I asked her which display she preferred. She also didn't like the fact that you couldn't see as much of the back color as in the original. (and that was on a 60 inch tv mind you).

If it works for you, great. I just didn't think it was as good as the original. The fact that it didn't pass the wife test was an added negative.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Feb 26, 2008 01:36AM)
I was just curious. In the original, no one turns cards like that either.
Message: Posted by: emyers99 (Feb 26, 2008 07:24AM)
Maybe not, but I guess my point (and apparently my wife's) was that we liked the slower original display because of both the pace and the fact that more card back is seen. Looks less unnatural and hurried.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Feb 26, 2008 11:38AM)
Eric,I understand what you're saying and respect your wifes opinion ( a smart and obervant Lady she is ).

As far as the "speed" on the displays, the performer decides the speed. Paul ( anyone ) could have gone as fast or as slow as he wanted. Until anyone of us does a daunting L&L shoot ( it's not a 45 minute show or showing one trick for a starnager or someone we know, but all day/all night affairs ) it's hard to know what a perfromer goes through in presenting their material.

Eric, based on that, I think the showing of the backs of 3 cards instead of two is indeed an improvement. I'm not trying to convice you, you have your own performance style and an eye for what works for you. I'm telling folks that perform 8 Card Brainwave to have a look at this because I think, IMHO, it offers a step forward.
Message: Posted by: R.S. (Feb 26, 2008 06:06PM)
I also didn't think the DVD version was a significant (if at all) improvement over the original. Different yes, but not so sure if it's worth the bother, and for the very reasons that Eric mentioned. That being said, I haven't performed the DVD version yet. But when I do it won't be for Eric's wife, that's for sure.
Message: Posted by: emyers99 (Feb 26, 2008 08:12PM)
HA! That was funny. My wife is a tough critic for sure but I'll tell her to go easy on you.

As to Christopher's post, I certainly agree that speed and performance style are up to the performer. And the fact that I didn't care for the presentation shouldn't stop others from giving it a shot. My point was simply that, at least in my opinion, this was a case of running when you are not being chased. As for being able to see 3 backs instead of 2...to be honest, even though I knew that was the case before I watched the dvd, when I did watch the dvd, the display was so quick that I honestly didn't even know three backs were shown. I had to watch it a second time before I could notice the three backs. After 20+ years performing magic, my brain is probably getting soft. In any event, the version is certainly different. I just don't think the added effort adds anything to the overall effect in a spectator's eyes. The additions are most likely noticeable only by magicians.

But maybe I'm biased towards the original because I recently learned that Nick Trost lives here in Columbus.
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean (Feb 26, 2008 08:28PM)
Not to change the subject but I will.
Christopher, I'll bet you have the answer to this. Exactly what copper coin is Wilson using in Popper Bound. I was surprised to find that in my sizeable coin collection that I had no coins matching the necessary dimensions.
Come to think of it, any one is welcome to answer this.
Message: Posted by: NicholasD (Feb 26, 2008 08:32PM)
It's an early English Penny ca. 1841. You can find them on E-bay or at a coin shop.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Feb 26, 2008 09:36PM)
I'm not sure what the coins is. I use an Eisenhower Dollar and an old pirate slot coin from Treasure Island in Las Vegas.
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean (Feb 26, 2008 10:21PM)
Thank you both. Imagine my surprise. I actually had an early English Penny. The poor thing was so beat up it just looks like a round lump of copper.
Perfect!
Message: Posted by: Michael Dustman (Feb 27, 2008 12:11PM)
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On 2008-02-26 21:12, emyers99 wrote:
HA! That was funny. My wife is a tough critic for sure but I'll tell her to go easy on you.

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I am going to have to get this set and see if I can learn it and sway Eric's wife. He may think she is a tough critic but when I ran through some of my best stuff for her over lunch last year, Eric ended up buying or learning all of them. So at least, I am able to impress her....the true beauty that she is.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Feb 27, 2008 02:08PM)
Family/friends that ahve seen magic over and over and over again....become jaded on what works in the real world. They enter a certain "zone". They aren't Magicians, they don't perform...but they have opinions on what's good. They're smart and observant and can be right or wrong ( just like us Magicians;-)
Message: Posted by: NicholasD (Aug 8, 2008 11:23PM)
Whether you like the way Paul performs or not, the real value in these DVD's is the material. If there are some who can't see that, then perhaps that's better for the rest of us. I was very happy with what I learned from this set.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Aug 8, 2008 11:30PM)
Paul himself admits to not being a "wild and crazy guy".

Paul grew up in Scottland and learned magic from books. He became skilled enough to cross the oceans to be known as one of the top sleight of hand artists in the world.

Poor Paul is going to miss going back to a crappy, "real", 9-5 job on Monday.

:rotf:
Message: Posted by: Andi Peters (Aug 10, 2008 04:53AM)
If you understand dry Scottish humor than you'll think Paul is actually very funny.

If you don't get it, Paul will appear miserable to you.
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Aug 10, 2008 01:05PM)
I'm sure Paul would have a 9 to 5 job....if the interviewer could stay awake long enough to hire him! I'm kidding! Paul is a good guy with a good sense of humor, his delivery is just rather slow.
Message: Posted by: Review King (Aug 10, 2008 02:34PM)
Lol. Magic Santa wins the debate ( as usual ).

The magic on the DVD's is first rate and that's what counts.

Paul does have a very sly sense of humor and can do what many TOP professionals in all fields do: poke fun at himself.
Message: Posted by: Rafael The Master Hypnotist (Mar 7, 2010 12:27AM)
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On 2008-01-11 21:12, sirbrad wrote:
R. Paul Wilson has some skills, but I think he should pick up Eugene's new DVD so he can learn how to present magic without inducing yawns.
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Agreed......No Meaning at all.....I respect Mr Paul Wilson, I own his PREDATOR WALLET and its been in my right cheek (Pants) for more than one year.....and Psyco Killer is been with me and sealed so many Booking for me....... but for Laymen......Mr Eugene Hindu Thread Presentation is a LOT Stronger than ANY of the Effect perform in Mr Wilson DVD.......How do I know.......I tested it to few of my NON Magic Buddies when I show them the "Performance Only"

Maybe in a Paying Audience/Clients, Mr Wilson perform with his Fully Scripted and Meaaningfull Magic, and his performance in his DVD is only to highlight the Tricks with Capital T

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