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Topic: HN Review 24: Five Minutes with a Pocket Handkerchief - Quentin Reynolds
Message: Posted by: Harvey Nerzof (May 20, 2003 05:43AM)
HN Review 24: Five Minutes with a Pocket Handkerchief - Quentin Reynolds

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An entire act that fits in your pocket, Featuring the hilarious Magic Mouse. Quentin Reynolds is a professional magician from
Dublin, Ireland who has spent the last 25 years perfecting his craft. His specialty is children's shows and the routine taught here
is the highlight of his show - a polished five minute act which is accomplished with nothing more than an ordinary
pocket-handkerchief.

You are treated to a live performance in front of a classroom of children where Reynolds brings the kids to a frenzy using this handkerchief routine and the many gags and touches which make it a masterpiece. Following the performance you are taught
everything you need to know to perform the act.

The routine is a brisk and upbeat sequence of effects which begins with a stretching handkerchief, a series of knots and
culminates with the animation of the Magic Mouse. It is adaptable for most performing situations such as stage, parlor,
close-up, walk-around, kids, adults, yet it a11 fits in your pocket and is very easy to do.


REVIEW:

When I saw the name of Meir Yedid on the tape cover, I honestly started cursing... Fortunately he's only the US distributor, and do not have anything to do with the effects.

Be aware - the tricks are for 5 year old children. For kids show, I guess the effects look good with an appropriate deal of showmanship - the "Animated Mouse" is the highlight of the tape and really involves the audience. Sure you can do it for adults… you can also perform "Run Rabbit Run" for corporate audiences.

Overall rating: acceptable

H.
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (May 20, 2003 09:41AM)
I thought the tape was entertaining, and the youngsters had loads of fun.

At least it didn't have JOHN in the audience.

vinny
Message: Posted by: Jim Reynolds (May 20, 2003 11:03AM)
Watching Quentin slay an audience of kids with nothing more than a hanky is a lesson in itself.

For successful kid performers, it's not about the "tricks." The reactions from the kids AND Quentin are hysterical.

JR
Message: Posted by: Larry Davidson (May 20, 2003 11:29AM)
I met Quentin at the Phoenix Gathering convention last year, and personally saw him perform it. All I can say is, it's great!

If you think you can only do it for 5 year olds, you haven't tried it for others. I saw Quentin perform it for a roomful of adults, and he mesmerized them and got a lot of laughs.

If you ever see Quentin, introduce yourself. He's a truly nice guy.
Message: Posted by: redstreak (May 20, 2003 01:44PM)
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On 2003-05-20 10:41, vinsmagic wrote:
At least it didn't have JOHN in the audience.
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lol :)
Message: Posted by: tkuhns (May 20, 2003 10:04PM)
I'm dying to do this for my next kid's show! I have the tape as well, and laughed hysterically at his live performance with the children.

Honestly, I think if you do kid's shows, this is a MUST HAVE!
Message: Posted by: Gary (May 21, 2003 03:52AM)
At least it didn't have JOHN in the audience.

vinny

And I thought I was the only one who got annoyed with John!
Message: Posted by: Futureal (May 21, 2003 04:59AM)
[quote]

REVIEW:

When I saw the name of Meir Yedid on the tape cover, I honestly started cursing...

[/quote]

Out of interest ....

why?
Message: Posted by: Harvey Nerzof (May 21, 2003 06:18AM)
[quote]
On 2003-05-21 05:59, Futureal wrote:
[quote]

REVIEW:

When I saw the name of Meir Yedid on the tape cover, I honestly started cursing...

[/quote]

Out of interest ....

why?
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Nothing personal - after the purchase of his "Compact Key" (see relevant review...), I had promised to myself not to buy anything else from him

H.
Message: Posted by: redstreak (May 21, 2003 11:26AM)
Meir Yedid has put out some great stuff, if I saw his name on the cover I would have the opposite reacion.
Message: Posted by: Jeff Haas (May 21, 2003 02:06PM)
This is probably one of the best videos that shows a performer working with younger kids available! Quentin understands the kinds of silly gags and interaction that work well for this age of audience.

If you are interested in performing for nursery school or kindergarten-aged audiences, this is a great example of the type of approach to use...what types of humor kids respond to at that age, how your character should be gentle and silly, and so on. Even if you don't do this routine at all, it's a great lesson to see Quentin in action.

The highlight of this routine is the Magic Mouse -- one of those old, overlooked bits of business that I've seen in books, but I'd never seen anyone do. It turns out to be terrific...you take a simple handkerchief and fold it up into a "mouse" that you animate. Like Rocky the Raccoon, it gets a bit out of control and jumps around into people's laps. To get the most out of this, you should be one of those people who can react to unexpected things well.

When I finish with the mouse, there's almost always a kid who says, "Do that again!" because he had so much fun.

This tape is Highly Recommended for kidshow performers.

Jeff
Message: Posted by: Jim Tighe (May 21, 2003 02:31PM)
I enjoyed the tape but had mixed feelings about its value. Most of what is on the tape is in Karl Fulves "self-working handkerchief magic", even the part about the watchwinder.

I practiced it and tried it out in front of some children and they did love it. So I guess it gave me the confidence to go and actually perform the routine whereas before I probably wouldn't have done so.

Jim T.
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (May 21, 2003 02:53PM)
Speaking of John I believe hes under contract , He has to be: How is it hes on almost every video made. If I'm not mistaken hes also on Bill Malones DVDs.
Hey John plese give another stooge a chance,,
to make som cash.
vinny
Message: Posted by: Andrew E. Miller (May 21, 2003 03:11PM)
He's not under contract Vinny. Jon doesn't get paid and he is no stooge. He volunteers his time to show up on set because he loves watching magic. I am really surprised that all of you would get annoyed with John. He is the example of our dream spectator. He rallies the crowd and loves everything you do. I would give anything to take him with me for every show I did. How could you say that he is anything else? I thought what we were looking for, are good reactions, and then when we see them we get annoyed. That is just sad you guys. Jon doesn't get paid and he is no stooge.

Andrew :huh:
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (May 21, 2003 05:49PM)
Andrew writes John is an example of a dream spectator"

Andrew say your were performing a trick that you messed up badly, and the whole audience saw the blunder. The only one who was fooled was John.
Be my guest take him with you on your next gig.....
Message: Posted by: Andrew E. Miller (May 21, 2003 07:55PM)
John won't get fooled if you mess up Vinny. You treat him as if he was a robot. And I don't screw up my performances. You are focusing too much on the negative things that could happen, if any. John is a human too. Be nice.

Andrew :(
Message: Posted by: redstreak (May 21, 2003 08:40PM)
He is in the Bill Malone's DVDs, Jay Sankey's, and others'.
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (May 21, 2003 08:55PM)
Andrew,

With all the magic that Jhn has been around, he acts so suprised on every effect. Give me a break. He's a plant in the studio and when the effect is over do you notice how the camera always shows his facial expression.

And I wasn't implying you mess up. I was using the term in general.

PS Don't say do not mess up we're all human.
Message: Posted by: nalu_magic (May 21, 2003 08:55PM)
John is also in the Ammar, Wonder, and Daryl among others. Any more to the list?
Message: Posted by: guccimagic (May 21, 2003 09:28PM)
I think this video very good and great material for kids
Message: Posted by: CharlieC (May 22, 2003 04:29PM)
John is also in the David Regal tapes....I know he's in others, too. Can't remember which!
Message: Posted by: Andy Leviss (May 23, 2003 11:48PM)
Back on to something relevant to the quality of the video, I too have seen Quentin have roomfuls of fully grown adults having an incredibly great time with this routine. It opens up the child inside them, and Quentin is an incredibly gifted performer (not to mention a stand up guy).

I think it's a bit harsh to judge Meir on one effect, particularly one that wasn't even his own creation. Every distributor/manufacturer is going to occasionally have something that doesn't suit you. That one "dud" shouldn't be sufficient to keep you from ever touching anything that company works on again. Two or three sure, but one?
Message: Posted by: Futureal (May 24, 2003 05:40AM)
If everyone avoided companies because they bought subpar or sloppy material A1 would have been out of business years ago :)

- I was watching one of their tapes yesterday, they even managed to mis-spell their own name - the video was credited to A1 "Mulitmedia" at one point ...

:rotf: :rotf: :rotf:
Message: Posted by: Gary (May 25, 2003 03:17AM)
Jay Sankey performs almost exclusively for John on the 'Very Best of Jay Sankey'. Rather than hijack this thread, perhaps John should have his own!
Message: Posted by: Harvey Nerzof (May 28, 2003 08:23AM)
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On 2003-05-24 00:48, Andy Leviss wrote:

I think it's a bit harsh to judge Meir on one effect, particularly one that wasn't even his own creation. Every distributor/manufacturer is going to occasionally have something that doesn't suit you. That one "dud" shouldn't be sufficient to keep you from ever touching anything that company works on again. Two or three sure, but one?
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That's correct Mr. Leviss - it would be like judging "A Squared Production" by Luke Jermay's Eight Maneuver.

Alas, Meir Yedid got me more than once...

H.
Message: Posted by: Andy Leviss (May 28, 2003 03:32PM)
I know Harvey knows this, since he mentioned it elsewhere, but for those who may not, it is worth stating. If one were to judge us on that product, they'd have to judge us taking into account the fact that not only did we discontinue the product after re-evaluating it, but we also offerred a full refund or exchange, no questions asked, to anybody who was unhappy with it.

Again, though, this has nothing at all to do with Quentin's video, which contains some wonderful material for the right performer. Heck, even if you don't do the effect, it's just fun listening to Quentin perform it, with his entertainingly pleasant Irish accent ;o)

To put it another way, I don't do childrens' shows anymore, haven't in four and a half years. When I met Quentin at Phoenix Gathering this year, I ended up driving him to a lecture he gave at Denny & Lee's on childrens' magic. Despite the fact that I'll never perform any of the effects he discussed in the lecture, and will never perform for that particular audience, I still got quite a bit of value out of his performance and advice.