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Topic: Best DVD for 2009 !
Message: Posted by: Mago Gregorio (Nov 12, 2009 03:12PM)
This great topic is very useful for those that did not connect every day to the Magic Café Forum. Which DVD's did you like best in 2009 ?? From now to Dec. 31, 2009, the DVD's to be nominated for the award will be selected by Café members and submitted in this thread. Exactly like the Best book award, the DVD must have been released this year !

Just tell us which DVD you liked most.
My personal vote goes to John Bannon Bullets after Dark. And yours ?
Message: Posted by: deputy (Nov 12, 2009 03:32PM)
TA Paul Harris
Message: Posted by: VcosNJ (Nov 12, 2009 10:27PM)
I also vote for True Astonishments!!
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Nov 12, 2009 10:46PM)
Confessions of a Needle Swallower
Message: Posted by: Michael Rubinstein (Nov 12, 2009 11:33PM)
New York Coin Magic Seminar DVD vol 8,9, and 10.
Message: Posted by: ferryascanio (Nov 12, 2009 11:38PM)
Yup, true astonishments series ...
the best dvd of 2009 ...
Message: Posted by: Peo Olsson (Nov 13, 2009 02:42AM)
Bullets After Dark - John Bannon
Message: Posted by: jbadman (Nov 13, 2009 03:15AM)
I like both of those suggestions: TA was just so inspiring and Bullets After Dark showcases Bannon's absolute genius thinking. Awesome products.

Jamie.
Message: Posted by: M Sini (Nov 13, 2009 07:26AM)
TA- Paul Harris
Message: Posted by: Jean-Luc.R. (Nov 13, 2009 07:33AM)
It depends if you prefer coins , cards , mentalism , comedy , kid show , bizarre , stage , close up , card flourishes , zombie , billards balls , packet tricks .........
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Nov 13, 2009 11:26AM)
TA based on sheer volume and diversity.
Message: Posted by: reese (Nov 13, 2009 11:45AM)
[url=http://www.themagicbakery.com]An evening with Jack Carpenter (the Seattle Sessions)[/url]
Message: Posted by: dbuckalew (Nov 13, 2009 12:25PM)
TA
Message: Posted by: Paul Rathbun (Nov 13, 2009 12:29PM)
Super Charged Classics by Mark James
Message: Posted by: Daren (Nov 13, 2009 03:06PM)
TA, Bullets After Dark, Professional Opportunist
Message: Posted by: Andi Peters (Nov 13, 2009 04:10PM)
Paul Gordon's Card Startlers. Leaves all other DVD releases in 2009 standing, including TA.
Message: Posted by: shadowman (Nov 13, 2009 05:56PM)
Also Bullets After Dark by, John Bannon
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Nov 13, 2009 06:16PM)
Andi,
Is Paul Gordon's Card Startlers DVD available in the US ? I know his works are widely distributed in the UK.
Message: Posted by: motown (Nov 13, 2009 07:12PM)
Master Sessions by John Carney gets my vote. Great magic! Great instruction!
Message: Posted by: M. Perk (Nov 14, 2009 05:06AM)
Bullets After Dark - John Bannon
Message: Posted by: Marc Frese (Nov 14, 2009 05:16AM)
TA is the best set in 2009!!!
Message: Posted by: joseph (Nov 14, 2009 06:06AM)
B.A.D. ....Bannon...
Message: Posted by: Randy B (Nov 14, 2009 08:30AM)
Bannon Bullets After Dark , gets my vote
Message: Posted by: waso (Nov 14, 2009 09:48AM)
Corrindas 13 Steps from Richard Osterlind
Message: Posted by: Darkwing (Nov 14, 2009 09:54AM)
Levent's Billiard Ball DVD Set and Marc DeSouza's DVDs.
Message: Posted by: markmiller (Nov 14, 2009 12:39PM)
Confessions of a Needle Swallower, Steve Spill
Message: Posted by: munkywrench (Nov 15, 2009 10:52AM)
True Astonishments.
Message: Posted by: msmaster (Nov 15, 2009 11:02AM)
Confessions of a Needle Swallower
Message: Posted by: hbenod (Nov 16, 2009 07:39AM)
Hi Gregoire: My vote is for Bannon's Bullets After Dark
Message: Posted by: Leo Reynolds Jr (Nov 16, 2009 02:52PM)
Malone meets Marlo- L&L Publishing
Message: Posted by: Mind Guerrilla (Nov 17, 2009 12:33AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-14 10:48, waso wrote:
Corindas 13 Steps from Richard Osterlind
[/quote]

I second the nomination. This set is the new starting point for anyone interested in mentalism.
Message: Posted by: sickmagic (Nov 17, 2009 02:41AM)
Coins two( if 2009)

Magic from the grave( very entertaining and some solid magic)
Message: Posted by: coolini (Nov 17, 2009 04:30AM)
Malone meets marlo...can't go wrong
Message: Posted by: cairo (Nov 17, 2009 06:36AM)
Confessions of a Needle Swallower, a one trick DVD with something you use right away, works like a charm, giving you five to eight proven crowd pleasing minutes. Not many DVDs I ever owned from any year that do that.
Message: Posted by: in flames (Nov 17, 2009 07:53AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-17 05:30, coolini wrote:
Malone meets marlo...can't go wrong
[/quote]
Agreed. DVDs of the year for the next few years.
Message: Posted by: DaVinci (Nov 18, 2009 09:34AM)
The Classic magic of Michael Vincent
TA
B.A.D
Rhapsodies in Silver and other mysteries
Malone meets Marlo
Revelation
Message: Posted by: John Pilotzi (Nov 18, 2009 11:47PM)
Marlo Meets Malone, Craig Pettey DVD and Paul Gordon's Card Startlers. JP
Message: Posted by: Dark Knight (Nov 18, 2009 11:53PM)
With respect, wouldn't one have to have seen almost every magic DVD published in 2009 to have an informed opinion? Otherwise, this thread is really nothing more than "Best DVD I Have Seen for 2009" and, without knowing how many and which DVDs have been watched by the individual posters, even that is not very helpful.

I would be particularly interested in those magic and mentalism fanatics who watch almost everything that comes out for their (better informed) opinions!

DK
Message: Posted by: Andi Peters (Nov 19, 2009 05:17AM)
Card Startlers by Paul Gordon.

http://www.paulgordon.net/cardstartlers_card_magic_tricks_dvd.html
Message: Posted by: mrehula (Nov 20, 2009 04:36PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-19 00:53, Dark Knight wrote:
With respect, wouldn't one have to have seen almost every magic DVD published in 2009 to have an informed opinion? Otherwise, this thread is really nothing more than "Best DVD I Have Seen for 2009" and, without knowing how many and which DVDs have been watched by the individual posters, even that is not very helpful.

I would be particularly interested in those magic and mentalism fanatics who watch almost everything that comes out for their (better informed) opinions!

DK
[/quote]

Don't muddy up the Café with your logic and common sense, Dark Knight.
Message: Posted by: TheAmazingSteveo (Nov 20, 2009 10:51PM)
Manchurian Approach
Message: Posted by: Review King (Nov 20, 2009 11:12PM)
There are ALLOT of great DVD's and these threads are always fun to do.

Aaron Fisher's Search & Destroy DVD is INCREDIBLE. From his live performance to his detailed instruction on the routine and the nowhere pass, it's one of the best DVD's ever released.
Message: Posted by: Todd Bernard (Nov 20, 2009 11:48PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-19 00:53, Dark Knight wrote:
With respect, wouldn't one have to have seen almost every magic DVD published in 2009 to have an informed opinion? Otherwise, this thread is really nothing more than "Best DVD I Have Seen for 2009" and, without knowing how many and which DVDs have been watched by the individual posters, even that is not very helpful.

I would be particularly interested in those magic and mentalism fanatics who watch almost everything that comes out for their (better informed) opinions!

DK
[/quote]

Although you are absolutely right, it's all just in fun, not to be taken seriously.
Message: Posted by: Dark Knight (Nov 21, 2009 03:13AM)
OK, then, I will join the fun. In Magic, I would vote for True Astonishments. In Mentalism, I'll say 13 Steps by Richard Osterlind.

Now, I don't own and haven't watched either of these DVD sets, mind you, but since viewing doesn't seem to be a criterion for voting, these are my choices!

DK
Message: Posted by: Mago Gregorio (Nov 21, 2009 03:56PM)
Don't agree with you Dark Knight. Of course, very few of us had the chance to watch the whole production of 2009. But as serious magicians, sure that voters had sufficient choice to elect the best in one's humble opinion !

Seems like J bannon, P Harris, R Osterlind are leading the contest !
Message: Posted by: DaddyDoodle (Nov 21, 2009 07:47PM)
Sankey's Kaleidoscope was pretty good.
Message: Posted by: Monte (Nov 21, 2009 07:53PM)
TA, One more vote!
Message: Posted by: Dark Knight (Nov 21, 2009 10:29PM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-21 16:56, Mago Gregorio wrote:
Don't agree with you Dark Knight.
[/quote]

That's OK, Mago--I don't even agree with me.

DK
Message: Posted by: DaVinci (Nov 23, 2009 10:45AM)
I have to add "Professional Opportunist by James Browns" to my list above.
I watched it with very high expectations, but James Brown did it again and topped everything.
Message: Posted by: RickVancouver (Nov 24, 2009 02:55AM)
I'm a huge Malone fan, but his Marlo DVD's were duds in my opinion. I've heard good comments on the new Bannon DVD, which I'm patiently waiting to receive. Will give my honest opinion when it arrives.
Message: Posted by: Joe Mauro (Nov 24, 2009 05:07AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-24 03:55, RickVancouver wrote:
I'm a huge Malone fan, but his Marlo DVD's were duds in my opinion. I've heard good comments on the new Bannon DVD, which I'm patiently waiting to receive. Will give my honest opinion when it arrives.
[/quote]

Rick, can you elaborate some. Was it the material choice, or did you think the performances were off?

Thanks

Joe
Message: Posted by: in flames (Nov 27, 2009 11:07PM)
Adding to my selection of Marlo Meets Malone, I have to add the [url=http://www.themagicbakery.com]An Evening with Jack Carpenter DVD[/url]. This is what we need to see more of in magic DVDs. Top card guys jamming and sharing their insights on moves, tricks and including stories to boot. Great job Mr. Brooks!
Message: Posted by: Andi Peters (Nov 28, 2009 04:28PM)
Another vote for card startlers by Paul Gordon.
Message: Posted by: John Pilotzi (Nov 28, 2009 11:44PM)
I've gotta give a bundle of votes for Paul Gordon's Card Startlers. I've just watched all 5 hours and 50 crazily cool card tricks. Boy, what an entertainer and great creator. Yeah, and Jack Carpenter's 'evening with' is in top ten too. JP
Message: Posted by: Andi Peters (Nov 29, 2009 07:56AM)
[quote]
On 2009-11-29 00:44, John Pilotzi wrote:
I've gotta give a bundle of votes for Paul Gordon's Card Startlers. I've just watched all 5 hours and 50 crazily cool card tricks. Boy, what an entertainer and great creator. Yeah, and Jack Carpenter's 'evening with' is in top ten too. JP
[/quote]
Great vote John.

It sure deserves to win!
Message: Posted by: mimo67 (Nov 29, 2009 10:32AM)
I vote for Card Startlers too, then BAD (Bannon), Michael Vincent's DVDs and Mark James - Supercharged Classics !
Message: Posted by: John Pilotzi (Dec 1, 2009 10:30AM)
Dear Mimo67 & Andi,

Did you get Card Startlers direct from Paul Gordon? I did and chatted to him. Nice guy, very helpful and VERY generous with both his time and offer. I got Card Startlers, Card Marvels, Corner Of Piccadilly & Jim Nastic Cards for a song! And, thank God, his (PAL) DVD plays on my DVD player in the US.

My favorites are Twin Peeks, Diminishing Not Likely, Shocked Aces, Nomadic Aces, Twister, Easy Ace Estimation, No Pockets Ultimate Transpo, Carbon Footprints...and most of the others:)

What do you guys like?

JP
Message: Posted by: Review King (Dec 1, 2009 11:46AM)
I need to do a review on it, but everyone that handles cards, get Aaron Fisher's Search and Destroy. To watch him sit at a table of people, in a restaurant is priceless. Even books can't give you that visual of how to handle an audience.

Folks watch a DVD, learn an effect and perform it and it falls flat, or it doesn't go the way it did for the Magician on tape did it with screaming people reacting. In the real world it's different and this DVD shows it and how to handle it.

I dig allot of the DVDS that came out this year. But this gets my vote.
Message: Posted by: mrmuji (Dec 3, 2009 07:05PM)
My vote goes to John Carney's Master Sessions. It's well organised to diversify everything to fulfill each season of the year, with cards and coins that fits everyone. Oh, there is a chapter at the end, which I learned loads! Very inspiring if ones want to improve his magic.

If I can choose 5, the rest will go to James Brown's Professional Opportunist, Michale Vincent's Rhapsodies Of Silver, Manchurian Approach
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Dec 3, 2009 10:59PM)
3 way tie between TA, Bannon's Bullets after midnight and Carneys Master Sessions
Message: Posted by: fredface (Dec 4, 2009 03:31AM)
I gotta say that Gordon's Card Startlers is the BEST buy I've had this decade, I mean, 47 **** hot card tricks from a worker. I saw him in Detroit and he knows how to entertain and fool!!!!! Fred
Message: Posted by: ted french (Dec 4, 2009 01:36PM)
I got all the BBM Cameron Francis recently and the stuff he has on his DVDs is very practical and good too. Each DVD has loads of tricks and I have yet to find one that I hated and there were a bunch that I loved.
Message: Posted by: Mago Gregorio (Dec 6, 2009 12:20PM)
Looks very open this year and till now we don't have a clear winner. If no mistakes the ranking up to date looks like :
14 True Astonishments Paul Harris
12 Bullets after Dark John Bannon
6 Card Startlers Paul Gordon
5 Malone meets Marlo
4 Confession of a needle swallower Steve Spill
3 Master Session John Carney
3 Professional Opportunist James Browns
3 Corrindas 13 steps to mental magic Richard Osterlind
2 An Evening with Jack Carpenter: The Seattle Sessions
2 Superchanged Classic Mark James
2 Classic Magic Michael Vincent
2 Manchurian approach

Still 25 days to vote !
Message: Posted by: magicmerlz (Dec 7, 2009 04:04AM)
Put me down for Card Startlers - Paul Gordon...jam packed 3 DVD set.

Regards to all

Matt
Message: Posted by: John Pilotzi (Dec 7, 2009 04:47AM)
Dear magicmerlz,

Did ya get my PM re Paul Gordon's Card Startlers?

JP
Message: Posted by: sileeni (Dec 7, 2009 10:50AM)
Supercharged Classics by Mark James is a definate for me. I also liked the Mel Mellers but don't think that wa s2009.
Message: Posted by: jonnyboy (Dec 7, 2009 11:31PM)
The Card College DVDs by Giobbi just arrived today, and so far they are terrific. Still 2009, right?
Message: Posted by: DougNicols (Dec 8, 2009 09:22AM)
True Astonishments is listed as 12/18/2008 on Murphy's.

http://www.murphysmagic.com/Product.aspx?id=44516
Message: Posted by: acchessor (Dec 8, 2009 09:42AM)
The TA DVDs weren't released until the beginning of February. Pre-orders started early December, so that's why Murphys has that date. I vote for TA and am hoping to get either Bullets After Dark or Bannon's lecture notes soon.
Message: Posted by: DougNicols (Dec 8, 2009 10:53AM)
Thanks for the clarification. I vote True Astonishments as well, then.
Message: Posted by: markmiller (Dec 8, 2009 02:29PM)
Confessions of a Needle swallower
Message: Posted by: Miraclemakers (Dec 9, 2009 03:51AM)
For me :
1. 13 Step to Mentalism by Osterlind (Absolutly the best for 2009)
2. True Astonishment
3. Malone Meets Marlo
4. Vintage Magic film (i don't have it, but I put it on my wish list)
5. Manchurian Approach
Message: Posted by: cpbartak (Dec 9, 2009 06:51AM)
13 Steps for me.
Message: Posted by: gjmagic (Dec 9, 2009 01:35PM)
Manchurian Approach by Anthony Jacquin

Gary Jones.
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Dec 9, 2009 08:47PM)
True Astonishments
Message: Posted by: KLG (Dec 10, 2009 05:51AM)
Classic Magic of Michael Vincent
Message: Posted by: rochaz (Dec 10, 2009 07:45AM)
Another vote for:

True Astonishments

and

13 Steps to Mentalism


Rochaz
Message: Posted by: mentalmagic101 (Dec 11, 2009 11:35AM)
Anything with a performance and not just Tricks.
Come on guys enough already. We all now the tricks lets see something different on a DVD
Message: Posted by: rochaz (Dec 11, 2009 12:38PM)
[quote]
On 2009-12-11 12:35, mentalmagic101 wrote:
Anything with a performance and not just Tricks.
Come on guys enough already. We all now the tricks lets see something different on a DVD
[/quote]

mentalmagic101,
Not really sure what you mean by your post........

Do you have a vote for a Best DVD of 2009?

Respectfully,
Rochaz
Message: Posted by: mormonyoyoman (Dec 11, 2009 04:27PM)
Another vote for *13 Steps* - especially Disc #6.

*jeep!
--Grandpa
Message: Posted by: Harald (Dec 12, 2009 05:28AM)
B.A.D. Bannon I liked most
Message: Posted by: mumford (Dec 12, 2009 07:37AM)
Confessions of a Needle Swallower
Message: Posted by: NYCJoePitt (Dec 12, 2009 10:22PM)
Bannon
Osterlind
Carney
Message: Posted by: Einmaliger (Dec 14, 2009 10:24AM)
True Astonishments

Bullets is great, but far behind TA.
Message: Posted by: hornet (Dec 14, 2009 06:29PM)
Classic Magic of Michael Vincent
Message: Posted by: nachotuoni (Dec 16, 2009 11:34PM)
Hi you all:

Just wanted to thank you because this topic encouraged me to buy B.A.D. from Bannon and the one I've been looking over that's Corinda's 13 steps with Osterlind.

Just wanted to thank you all and give my vote for this topic as one of the best in DVD's of this year!!

Que viva la magia!!

Tuoni...
Message: Posted by: bugjack (Dec 17, 2009 12:10AM)
Despite its flaws and the uneven quality of some of the tricks, I'm going to go for "True Astonishments" too. There was something special about the tone and vibe of the piece, and it really was more than the sum of its parts. Second, though, would be "The Classic Magic of Michael Vincent" for the set's commitment to actual teaching and trying to build a relationship with the view.
Message: Posted by: vinkelhaken (Dec 18, 2009 04:26PM)
Classic magic of Michael Vincent
Message: Posted by: RogueMD (Dec 19, 2009 02:45PM)
For overall magic... I vote for "True Astonishments".

(If it were just cards..."Bullets after Dark".)
Message: Posted by: amedica (Dec 20, 2009 04:54AM)
True astonishments as a whole was the best overall set. As for trick, maybe Deep 3
Message: Posted by: Robert M (Dec 20, 2009 09:21AM)
Another vote for True Astonishments.

Robert
Message: Posted by: Crowslide (Dec 20, 2009 10:45AM)
Which TA disk is your favorite?
Message: Posted by: amedica (Dec 21, 2009 02:07PM)
I really enjoyed the disk with the inside-out card (esp. the conversation between bro, gerard, and PH)
Message: Posted by: Mago Gregorio (Dec 21, 2009 03:36PM)
Updated ranking. The best of 2009 from Magic Café followers and 10 days still to vote. From the + 6000 viewers, only 88 votes...

Paul Harris True Astonishments is clearly taking the lead and I confess will order it soon !..

24 True Astonishments Paul Harris
14 Bullets after Dark John Bannon
8 Corrindas 13 steps to mental magic Richard Osterlind
7 Card Startlers Paul Gordon
6 Classic Magic Michael Vincent
6 Malone meets Marlo
6 Confession of a needle swallower Steve Spill
3 Master Session John Carney
3 Professional Opportunist James Browns
3 Superchanged Classic Mark James
3 Manchurian approach
2 An Evening with Jack Carpenter: The Seattle Sessions
Message: Posted by: A.G. (Dec 21, 2009 10:37PM)
[quote]
On 2009-12-21 15:07, amedica wrote:
I really enjoyed the disk with the inside-out card (esp. the conversation between bro, gerard, and PH)
[/quote]


Yeah that was a "moment" for sure.... lol


best,
AG- Andrew Gerard
Message: Posted by: imfletcher (Dec 22, 2009 10:38AM)
My vote goes to "An Evening with Jack Carpenter: The Seattle Sessions"

-John
Message: Posted by: mamutrance (Dec 22, 2009 10:42AM)
I'm going with The Classic Magic Of Michael Vincent, its a true masterclass.
Message: Posted by: korttihai_82 (Dec 22, 2009 03:06PM)
Another vote for Michael Vincents sets as well...

Juha-Matti
Message: Posted by: Review King (Dec 22, 2009 03:38PM)
It would be hard to beat Paul Harris's True Astonishment set. I'll revisit these for many, many years.

I performed the BIG TINY last night and the reactions even surprised me. I don't even know how or why that effect works. Maybe that helps in my performance. Who knows. But, like many of the set's effects, it's killer.
Message: Posted by: John Pilotzi (Dec 22, 2009 11:09PM)
Hey, the guys in my ring (who aren't on internet) voted 3 votes for Jack Carpenter DVD, 2 votes for Michael Vincent Classic Magic DVD, 6 votes for Paul Gordon Card Startlers and 5 votes for John Bannon Bullets after Dark. I guess these wont count here, but gotta' tell you. Oh yeah, they all want Harry Lorayne to make a NEW set for 2010. I gotta agree. JP
Message: Posted by: GarySumpter (Dec 23, 2009 04:42PM)
For me the best thing this year was the Manchurian Approach DVD set.

I literally couldn't do ANY work for about 2 weeks, it changed my perspective on EVERYTHING.

Gary
Message: Posted by: mwells (Dec 23, 2009 04:54PM)
I will add my vot for TA as well it is such an amazing set of dvds.
Message: Posted by: mwells (Dec 23, 2009 04:58PM)
A close second would have to be confessions of a needle swallower that was almost as good as TA.
Message: Posted by: Feral Chorus (Dec 24, 2009 12:11PM)
Anyone else amused that the True Astonishment set is running away with the Best of 2009 vote when there is a thread with 8 pages of responses titled "Worst Effects on the True Astonishments Set"?

-Feral
Message: Posted by: Andi Peters (Dec 24, 2009 12:25PM)
TA set is overrated. Too many pipe dreams with little usable material.

Just because it came in a nice, shiny wooden box and cost a lot doesn't make it great.

It will probably win though thanks to typical crowd bahaviour.
Message: Posted by: Mago Gregorio (Dec 25, 2009 10:18AM)
[quote]
On 2009-12-24 13:11, Feral Chorus wrote:
Anyone else amused that the True Astonishment set is running away with the Best of 2009 vote when there is a thread with 8 pages of responses titled "Worst Effects on the True Astonishments Set"?

-Feral
[/quote]

TA has also a +1330 post reveiws with +83000 views on 45 pages!! A record on the Magic Café, no?
Message: Posted by: professorwhut (Dec 25, 2009 11:39AM)
Michael Vincent sets, pure class.
Message: Posted by: Feral Chorus (Dec 25, 2009 02:12PM)
I am amused only by the irony of the situation between being voted best and having a lengthy "worst of" thread. I have no opinion on the quality of the DVD's as I haven't seen them.

-Feral
Message: Posted by: Redsixer (Dec 26, 2009 11:53PM)
I started watching TA again tonight for the first time since it came out. I love this set! So many great things things to choose from. It re-enforces to me why I love magic.
Message: Posted by: magus-inc (Dec 29, 2009 04:21AM)
There are so many dvds out there that it is an impossible question to answer but for value of money and content, Paul Gordon's DvD Card Startlers just cannot be beaten.

What other DVD series can give you 5 hours of tuition for £38. I can tell you as I have many dvds ... none.

A second point is that , this is no fancy frills, no set up audience whooping and cheering because they have been told to before recording starts. This is excellent and just cannot be beaten.
Message: Posted by: John Pilotzi (Dec 29, 2009 06:25AM)
I agree so much with magus-inc. I recently watched 8 card magic dvds over christmas. Paul Gordon's Card Startlers stands head and shoulders over the rest for content, value for money and style. I know I've said this before, but it's so true! And, the free book & trick "deal" I got was a clincher! JP
Message: Posted by: antonio123 (Dec 30, 2009 02:03AM)
Classic Magic of Michael Vincent
Message: Posted by: david blown (Jan 1, 2010 10:11AM)
When I saw which effects would be on the Bannon DVD I thought that this might not add much new to someone who owns already all of Bannons books. Anyone agree? I must admit I do not have seen the DVD but I'm much into Bannons work and do love the books. I'm more into books as DVDs anyways :)

(for me, the best DVD was that one my girlfriend gave me with her and our two boys and a lot of smiles and laughter.. pure magic TO ME :)
Message: Posted by: Aaron Little (Jan 2, 2010 09:28AM)
My vote is for The manchurian Approach. It is the set I personally got the most out of.
Message: Posted by: Hansel (Jan 3, 2010 02:51AM)
T.A
Message: Posted by: puggo (Jan 3, 2010 02:08PM)
Matthew Wright - The Usual Suspect.
Why?
Entertaining performances.
The scripting is a masterclass. (check out the highly unusual coins across).
I have adopted and adapted one piece for close up work, and one for parlour.

Very close runners up:
Michael Vincent - Rhapsodies in Silver (depth and content)
Mark James - Supercharged Classics (achievable, fun, flowing routines)
John Carney - Master Sessions (Carney thinking & lessons)
Paul Gordon - Card Startlers (so much strong material - perhaps a few too many spelling & assembly tricks for me though).
Charlie
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Jan 3, 2010 09:35PM)
We can all agree 2009 was an outstanding year for magic DVD's. Hopefully 2010 will also bring a great selection to the market.
Message: Posted by: magicnorm (Jan 3, 2010 09:47PM)
[quote]
On 2009-12-24 13:11, Feral Chorus wrote:
Anyone else amused that the True Astonishment set is running away with the Best of 2009 vote when there is a thread with 8 pages of responses titled "Worst Effects on the True Astonishments Set"?

-Feral
[/quote]

I'd have to agree. I purchased the set and was very dissapointed overall. There were definatley some interesting items for sure but in the end I choose to sell the set with no regrets. More power to those that enjoyed
NM
Message: Posted by: Peo Olsson (Jan 4, 2010 01:09PM)
[quote]
On 2010-01-03 22:47, magicnorm wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-12-24 13:11, Feral Chorus wrote:
Anyone else amused that the True Astonishment set is running away with the Best of 2009 vote when there is a thread with 8 pages of responses titled "Worst Effects on the True Astonishments Set"?

-Feral
[/quote]

I'd have to agree. I purchased the set and was very dissapointed overall. There were definatley some interesting items for sure but in the end I choose to sell the set with no regrets. More power to those that enjoyed
NM
[/quote]

I third that. I was very much disspleased with the set, and for which I had to pay extra when it arrived here in Sweden. Was not worth the dough. A magical friend of mine here told me the same.
Message: Posted by: imfletcher (Jan 4, 2010 03:08PM)
[quote]
On 2010-01-04 14:09, Peo Olsson wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-01-03 22:47, magicnorm wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-12-24 13:11, Feral Chorus wrote:
Anyone else amused that the True Astonishment set is running away with the Best of 2009 vote when there is a thread with 8 pages of responses titled "Worst Effects on the True Astonishments Set"?

-Feral
[/quote]

I'd have to agree. I purchased the set and was very dissapointed overall. There were definatley some interesting items for sure but in the end I choose to sell the set with no regrets. More power to those that enjoyed
NM
[/quote]

I third that. I was very much disspleased with the set, and for which I had to pay extra when it arrived here in Sweden. Was not worth the dough. A magical friend of mine here told me the same.
[/quote]

I have not seen the videos but this seems like a classic case of a something trying to live up to the hype before it was released. We see this everyday in other media venues whether it is a movie, book, or record album. Before the TA DVD's where released their was probably 8 pages of responses from people who couldn't wait to see these DVD's.

I am not saying the DVD's are bad or good. I can only go by what is in the AoA books that I own. Sometimes transferring something from print to video doesn't always work.

John
Message: Posted by: jman466 (Jan 6, 2010 12:26PM)
Master Session John Carney
Message: Posted by: magicorik (Jan 6, 2010 12:34PM)
Master session for me too
Message: Posted by: ricardo carpenter (Jan 7, 2010 10:42AM)
Boys, please!

Those who vote for TA vote for it but stop the hype.
It's over now.
Will it contaminate every post about DVD's?
It's become very boring...
Message: Posted by: ricardo carpenter (Jan 7, 2010 11:26AM)
You're right Ricardo : sh... U... yourself!

ps : time to take a deep breath :)
Message: Posted by: Tyler (Jan 8, 2010 01:18AM)
Anything by Magic Makers <rim shot here> LOL
Message: Posted by: alpha alex (Jan 8, 2010 01:33PM)
The manchurian approach by Anthony Jacquin gets my vote
but TA is a close second
Message: Posted by: Michael Peterson (Jan 13, 2010 03:52PM)
[url=http://www.themagicbakery.com]The Seattle sessions with Jack Carpenter[/url] (Both volumes) Night One and Night Two.:)


Mike
Message: Posted by: dunlop (Jan 17, 2010 11:46PM)
The Master Session By Carney
Message: Posted by: dbain (Jan 19, 2010 04:42PM)
Both Michael Vincent DVD sets ("Classic Magic of Michael Vincent" and "Rhapsodies in Silver") were brilliant!
Message: Posted by: ehands (Jan 19, 2010 05:56PM)
For, 2009, John Carney's "Master's Sessions" for their artistry; variety of effects; full crediting; thorough instruction, organized presentation; frank insights on developing one's creativity, audience rapport, and appreciation of classics; with clarity throughout plus quality video production.

For 2010, my prediction is the just released New York Coin Magic Seminar series (volumes 11, 12, & 13).
Message: Posted by: Andi Peters (Jan 24, 2010 05:19AM)
Congratulations to Paul Gordon for winning the best UK DVD of 2009 with Card Startlers.

A well deserved win there.

Cameron Francis summed it all up in his review which can be found on the Café.

If you haven't bought the set, why not? It's a modern day classic.
Message: Posted by: John Pilotzi (Jan 24, 2010 02:58PM)
The full review(s) are here...it really deserved to win: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=343336&forum=111 - It also won best DVD of 2009 in Magic Review and on Magic Secrets. JP
Message: Posted by: fredface (Jan 24, 2010 03:36PM)
I hear it won the "best card dvd" award at the uk close up symposium. It sure is a heck of a set..my favorite. Fred
Message: Posted by: Chamberlain (Jan 26, 2010 10:11AM)
Who decided Card Startlers won? I thought True Astonishments would have came 1st.

My top 3 for 2009 would be
-Malone Meets Marlo
-[url=http://www.themagicbakery.com]Jack Carpenter's The Seattle Sessions[/url]
-The Manchurian Approach
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jan 27, 2010 06:08PM)
I am very surprised so many people liked the Paul Harris set.
I thought it was extremely disappointing. This weekend I performed with several other magicians and all of them felt exactly the same way I did.

Paul wasn't performing anything.
Extremely difficult to navigate DVDs. Almost painful.
Had to buy 9 DVDs (almost laughable).
Some performances looked very amateurish as if it was the first time they tried it.

One question I have is; how many of these tricks were even Paul Harris's inventions?

I could only watch portions of about 3 or 4 before DVDs and could not bare to watch anymore at all.
Message: Posted by: Peo Olsson (Feb 2, 2010 02:09AM)
Sooooo... what DVD(s) won?
Message: Posted by: in flames (Feb 2, 2010 09:20AM)
[quote]
On 2010-01-27 19:08, Frank Starsini wrote:
I am very surprised so many people liked the Paul Harris set.
I thought it was extremely disappointing. This weekend I performed with several other magicians and all of them felt exactly the same way I did.

Paul wasn't performing anything.
Extremely difficult to navigate DVDs. Almost painful.
Had to buy 9 DVDs (almost laughable).
Some performances looked very amateurish as if it was the first time they tried it.

One question I have is; how many of these tricks were even Paul Harris's inventions?

I could only watch portions of about 3 or 4 before DVDs and could not bare to watch anymore at all.
[/quote]

I have to agree with you Frank. "Extremely disappointing" is how I would describe it. I watched all the performances (which was a task on its own) and didn't even bother to watch the explanations.

We all have our own opinions. But for me, that set doesn't hold a candle to Malone/Marlo, Mike Vincent and the [url=http://www.themagicbakery.com]Jack Carpenter DVDs[/url].
Message: Posted by: cairo (Feb 3, 2010 09:45AM)
Why was the PH set such as great a seller as I think it was?
Message: Posted by: charliemartin (Feb 3, 2010 11:17AM)
So who won?
Message: Posted by: JCheng (Feb 6, 2010 02:03PM)
- The Manchurian Approach
- TA
- Bullets after Dark
Message: Posted by: bugjack (Feb 6, 2010 04:14PM)
[quote]
On 2010-01-27 19:08, Frank Starsini wrote:
I am very surprised so many people liked the Paul Harris set.
I thought it was extremely disappointing. This weekend I performed with several other magicians and all of them felt exactly the same way I did.

Paul wasn't performing anything.
Extremely difficult to navigate DVDs. Almost painful.
Had to buy 9 DVDs (almost laughable).
Some performances looked very amateurish as if it was the first time they tried it.

One question I have is; how many of these tricks were even Paul Harris's inventions?

I could only watch portions of about 3 or 4 before DVDs and could not bare to watch anymore at all.
[/quote]

As I have posted before, TA is an odd thing. I agree that a lot -- even too many -- of the tricks are subpar, a step backwards, or things I will never do. Given the length of time taken to produce, I would have expected more knock-out material. All of that said, I voted for it. Face it, we all have enough tricks. We could take a sliver of what's on our shelves and entertain people for years. Somehow, the set put out a set of thoughts and feelings that I found just as instructive as learning any slight. A vibe, if you will. I loved Bro's performance style, was really affected by the final interview, and just found myself absorbing tons of things from the set. Was I annoyed that the TA pen is, I think, basically worthless, or that "Dunn's Deal," the touted "Out of this World" from a shuffled deck was well, just a clumsy handling that could turn any "Out of this World" into one with a shuffled deck? Sure. Do I think it's deeply ironic that some of the stuff I like the most are marketed effects I could have bought at one time for $10 each? Yes. But I still liked the set, and not in a stupid, fanboy way either. In fact, I recently went through the disks and watched many of them again. I have a list of stuff I still need to work on, ranging from finally learning "Immaculate Conception" to getting around to "Water Trap." As a point of comparison, my other favorite disks of the year are the Michael Vincent's, which I think are very underrated. After the first I bought the second even though I'm not a coin person at all. It's just a pleasure to watch his audience management and take in his tips on timing, etc.

Doing I expect everyone to be happy paying $300 for something I'm describing as "a vibe." No. But it worked for me.
Message: Posted by: Mago Gregorio (Feb 7, 2010 02:27PM)
[b]Here is the (final ?) updated ranking of the best DVD's for 2009[/b]

29 True Astonishments Paul Harris
20 Bullets after Dark John Bannon
14 Card Startlers Paul Gordon
14 Classic Magic Michael Vincent
9 An Evening with Jack Carpenter: The Seattle Sessions
8 Manchurian approach Anthony Jacquin
8 Corrindas 13 steps to mental magic Richard Osterlind
7 Malone meets Marlo
7 Confession of a needle swallower Steve Spill
7 Master Session John Carney
3 Professional Opportunist James Browns
3 Superchanged Classic Mark James

After 129 votes, a true winner with True Astonishment by Paul Harris (with interesting controversy about the quality of the set of 9 DVDs). I have to say that I liked it very much and found lot of very useful material. Bro Gilbert deserves very well the routines. Notice also British Magicians with M Vincent and Paul Gordon who get strong reactions. Will have to add to my wish list !
Message: Posted by: Andi Peters (Feb 7, 2010 03:52PM)
Congratulations to Paul Gordon for winning the best UK DVD of 2009 with Card Startlers.
Message: Posted by: Feral Chorus (Feb 9, 2010 09:31AM)
All in all, a VERY strong group of contenders in 2009.