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Topic: Draven Reviews: Ahead Of The Game by Jonathan Levit
Message: Posted by: William Draven (Nov 17, 2014 02:26AM)
Title: Jonathan Levit Ahead of the Game
Artist: Jonathan Levit
Producers: Masi Media
Retail Price: $39.99 USD
Learning Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Length of DVD: Disk 1: 1 hour 33 minutes Disk 2: 2 Hours 35 Minutes
Notes: Two Disk Set

Features Disk 1:
ē Main Stage Performance 1
◦ Play With Commentary
ē Main Stage Performance 2
◦ Play With Commentary
ē Interview With Jonathan Levit
ē Black Rabbit Series Trailers

Features Disk 2:
ē Discussions
◦ Connecting With an Audience
◦ The Person I Wish I Could Be
◦ Jonathanís Show Structure
ē Explanations
◦ Quadrorevelation
◦ Everything Changes (Includes ďLevit TriumphĒ)
◦ Draw A Blank (Jonathanís ďACAANĒ)
◦ The Un-Matrix (Overview/ History/ Tips)
ē Extra
◦ The Levit Wand
◦ C4 Trailer
◦ Thank Youís & Credits

Normally I like to open up my reviews by doing a little quick plug on what the trick is or what it is suppose to look like. I really canít do that for this DVD because itís not just a single trick. Itís a lot more than that. Itís a full on study of performance theory, set structure, with a few tricks tossed in for good measure and all from the perspective of master entertainer Jonathan Levit. A Head Of The Game is Jonathanís secret to crafting his amazing magic shows. Itís his secret weapon and heís tipping it to you with this informative two disk DVD set.

In the first DVD you get to see not one but two of Jonathanís full close up shows as filmed at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. This will be valuable later on as you start to learn the methods behind his madness to how he creates such powerfully entertaining shows in the second DVD. Itís a great reference guide to have so you can look back on his performances and say to yourself ďOoohÖ THATís what heís talking about!Ē And to make this learning process even sweeter Jonathan includes a special commentary track that you can play over the performance so you can get into his head and know what heís thinking as he is performing; step by step, move by move.

The second DVD is where we really get into the meat and potatoes of the material Jonathan covers. You basically get three lessons in performance theory taught by Jonathan himself, and then he shows you his takes on four classic, but powerful, close up plots. The extra section is just an area to plug different products such as Jonathanís own brand of magic wands which are beautiful looking accessories made by a skilled craftsman (his father).

The magic taught on this DVD isnít anything new. These tricks have been around for quite a while, and many magicians have contributed their own handlings to these effects. Jonathanís handlings, ideas, and notes though are worth paying attention to. Heís quite skilled at figuring out where the magic moments are and how to maximize them for his audiences. Even if you already have your own preferred methods for doing things like A.C.A.A.N, or Triumph, itís well worth looking into Jonathanís versions. I especially loved his Everything Changes routine which is a blue-red card color change with a devastating ending.

The real power in this product doesnít come from the tricks that are being taught, but the gold mine of information Jonathan shares with you on how to create a successful act. Thereís a lot of DVDís on the market that will show you how to do a magic trick, but Ahead Of The Game is one of the very few that will show you how to be a magician. I am so grateful that I picked this DVD up. This was a rare find and a real score. I canít recommend this DVD enough! Well done Mr. Levit. Well done indeed!

When I give my product scores below I am measuring them on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 Being absolute the worst score possible, and 10 being the absolute best, making a score of five average. The four points that I grade upon is Product Quality, Teaching Quality, Sound & Video Quality and Overall Quality.

Product Quality: 9
Honestly I would have probably gladly paid more than the retail price for this DVD had I known in advance what was all on it. Itís worth every penny.

Teaching Quality: 8
Welcome to class students. Your professor today is Jonathan Levit, and the teacher is in!

Video & Sound Quality: 9
Excellent Video and Sound.

Overall Quality: 9
Seriously, you need to own this DVD. Now! I highly recommend it.

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Message: Posted by: TonySagittarius (Nov 18, 2014 11:01AM)
I saw Mr. Levit at the Magic Castle once he was also on the X-Files.
Message: Posted by: Chamberlain (Dec 26, 2014 03:40PM)
Really good DVD, whilst the routines were fairly standard it was more his interaction with the audience and how he handled his effects/outs/thinking ahead that really impressed me.