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b ferguson
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Hi guys,
This is just a quick question on the videos by Diamond Jim Tyler called Pockets full of Miracles. Has anyone bought these videos? If so are they any good? I'm thinking of buying them myself.

Thanks!

~Brandon
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I haven't seen the videos but I was disappointed by the book of the same name.
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In my opinion, Pocket Full of Miracles is a video of miracles! It is packed with real world performing materials. I haven't seen the book, but I am sure that the video is fantastic! Most people I know who own this video praise it! A lot of fresh new ideas, and most importantly, commercial and workable in the real world! One of my favourites to come in a long time! Smile
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Go get them! To me, it's worth every penny! Smile You won't be disappointed.
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I say his lecture, and it was pretty good. You won't find revolutionary stuff, but you will find practical stuff, if it is anything like his lecture and notes.
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I thought the whole thing was boring. Not ONE trick fooled me. I didn't like his presentation, gags or tricks. They seemed very bland and I was not impressed by his skill at all.

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Actually i don't what's wrong with his tapes. It is in fact better than many tapes on the market. Yes, you won't find revolutionary stuffs, but most of the stuffs inside are commercial and workable in the real world. I don't find it boring at all and i enjoy it. Of course if u are trying to find some new cool faro shuffle or some weird new technical sleight of hand, you will not find it here. But if you want real world performing material, you cannot be wrong with this tape.
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I have been magic for almost 30 years and I think Diamond Jim's stuff is great. No finger breaking stuff or flashy stage illusions, but just down righ, up close, in your face real magic. I own both the tapes and the book and many of his effects. I don't understand the negitive feedback "others" have voiced. Jim's magic you can use everyday in almost any situation and it crushes people!
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Yikes! I don't think there was any intent in any posts to strike down someone elses opinion.
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There are several issues to consider: First and least important, but an interesting discussion somewhere else, I believe there is a big difference between 20 years at something or 30, no matter what, 10 years at anything and there is a wider and deeper level of exposesure, trial and error of what will and won't work, as well as appreciation for others work. Secondly, and most important, if one doesn't appreciate/like someone else's work, there are better ways to communicate this instead of saying someone's work "SUCKS", "BORING" or is "AWFUL" and tells others on a mass media device (Internet) "Don't waste your money". Using such language in such a public environment makes me think of the popular saying, "CONSIDER THE SOURCE!". And lastly, you mentioned that just "cos" something is easy doesn't make it good. I agree, but people should understand not everything in the book/videos is easy, some of the items are easy (and good), but some will require added practice to be comfortable with it.
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I agree that the products should be discussed on the merits of the product itself, not on the person's personality. I also agree that it is perfectly acceptable to voice an honest, dissenting opinion on ANY product, even my own (for those who may have thought I felt otherwise).
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i totally agree with Wardmath and Scott. A product should be reviewed based on the materials, and not the performer. If we are to evaluate any video based on the performer, i believe that there are tons of performers that fell into this category of "boring", not coz they are boring, but sometimes their age or presentation style does not fancy you etcetc. Remember, not everyone is David Copperfield or Lance Burton! Each has their own style. By the way, not everything in Pocket Full of Miracles is easy!!! Some of the stuffs require lot of practice to bring it to the same level as Jim. And Jim himself is a great performer (btw, i don't know him personally, i am reviewing based on the tapes).
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I also have these tapes and to me, they are worth every cent! The materials are great and I don't understand why they are rated so badly in this way. Smile
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The book is superb. I thoroughly enjoyed the routines and presentations given. I perform as a part time pro, (approx 7 shows a month) and have for 17 years. The material in this book was inspiring in its commercial appeal. New Age Spellbound, and several other routines had very clean handlings and resets. I haven't seen the video, but the book is one I cherish. I have never met Diamond Jim, and this is an honest opinion. Best regards, Christopher Smile
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I agree with ChrisOps: "they are worth every cent to me". I have the book, videos, and his lecture notes. I've seen his lecture and have taken my family to see him perform at restaurants.

Both the book and video give clear instructions to innovative routines. Not all tricks are easy. He gives something for the beginner and the expert. I highly recommend both! Smile
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25 years in magic.. I have done most of it.
I HATE to read.. and honestly, I bought the book because Jim is a close friend. That said... it is a great book.. His Ring and String presentation MADE me finally build a routine of my own. I think the book is well written and far from boring (this from a guy to hates to read). Easy instructions, great routines. I consider it one of my treasures.
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I agree with klownchuck...his Ring and String presentation is the best i've seen! I have Ring Leader video too but i still like Jim's presentation of it! It rocks! Smile
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I didn't like the tapes at all. Who needs another novel way to reveal a force card? Yet there are half a dozen or so on these tapes. There is no way there is enough material for 2 tapes, it should all have been on one tape.

The one thing I did use is the idea of using those stones for Spellbound.

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I'm glad that you picked up the stone idea for Spellbound.

As far as content for two tapes, I really enjoy a magic video that not only shows a trick and method, but when it shows the magician's interaction with lay people.

Thats something that I really enjoyed about Jim's videos. In fact it reminded me of the interaction shown in Gregory Wilson's "On The Spot" videos.

Very nice touch to add actual tablehopping footage.

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