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strollingmagician
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I would like a review if anyone had seen this sixty dollar dvd called "Wrinkles on the Table" at http://www.hocus-pocus.com

thanks you!
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Wrinkles on the Table -- Steve Shufton. I really liked the DVD and found it to be informative and the explanations clear. The 'Wrinkles' section goes into detail on some of the finer points and handling. Steve has a laid back / direct approach to teaching which I enjoy. There are no live performances of any of the effects which would've greatly enhanced the DVD, but to me, everything presented works. I especially liked his c&b routine. IMHO.
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Any other review for Steve dvd?
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I would like more information too. In this day and age where there is a couple new dvds a week, it is very difficuot to keep up. This one sound interesting but I would like a little bit more infos before making the jump.

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How is the work on the cups?
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Let me preface this by saying that I work in a magic shop, and that I didn't purchase the DVD set, I was asked to review it so I could recommend it to our customers.

*HAD* I purchased the DVD, I would have taken the DVD back to the magic shop and *forced* them to refund my money.

As you can tell I didn't care for the DVD. If you are a fan of Steve's work, or just need to know that I didn't like it, you can stop reading now. If you would like to know the depths to which this DVD set will burn you for $60 then please...read on.

First off, I have never heard of Steve Shufton. And had he made this DVD "set" a single DVD (which it could have been) and charged a more reasonable $25-$30 for it, it could have passed into obscurity as another magic DVD that you may have gotten a laugh from. But I personally feel that the amount of material, and quality of the material, are a complete rip-off for $60.

I wanted to address the quantity issue first (since there are really only 6 effects between the two DVDs), but in order to really explain why there are only this many effects I think we need to discuss quality first.

From all I can gather from the DVD, Steve Shufton is a burned out hippie living in his parent's basement. Apparenlty they went away for a weekend and Steve was able to setup his video recorder (at one point you actually get to see him use the remote to turn it on) and record some of his favorite effects.

He brushed off his $500+ set of cups and balls, hung a tapestry in the background, almost bothered cleaning up the basement, and set off to make a magic DVD.

The material, and presentation of it is horrible. Some of the sleights are done off camera, he's performing for imaginary people, and the execution of many of the palms and steals are atrocious. Even Steve at one point mentions that he doesn't do a wand spin well, but likes to keep it in the routine because it amuses him (or something to that effect). Is this what we've come to expect from a *teaching* DVD?

Which leads me to quantity. There are really only 6 effects on these DVDs. One of the reasons for that is he speaks so slowly (I did mention the hippie part right?) that it takes him forever to even get through a routine, let alone the explanations. His Cups & Balls routine is probably ten minutes longer than it needs to be, and don't even get me started on the explanation of it.

Now I know this may sound offensive, and if this was just a video of a guy performing his magic, it would be. I'm not trying to be a jerk, but he is trying to get $60 for this material. If I am going to pay that kind of money for a DVD it had better be *** good.

Magic Makers just put Royal Road into a FOUR DVD set. *THEY* are only asking $60 for it. If you try to compare the two, it would just bring you to tears.

I'm sure you don't need to be told this if you have gotten this far, but DON'T BUY THIS DVD. DON'T LET YOUR FRIENDS BUY THIS DVD!

Let this DVD vanish into oblivion, if only in hopes that the next guy that wants to charge $60 for a two DVD set had better put some frikken time and energy into it.
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I had received these dvds some time ago and neither of them play in either my home dvd player nor my laptop. I guess that keeps me from reviewing them.

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Ok, I received a new set from Steve upon sending my other ones back. He was very kind and even included an extra trick for the inconvenience. There are certainly some things to learn on these dvds. I really liked his spellbound move and a few other moves that were sort of neat. I do not prefer his performing style nor his presentations of the effects (although the plot of the cups and balls is interesting). Other than the cups and balls, his effects are plotless (like most magic today). What I mean by plotless is, "I have this coin. Watch the coin. Now look! The coin is over here. Watch the coin. See the coin? Now look! The coin is gone. But wait, the coin is now over here," etc. The quality of the dvds weren't too terrible. They were obviously shot at home, but what difference does that make? It was not shot in front of a live audience. That DOES make a difference. Much of the dvd running time was used up in advertisements for his other products (I am not privy to that either).

There are things to learn on these dvds, but in my opinion, they don't match the pricetag. As Jeff said above, if these were squeezed into one dvd and cost $25, I would be satisfied. However, they were not. The price is just too high for what you get. It would be like paying for Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and getting a Whopper with cheese. Whoppers with cheese aren't bad if you are paying the right price for them.

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