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I'm actually working on the 2nd part : Tivoliland 2, I'm back". Hope you are enjoying the first dvd or you will enjoy.
take care folks
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"Tivoliland 2" - this is a very good new !!!
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Keep on going ARTHUR !!!
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I've some recomendations for the second. First off I enjoyed the performance on the first DVD, I can appreciate Arthurs discomfert at time with the English language, he did better than I think he realized. The effects were all very strong, well thought out, and in the hands of someone who can alter the presentation to fit their performing style be a good addition to many acts.

My thought is that while the young man who took part in the explanations seemed like a nice enough fellow he seemed rather non-familiar with the material. I had thought he as there to help explain aspects of the routines, to assist in bridging the language barrier. Rather than seeing that happen he, the young fellow, seemed perplexed and often distracted Arthur from the explanations. I then thought that the idea was Arthur would teach the young man and the viewer would learn along with the fellow and that he would ask for clarification in areas that an English speaker might need help on. In other words he was more of a hinderance than a help. The end result was that the explanation part was a bit disoriented and you really had to watch and filter out some stuff to get the routine information and handling figured out. This is still a very good dvd with some good ideas and better than good routining but the next one could, and rightfully should, be better.
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Dear Steve V

I really appreciate your thoughts, thanks. Yes, the help of Graham Jones was to help me for the language barrier, and your point of view is quite right. I will really think about it for the next dvd.
Arthur

ps, Steve V, I would appreciate in mp a review of my dvd, thanks.
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Steve V
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I'm working on it actually. I went through the DVD three times over the week end and am writing it up.
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Arthur,
I would have liked English subtitles in the French speaking magic show.
I watched both and feel I would have enjoyed that.

I am an American living in Taiwan, so I understand about doing a show in a language that is second to you.
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James
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Dang, you just reminded me, I need to watch the french language show to see the difference in flow.

Oddly I'm an American living in California so I also understand doing a show in a language that is second to you!
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Good one Steve!

The French show is great. If you watch the English show, it's all kids in an informal setting. The French show looks like a pro gig.

Like I said, I would have enjoyed subtitles.
James


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On 2006-06-27 18:14, Steve V wrote:
Dang, you just reminded me, I need to watch the french language show to see the difference in flow.

Oddly I'm an American living in California so I also understand doing a show in a language that is second to you!
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I've got to agree with Tim Trono on this one. Even if you find the performance style a struggle to sit through, the workings behind the visual coins across routine, the torn and restored card, and the bill switch will be of great interest and likely inspiration to most who are serious about their art. I especially liked one of the "extra bits" Arthur did with his bill switch move! A very visual transformation.

As to the guest during the explanations, it was awfully clear both in the interaction and in the fact that it was stated; his presence was to aid in the English translation, which he did frequently.
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Yes he was there to aid and did so frequently and it could have been done better. Arthur agreed with my statement so that pretty much seals that. Very good magic on the DVD. Nice to see you Tom, hope you are well.
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On 2006-06-26 14:04, Steve V wrote:
I had thought he was there to help explain aspects of the routines, to assist in bridging the language barrier. Rather than seeing that happen he, the young fellow, seemed perplexed and often distracted Arthur from the explanations.

When you say "rather than seeing something happen..." you state that it has not happened. Now you are saying it did happen but you had trouble following it. Just need clarification.

I found several points in which the guest helped Arthur find the right words for the English speaking audience and helped Arthur express himself. I found him in no way distracting. I also found the asides which Arthur took to be Arthur's nature and quite enjoyed them rather than being distracted by them.
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And in life I've helped people find the right word as well. I'm overjoyed you didn't find him distracting, he didn't distract me, he seemed like a nice guy who acted like he was tossed out there w/out knowing before hand that it was going to happen and distracted Arthur from the explanation while trying to help. It could have been done better. I'm really happy it was done to your satisfaction, Tom, in my opinion the person assisting with the explanations should have been 100% familiar with every aspect before the camera was put on. I found the young man pleasant yet almost a hinderance. I liked the tape, I thought the magic was strong, I think the way the explanations were done could have been better.
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I should preface this by saying that I only studied the explanations of those tricks which I mentioned above. And I found him not distracting in the least... not to Arthur and not to me. The guest did, in fact, help in wording clarifications as well as pointing out some details in handling along the way. There you have it. Two differing opinions.

I don't agree that having previous total knowledge of the methods yields a better option. As often as not, I have found this to lead to either someone who overlooks details due to his familliarity, or someone with their own agenda of what they want to say and or point out. I found having someone with less knowledge in the methods (if that was the case) and therefore more genuine interest in understanding them to be beneficial. So again, differing opinions.
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Watch the performance. The thing I first noted and really think folks can learn from, and what makes me wonder if Arthur was ever a street performer, was he opens by taking money from a spec as part of a trick and then holds it until the last routine to finish with it. That keeps a crowd. His routines are all very well thought out and have a start, middle, and end...nice to see. The performance reveals so much on how to routine I hope that folks really pay attention.
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Here is a review:
Coco Chanel
“Arthur Tivoli's new touches and story makes the classic gypsy thread a true piece of magic.”

A piece of thread is torn in to many pieces. All but one of the pieces are rolled into a ball; the ball is stuck to the remaining piece. The thread is restored.

Set-up: A few minutes
Thee gypsy thread is already a beautiful effect and the story does give it a new look (in a good way). Although this was not my favorite effect it was presented well and maybe this will work well for you. 8/10

Youssoupof Three-fly
“Once again a story helps the magic, justifying every move and making this coins across effect less impersonal thus more effective.”

Three coins are held at the finger tips and one by one they visually travel to the other hand.

Set-up: N/A
This is one of my favorite routines on the DVD, it’s a good example of combining multiple effects to create an entertaining routine. The routine uses ungimmicked coins and some other props. 10/10

Mono-gobelet
“A workable one cup routine that fits in a pocket (without deforming it). The Japanese topic adds mystery and fun to this classic effect.”

A little ball keeps vanishing and reappearing under a cup.

Set-up: Quick
This was definitely the worst effect on the DVD (in my opinion). I thought that the routing got too repetitive.

Josie the Mouse
“A balloon animal comes to life. He is the hypnotized and begins to levitate behind a scarf. A great magic act for children that also fits in a pocket.”

A balloon mouse is formed then it floats and dances behind a silk.

Set-up: N/A
Although this is not exactly a new method I did like the application. I don’t think this would comfortably fit in your pocket but it is still good. In the English show he doesn’t show the entire routine (just the floating/dancing). 9/10

Rodin
“In this routine, Arthur associates cards, mentalism, balloon sculpture and a lot of laughs.”

Set-up: A few minutes
A balloon sculpture is “sculpted“ to match a an animal on a selected card.
This is an interesting idea but it is something I will not perform. Once again Arthur adds a story to an effect. Not to much to say about this. 8/10

Puzzle
“A single card is torn and restored in a very clean way. The card is in full view from the beginning to the end of the routine.”

A playing card is torn up and restored.

Set-up: Quick
This is a good version of the torn and restored card plot. The method is good but one I will not use however I will take some ideas from the patter (which is very good). This does use Arthur’s bill switch. 9/10

Tivoli's Bill Switch
“Perhaps one of the most visual bill-switches. It makes possible to transform in full view a bill into another bill, a coin, a casino chip or just to make the bill disappear.”

A bill visual into another bill or into a coin or a bill disappears.

Set-up: Quick
This is a visual bill switch but I think that the move is even better for transforming a bill into a coin (or other small object) or vanishing a bill. Again not to much to say. 8/10

Clement Ader
“A torn and restored cigarette paper routine that can be done completely surrounded. The hands are shown empty during the entire routine.”

A piece of cigarette paper is torn and restored.

Set-up: Quick
Yet again Arthur adds a story to his magic. This is a clever effect and Arthur performs it well. I don’t know if you could actually perform this surrounded but it is still a good effect. 9/10

William Tell
“A signed bill vanishes and then reappears in an apple. It becomes a true play with sectators participation...and the bill remains clean!”

A bill is destroyed and found in an apple.

Set-up: A few minutes (on the longer side 10-15 minuets if you use his method of destroying the bill)
Some people destroy the bill by putting it in an envelope and then “burning” it others “tear” the envelope. Still other people do both; they tear the envelope then burn it, Arthur does it the other way around (he burns it then tears it). This is a great routine involving two spectators. It is the spectator’s singed bill in the apple (no torn corners etc.). 9.5/10

Overall: 9/10

Note- Set-up times are the set up times for each performance some effects will require a one time set-up, this includes building a gimmick.

If you have any questions just post them.
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Thanks Jeremy for this review
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Thanks for the ones who enjoyed my dvd I wanted also to suggest you to watch the french version to see the rythme and timming I use.
Take care
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Steve V
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Yes, do watch the French. The flow of the performance, the timing, it is a beautiful thing to watch when done right ant Arthur does it right.
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For those who don't know about my bill switch (for example) you can learn it on the web by cheking out this web site : http://arthur.tivoli.free.fr
regards
arthur
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