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myoungbauer
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Hello

These have been advertised in Genii and Magic for the last couple months, available in early December from International Magic. Has any one seen them yet? They're not cheap, but look absolutely amazing. Anyone?
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Ordered them, will review when they come in.
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I just got my set of the Bob Read DVD's from International Magic Studio. They are not cheap, but they certainly are both educational and nostalgic.

Disc 1 contains Performances from 1976 to 2005 at various venues. This gives you a chance to see Bob in some of his live work. I saw one of his performances at the Centenary, and enjoyed it immensely.

Disc 2 has a lecture that was recorded at International Magic Studios at 1 AM, after a long day at a convention. There is a lot of good material here, but Bob didn't want this version released because he didn't feel that it was his best lecture. Thankfully, we still have it. There is also a private session that teaches the small details of the magic that is shown in the lecture. So it all works out. I just enjoy watching Bob work.

Disc 3 has two big historical sections on it. One is the cups and balls in graphic art in the 19th century. This has some great insight into how street performers did the cups and balls, as well as how they were represented in the graphics of various countries. There is also a lecture about Arthur Watson which Bob delivered at the LA conference on magic history shortly before he died. Bob and I discussed Arthur Watson at the Magic Circle Centenary. I wish I'd been at the LA conference, because he gave me a taste of what was to come.

Disc 4 has a private interview with Bob, as well as Bob's London Walk through Mayfair which took place right after the Magic Circle Centenary. The DVD gives the date as August 2005. This is incorrect. The Centenary Celebration took place from July 20 - July 23 of 2005, with a heritage day on July 24, 2005. The Mayfair walk too place on July 25, 2005. I was there. In fact, you can see me on the DVD, along with my wife.

It would be difficult for me to forget the date, because it was my birthday!

Nevertheless, that small error notwithstanding, the trip was wonderful. We got to see some of the actual places various famous magicians performed and stayed.

Finally, on DVD 4 there are also PDF's of some of Bob's most treasured manuscripts.

It's definitely worth buying.
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It is a wonderful set of discs.
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There is a lot of bittersweet nostalgia on these discs. I did not know Bob well. I got to know him via e-mail. I sent him a few things that I know he had been looking for.

I met him at the Centenary, and spent a bit of time with him. We discussed cups, history and the British Museum, which were three of his favorite subjects.

His death came as a rude surprise to me. At least, with this set of DVD's I can remember a brief time I spent with him and several of his other fans while walking around London.

The DVD's will give those of you who never had a chance to see him perform the opportunity to experience something of one of the greatest entertainers who ever performed magic in London. This may sound like an exaggeration. But anyone who ever saw him work will tell you the same thing.
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Boy this set sounds amazing. I can't wait to get it especially for the cups lecture.

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Jeff McBride has a Commando Act out; an all-terrain, take-no-prisonners approach to entertainment. Bob Read's set is a british approach to the same concept.If Mc Bride is SEAL or Ranger, then Bob Read was definitevely SAS. Strong, strong magic.
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I am anxiously awaiting this. If it does not come tomorrow I shall hold my postman responsible.

I was very interested but waffling until I read Bill's description, especially the PDF's. I once had a copy of Thanks to Pepys but lent it out. Stupid, stupid, stupid. . . you'd think I would have learned, but no. I've loaned and lost more good books than I care to think about.

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Well, finally, after over a month of being backordered, they came. I've only had a chance to watch the first disc, but while that was going I printed off a copy of Thanks To Pepys. I've never laughed so hard. And I'm looking forward to sitting down with the book again. I will grudgingly say (not because of the dvd's which are great so far, but because I hate having stuff back ordered) that these are worth the wait.
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On 2008-02-19 20:22, Mark Raven wrote:
Well, finally, after over a month of being backordered, they came. I've only had a chance to watch the first disc, but while that was going I printed off a copy of Thanks To Pepys. I've never laughed so hard. And I'm looking forward to sitting down with the book again. I will grudgingly say (not because of the dvd's which are great so far, but because I hate having stuff back ordered) that these are worth the wait.


Who did you order from that had them back ordered for so long?
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H-P! Usually, they're very fast. Not this time, though.
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H-P! Usually, they're very fast. Not this time, though.


That explains why you waited so long.
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Mine directly from England in less than a week! Love to deal directly with the folks making the product. Great service, fast delivery, great communication.
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Should have done that. . . live and learn.
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Is the gag with the gaff watch explained in one of the DVDs? I have been looking to get one made. Does anyone know where I could purchase one?

thanks.
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Disc 3 has two big historical sections on it. One is the cups and balls in graphic art in the 19th century. This has some great insight into how street performers did the cups and balls, as well as how they were represented in the graphics of various countries. There is also a lecture about Arthur Watson which Bob delivered at the LA conference on magic history shortly before he died. Bob and I discussed Arthur Watson at the Magic Circle Centenary. I wish I'd been at the LA conference, because he gave me a taste of what was to come.


Bob's lecture on Arthur Watson is hugely interesting from the perspective of conjuring history, but is also fantastically funny.

Those interested in the Arthur Watson story may be interested in these articles:

http://textualities.net/gordon-bruce/watson-sherlocked/

http://textualities.net/richard-h-evans/......covered/

Richard

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On 2008-04-16 13:27, Claudio wrote:
Is the gag with the gaff watch explained in one of the DVDs? I have been looking to get one made. Does anyone know where I could purchase one?

thanks.


I have one of the watches, they were made in England, but no info who made them. I purchased mine from a now defunct magic place out of Chicago, Illinois, USA. Back in the 1980's I believe.
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