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Hi dear brothers..
Can someone tell me if "Thoughts on Cards-Larry Jennings" is worth it?
Thanks.

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I enjoy all of Larry's material very much
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Silly question,

Of course the tapes are worth it - You'll love seeing Mr. Jennings perform his wonderful magic -

On the other hand - It is one of the poorest produced tapes I ever bought - There are overhead pages going on while the introduction by Earl Nelson is being presented. The lighting is so bad that it is distracting and the quality of the camera seems to be one step better than we can buy in Sears.

But having said this - I still enjoy watching Mr. Jennings

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The material in this tape is geared for the somewhat advanced magician. I agree that the procduction was poor, but the effects are great. But I thought Mr. Jennings was a bit rushed in his teaching (perhaps I'm just good enough yet), but that's just me. All in all, it is a good video. Smile
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It is not nearly as good as the "Classic magic of Larry Jennings" video. In my opinion, the only good thing on the "Thoughts on Cards" video is Larry's variation on Ray Kosby's "Oil & Water" and "Card to spectator sleeve."
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I agree for the silly question(!), and the bad production...
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Larry's material is fantastic. I think I have all his tapes, and they are great. With this tape, background distractions, and ringing phones during the interview are all there, but the effects are great. His France lecture tapes are also excellent. Smile
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On 2003-03-26 05:22, korttihai_82 wrote:
It is not nearly as good as classic magic of Larry Jennigs video. In my opinion only good thing on thoughts on cards video is Larrys variation on Ray Kosbys Oil&water and card up to spectator sleeve.


I'm not too sure that it was Ray Cosby who came up with this handling of Oil and Water. Jennings doesn't mention Ray at all when he explains it, and the original tape of Thoughts on Cards was made before Ray's tape. Ray doesn't mention Jennings either in his tape. The handling is exactly the same from both of them except that the Jennings version has an extra phase (which BTW is a brilliant way to end it). And whats funny is that the concepts used in this version of Oil and Water are unique compared to the other hundreds of versions.

Does anyone know who came up with the handling first? Maybe they both did independently?
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I got it. All I can say is that I respect his work on magic but I was very disappointed about this. It's not the quality of the tape because I bought it on DVD. But I didn't find anything interesting on this DVD. I didn't have to see the methods because everything was very easy to understand in the performances.
Thanks anyway.
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When you buy a DVD, you buy it not only for the methods but it also for the way another magician presents the idea. When I buy a new DVD, I read the titles and I know everything or at least almost everything...but I still buy it for the above reasons and my true love for magic.
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If you watch the credits section at the end, you'll see Ray Kosby is credited with the creation of the Oil and Water effect!

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I, too, was a little bit disappointed with the "Thoughts on Cards" video. I don't mind the production quality at all, but for the magic itself, I guess I'm just a different kind of performer. Generally, it's worth it to have in your library but I don't think I perform any of the routines from The Thoughts on Cards video.
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On 2003-04-04 11:00, 1908 wrote:
When you buy a dvd is not only for the methods but it is also for the way another magician presents the idea.When I am purchasing a new dvd I read the titles and I know everything or at least almost everything but I still buy it for the above reason and my true love for magic.

Dear 1908,
I think that I know the reasons that someone buys something. I have a good DVD and video collection so, it's not my first one. All I am saying here is that it did not meet my expectations.Thats my opinion!

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On 2003-04-04 12:24, Pavlo wrote:
I, too, was a little bit disappointed with the "Thoughts on Cards" video. I don't mind the production quality at all, but for the magic itself, I guess I'm just a different kind of performer. Generally, it's worth it to have in your library but I don't think I perform any of the routines from The Thoughts on Cards video.

I couldn't say it any better. I agree with you.
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At the time of purchase - I bought it because Mr. Jennings made it and some of the money went to him - It's worth it for the performances - You have to remember - Mr. Jennings was literally "on his last legs" - I was disappointed in the quality more than the performances - I knew the score before I bought it -

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Mr Jenning was literally "on his last legs"
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The performances on Thoughts on Cards certainly didn't live up to Larry's historical standards, and I've heard he was in very poor health at the time. If he was a diabetic (as I suspect), there's a chance he had begun to lose the feeling in his fingers...
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On 2003-03-26 12:51, cardguy wrote:

Does anyone know who came up with the handling first? Maybe they both did independently?


Kosby published his handling in Stephen Minch's "Spectacle", copyright 1990.
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