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Got the mirror deck!
these are great!
poker sized, all you have to do is stick one card on the top of ezh mirror
so you can have red, blue etc, whatever you are using
they are also also more robust than I thought, so should last a while
going straight into my pocket at the next gig!
cheers james for getting these made up on mass
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I have also received the mirror deck from James and agree with the comments made by Matt. I would also like to add that when the deck is assembled, the weight and feel of it is like holding a pack of cards, which I feel adds to the suprise ending. Cheers, Paul.
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I also received the mirrors from James ( how he them here so quickly was quite amazing in itself ). When I saw the ending on the DVD and was so surprised, I knew I had to perform this.

I'm very excited to use this in performance!

James, thanks so much!
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

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So are these made in bicycle back? and poker size?
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On 2008-09-14 12:17, Daren wrote:
So are these made in bicycle back? and poker size?

Yeah, they are poker size. Matt above posted this info. Unsure about if it's in bicycle back tho.
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Last night I brought my deck of cards and Larry Jennings' classic magic DVD into the living room and....I picked up the mirror deck by accident and didn't know it.

I can't wait to use this. It fooled me and it's going to blow them away.
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

..........John Greenleaf Whittier
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On 2008-09-11 13:02, Philippe wrote:
Using Blue card, using ring to pepper pot, alternating with ring flight but pepper pot hits a lot harder and have used but will be using again because it is the best I have found, no pesky rubish gimmicks, CTW. So far so very good!


Hi All

I've been really busy the last week or two but now have time to respond to recent postings

Firstly -
I've enjoyed reading all the reviews (good and bad) and pleased that by and large I've come out well ahead of the game
What really pleased me was Phillipe's post - the first from someone actually working the routines
I'd really like to see more posts from performers actually using the material

The DVDs been out there long enough now, how's everyone getting on?


Secondly -
Let me stress Russ Steven's (RSVP) point, that all the material is used regularly by me in restaurants
Anyone finding themselves in the area of Southampton, England is cordially invited to PM me, check where I'm performing and visit a restaurant
All items on the DVDs are in use, every night and it would be a pleasure to meet you
Food's good too!

And Finally
To those to whom accurate credits are important (which should be everyone)

In addition to the posts on this thread, I've received numerous PMs with reference to the DPS I use on the DVDs
As established in the thread it is not a conventional DPS, it is a variation that's happened over the years without me realising I'd strayed from the original

Several have drawn my attention to Mark Mason's DVD 'Decade', as it transpires my DPS is very, very similar to his steal 'Stealy Good'
(Decade - bought by me to check this out but now highly recommended in its own right)

One person has even accused me of stealing it and not crediting Mark (stealing stealy!)
I could be picky and point out that my DVD came out first and he doesn't credit me, however it's quite clear that we have both been doing this for years

I am therefore indebted to Rod Watts (Ireland) who referred me to -
Cy Enfield's - Entertaining Card Magic Volume 3 (signed card to pocket)

My move, Mark's move and Cy's are pretty much identical - great minds!

So full credit goes to Mr Enfield as he got his published in 1955

All best

James
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I wanted to let everyone know that I know have used MIRRORS in performance and the reaction was as great a I hoped.

I had them shuffle the pack and I went into a very short ACR. I ended it with an explanation of how the effect was done. I placed the deck in their hands and told them in the old days Magicians used smoke and mirrors to fool everyone. These days you aren't allowed to smoke so, you can only use mirrors.

It got a HUGE gasp when they turned those cards over and they were mirrors. They were fascinated by this. It's an incredible conversation piece because they just shuffled the deck.

Here is a BIG BONUS:

Looking our best when we perform is paramount. You can slip a mirror out and give your face the once over. If you have a rouge eyebrow hair that comes alive and makes you look lie a mad scientist, a nostril problem ( bat in the cave ), etc. You'll catch it before they do.

Because the back is a playing card, it doesn't look like you're looking in a mirror.

Anyway, the MIRROR effect kills.

Get this DVD set. It is loaded with worker material.
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

..........John Greenleaf Whittier
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Hi there,

Ive just joined the Café and come accross this thread. Ive been speaking to James a lot since the release of these DVDs and have a great respect for him as a Magician and a teacher. Below is my review of the DVDs that I have put on other forums. The review has been done as a professional Restaurant and Close up Magician...

The Effect
Destined to do for the restaurant magician, what Corporate Close-Up did for the corporate worker. For the first time, James spills the beans and release some of his favorite routines and gives valuable hints and tips that will make you a high earner in this lucrative field.



Cost
£18 per DVD



Difficulty
(1=easy to do, 2=No sleights, but not so easy, 3=Some sleights used,
4=Advanced sleights used, 5=Suitable for experienced magicians only)

As a general rule for the whole DVD, I would say a 3, although some aren't quite so difficult, and others are a little bit more nacky



Review

VOLUME 1

Mirrors:
MIRRORS - James' unique finish to any card routine. Placing the deck INTO THE SPECTATOR'S HANDS, they solidify into five solid pieces of Mirror! An amazing hands-on routine that will get audible gasps!

I think this is an absolutely fantastic routine. Its very similar in handling as the Omni deck, and creates a similar effect, but the ending of 5 mirrors in the speccys hand is amazing. I personally think this has the potential to be the new Omni Deck.
Difficulty - not particulaly difficult at all, a couple of basic moves are used that any competant Magician will allready know and use
Out of ten - 8

REPEAT TRAVELLERS - Three cards vanish from the deck and then appear inside the magician's pockets. Put back inside the deck, they instantly vanish again and re-appear back in the pockets. Direct, powerful, and a great opening routine.

I like this one, quite a lot. The reason why I say quite a lot is because to make the effect strong, you will need a clothing modification, which I will probably do soon. James teaches the routine well, although when teaching the "diagonal palm shift" I think it could be clearer. the DPS isn't a move ive ever come accross before, and I like it, but there is part which I don't fully understand (can anyone help me please???) which the camera angle doesn't quite pick up properly. Despite that, its a well taught routine and would be a welcome addition to any workers repertoire, something which I will do when ive made the clothing modification.
Difficulty - 4
Out of ten - 6.5 purely because the DPS could be clearer, but I think this is more a filming issue than an issue towards James

MULTIPLE CARDS TO POCKETS - Up to six signed cards are lost in the deck and instantly vanish, appearing in every trouser and jacket possible including one in a sealed envelope!

This is basically an extension of the repeat travellers routine taught before. Same moves taught again. What I really like about this is the phase of having a signed card inside a matchbox, and from learning that, ive also learnt a new card fold which is always funky to me!
Difficulty - about a 3.5, but its what you make of it, you can do anything you want with this I suppose!
Out of ten - 7

CARD OVER/UNDER AND IN MATCHBOX - One of James' brilliant routines that will leave you table dumbfounded. A freely selected and signed card jumps under, over, and finally INSIDE a matchbox that is in full view the entire time. Simple, direct, and fiendishly clever.

The basic premise is that of the card to case routine, but using a matchbox. the routine climaxes with the signed selected card appearing inside the matchbox which has been in play for the whole routine - the beauty of it is that the spectator can open the box and pull out their folded signed card. I personaly don't like card under box routines, but I can see myself using the card inside matchbox
Difficulty - 3. A few basic moves and some jiggery pokery with the matchbox.
Out of ten - about a seven

CHOOSING THE RIGHT VENUE - James tells you how to select the best restaurants to work. Invaluable insights are given that are worth the DVD price alone!

As a professional, this is stuff that I already know about and a principle I use already when sorting venues, btu for the new starter, this information is absolutely diamond. LISTEN CAREFULLY to what James has to say, because he makes a lot of sense

RING IN PEPPER-POT ILLUSION - James' signature piece in which a borrowed ring vanishes and reappears INSIDE a clear pepper-pot that is sitting on the table. Visual magic at it's best and a brilliant illusion. James teaches you how to make two versions in complete detail. Make this a feature of YOUR show!

OH MY GOD!!!! This is absolutely beautiful, and so bold as well. I WANT to do this in my routine so much. James teaches the construction of the gimmick. Ok, it takes a bit of time to do (ive made one but I rushed it so ill be making another one when I find the perfect pepper pot. Its a really beautiful routine, and also very bold. I honestly cant wait to get this into my routine and it will be something I use at every table.
Difficulty - 2. Very basic moves used, the presentation is the secret to this routine working sucessfully.
Out of ten - deffinately a ten, without question


IMPROMTU ANNIVERSARY WALTZ - James Prince's take on this classic trick, but with a difference. Use ANY DECK and NO GIMMICKED CARDS to leave a lasting impression on your audience. Simply brilliant!
Hmmm, in my opinion, this is the weakest routine. I do an anniversary Waltz impromptu already, and I think James makes too much work out of the routine. I like the anniversary waltz, but this one just isn't for me!
Difficulty- 2.5
Out of ten - 5, at a push

VOLUME 2

TABLE APPROACH – Learn the correct way tot approach a table for the first time. What to do and more importantly, what NOT to do using James' tried and tested techniques.
Once again, as a professional, this is stuff that I already know, and yet again as before its the best advice for the new starter to restaurants. James clearly knows his stuff so please listen to what he has to say.

CUPS AND BALLS AT SPEED – Probably the fastest Cups and Balls Routine ever with a four phase multiple ending! The perfect lead in to the next routine that leaves you audience speechless!
I don't like the cups and balls, but this routine really made me pay attention. The beauty of it - no extra balls! The routine is very fast paced, and I think it could actually be performed a lot slower so as not to confused your already bevvied spectator. The climax to the routine is the production of kiwis and lemons underneath the cups, which is a beautiful segway into James' bill in Kiwi routine
Difficulty - 4. Cups and balls is something which takes skill to do correctly, so if you want to learn this routine, spend a lot of time learning it and perfecting it.
Out of ten - 8

THE WORLD'S EASIEST BILL IN KIWI – Probably the simples Bill in Kiwi ever! Easy and completely undetectable. This is a routine that they'll be talking about all night.
This live up to its title, it is the easiest bill in kiwi ive come across. James teaches effective set up of the kiwi which adds an extra convincer to the climax to the routine. I like this routine a lot, but anyone who knows me will know I absolutely love the bill in fruit premise in magic
Difficulty - 1
Out of ten - 8.5

KIWI FINIESE – A great finish to Bill Kiwi where you HAND OUT the kiwi to the spectator at the end to keep!
Yep, a nice little finish to the bill in kiwi which makes the kiwi examinable. Ok, I don't think I would personally do this, but its a nice idea
Difficulty - 1
Out of ten - 7

SHOOT THE KIWI – The ultimate Bill in Kiwi WHERE THE SPECTATOR CAN CUT, OPEN AND REMOVE THEIR BILL! A brilliant gimmick that will allow you to perform a real miracle is described in complete detail. Simply superb!
I simply let out a pleasure moan when I saw this. I LOVE this. This answers an age old problem to me, and I will be working on this for my stage routine.
Difficulty - hmm, id say a 3 because there is a lot of preshow work to do with this, but the handling is the same as the previous bill in kiwi taught.
Out of ten - 11!

FEES – A discussion about what to charge and how to get the best out of your chosen restaurants.
Hmm, not much to say about this, basically James explains that you shouldnt charge your friday or saturday fee for a monday or tuesday. Basic, but it makes a lot of sense, and I bet its a mistake that many have made before

BLUE CARD – A fast and amazing signed card in wallet with a kicker ending that you WILL use.
I really like this, its a quick effect and a really nice way to present the card to wallet. The move seems a little bit nacky, so this one will take a lot of practice to perfect, but I believe its a move well worth learning.
Difficulty - 4.5 I recon. You use a standard card to wallet move and one other move which will take a bit of work.
Out of ten - id say an 8

BRAIN FREEZE – The easy-to-do packet trick that James has been performing for over ten years! Multiple climaxes simply leaves the audiences in a state of complete Brain Freeze.
Sorry guys, I skipped this routine, as I'm going through a phase where I despise packet tricks!!

SIGNED CARD THRU WINDOW – James' classic version that takes the effect to a whole new level. A freely selected cards is signed and then corner given to the spectator with part of his signature still on it. The deck is then thrown at the restaurant window and INSTANTLY the SIGNED card is seen stuck to the other side of the window, Spectator takes his corner piece outside and removes the card from the other side. The corner matches exactly with their signature! NO CONFEDERATES AND SIMPLY GENIUS THINKING!
Ooooft, this is SO bold. Its nice, but very very bold. This isn't one to do all the time, maybe once a night. Like I say, its very very bold, and you will need to do this as a second performance at the table. I cant see me working this one personally, because I work in a lot of first floor restaurants, but if I have the chance, I will deffinately use it
Difficulty - 1.5 maybe 2
Out of ten - 9



Overall
These DVDs are absolutely fantastic and ideal for the working professional repertoire. As someone who earns a lot of money from doing restaurant work, I have found a lot of new routines here which I know will be in the routine in due course. The advice on the DVDs is absolutely perfect for the person who is just breaking into the restaurant scene.

I love thses DVDs, I'm so so glad I finally bought them.

Oh, by the way, if I catch anyone using the ring in pepperpot on my patch, then ill string you up!!!


Mark
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That's it I have to break down and buy this dvd. Mark it's funny what you said because I to hate packet tricks right now I don't know why but it has been just recently.
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I just wanted to mention how responsive James Prince is. I had some questions
regarding obtaining a prop from one of his effects and he was not only quick to respond but willing to go an extra mile to accommodate my needs.

I have this set and found it to be a valuable resource in many respects. I really enjoy live performances. I too am glad I purchased this set. Oh!!.. and because of James I've learned the DPS and now have another useful tool in my arsenal.
Thanks James.
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Mini review Vol 1:
I have had V2 for a while, as I thought it had more of what I wanted (kiwi & cups). I finally got V1, and have to say that I was really glad that I did.
I won't disect each effect as it has been done already, but here are some thoughts:

I really like mirrors, and have tried and fried with it. As with any effect, the handling is tweaked to suit myself. I went on ebay and got an A4 sheet of 3mm perspex mirror for £3. Score, snap, rub down - job done. Want an easier option? Mirror Styrene 2mm - ebay £3 for an A4 sheet that cuts with good scissors. Jumbo mirror deck anyone?! (hope that this helps).

Repeat Travellers.. I really want to do this. Strong, quick, bam. Just the set up to sort out (which is no big deal).
The DPS - I really like this move, but would like it explained in more detail. I appreciate that this DVD is not a 'how to..' instructional on sleights, but a minute spent showing front / rear views Ammar ETMCM style would have been good.

Ring in pepper pot - Fantastic. In my experience (which I readily confess is less than many on the Café), very little leaves such a lasting memory as an item to impossible location. I will be making this, and the instruction is excellent.

Card over/under/in matchbox - You wouldn't like this... honest!!! OK I confess, this is great, I've just tried it on a few friends, its a kicker, I love it(also see comment below).

Anni-waltz - I do the gaffed version, but this (with a couple of minor changes) won me over ...

The comment: having read the posts here, the thing that comes to mind, is that nearly any trick I see and end up using very rarely survives unaltered. Sure, there may be some bits of the routine and handling on certain items that don't fit, but surely the 'gold dust' here is the ideas, the framework, the tried and tested routining, and the inspiration. For example, the pepperpot plot may not work for strolling, but does it not inspire you to adapt & create?
I perform part time in a variety of environments, and I really feel that there is some attainable, useable, hard hitting material here.
I have brought eye-candy DVDs before, but these DVDs (to me) really contain stuff that I either use, or will use.

So there it is. Respect to all those who posted honest opinions. Me, I like nearly all the routines, think that the advice given is useful, and the production quality is good. Value for money? Oh yes. So when will vol.3 be coming out?
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Just a quick P.S.
Christopher Kavanagh - thanks for posting the Genii link. A good read.
I would also like to add that James should be applauded (as mentioned by others)for the support he has given to those -including myself- buying the DVDs.
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Anyone using any favorites off the DVD set? How about "Mirrors"? I go mine direct from James and they kill. People actually gasp.
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

..........John Greenleaf Whittier
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Hi Everyone,

James has kindly given us the exclusive release of his "Mirrors" effect as featured on the DVD's. More details can be found on our website at http://www.rsvpmagic.com and includes free postage to anywhere in the world. The first batch sold out and there are a limited number left from the current delivery.

Best,
Russ
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A quick thank-you to all those out there who have bought 'Mirrors' , both from myself and Russ @ RSVP

I am no longer selling this direct, so all enquiries/orders to RSVP please

I have just posted them a third batch, so anyone whose waiting should receive them shortly

http://www.rsvpmagic.com
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I can't find any information about the mirrors of james Prince I checcked the website and I don't see anything. A lIttle Help?
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On 2008-11-08 13:28, immr1drfl wrote:
I can't find any information about the mirrors of James Prince I checked the website and I don't see anything. A little Help?


Here's the link:
http://www.rsvpmagic.com/mirrors.html

There's also a demo clip of the effect.
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

..........John Greenleaf Whittier
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Thanks Chistopher.
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For those that got the "Mirrors" have you had a chance to perform with them?
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

..........John Greenleaf Whittier
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