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MarkTirone
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This is my review for Eric Jones' new DVD available via KozmoMagic and your favorite magic dealer. I recently attended Eric's lecture (which totally rocked the boat) and he had a small table set up and was selling these DVD's. Being a good friend of Eric's, I had to pick one up. I have changed my formatting slightly so be on the lookout for that throughout this review. So without further adieu, Mirage et Trois!

What happened was this: The DVD began with Eric approaching a table in a restaurant with a few people gathered around the table. Then came a 3 and half minute performance by Eric of the entire routine start to finish with all of his little jokes and audience reactions. This was a LIVE performance in a real time table hopping gig in a REAL restaurant with REAL people (something we rarely get to see). Most of us who know Eric have only seen him either at a convention or lecture and the more common scenario, on YouTube, so it was really cool to see him actually approach a group of people and see them respond so affectionately to the entire routine.I wish I could say this one performance was worth the price of the DVD, but then you wouldn't learn any of the super cool and resepctable sleight of hand that Eric is laying out for us. Eric also has a very charming performing persona that I think we can all respect in proportion.

Quality: 3/5: The production quality of this DVD was unfortunately not up to today's standards in technology. I have only heard excellent things about Kozmo Magic (the producers for this particular DVD) and I will admit, I set my bar pretty high for this project, again, after hearing only great things about Kozmo Magic. The picture quality was somewhat fuzzy and unlike in some other DVDs, when a coin was displayed at the fingertips or in the hand, the entire coin can be seen, while that was not the case. "Them moving pictures" were running into each other and made this look like this was shot on a cheap camera. But to make up for this, the sound and lighting were both up to standards and I was very pleased with that. At no time in the entire DVD was sound muffled or lighting off. Most of the time in a DVD, when an over the shoulder shot is shown, everything tends to look darker and the performer's voice is muffled. I was happy with everything other than the picture, which unfortunately lost a few stars due to the fact that I had to squint in some places. Also another minor thing to point out and compliment on, was the editing and music throughout this DVD. You are getting a very simply to understand DVD. No flashy texts appearing and disappearing every three freakin seconds and flashign lights and fire in your face. Simpe "Explanation, performance, credits, main menu". I also got a kick out of the music in this DVD. There was none of that annoying hip hop and whistles or drums beating everywhere and it made this enjoyable to watch. Thanks Kozmo!

The Layout: 5/5: This DVD had something that not a lot of people do and I was glad to see this again in a DVD... A GOOD LAYOUT. I hate when I need to scroll through menus and moving the little hard to see arrows up and down and squinting at tiny little gothic texts etc. I was able to "Play All" and watch the DVD all the way through (with exception of the "Extras" menu option) They set this DVD up with the trailer, live performance, then in each effect (Out with three, S.V.C.A, and KKK), a studio performance and explanation and then another performance and repetition of each effect, of course moving on to the following effect. So this was a very straight forward DVD project that got the point across and made the customer want to come back for more!

Explanation: 6/5: So now I will be teaching you each effect. First, start off with 3 coins...ok, I won't be teaching these effects. But it had been said many many times (including at the lecture), that Eric's explanations are even better than seeing the effect the first time (or something like that) and it has the world's truth to it. I said in a previous review, particularly speaking Joshua Jay's MAGIC: The complete course, that the explanations in that DVD were the best I have ever seen and nobody will ever beat them.Well, sorry Josh, but Eric set those standards up to crazy heights! I have never seen such intricate focus and direction to detail as Eric has put on this DVD. The explanations for each effect runs aprox. 15 minutes and that is longer than some of the effects out on the market today. I'm sure if anybody else tried to teach these effects, they would end up with a 4, mayne 5 minute tutorial that doesen't go into any kind of detail. I also love how Eric covers basicaly every angle imaginable in these routines, making something that people might worry about, into something the performer looks forward to since the angles are all covered! So let's recap. lengthy explanations, attention to detail and subtlety, and adding on top of that, over the shoulder and multi-angle explanations and performances. I can't begin to thank you enough Eric for doing such a marvelous job on this part of the DVD.

I will now start to talk about each effect in turn and what I particularly love about each one and the strenghts and weaknesses about each effect.

Out With Three: 5/5: I have always hated productions and vanishes that start right away but I will be more than happy to make an exception and actually USE this effect. This routine really makes sense and as the advertisement says, really IS a comical production of your three coins and while watching this DVD, actually made me laugh! Basicaly what goes down is the production of 3 coins but the third one miraculously vanishes without a trace just as it appears. The magician then produces the third coin once again but finds that one of the other 2 coins vanishes just as the third one appears. This is repeated with a few lines and the third coin apparently appears, but is found to be actually in the spread of 2 coins at your fingertips. I loved how clean this routine looked throughout the entire effect. It is something that you can learn after about 20 minutes of solid practice and then get down. It has comedy, visuality, and of course clean hand actions which is of course always to have. You don't just make 3 coins appear which many other routines have, you actually experience magic that looks like magic! On top of that, you are using productions, vanishes, and in a way,coins across, one of my most favorite coin plots so that works out great!

S.V.C.A (Spectator's Visible Coins Across): 5/5: Before I get any questions which have come up in the same place, No, I have no idea if this is the same effect taught on the "La Famigilia" DVD which Eric had a small part in. Back to the review. This effect is a really magical "ThreeFly" by Jonathan Townsend and Chris Kenner. The first coin goes from one hand to the other in the most visual and respectable way imaginable. you are not doing this one effect really quickly and without any variation where the spectator's can't even see the coin go across. this is a good solid routine. Next one coin is put away and one of the two coins at the fingertips starts to VISUALLY melt away and appear at the empty fingertips of the other hand. Again the coin is put away and all you do is display one coin at the fingertips andjust by touching your elbo, the coin pops into view just as quickly as the same coin pops OUT of view at the fingertips! This is repeated once more and then again. The coins are retrived again and you go into KKK (of you wish). This routine REALLY makes sense though! The illusion is so powerful that anybody can understand what just happened and where you are going with it and why you are taking coins away. Eric also went the extra mile as to include patter lines for this effect that really compliment what is going on throughout the routine.Mad props to Eric for this one! It's going right into my act!

K.K.K (Three Klan Vanish): 4/5: Like I mentioned above, I am not the biggest fan of vanishes (in the context of David Roth's "Hanging coins" plot). Basically each coin is taken into the hand and vanishes completely without a trace and with the palms of your hands being shown each step of the way until the last coin vanishes and your hands are both shown undeniably empty to the audience. I loved the cleanliness of this effect, however you will be left in a somewhat awkward position. If that bothers you, then Eric gives you advice in cleanup and a couple tips on additional handlings. This one looks just as good as the other two though. However, one thing in particular that I absolutely loved was vanish of the first coin. When I first saw the performance of this one I couldv'e sworn that Eric was using some kind of crazy sleeving technique or gimmick because of how realistic this looks. It immedietly went right into my hanging coins effect and I'm sure that if you don't use this effect for whatever crazy reason, it will go right into your's as well.

Overall and closing thoughts: 5/5: Overall I am really glad I decided to finally pick this up and support my friend for putting his work out into the world. If you have not already seen this DVD or the trailer yet, I reccomend you head on over to http://www.KozmoMagic.com or your favorite magic dealer and take a nice long look at it. These routines can all go into any part of your repertoir and are excellent for those times in walkaround or table hopping when a waiter comes by with the check or food, because you can pick it all up and leave and seem completely conspicuous. This is such a flexible routine and I have even made exceptions (something I rarely do) and will start performing this soon. It has been said on the magic Café that you get more for your money out of this one DVD than any other DVD out there today. I want to finally thank Eric for this DVD and for a phenomenal lecture. Thanks!

Time to vanish,
-Mark Tirone
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I received word from Kozmo that my copy of the DBD had a factory defect. There was nothing he could do about this. Please disregard everything mentioned in the "quality" are of the review for I do not have 100% facts there. Kozmo was kind enough to ship me a replacement for this so I will post a more accurate description of the quality when I get it. Thank you for following me, and I'm very sorry for this unfortunate occurance.
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Mark thanks for coming back and reporting that!

It's a wonderful DVD.
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I actually was going to PM this fellow because I found the image sharp.
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Its k buddy! no biggie....were not perfect and god knows I like to hear when we screw up so we don't screw up again....but I prefer it privately Smile everything is fine NO WORRIES...besides not everyone likes everything I do

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First off I don't know Kozmo or anyone who works for him, he wouldn't be able to pick me out of a line up. I believe that if someone puts out a project like this the quality is important because it is suppose to be a professionally made product and should look like one. Kozmo Magic is, in my opinion, the premier maker of DVDs in the US right now both in value of content and in production value. I think Peter Nardis company may have the edge in pure production quality but not by much (the Brits do an amazing job, a few years ago they were not even in the business and now they are tops). If I see a Kozmo Magic product and I think the production sucks you can bet I'll say so in my reviews, so far this hasn't happened.
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Sorry Kozmo. I didn't want people to complain that their DVD was perfect or that I was writing a biased review or anything like that because of personal views on the creator, producer, or the DVD itself. I had no idea at the time so I just assumed it was a bad quality. I kind of realized that the quality was a bit "off" when I popped in Reel Magic after writing the review but nothing really clicked in my head to think it was a defective video. Sorry guys. Oh, and yes, Kozmo Magic IS top notch quality, the best I've ever seen (and I know that because liek I said, I own Reel Magic and it was phenomenal Smile)
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Mark, its ok..... I don't think there's much wrong with merage... I think its very well produced and I'm proud of it... in addition I have no idea why you're dvd isn't playing well... when you get the new one in the mail let me know... could be a lot of things...BUT we use really high quality stuff, were pros at lighting stuff and confident in our production values.... its ok really...dont feel bad about saying what you feel

all the best
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This is indeed a very good DVD. Eric is a fine magician and does an excellent job of teaching the material. The production values are also top-notch. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this offering and give it my highest recommendation.
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I had never seen Mr. Jones at work before, and was very impressed by this dvd..
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I ordered the DVD directly from Eric's site 3 weeks ago (trying to support the creator) and no email, no product, nothing. Sent a followup email asking what was the status on the order, no answers. His email still ericdaredd2002@yahoo.com ?

Guess I'll call the phone number listed on his site tomorrow.
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Eric is a stand up guy...give him a call..
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Quote:
On 2009-03-28 23:49, DougNicols wrote:
I ordered the DVD directly from Eric's site 3 weeks ago (trying to support the creator) and no email, no product, nothing. Sent a followup email asking what was the status on the order, no answers. His email still ericdaredd2002@yahoo.com ?

Guess I'll call the phone number listed on his site tomorrow.


Try these
Eric.jones@musictoday.com
ericdaredd2002@yahoo.com

or call 434-825-0223
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Quote:
On 2009-03-28 23:49, DougNicols wrote:
I ordered the DVD directly from Eric's site 3 weeks ago (trying to support the creator) and no email, no product, nothing. Sent a followup email asking what was the status on the order, no answers. His email still ericdaredd2002@yahoo.com ?

Guess I'll call the phone number listed on his site tomorrow.


Hey Doug,

I just got the heads up from Chris that you haven't recieved your DVD. My sincere apologies. I try to respond to all emails, and can only assume since I haven't read any follow-up correspondence that your e-mail may have been automatically directed to my spam folder instead. Shoot me a PM or give me a call so we can trouble shoot the issue. I look forward to hearing back from you.

I try to make all of my information available so people who are supportive enough to buy from me have access to me when they have questions, and customer service has always been one of my strong points.

I'll be talking to you,

Eric Jones
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Just called Eric, and got it all worked out. Thanks again, Eric! I look forward to viewing your great DVD.
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Just got the DVD, and it's every good thing people say and more.

Great magic, great instruction.

A bargain even at twice the price.
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Watched the trailer and it looks great.Can anyone tell me if it's more suited to the advanced coin magician.
cheers
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Watched the trailer and it looks great.Can anyone tell me if it's more suited to the advanced coin magician.
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Not only is Eric a great performer and the DVD is great, he's a neat guy to hang out with. I had the pleasure of meeting him at a Richmond magic shop. Unfortunately Scott G., I wasn't able to attend your lecture there. I was hoping to scoop up your material too....Great job Eric!
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I have not seen it yet but I have been a fan of Eric's for some time and always enjoyed his youtube performances. I expect this DVD to be terrific!
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