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Shodan
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First off, I would like to state that I don't consider this post a "review" so much as a public service announcement:

If you are a card magician, you need this DVD set.

The tricks are great; some crossover from the Dear Mr Fantasy book, but even if you have read the book its still worth seeing the master in action performing the tricks and breaking it all down again. The new stuff is, of course, great as well - notably "Watching the Detectives" for sheer economy of method, and "Four Fold Foresight" for just about perfecting the "origami" style trick we started to see in DMF - its a self working thing of beauty.

Quite apart from the tricks on offer, Bannon's insights into methodology and structure are an education all by themselves. For anyone who's interested in getting creative with their magic, its an invaluable object lesson in how it should be done.

The production values from Big Blind Media are absolutely stunning - its a carefully thought out, brilliantly executed piece of film-making, and actually feels like a movie with a beginning, middle and end. All in all, the attention that's been put into this aspect goes still further towards making this release feel uniquely special.

I can also heartily recommend the lecture notes, "Six. Impossible. Things." - much crossover with the DVD to be fair, but its also home to absolutely THE best poker deal I've ever learned - this went straight into my repertoire as it is easy, highly impossible, beautifully structured AND comes with an engaging premise!

Ladies and gentlemen, John Bannon has done it once again.
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David.
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I received mine yesterday, unbeliveable super fast shipping to other continent.

Movie like filming style, detailed explanation by John Bannon.

2 thumbs up, my highest recommendation. This DVD set stand out in the junk sea of magic instruction DVDs.
Most memorable moment - with Maestro Juan Tamariz & Consuelo Lorgia in FISM Busan 2018.

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I received the package a couple days ago. Had spent the last 2 days playing with the effects in Six Impossible Things. Simply brilliant! Can't wait to check out the DVDs.
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Another great video by John Bannon. The shipping to the USA was super fast and met the timetable of Bigblindmedias timetable. Great to know that buying from reliable people is well appreciated. Review of the dvd will follow shortly.
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On 2009-10-30 21:48, Shodan wrote:
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I can also heartily recommend the lecture notes, "Six. Impossible. Things." - much crossover with the DVD to be fair, but its also home to absolutely THE best poker deal I've ever learned - this went straight into my repertoire as it is easy, highly impossible, beautifully structured AND comes with an engaging premise!
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Cheers,
David.


Hi, David.

Is the poker deal your are referring to also on the DVDs, or, is it only in the lecture notes?

Thanks for the info.

Mike
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It's only in the lecture notes.
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Thaks, KLG.

Where and how are the lecture notes available? And the cost?

Thanks for the info.

Best regards,

Mike
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Power Poker is on the DVD. It is a highlight of the set.
bugjack
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There's a poker deal on the notes that's not on the sets -- I think that's what KLG is referring to.
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Mike,

I think he was referring to the effect "Riverboat Poker" on the lecture booklet called "Six. Impossible. Things."

You can purchase it directly from John: http://www.johnbannonmagic.com/siximpossiblethings.html
There's also a special offer bundled with the B.A.D. DVD set.
please pardon my English
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Absolutely facinating DVDs with enthralling principals and effects ...
Why is it that on one side of the world a person looks at a picture of the Grand Canyon and says, "it looks so real." At the same time on the other side of the world a person looks at the Grand Canyon and says, "it looks like a picture."
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I thought I should mention that I got scammed on ebay with a Bullets after Dark DVD set and the folks from Big Blind Media came to the rescue. It is really a pleasure to deal with those folks. Not only are the DVDs great, but the distributors are really nice as well. Since I am so happy with them, I thought everybody should know!
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On 2009-12-24 21:03, guitarmagic wrote:
Absolutely facinating DVDs with enthralling principals and effects ...


I second that. When it comes to cardmmagic today mr Bannon has no equal.
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This may be Mr. Bannons best effort to date
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I don't think this is John Bannon's best effort to date, I'd still say 'Dear Mr Fantasy' is streets ahead as far as that goes, but then it's an all-time favourite of mine and set the bar pretty high.

In my opinion, the dvds are good though, and the tricks are, as usual for JB, well thought through and economical in terms of effort for the resulting effect on every occasion. There is a mixture of new stuff and revisited work, and it's a pleasure to watch JB perform the tricks. His explanations are lucid and the additional snippets of interviews are also interesting, I'd have enjoyed more of that in fact. The production values are fine, JB was the clear focus of the dvds, as it should be - the 'look' of the obligatory desolate warehouse and the guys in ties and sunglasses seemed a bit contrived to me, but didn't distract too much.

The 'Six. Impossible. Things' booklet has some crossover with the dvds, as has been mentioned above. The poker deal and the narrative that goes with it is particularly good in that it has a hook that will also draw in non-poker players, which is a definite plus with such tricks. Overall the work is good, no question. (I ordered from JB direct and there was no problem with speed of delivery, and he kindly signed the book for me too).

As an unashamed John Bannon fan, I'd say the dvd and booklet are definitely worth having if you already know and like his work, but if you're looking for an introduction to what he's about, 'Dear Mr Fantasy' remains the gold standard in my opinion. (And can I pre-order the 'Cardzilla' retrospective collection now? It may be another 30 years before it appears, but I'm planning to keep my mind active into my retirement in anticipation of that one.)
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I have the Dear Mr Fantasy book,do you feel it"s worth buying the dvd just for the new material?
Thanks.
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Just my opinion, of course, but I certainly think that if you like John Bannon's work, there's a lot to enjoy in the new dvds (and the book). Seeing him perform some of his earlier tricks (the ace assemblies from DMF for example) on the dvd, along with the new things, made it a worthwhile package for me.
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On 2009-12-27 13:54, Steve James wrote:
I have the Dear Mr Fantasy book,do you feel it"s worth buying the dvd just for the new material?
Thanks.


I like having the DVDs to supplement the DMF book. Besides, not everything on the DVD set was in DMF.

I liked Bannon's take regarding "Origami Prediction" (I think it sets up "nicer" and easier than the "Degrees of Freedom" effect that is in the DMF book).

That said, I didn't especially care for John's multiple revelation for "Oragimi Prediction. I think that it suffers the plight of similar multiple ending scenarios, namely: tipping the fact that there will be multiple revelations as you begin revealing each of the four predicitions one at a time from a single piece of folded or partially hidden paper. (To some audinece members, the written out multiple ending might suggest or imply that the ending is pre-ordained and, as such, that the method is essentially self-working.)

I can't recall if Bannon advised an alternate ending of using a phone number revelation. I don't think that he did, but, with 7 cards being available for the "Origami Prediction" ending, I immediately thought "phone number" and then flashed back to Paul Vigil's ending in his "Sympathy for the (Devil) Cards" manuscript. It just seems that having seven cards (or numbers) being used in the ending made a phone number a "natural" as an ending.

Additionally, a phone number ending can (usually) be made to be personal to the participant assisting you in the performance. (Especially if the phone number has no zeros in it.) Something as personal as a person's phone number can be a very powerful revelation.

Finally, a phone number ending can be set up impromptu and does not require carrying the made-up prediction and envelope used by Bannon in the video.

Just, IMHO; your mileage may vary.

Mike
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I can't recall if Bannon advised an alternate ending of using a phone number revelation. I don't think that he did, but, with 7 cards being available for the "Origami Prediction" ending, I immediately thought "phone number" and then flashed back to Paul Vigil's ending in his "Sympathy for the (Devil) Cards" manuscript. It just seems that having seven cards (or numbers) being used in the ending made a phone number a "natural" as an ending.

Additionally, a phone number ending can (usually) be made to be personal to the participant assisting you in the performance. (Especially if the phone number has no zeros in it.) Something as personal as a person's phone number can be a very powerful revelation.

Finally, a phone number ending can be set up impromptu and does not require carrying the made-up prediction and envelope used by Bannon in the video.

Just, IMHO; your mileage may vary.

Mike


I'd have to try it with cards in hand, but I'm pretty sure that "Origami Prediction" won't preserve the order of a seven-card stack , which would make it hard to do a phone number reveal.
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I guess that somehow we can rearrange without the spectators knowing... if that makes any sense. I had not thought about the phone number idea. Sounds great.
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