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Paul Fitzgerald
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Review of Distorted Visions DVD by Jack Curtis
Reviewed by Paul Fitzgerald

Title Distorted Visions

Creators Jack Curtis, The 1914

Price $42 approx.

Ad Copy Integrity
Everything advertised on the packaging is correct and does not stretch the truth in any way...a product you can really trust... what a relief from the mentalism norm. Well done Jack!

Packaging / Production Values
Beautifully produced 2 hour DVD with lots of quality extras. The packaging is excellent...a lot of time and effort has been invested into this wonderful DVD from Jack Curtis and The 1914 Production Company.

Contents
Performances
Explanations
Bonus Section
Playing Cards A Discussion... Between the Lines great advice
Blooper Reel...very funny
The Car Journey Experiment (Performance Only) ...amazing effect Jack!
Bonus PDF Documents...great value...quality pdfs

Performances
Jack is a very personable guy, the routines are very well scripted and his approach and audience management is excellent. Very quickly you will be drawn into the performances, which are all in a close-up environment. The audience reactions are all genuine and they are completely baffled and amazed by Jack. As you watch the DVD, the effects continually build Jacks credibility as a mind reader to the point where he has total control of his performance and surroundings. The location of the DVD is set in a theatre. This is a DVD you can actually have a beer, relax, watch and enjoy...fantastic!

Amnesic Transpo
The mentalists answer to the two card transposition using business cards and a pen. A baffling demonstration of confusion and mild amnesia.
Rating 9/10

Floral Destiny
A philosophical exploration of free will and determinism using flowers and playing cards.
Rating 9/10

Extra Subliminal Persuasion
After learning about the psychic experiments of Dr. Rhine, your participant is left surprised to find that stuck to the back of all five ESP cards are stickers which correctly predict the outcome of their actions.
Rating 9/10

Blank 2.0
A multi layered demonstration of apparent subliminal influence using a freely named number.
Rating 9/10

Law of Attraction
Using nothing more than a stack of business cards and a pen, you are not only able to correctly identify the name of the family member your participant is thinking of, but also present an incredible demonstration of “Synchronicity”.
I love and have always peformed Annemanns Telephone Drama/Dead Name Test using Osterlinds Centre Tear and Stuart Cumberlands thinking originally released in his 2005 Annemann DVDs which I proudly own. This has served me well for 9 years however I will use the thinking behind Law of Attraction as a variation on the Dead Name Test... this is a special effect and thanks to Jack for sharing this.
Rating 9/10

Silver Lining
The mentalist uses two coins to challenge a spectator to a battle of the minds. After an apparently disappointing ending, the mentalist bounces back with a surprise jaw-dropping finale.
Rating 9/10

Credits
Jack has applied the appropriate credits where applicable.

Teaching
The teaching throughout this DVD is impeccable from Jack supported where appropriate by the excellent Looch, Jack explains very clearly the methodologies and includes excellent touches that could only ever be learnt performing this material repeatedly in the real world. Each effect on the teaching section is also broken down into simple sections such as Preparation, Explanation etc. I am very interested in understanding Jacks approach to scripting, he has clearly thought about the messages he wants to convey to the audience and kept the subject simple, direct and different... hopefully in future projects he will be able to expand on this topic...very important when performing mentalism and I enjoy Jacks approach.

Final Thoughts
Jack Curtis is one to watch... I think we will hear a lot more about Jack in the future... I believe he has the potential to have his own UK television specials because he has that certain something when he performs and his effects although extremely powerful are purely vehicles to establish his credentials as a man of mystery and amaze the audience which should always be the intent.

There may be more creative, greater hyped products released this year but as far as value for money, production qualities, watchability and quality of effects goes this is my 2014 product of the year...I know we are in May and there is half a year left but this is definitely one of my Top 5 Mentalism DVDs . I look forward eagerly to Jacks next release, buy this DVD...you will not regret it.

Final Verdict
9/10
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Thanks for the in depth review Paul, sounds like an excellent value.
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Jack is a clever cookie and a good friend. He comes from a TV and acting background and has some fascinating ideas on his approach to scripting!

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Thanks so much for the review, Paul! It made my day.

In regards to scripting, I had planned to go into detail about this very topic in the bonus section of the DVD. But due to time constraints on the day, it never happened. Hopefully I'll find time in the not-too-distant future to document it.

Thanks again for your kind words.

All the best,

Jack
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Sounds good, any link available ?
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I picked this up at the local shop mainly out of curiosity, and because Looch was involved with it. I have enjoyed a lot of what Looch has had to offer in the past, but I was fully aware that this was not his vehicle. I am not going to go over each effect, but I will just sum this product up with a few thoughts.

It was a descent DVD. But I would not consider this to be a "Mentalism" dvd. It is far closer to a magician doing mental magic. Not that there is anything wrong with that by any means. Almost every effect on here is a derivative of basic plots and handling of card magic and mental magic. While I do think that there were some ok effects on here, it definitely felt like much more of a beginners level product on mental magic. I found the discussions to be very flat.

And finally, although Looch appeared on this DVD, I really don't see a reason for him to have been there. It really felt like he said, "Hi I am Looch". And then, "Bye". Not much in between. He was there mainly to listen to Jack talk. I would have liked to have seen much more interaction from Looch, and heard his views, takes etc on what was being discussed.

Sorry Looch, dig your stuff, just not this time.

All in all, not a bad product. I do think it was overpriced IMO.

Maybe some of you will find more value in this set. It just didn't do it for me.
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On May 16, 2014, sbays wrote:
I picked this up at the local shop mainly out of curiosity, and because Looch was involved with it. I have enjoyed a lot of what Looch has had to offer in the past, but I was fully aware that this was not his vehicle. I am not going to go over each effect, but I will just sum this product up with a few thoughts.

It was a descent DVD. But I would not consider this to be a "Mentalism" dvd. It is far closer to a magician doing mental magic. Not that there is anything wrong with that by any means. Almost every effect on here is a derivative of basic plots and handling of card magic and mental magic. While I do think that there were some ok effects on here, it definitely felt like much more of a beginners level product on mental magic. I found the discussions to be very flat.

And finally, although Looch appeared on this DVD, I really don't see a reason for him to have been there. It really felt like he said, "Hi I am Looch". And then, "Bye". Not much in between. He was there mainly to listen to Jack talk. I would have liked to have seen much more interaction from Looch, and heard his views, takes etc on what was being discussed.

Sorry Looch, dig your stuff, just not this time.

All in all, not a bad product. I do think it was overpriced IMO.

Maybe some of you will find more value in this set. It just didn't do it for me.



Sbays

You make a fair point regarding my appearence in the explanations section. I wrote the original foreword for the book a few years back and was asked by Jack to be involved in the project, the problem is, Jack knows this material so well that he had thought of literally everything during the explanations! Smile I do like Jacks material, it follows very much in the same vein of my SAD ethos and the reactions clearly show that the participants enjoyed them too. Smile
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I wasn't the biggest fan of the DVD, BUT the last routine with the coin made it all worth it. Seriously, for ME, it's one of the strongest seemingly impromptu pieces you can do!

AND THE METHOD! SOOOOO simple!
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I picked this up at the local shop mainly out of curiosity, and because Looch was involved with it. I have enjoyed a lot of what Looch has had to offer in the past, but I was fully aware that this was not his vehicle. I am not going to go over each effect, but I will just sum this product up with a few thoughts.

It was a descent DVD. But I would not consider this to be a "Mentalism" dvd. It is far closer to a magician doing mental magic. Not that there is anything wrong with that by any means. Almost every effect on here is a derivative of basic plots and handling of card magic and mental magic. While I do think that there were some ok effects on here, it definitely felt like much more of a beginners level product on mental magic. I found the discussions to be very flat.

And finally, although Looch appeared on this DVD, I really don't see a reason for him to have been there. It really felt like he said, "Hi I am Looch". And then, "Bye". Not much in between. He was there mainly to listen to Jack talk. I would have liked to have seen much more interaction from Looch, and heard his views, takes etc on what was being discussed.

Sorry Looch, dig your stuff, just not this time.

All in all, not a bad product. I do think it was overpriced IMO.

Maybe some of you will find more value in this set. It just didn't do it for me.


Thanks for the review, much appreciated! All the main info I was looking for and helped me decide whether to purchase.
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Thanks for the reviews. I watched the demo and here is my concern:

the demo of the ESP routine leaves one thinking about the obvious possible method with more than one card in each envelope. I would think that is what a spectator would think. Perhaps that is not the method, but the effect as demonstrated just screams an obvious method.

What is the coin effect?

KJ
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KJ, don't let your concern fool you Smile

there's no more than 1 card in each envelope, everything is examinable.

Cheers!
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KJ, don't let your concern fool you Smile

there's no more than 1 card in each envelope, everything is examinable.

Cheers!


Thanks, this does sound much more interesting.

Can anyone tell me more about the coin effect?
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On Jun 4, 2014, Lseeyou wrote:
KJ, don't let your concern fool you Smile

there's no more than 1 card in each envelope, everything is examinable.

Cheers!


Thanks, this does sound much more interesting.

Can anyone tell me more about the coin effect?



You play a coin game where it looks like you loose. When the spectators are excited that they beat you they get kicked in their stomach with a hard-hitting surprise ending that shows that everything has been under your full (mind) control the whole time. Very strong effect, indeed.
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I just want to let you guys know that 3 months after my original review of Jack's DVD I stand by every word. I've had great success performing a number of these routines and it still remains my favourite DVD of the year when you consider price and content. Please do not overlook this wonderful DVD by Jack Curtis.
Cheers,
Paul.
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I just want to let you guys know that 3 months after my original review of Jack's DVD I stand by every word. I've had great success performing a number of these routines and it still remains my favourite DVD of the year when you consider price and content. Please do not overlook this wonderful DVD by Jack Curtis.
Cheers,
Paul.


I totally agree with Paul. It is unbelievable that there hasn't been more talk about this. I have created wonderful reactions with the Silver Lining routine. It is a worker! And so *** simple! Wow.

I like the Amnesic Transpo and Synchronisity as well.

All routines on this dics are workers. It isn't bold Peter Turner material, but simple stuff. As much as I like Peter Turners material and presentational still (I'm a huge fan), I feel I need more sure-fire methods to support my focus on presentation. And Jack Curtis' Distorted Visions provides me with just that.

I recommend it a lot. Thanks for a great product, Jack.
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Thanks so much for all the extremely kind words, they are all very much appreciated. It's great to know that people are going out and performing this stuff with great results!

Our production company (The 1914) has a half price sale on for the next few days so it's worth looking there if you want to grab a copy. Details here:

http://blog.the1914.com/2014/08/50-off-everything/

Best,

Jack
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Nice! I've wanted this DVD for a while, but always was too costly for me....but 50% off makes it a good deal...
just ordered one up!!
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...and it's fantastic! One of my best purchases this year...
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His book is good BTW
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