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MichaelJMoore
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So I was just curious if anyone happens to know what was the very first magic teaching VHS tape or tape set that officially hit the magic market?

Some older ones that I know of are the Tony Hassini tapes on beginner's magic, The Stars of Magic series, Paul Harris's videos, David Roth, Tom Mullica, A1 Multi-Media, L&L, etc.

VCRs hit the mass market in 1975, so probably nothing older than that.

I would also imagine that it would be impossible to decipher what the very first DVD was, as by the time DVD became the popular format I'm sure by then there were hundreds of VHSs, which were all probably converted to DVD around the same time, in addition to any new videos which started just flooding the market & going straight to DVD.

I would imagine they'red be a lot of other magicians/collectors who would like to also know what some of the oldest tapes are to add to there collections.
J M Talbot
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Videonics out of Newfoundland was certainly one of the early pioneers in Video magic Instruction... from Magicpedia...

Videonics was a company formed by Hans Zahn in Newfoundland, Canada (circa 1979) to produce and distribute instructional video tapes for magicians, a first in North America. Shot with broadcast-quality equipment in a professional studio, the Videonics line was at the forefront of the video age, and boasted a roster of some of magic's top innovators, including Dai Vernon, Michael Ammar, Martin Nash, Flip, Ken Krenzel, Bobby Bernard, and Fr. Cyprian. Upon their initial release, each video sold for upwards of $80 U.S. In the 1990s, L&L Publishing purchased the entire Videonics line and has since redited and reissued selected programs on DVD.

https://geniimagazine.com/wiki/index.php?title=Videonics
MichaelJMoore
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Ahh, so THAT'S where the Dai Vernon Revelations L&L DVD set came from, I completely forgot about those, as they do look super old!! Thanks JM!
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Dear Michael J Moore,

the first magic teaching Blue-Ray is "10" by Dr. Knut Knackstedt, released by Sic! Verlag https://www.sic-verlag.de/dr-knut-knacks......c28fc7cd .
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Fred Kaps made teaching films long, long ago, probably 16mm. He was quite young at the time they were made, but I don't know offhand the dates. They were silent, but had caption cards where necessary. I have a copy on tape and DVD.
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A bit off topic, but following Michael's comment, remember U.F.Grant was the first to send his lectures on reel-to-reel tapes with accompanying instructions/notes to magic clubs around the country. (This was back in the stone ages when sponge balls was performed with granite pellets...)

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