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Skinny Fatts
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I am interested in these dvd's and was wondering if anyone could give a review of them? Thanks.

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Doug
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Cos I am not 'professional' in writing a long review, but I want to give my little two cents here:

If you are searching for some well constructed routines which you can add into your repretoire, there may not be so much you can find 'usable'. But I am not saying Mr. Andrus's routines are not good, just I thought there are so many 'quickies' that no multiple phrase for long act. But you can still find something to incoporate into your existing repretoire.

If you are searching for some refreshing ideas and moves, I highly recommend the tapes. I have learnt and inspired by the tape many times. And I have also invented a move which I am very proud of, by the inspiration from the tape. So it is a good idea to have the tape for some enlightenment if you like to be 'refreshed'.

All in all, I recommend the tapes and think it is good materials for close-up workers.

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I watch my Bill Malone and Richard Osterlind DVDs over and over but have not bothered to watch Mr. Andrus' videos a second time.

I do, however, have very fond memories of the first time I saw the Jerry Andrus Linking Pins performed by Jerry Mentzer at a magic convention. This is a great multi phase close-up routine with well made props and I have recently managed to track down a set.

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Keith Mitchell
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His 4 coin production from a playing card is my favorite of the series, along with the cool optical illusions......
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." (Einstein)...
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Here is a post I made back in February, repeated for you:

Vol 1:

Starts with Mylar Mystery...this sets you up for my personal favorite, Zone Zero. I had one made from black plexi, and got a glow-in-the-dark silicone juggling ball, 2 and a half inches in diameter. I've been practicing for over a year, and am just now blowing people away with it. Perfect Package follows, and just expands on the above.

Then we get into his card routines, all based on his Sidewinder Shift...something I can't seem to master. Fun to watch, though. the end of Vol 1, we get to see his Twin Pipes effect, where he uses two brass pipes, three rubber balls and a coin...killer!

Vol 2:

We get to see a LARGE steel ball bearing appear in the palm of the hand, right after showing both hands EMPTY...another killer. More cards, including the famous Short Wave Pass...

Vol 3, is a mixed bag of cards, coins, a ball effect, a needle thru hank effect, Vanishing Pen, Linking Pins (performance only)...

All three DVD's/tapes include his famous optical illusions, like:

Nuts Impossible, and Paradox Box, Tri-Zonal Space Warper, Spook Blocks, Auto Dimension, Paraboxes, and Hyper House.

To conclude, I wanted to add that Richard Kaufman interviews him throughout the series, very candid and enlightening sessions, with Andrus' unique and sometimes controversial points of view about the whys, whens and wheres of magic, as being as important as the "hows", plus, his unique view on the audience as, "...a gift...", and how he would never do anything to cause embarrassment or chagrin to his spectators.

All-in-all, a very good investment. This is not "ordinary" magic. It is NOT for beginners. Granted, a beginner might use some of this material, but has much advanced material that assumes prior knowledge.

Hope this helps a bit!

Doug
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