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[quote] On 2006-06-05 04:00, Mike Lowry wrote: Personally, I think that all the DVDs out there about the same effect are essentially geared and mostly marketed to the demographic out there that are looking for "the quick and easy way out". Almost all those "variation" DVDs cater to an audience who is looking for those effects that they can "perform in one night". I'm not saying that that's what they are necessarily intended for but that tends to the market who's hands these DVDs usually end up in. Now I think it is smart business on the magician's part to release such a DVD but it may not be the best move for those just starting to learn the effect and it's principles. For one, some of those DVDs, thankfully not the majority, teach the mechanics and principles of the effect poorly. Also, if the proper mechanics and principles are not learned, bad habits begin to develop, and unfortunately, more often than not those habits are passed on to those who are taught by the individual possessing them. Before we know it there are countless people running around performing "variations" of an effect that has collected bad habit after bad habit and has been mutilated beyond recognition. What I'm really getting at is that almost all variations with the exception of one or two minor tweaks can be found in the "SWITCH" (the $100 bill change book). This is probably the most in depth and thorough publication I have ever seen on one effect. If you really want to know every variation, you may want to start with that one purchase which is probably the cost of one and a half times the price of each of the countless DVDs out there. Learn the fundamentals of the actual effect itself and you may even figure out the majority of the others out there yourself. For all the "over-nighters" out there, don't forget that all the magicians teaching you their variations on a particular effect had to learn the mechanics of the original first. I guess I do have to give credit to magicians putting out those DVDs, it is a good way to filter out those who are not truly interested and serious about magic. Those who are serious will seek out the valuable fundamentals such as "Switch" and the "over-nighters" will be left to keep performing their "tricks". [/quote]
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