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Topic: Sankey's Secret Files or Very Best of Jay Sankey
Message: Posted by: Aladdin (Jan 13, 2003 01:14AM)
I've heard a lot of good things about Jay so thought it's time to take a closer look at his material and am considering what to purchase.

I prefer the DVD medium, so I want to go for either the 2 "Secret Files" volumes or the 3 volume set of the "Very Best of Jay Sankey".

Can I have some opinions of which to go for?

I guess I'm an intermediate close-up magician and performing for friends and family but have been known to do the occasional party.

I already have a number of card effects in my reportoire so although I wouldn't mind learning a few more I would ideally like to see more non-card material.
Message: Posted by: BenSchwartz (Jan 13, 2003 01:28AM)
Get the Very Best Of Jay Sankey. I find the material in there is MUCH better. I LOVE Jay Sankey. He is one of my favorite magicians. He's great. His card stuff is offbeat and phenomenal. A genius when it comes to magic in my opinion.
Message: Posted by: LeConte (Jan 13, 2003 02:57AM)
I have not seen The Very Best Of Jay Sankey, but I do own The Secret Files and I love it! I imagine all 5 DVD's are worth picking up.

I can't wait to get The Best Of now, seeing that Ben recommends it even over Secret Files.
Message: Posted by: WilliamWHolcomb (Jan 13, 2003 06:00AM)
I agree with LeConte...all of them are very much worth getting! If you can only afford one set then I'd get The Best of Sankey...it's packed with great material!
Message: Posted by: Bill (Jan 13, 2003 02:01PM)
Right on. The "Best of" is by far superior to "Secret Files". They are my favorites in my entire collection of DVD's.
Message: Posted by: LeConte (Jan 13, 2003 02:21PM)
Man, I can't believe something could be way better than [i]The Secret Files[/i]. I feel like I'm going to pop now unless I get the 3 DVD set by Sankey right away!

I guess I'll have to put some book purchases on hold to get these first. I thought I was done buying DVD's for awhile, but I was wrong it would seem. The conviction of your responses is appreciated.
Message: Posted by: ixnay66 (Jan 13, 2003 06:48PM)
The routine in Secret Files he uses to get gigs was too good to release.
Message: Posted by: BenSchwartz (Jan 13, 2003 08:26PM)
Ya... I wish he would have just told me that routine.. lol... you and me ixnay lol. Yes.. get his 3 DVD set. Oh and by the way, he's WAY funnier, way better quality too.
Message: Posted by: Aladdin (Jan 14, 2003 12:35AM)
At the moment I can only afford one set so it looks like it's going to have to be "The Very Best of" series.

If they're as good as everyone says then I guess I'll think about the "Secret Files" later.

Thanks everyone for your comments.
Message: Posted by: Rcitgo (Jan 15, 2003 04:16AM)
I have both sets and I like "The Best OF" more than "The secret files". :bikes:
Message: Posted by: ixnay66 (Jan 15, 2003 09:12AM)
Do you have Volume 2 Ben? That's the one I don't have. Most of the material on them I have in printed form but there's a couple of items I don't have in note or book form.
Message: Posted by: Magicboy41772 (Jan 20, 2003 07:08AM)
The very best of Jay Sankey 1 is my favorite video! It is worth buying the whole set because the material is great.
Message: Posted by: magicgirl (Jan 20, 2003 08:00AM)
If anyone is considering buying "The Best Of" set in DVD, Penguin Magic has it for $84.99 with free shipping. Not only that, for this week they are running a promo where they will take 10% off anything you order with the promo code "nextlevel". That means the set would cost just $76.50 with shipping included! I'm kicking myself because I just bought the VHS set for $60 on Ebay plus $10 in shipping plus $2 for insurance. That means for a lousy $4.50 I could have had the DVD set :bawl: . Oh well, lesson learned...
Message: Posted by: Terry (Jan 20, 2003 10:02PM)
Magicgirl:

Thanks for the tip, I just ordered and saved some cash!
Message: Posted by: ixnay66 (Jan 22, 2003 10:23AM)
Penguinmagic.com has good prices and free shipping on the stuff they have. Well worth looking into.