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Topic: The Sapphire Collection by Osterlind
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Dec 18, 2013 05:03PM)
Pretend you've arrived at an out of town show...and your precious props aren't with you. No Multi-Di**nsional. No MOABT. No MindBus*er. Nada. I think most of us could manage as long as we could get to an office supply store. But with this DVD collection, you'll learn some of Richard Osterlind's solutions to all of the above without using anything high-tech. This is a DVD set with a pile of usable routines that have been tested in the real world by Osterlind.

You won't run across many mentalists who haven't been influenced by Osterlind in one way or another. His thinking, props and L&L DVDs have been teaching performers for 45 years. That's the inspiration behind his newest 2 DVD set: "The Sapphire Collection." There are 15 effects presented in the four hours...all original to Osterlind. Some use his specialized props. Many use props you already have -- or can acquire for a couple of dollars.

If you purchased Six Shooter, you're familiar with some of the material. Or if you're one of the many that picked up Numeric Vortex, Transparent Forces, a Dynamo Deck or a Whispering Die Box -- you're familiar with the basic workings of these props. What's new? On these DVDs you can see them presented to a live audience and then go backstage with Osterlind and Jim Sisti to learn the inner workings...and many of the nuances behind those presentations. "Nuance" is a very important component of presentation. If you're a visual learner like me, SEEING these props and routines is also seriously useful.

Each DVD concludes with a discussion on mentalism -- which is easily one of the highlights of this set. Osterlind's controversial and he's passionate...but there's no discounting who he is and what he's accomplished. I am always challenged by what he says.

So if you've ever wondered what Osterlind would do with an imp pad...or how he uses his own creations -- these DVDs are a wonderful resource. If you're interested in what gears turn in his mind when he's designing a routine this is the one. All of the effects are audience tested, well designed and many are very simple to execute.

It's obviously a matter of personal preference...but from where I'm sitting, there are three gems in this collection: the Vinyl Folder Q and A is brilliant way to do this mentalism classic with items purchased in a stationary store. I've been using Osterlind's ThoughtScan or Banachek's Psychic Folio -- but this concept could be done in a pinch and I am delighted with the simplicity of it. (And here I was thinking I was the only one who used doub*e sided t*pe to hold those bill*ts in place. :) )

I loved the pendulum routine (and not just because he was using one of Sheree's creations) because, as with many of Osterlind's creations, this was simple to execute -- and can draw off the charts reactions from audience members. Pendulums are a big part of what I perform and I see many ways that the material Osterlind presents (or material using m**ked tarot or playing cards) would play very well.

One of the highlights for me was also the Poor Man's Book Test...which will literally cost you about a penny to perform...and can be used with any book. I first read this in Six Shooter...but the clarification on this DVD made a good concept crystal clear.

I also like the way this DVD looks. I like the camera angles...the editing. It has a wonderfully creative hand-made feel to it. Does that make sense?

If you're an Osterlind fan..."The Sapphire Collection" is a must-buy.

David
Message: Posted by: insight (Dec 18, 2013 05:23PM)
I agree that the discussion on mentalism is really worth its weight in gold. Of course, the main content (routines) are exemplary demonstrations of mentalism, and I think purchasers will be very happy with what's on The Saphire Collection.

Regards,
Mike
Message: Posted by: CarlZen (Dec 18, 2013 08:49PM)
I love them great job Richard ........
Message: Posted by: Mind Guerrilla (Dec 18, 2013 09:18PM)
Richard Osterlind DVDs are one of the rare items I buy as a pre-order because I know, sight unseen, that they will be top quality.

When it comes to card effects, I prefer those where the performer doesn't touch the deck. The effect "Hands Off" on this DVD fits that description and is very strong.

I also liked "Osterlind Read" where he gets one spectator to do a reading on another.

In the "Thoughts on Mentalism" sections, he touches on some of the eternal debates that rage in "Penny For Your Thoughts" on a regular basis. I can't say I agree with everything he says but he's clearly sincere and his opinions are certainly worthy of respect.

And I must consider Jim Sisti to be a pretty good mind reader too- during the explanation segments he has the uncanny knack of asking each question that comes to my mind!
Message: Posted by: Richard Osterlind (Dec 18, 2013 09:59PM)
Thank you, David, for your very generous review. And thank you to the other posters for your kind comments both about me and Jim. We really appreciate it.
Message: Posted by: ALEXANDRE (Dec 18, 2013 10:56PM)
The DVD is under my Christmas tree and I cannot wait to get at it.

I agree with almost everything Richard says about mentalism, particularly about disclaimers, readers, and that it's your job as a mentalist to look real.

Thank you Richard and Jim, the Dynamic Duo Of Mentalism!
Message: Posted by: Rodney Palmer (Dec 19, 2013 02:31AM)
My wife purchased this for me for Christmas. She will NOT let me have it until Christmas Day. That is just NOT right.

Cannot wait to get into this DVD Set.

Rodney
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (Dec 20, 2013 09:36AM)
Oh, Rodney....that is sooooooo teasing.....haha

Because these are sooooooo good!

Another winner from Richard!

Bryn
Message: Posted by: innercirclewannabe (Dec 20, 2013 01:45PM)
I agree. It is an excellent collection. Actually the "Check Effect" is a super variation on one of Bryn's own routines.

The man has 45 years experience, he knows what he is talking about, and it shines through in this collection.

"Hands off", "Osterlind Read", "Mind Reading with Cards" and "Vinyl Folder Q & A" would make up the quartet of effects on this collection that I enjoyed, and will use the most. That said though, every one of the effects and the post chat with Jim Sisti on this DVD are worth the asking price, and a whole lot more!
Message: Posted by: seamagu (Dec 23, 2013 01:02PM)
Had a sneak peek of the DVD before wrapping it up and putting it under the tree. I just looked at one effect, hands off. It was brilliant. The effect is extremely strong and it is very workable, thanks for putting this out Richard, everything about the DVD is high quality.

Can't wait to get stuck into this over the Christmas holidays.

Regards,
Sea
Message: Posted by: Richard Osterlind (Dec 23, 2013 01:57PM)
Thank you, seamagu! Hands Off is so much FUN to do. When I was performing it at lectures and conventions, before the release of the DVDs, I had a ball just looking at the faces of the audience!
Message: Posted by: Sven Rygh (Dec 23, 2013 03:51PM)
It was with great expectations I looked forward to the launch of The Sapphire Collection.
Richard established his own standard with his first series, Mind Mysteries, and many have said that it would take a lot to beat this.

However, all he has released since, had its own great and unique character.

So it is also with The Sapphire Collection
There is material for both stage and close up, and everyone will find much they will use for their real audiences.

I was really interested in how he would perform effects like Hands Off, Perfected Add a Number and Almost Real Prediction described in Six Shooter - and I was not disappointed.

But there's more here!
OsterLind Read, Mind Reading with Cards and Vinyl Folder Q & A's effects I will tap into my heart!
Others will find their their favorites.

If you have not ordered it, do it now - you will not regret it!
Message: Posted by: espkeith (Dec 26, 2013 12:13PM)
I personally feel that just about every Mentalist will find quite a few things they like with this set, but that's likely old news by now. I love the takes on the existing effects, I have personally killed with "Hands-off" a few times, but I'm very intrigued to try out the updated version.

But also, I stress that the non-effect material that Richard includes is equally important. My 2 cents.
Message: Posted by: Gumar Oz DuBar (Dec 27, 2013 06:19AM)
Is this exclusive, meaning only being released through Richard and Penguin? Or are other shops getting this as well?


Gumar-Oz-Dubar
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Dec 27, 2013 07:59AM)
Why buy from a dealer/shop when you can buy it direct from the source?
Message: Posted by: Gumar Oz DuBar (Dec 27, 2013 08:34AM)
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On 2013-12-27 08:59, Mindpro wrote:
Why buy from a dealer/shop when you can buy it direct from the source?
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This would be ideal (if the direct source is reputable. Never heard anything bad about Osterlind, but stories about Jermay and Hank Lee could give me pause in general). Also, sometimes I have giftcards that can only be used through sites like Amazon. Seeing as the holidays just passed, Amazon giftcards/prepaid Visa giftcards are what I have.
Message: Posted by: cirrus (Dec 27, 2013 11:59AM)
Osterlind works with paypal, paypal takes credit cards
Message: Posted by: Gumar Oz DuBar (Dec 27, 2013 12:04PM)
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On 2013-12-27 12:59, cirrus wrote:
Osterlind works with paypal, paypal takes credit cards
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Thanks.
Message: Posted by: emptysafe (Dec 27, 2013 10:03PM)
Seems like a must-see for everyone serious in mentalism?
Message: Posted by: CharlieThomms (Dec 28, 2013 05:45AM)
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On 2013-12-27 12:59, cirrus wrote:
Osterlind works with paypal, paypal takes credit cards
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Is there a link? I hate buying stuff like this of ebay and getting it secondhand because the creaters get robbed. I like Richard Osterlind and am exited to get this.
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Dec 28, 2013 06:03AM)
Guess what happens when you googgle this thread's title!
Message: Posted by: seamagu (Jan 1, 2014 07:20AM)
Ok, so I'm just over half way through the sapphire collection.

some great stuff here guys.

For me, hands off, poor mans book test (although I think the impromptu book test in your penguin lecture was just as good) and mind reading with cards are real winners (great new method with mind reading with cards, I can see it being applied to lots of things, not just cards)

There are some other great effects like the Vinyl Q&A, perfected add a number and the out of the room selection

Good work Osterlind, just need to find some time to finish off the 2nd dvd :)

I'm also reading the Modern mind reader book and there is also some great effects and nuances there. To remember the esp stack for quick assembly the major system is really handy using the numerical values for each symbol.

best regards,

Sea
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (Jan 3, 2014 09:38AM)
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On 2013-12-20 14:45, innercirclewannabe wrote:
I agree. It is an excellent collection. Actually the "Check Effect" is a super variation on one of Bryn's own routines.

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The set shines like a sapphire, and I couldn't be more thrilled that he included that!!!

Bryn
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (Jan 3, 2014 09:39AM)
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On 2013-12-27 23:03, emptysafe wrote:
Seems like a must-see for everyone serious in mentalism?
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Absolutely.....
Message: Posted by: Isper (Jan 5, 2014 06:09PM)
I really cannot say anything that has not already been said, so I will simply say that this is Richard's best work to date.
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Jan 5, 2014 07:30PM)
I had the good fortune of discovering the set for sale on The Magic Café. It is always worthwhile to keep tabs on The Café. Not infrequently gems such as this are available for sale.
Message: Posted by: mindhunter (Jan 26, 2014 12:53PM)
"Gems" indeed when speaking of The "Sapphire" Collection!

Bryn
Message: Posted by: Gumar Oz DuBar (Jan 27, 2014 06:41AM)
Recently purchased this, was a little disappointed with the inflated hype on the Café. It is without a doubt a fantastic, entertaining show and set of DVDs, with as always, great explanations. However I was surprised to find myself knowing what was going to happen in almost every effect before it happened.

It's still a fantastic DVD set and I'm extremely happy with the purchase, but was a little disappointed with what I saw. A lot of great effects, a lot of ideas; definitely a useful and worthwhile DVD. Just surprised at how easy it was for me to tell what was going on the majority of the time.

Wouldn't say it's his best DVD collection, but it was a good, entertaining, and a possibly informative (if not inspiring) watch. It definitely had nice variety.


If you still haven't purchased this, I fully recommend it, but don't be expecting this to be Richard's magnum opus. I think he's made and can make better DVDs, but this one is not to be passed over.
Message: Posted by: ablanathanalba (Feb 5, 2014 09:11PM)
Thanks for the balanced review, Gumar. I'm sure I'll get it now too but I always appreciate a tempered perspective on such things.
Message: Posted by: lucavolpe (Feb 27, 2014 04:38PM)
Watching now...a lot of great material!!
Message: Posted by: Gumar Oz DuBar (Feb 28, 2014 12:55PM)
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On Feb 5, 2014, ablanathanalba wrote:
Thanks for the balanced review, Gumar. I'm sure I'll get it now too but I always appreciate a tempered perspective on such things.
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My pleasure, and wise choice, it really is a great watch.

I forget to mention that it is also superior in production quality (camera, etc.) than the rest of his DVDs. A nice bonus.
Message: Posted by: Jamie Ferguson (Mar 2, 2014 04:45AM)
The three important updates to Hands Off alone make this set worth owning.

IMHO it's the best original card trick released in the last few years.
Message: Posted by: curtnelson (Apr 4, 2014 01:43PM)
I'd like to order the thinner bicycle cards Richard talks about for the "Hands Off" trick -- if I order jumbo cards from some place like Hocus Pocus, will I get the right kind, or do I need to make sure they're the new thinner ones?
Message: Posted by: Jeff Wassom (Apr 4, 2014 03:13PM)
Haven't finished watching this, but what I have watched is fantastic. Kinda blows my mind how Richard consistenly produces such high quality material.

The most pleasing suprise was the spectator trying to divine a card with Richard naming both their guess and the card. Thought this was as strong and cool as 'Hands Off'
Message: Posted by: MagicZathuro (Apr 10, 2014 01:45PM)
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On Apr 4, 2014, curtnelson wrote:
I'd like to order the thinner bicycle cards Richard talks about for the "Hands Off" trick -- if I order jumbo cards from some place like Hocus Pocus, will I get the right kind, or do I need to make sure they're the new thinner ones?
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It looks like you could just get red thin ones, or blue thick ones right now. I'm wondering where Richard got his blue thin ones. Checked out different shops all around the world, no chance. :(
Message: Posted by: curtnelson (Apr 11, 2014 12:18PM)
Thanks!
Message: Posted by: jimesw (Jan 31, 2015 03:23PM)
Did anybody ever figure out where you can source thin jumbo cards needed for Hands Off? :)
Message: Posted by: Pit Boss (Jan 31, 2015 04:21PM)
Penguin has them. Read the reviews on their site.
Message: Posted by: Karli (Feb 14, 2015 07:47PM)
The effect Hands Off is great, but.....What if the card they put in the middle is positioned less than 23 (17, or whatever number) cards?
Message: Posted by: The_MetalMaster (Feb 14, 2015 11:23PM)
[quote]On Feb 14, 2015, Karli wrote:
The effect Hands Off is great, but.....What if the card they put in the middle is positioned less than 23 (17, or whatever number) cards? [/quote]

It's very unlikely in the Jumbo deck version. I don't remember ever having the problem in the normal deck version with 17 because you direct the helper to insert it "right in the CENTER" of the pack. It's a great effect and I really enjoy watching Richard perform it.
Message: Posted by: Sean Giles (Feb 16, 2015 08:09AM)
[quote]On Feb 14, 2015, Karli wrote:
The effect Hands Off is great, but.....What if the card they put in the middle is positioned less than 23 (17, or whatever number) cards? [/quote]

Then you better be able to think on your feet and do TTTCBE...
Message: Posted by: Raj Suman (Feb 17, 2015 08:02AM)
Good ansewr Sean :)
Message: Posted by: B. Edwards (Feb 24, 2015 11:06PM)
I'm a big fan of Richard's work. I've purchased several items from his website in the past and completely missed this... :eek:

Belated thanks for the review and heads up. :)


Brian
Message: Posted by: The_MetalMaster (Feb 26, 2015 11:50AM)
I really need to go back and watch this. I've performed his Hands Off so many times since learning it from Six Shooter.