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Topic: Pencyclopedia by Tom Crosbie
Message: Posted by: Matthew Wright (Feb 12, 2014 04:24AM)
Marvelous-fx have teamed up with Tom Crosbie to bring together all the best Sharpie moves and sleights in one DVD.
It is due for release at Blackpool convention


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upBJESSUc3k&feature=youtu.be
Message: Posted by: mike donoghue (Feb 12, 2014 05:12AM)
Looks good Matthew.

Great lecture last night at Newcastle.

Can't wait for Crystal Casket & I will be getting Magicbox to bring me one of these back from Blackpool.

Mike Donoghue
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Feb 12, 2014 07:49AM)
Some of this reminds me of the stuff Bizzaro has on his Sharpie DVD! Hmmmmm....?
Message: Posted by: Xiqual (Feb 12, 2014 08:34AM)
Really? Looked like Flip's material to me.
James


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On 2014-02-12 08:49, Christopher Lyle wrote:
Some of this reminds me of the stuff Bizzaro has on his Sharpie DVD! Hmmmmm....?
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Message: Posted by: Matthew Wright (Feb 12, 2014 08:45AM)
All the moves included have written permissions and credits from
Gregory Wilson
Garrett Thomas
Johan Stahl
Rick Merrill

These formed the basis of everything we used.

Flip has also been fully credited for the original Flipstick move.


Thanks for the concern though guys. We take crediting very seriously
Message: Posted by: Paul S Wingham (Feb 12, 2014 09:38AM)
Looks really good to me, some fantastic moments and knowing the quality of Tom and Matt's previous works, of course the credits are going to be there.

I wonder sometimes whether the Café's slogan should be "guilty until proven innocent" ;)
Message: Posted by: Xiqual (Feb 15, 2014 07:57PM)
Classy Matthew, I'll be picking this up for sure.
James


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On 2014-02-12 09:45, matthew wright wrote:
All the moves included have written permissions and credits from
Gregory Wilson
Garrett Thomas
Johan Stahl
Rick Merrill

These formed the basis of everything we used.

Flip has also been fully credited for the original Flipstick move.


Thanks for the concern though guys. We take crediting very seriously
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Message: Posted by: crozboz (Feb 18, 2014 06:47PM)
Thanks for the interest guys. I'm genuinely proud of this DVD. It was a pleasure to film!

I've watched over Bizarro's DVD, A Marked Man, and I can say with complete confidence that there is no crossover. Admittedly, we do both cover sleeving techniques, but otherwise, the crossover is very slim.
We both teach the flipstick, however Bizarro spends less than 60 seconds talking about how to do the move, whereas we spend decidedly longer on the finer points, techniques for gaining speed, as well as a brief discussion at the end about the whys and hows of the subtleties that make it what it is.

It really does contain some of the best material from the best in the world. World Champions, TV stars, FISM winners & of course the original, FL!P himself!

Really excited by this release! :)
Message: Posted by: magicblademan (Feb 18, 2014 08:53PM)
How much guys ?? Looks great .
Message: Posted by: Torquay22 (Feb 24, 2014 09:50AM)
Just finished watching this after picking it up at blackpool after seeing Tom demo some of the material. great DVD lots of moves and routines which are taught very well.
Message: Posted by: PendletonThe3rd (Feb 24, 2014 12:12PM)
This looks great and seems like something worth practicing and the effort. When will it be available to the masses?
Message: Posted by: Matthew Wright (Feb 24, 2014 01:56PM)
It will be with Murphy's in the next couple of days and then the dealers not long afterwards.
Message: Posted by: PendletonThe3rd (Feb 24, 2014 02:17PM)
Great. I'll definitely give it a whirl. thank you!
Message: Posted by: Nunhunter (Feb 24, 2014 03:58PM)
Picked this up in Blackpool after watching Tom dem some of the moves and can't wait to have a crack at it myself. Looks awesome.

Matthew, looking forward to your lecture in Wednesday in Ealing too!
Message: Posted by: Nunhunter (Mar 4, 2014 07:39AM)
Started watching this now and certainly not disappointed.

Question for Tom though...are you left-handed?

I'm much better at the flipstick with my right hand but there's a lot of left-handed action on this so wondered if that was just the way you'd learnt it.
Message: Posted by: EddieM (Mar 4, 2014 12:20PM)
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On Feb 18, 2014, magicblademan wrote:
How much guys ?? Looks great .
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Looks like the cost is $30.00: [url=http://www.mjmmagic.com/store/the-marvelous-pencyclopedia-by-tom-crosbie-p-18222.html]The Marvelous Pencyclopedia by Tom Crosbie[/url]

Looking forward to this one!
Message: Posted by: coops (Mar 4, 2014 03:54PM)
Tom mentions on the DVD that he is left handed. I also got this at Blackpool after seeing Tom dem this quite a few times. It's s very thorough source of pen vanishes, appearances and transpositions. Very impressed.

Alan
Message: Posted by: Nunhunter (Mar 5, 2014 07:44AM)
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On Mar 4, 2014, coops wrote:
Tom mentions on the DVD that he is left handed.


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thanks Coops, must have missed that!
Message: Posted by: puggo (Mar 22, 2014 01:16PM)
Mini review

This thread seemed to die a premature death, so in light of Jamie ‘the scoopmaster’s’ news about a new Matthew Wright Sharpie product, I’d thought I would share some thoughts on this product.

I paid full price for it and do not know Matthew or Tom (although I have had a few email exchanges with Matthew in the past).

DVD quality/production:
This is a very well shot and produced DVD, with functional menus, good sound and lighting, some over the shoulder camera work… nice!

Magic type:
Mainly close up magic, strolling, impromptu or smaller tables.. but, if you have the performing chops, the material here can be adapted for almost any performing environment. Plus, a lot of the material can be ‘bits of business’ to make your existing work a little better..

Teaching quality:
There is detailed teaching in a style reminiscent of the David Stone Real Secrets DVDs, e.g. no talking, but very clear and intelligent camera work and subtitling. Routines, moves, holdouts & sleeving are demonstrated and then taught. There is a section where Matthew & Tom go over some of the work, so there is some audio teaching as well. Overall I would describe this as excellent. Tom is clearly very skilled with a Sharpie.

Difficulty level:
Something for all skill levels. Easy to hard, with plenty in between.

Crediting:
This has been mentioned elsewhere in the thread, but there is detailed crediting on this project. Good job.

The moves:
For the move monkeys or those starting from scratch, you will find a range of productions, vanishes, switches etc.

The routines:
The DVD features several routines, most of which are fairly short (as they probably should be unless you’re planning a Rick Merrill FISM busting pen-fest). Although there is some good stuff here, this should also be inspiring you to develop your own interpretations/variations.
Some moves/routines are angle proof, some are not, but the teaching normally makes it clear if you have to be careful.

Cost:
For the price of a couple of single trick downloads, you get all of this. Does your close up magic collection not deserve this? I got mine directly from Marvellous FX (support the creators).

Constructive critique:
Not much to say here. A few live performances would have been good, as they can really bring moves/routines to life. To the camera’s unblinking eye, there are a one or two flashes, which should remind the viewer to practice those angles in consideration of the performing environment e.g. standing, sitting audience etc.

Positives:
I mentioned earlier about the silent teaching style. Throughout, there is background music but… it’s pretty chilled and doesn’t make me want to poke a Sharpie into my ear. Well done team!
The end discussion and Matthews bonus routine is not filler, but very good. This is very well produced DVD.

Final thoughts:
This is one of the best buys I have made in quite a while. Need a professional close up routine or two? No problem. Need some impromptu knock out magic good enough to earn you a booking? Yep, it’s in here (perhaps cheesy, but true).
This release has inspired me and provided the missing elements to a strolling routine I have been working for a while (think Nick Einhorn’s N.O.W. ‘4 tricks’ routine).

PS-Jamie F – If you want me to ‘review’ your copy of the new MW Sharpie release, send it down south!

Charlie
Message: Posted by: Jamie Ferguson (Mar 22, 2014 01:21PM)
Great review Charlie. This dvd offers great value for money.

In terms of the new MW Sharpie release, I'm enjoying having exclusivity for a while. I promise to share more when Matthew is ready to.
Message: Posted by: Gaz_Japan (Mar 22, 2014 08:53PM)
"It will be with Murphy's in the next couple of days and then the dealers not long afterwards."


Haven't seen this anywhere yet.
What happened??
Message: Posted by: Jamie Ferguson (Mar 23, 2014 04:43AM)
The dvd is available to buy on Matt's site. Has been for a while now.

However, Sharpen Up isn't for sale yet. Only a few people, including me, own one so far.
Message: Posted by: Matthew Wright (Mar 24, 2014 12:01PM)
The DVD got mixed up with postage etc on the way to Murphy's but should be available at all your favorite dealers within the next few days.

Thanks for the kind words about the DVD. This was the second shooting of the video. We did it once and it just wasn't perfect so I got all the guys back to reshoot. I. Pleased to see the hard work paid off.
Message: Posted by: puggo (Mar 24, 2014 01:29PM)
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On Mar 24, 2014, matthew wright wrote:
... This was the second shooting of the video. We did it once and it just wasn't perfect so I got all the guys back to reshoot. I. Pleased to see the hard work paid off.
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Definitely an 'A list' production. I am normally more focused on the quality of the material rather than the production quality, but with this you get both.
Any hints on the next release or are we reliant on the 'whims' of Jamie F?!
Message: Posted by: Jamie Ferguson (Mar 24, 2014 02:19PM)
[quote]
On Mar 24, 2014, puggo wrote:
[quote]
On Mar 24, 2014, matthew wright wrote:
... This was the second shooting of the video. We did it once and it just wasn't perfect so I got all the guys back to reshoot. I. Pleased to see the hard work paid off.
[/quote]

Definitely an 'A list' production. I am normally more focused on the quality of the material rather than the production quality, but with this you get both.
Any hints on the next release or are we reliant on the 'whims' of Jamie F?!
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Not 'whims', rather 'scoops'.
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Mar 29, 2014 09:51PM)
This does look good. anyone else care to comment on this vs other pen dvds?
Message: Posted by: 1KJ (Mar 29, 2014 09:51PM)
This does look good. anyone else care to comment on this vs other pen dvds?
Message: Posted by: robvh (Mar 30, 2014 04:49AM)
I have a Sherpa pen (a Sharpie fits inside... it's to class up your Sharpie). Would these moves all work just as well given the extra bulk and different texture of a Sherpa? Or would the extra diameter make a lot of the moves impractical?
Message: Posted by: puggo (Mar 30, 2014 05:02AM)
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On Mar 30, 2014, robvh wrote:
I have a Sherpa pen (a Sharpie fits inside... it's to class up your Sharpie). Would these moves all work just as well given the extra bulk and different texture of a Sherpa? Or would the extra diameter make a lot of the moves impractical?
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Yes
I believe that at least 99% of the moves would be fine. Subject to the difficulty of the move and your skill level, I would suggest any pen would be no problem e.g. Nick Einhorn's 'Unicoin' routine Flip-sticks a small bottle!
Message: Posted by: Xiqual (Mar 30, 2014 06:35AM)
The sheer volume of material on this DVD is staggering. I only watched a few minutes and had to stop so I could practice. Really well done, love the music too.
Good job Tom!
James
Message: Posted by: Xcath1 (Mar 30, 2014 07:34AM)
I got it at Blackpoool. I definitely picked up some moves that I am now using. Some of the stuff you will have seen before but I thought it was a good purchase
Message: Posted by: crozboz (Apr 3, 2014 06:19PM)
Thanks guys, it means a huge amount to see people saying nice things about it! :D

I'm going through the back of the DVD, and I'm pretty sure everything will work with a sherpa, pencil, chopstick, pack of polos etc. One or two moves (no hands display) will be more difficult, because it relies on hiding the thickness of the pen. But should still be doable with a sherpa, just takes some modification. Common sense more than different move.

As far as I know, dealers have their copies now. As do I! (Just saying!)
Message: Posted by: Brian Proctor (Apr 28, 2014 06:17AM)
Picked this up at Dave's Killer Magic Shop on my way home. Popped it in, holy crap is it GOOD! For a strolling performer, this will add a lot of manipulative flavor. The coin and pen transpos were just eye candy! I can't wait to see more of the DVD today. :wow:
Message: Posted by: Rcitgo (Nov 15, 2014 08:08AM)
Just got this yesterday.Just watched it.I already knew the flipstick move but it gives new ideas to use it with.I like the dvd.Money well spent. :magicrabbit:
Message: Posted by: Fatgumbo (Nov 15, 2014 08:22AM)
This one flew under the radar. It is highly recommended and I learnt a few new tidbits to add to my general magic routines.
Message: Posted by: countrymaven (Jan 26, 2017 09:02PM)
This is one of the best magic buys of all time. especially if you watch it and APPLY IT TO OTHER THINGS USING PENS AND COINS.....