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I certainly think my purchase was worth the value. I really enjoyed the reviews done by David Regal. It was almost like going to the magic shop and having somebody show you what one would actually get for their money... we LOVE that kind of stuff. Great Job. I signed up for the whole year, so I am looking forward to the next three!
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Got it Koz.
Just finished watching.
All I can say is: "Great Job"
If you don´t have this buy it now.




Stop reading this, go there and buy it. Now!
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I got my copy this past weekend from Williams Magic in Tucoson. I enjoyed watching it. I'm sure I'll watch it a few more times. It will be a great addition to my DVD library. I'll be a subscriber also. Can't wait for Vol 2.
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All I can say is that you won't be disappointed. An excellent product for an excellent price. Much more than I bargained for. Great content, great reviews, great ads... what a pleasure to watch... thanks!

And don't forget to stick around and watch the bloopers at the end!
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Just finished watching Reel Magic, high quality video, and it teachs trick. Well worth the money!
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There is really nothing more left to say about this amazing project. When does issue #2 comes out?
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Read through the previous posts and you'll observe that many of the writers have begun with this very same exclamation. However, this is the true gut reaction to sitting down and watching this marvelously produced video magazine. Watching John Lovick demonstrate his devilishly clever and simple $100 bill switch in the first segment elicits the first of many spontaineous "wows."

Intending to only watch a segment or two, I wound up sitting through the entire two hours and was disappointed that it seemingly ended so soon. As an amateur magician ("Amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic" - Bob Elliott), I found every subject practical and in just the right amount of depth. Practical meaty stuff. The video quality is excellent with great camera angles when tricks are explained.

The commercials weren't burdensome - most were entertaining and showed a demo of a particular trick ( Penguin and others). I'm sure that these are what keep the price of this incredible production so low and "cost effective" (as opposed to "cheap"). I do wish that they'd get rid of the one or two that concentrated on crowd reactions to an effect (rather than demonstrating a trick) or at least limit them to just 1-2 reaction shots - watching a full minute or two (seemed longer) of just reaction shots got old fast.

Three tricks were performed and later explained in detail: John Lovick's bill switch, Dan Tong's Chop Cup routine, and Potassy's bill-to-potato, the latter two taken from the videos that these magicians had recently put out. The quality of each video is perfect and provided an opportunity to watch masters from the comfort of my sofa.

The interviews with Paul Harris and Harry Lorayne provided insight as to where they came from and their philosophies. (The Harris piece is a particularly nice complement to the recent Eric Mead article in Magic.) The reviews of DVD's and tricks by David Regal and Wayne Kawamoto were thorough and informative. It's nice to see video of an effect interspersed within the body of the review - you can't get that with print publications. And last, but not least, Garrett Thomas' "Try this at home" is a winner for us amateurs. I'm looking forward to picking up more practical tips in the future.

My only gripe is that I'll only receive these videos on a quarterly basis. I don't know if the business model would support 12 issues (or even 6-8 per year) - I'd put up with a few more commercials if they could do this. Of course, I recognize that the primary magicians involved may not have the time to do this (or perhaps there might be concerns about diluting the quality by putting out too much material?). And so apparently, I'll have to depend upon The Lecture Network to fill my video addiction between Reel Magic episodes...

Bottom line: this appears to be the start of a great magic series. I'm a family physician and I employed Lovick's bill switch and Paul Harris' philosophy to some of my other effects as I went exam-tablehopping throughout my office hours today. (And, yes Paul, they were astonished!) I HIGHLY recommend this series.

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Just picked this up out of curiosity from one of my local dealers. In a word...excellent. Really enjoyed the interview with Paul Harris. Is he OK...he really does not look well at all.
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He looked okay to me.
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I have run into a number of magicians who have purchased the first issue of RMQ. Not one of them had any negative comments about the dvd. Most intended to watch part of it and then return to it later. However, most ended up watching it from beginning to end.

I found it to be a "fun" view. Kozmo indicates that the best is yet to come.
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It's called "aging" . . .
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I watched this again today. The Paul Harris interview just blows me away.
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I watched about 75% of this yesterday and was very impressed. The production value of RMQ is outstanding and as someone wrote above, it's like watching a TV show. I loved John Lovick's teaching of his bill switch and how it was filmed (a clear, over the shoulder view, against a white background).

I don't buy many DVDs (so I don't know if the following is the norm) but I was watching a card DVD the day before where a difficult move was taught by filming the magician from the front (a spectator's view). It was difficult for me to follow without rewatching it at least a dozen times. If it had been filmed as clearly as Lovick's bill switch was filmed, I'd have the move down pat by now!

I's also a big fan of Harry Lorayne so watching his interview was wonderful.

All around great job and all for only $10. I'm already looking forward to the second episode.
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I got mine, absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm really looking forward to the next one!

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I have heard some rumors about the next issues coming out and I am truly counting the minutes until the next RMQ comes out.

Im not going to repeat the rumors, but some of the interviews coming up are HUGE!!!!

I'm so glad I got this subscription!
I am truly blessed to have a job where people are laughing all the time and everyone believes in magic....Come to think of it, I'm blessed to even have a job.
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I was visiting Barry's new magic shop over in Rockville MD the other day and saw the Reel Magic discs for sale. Literally on a whim, I bought it. 10 bucks seemed like a bargain from the label.

I watched the whole thing and then watched the explanations and performances again. I did like the format and the content.

I would recommend reducing the length of time the screen splashes and names are on the screen. They get in the way. The ads were annoying, mostly because they did not fit the more placid style of the DVD in general. I actually did find the ads informative. Much better than the condensed hype that appears other places.

Overall I give the project an A. I think that if more DVD's were priced at 10 bucks they would sell a whole lot more of them.

One suggestion I have is to add a vintage section in which we get to see magicians long gone from newsreel or early film.
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I just heard that Episode # 2 is on its way and will be available in just a few short weeks. From what I hear, we haven't seen anything yet. I have no idea as to how Kozmo plans to beat issue # 1 but he swears he has.

If you haven't seen Episode # 1 don't delay. For only TEN BUCKS, I can't see how anyone can go wrong. Subscribe here:

Keep 'em coming, Kozmo!
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