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Hello Everyone,

I Just thought I'd let you know about our latest 2 DVD project with Matthew J. Dowden entitled 1 Deck... 14 Tricks... 24 Hours. Shot out and about in london, all of the tricks were performed in one take with genuine reactions from people pulled off the street. A preview can be seen at rsvpmagic.com and the discs should be in stock within the next few days.

Best,
Russ

"We set Matthew J. Dowden a challenge... Learn 14 world class easy-to-do card tricks within 24 hours and then go out onto the streets of London and amaze your audiences!

On these DVDs you’ll see Matthew perform 14 fantastic card tricks that require no skill and absolutely no sleight of hand. Only you’ll know just how simple these tricks are to do. Aimed at the beginner and professional,after watching these discs you’ll wonder just why you’ve not used them before.

SHOT IN HIGH-DEFINITION WIDESCREEN 16:9
FULLY INTERACTIVE MENUS
WORLDWIDE PLAYBACK

VOLUME 1 CONTENTS INCLUDE:
FOUR THOUGHT -The amazing 4 ace mystery in which four people find their own cards.
COMPATABILTY TEST - Matthew’s unique presentation.Just watch the reactions!
LISTEN EAR - a freely chosen card is mixed by the spectator. Never touching the cards the magician can
still tell them where their card is from the top of the deck. A REAL MAGICIAN FOOLER!
PSYCHIC HOTLINE - A card is chosen and then revealedby a stranger on the other end of the telephone!
URBAN PRINCESS - A thought of card vanishes and appears in an impossible location!
ULTIMATE PHONE PREDICTION - Any card, the magician never touches them amd yet someone on the othe side of the world tells them where their card is from the top of the deck... simply amazing... A REPUTATION MAKER!
RIPPED - The ultimate matching pieces trick!

VOLUME 2 CONTENTS INCLUDE:
POKER -A chosen card completes the perfect poker hand. Has the appearance of real skill, yet so easy to do!
SOLE SURVIVOR - A chosen card vanishes from the deck and then appears in the magician’s shoe!
ULTIMATE FREE DRINKS TRICK- Never buy another drink again! The betcha that lets you win every time!
TAKING A BACK SEAT- One spectator reads the mind of another, Leaving you to take all of the applause!
AHEAD OF THE GAME - Three cards are freely chosen and yet the magician knows just what they are before they’re selected!
OUT OF THIS WORLD - A streamlined version that’s so easy to do. AMAZING!
MATCH.COM - Matthew’s ultimate matching card trick presentation and all from a completely shuffled deck of
playing cards!
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Hi-def, really? What camera did you use?
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More Matthew J. Dowden? WOW! I couldn't get enough of this talented fellow.
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Hello C. Loubard,

The project was shot on two Sony Z1's. These discs are sold in standard definition, although all edit masters are kept in High Definition for future use, should the high def. market really take off.

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Russ
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Learn 14 tricks in 24 hours? Realistically you wouldn't be able to learn one trick in 24 hours. Well, you could learn the mechanics of a trick but are you encouraging people that they could perform these tricks within 24 hours of watching the DVD or did I misunderstand everything?
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Put me down for some of this!
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On 2007-09-27 22:28, Christopher Kavanagh wrote:
More Matthew J. Dowden? WOW! I couldn't get enough of this talented fellow.


Same here!
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Really depends on the trick, doesn't it Walter? To generalize that all magic takes a long time to get up to performnce speed is simply false.

I'm an actor. I've had to learn scripts in only a few hours and then get in front of a camera and make it work. Sure one could do the same with a self working trick.
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Hello Silly Walter the Polar Bear,

To be honest that was the whole point to the project and therefore hence the title. Matthew was shown the effects one day before we shot them and had to master them and create some presentational plots in just that time frame. So yes, it is possible as Matthew more than proves!

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Russ
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Sounds like a fun challenge.
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On 2007-09-28 09:39, Cameron Francis wrote:
Really depends on the trick, doesn't it Walter? To generalize that all magic takes a long time to get up to performnce speed is simply false.

I'm an actor. I've had to learn scripts in only a few hours and then get in front of a camera and make it work. Sure one could do the same with a self working trick.


No doubt you could learn an effect in 24 hours, but magicians are really never in a situation where they are forced to learn an effect a few hours before they have to perform.

Maybe I am old school but a magic effect is a combination of learning the method, creating the presentation, timing, pacing and everything else that goes into making an effect as magical as possible. This will not happen in 24 hours. There is a huge difference in watching a polished performance of an effect that has been carefully fitted in someone's repertoire than watching someone fumble their way through a self working trick where every other word in the presentation is "um".

It's a shame that people want to substitute hard work, research, practice and rehearsal for this microwaveable magic that is usually as convincing as OJ Simpsons testimony of his innocence.
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On 2007-09-28 10:34, Cameron Francis wrote:
Sounds like a fun challenge.


Yes it does, but it does not sound like a product worth buying. The ad copy makes it sound like amature hour (or is that day?).

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Well, that's another question all together. Smile Although I must say that Michael looks to be in very good form on the demo. I'll be curious to read what people think of this.
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It's an interesting marketing idea. But, at the end of the day the only thing that counts is the quality of the magic. And the demo doesn't really answer that question.

I personally have never cared for the type of demos that, for the most part, only show spectator reactions and very little of the actual magic.
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Based on the Paryy Animal DVD set, I would say eh will go all out and make this a winner. The reviews will tell all.
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On 2007-09-28 11:44, Tony Iacoviello wrote:

Yes it does, but it does not sound like a product worth buying. The ad copy makes it sound like amature hour (or is that day?).

Tony Iacoviello


Good analogy. A lot of magicdom has become "Amateur Hour". Anyone who could put out product like this has no respect for magic as a performance art. It's just a cynical way to make a buck that sends the message that you don't need any talent, knowledge or respect to do magic and you don't need to do any thinking or hard work.

To misquote the late great Sonny Boy Williamson, "These young kids who buy these DVDs want to do magic so bad... and they do magic... SO BAD!"
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On 2007-09-28 10:34, Cameron Francis wrote:
Sounds like a fun challenge.


Yes it does, but it does not sound like a product worth buying. The ad copy makes it sound like amature hour (or is that day?).

Tony Iacoviello


Tony
I think you are missing the point of the DVD
Its a FUN thing - if one guy can learn all those tricks AND make entertaining presentations for them in 24 hours then...should the occasion arise...we can sit down with this DVD and learn one or two new tricks quickly
Personally I can't wait to see the set after watching the trailers
From what I have seen of Matthew, he is anything but amateur, which is more than I can say for some of the people posting on this thread! Clearly what he is doing through these DVD's is demonstrating that with some personality and showmanship you can take a bunch of self workers and make them as entertaining as technical sleight of hand magic!
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Hello Everyone,

I think that some of you are jumping the gun here without seeing the DVDs!

Matthew Dowden and these DVD's are far from "Amateur Hour". The whole point of this project is to show the viewer that even self-working card magic can be extremely strong to the viewing (paying) public and I think that's something that we can all easily forget. We also show that performed correctly, this collection of tricks can amaze and entertain any audience, which was why we didn't perform them in a studio "set-up", but rather to random strangers to get real reactions. Just because these effects are easy to do, doesn't mean that they don't have a valid place in any magician's set list.

Best,
Russ
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First of all, Mathew is a full time working Pro. Anyone that has his Party Animal DVD set knows he
1) LOVES magic
2) He respects the craft ( he works plots ‘till they are fine honed miracles and credits everyone )

I don’t see where he the ad said anything about not having to practice. I don’t think it needed to have a disclaimer stating that.

Mike Ammar took some heat when he released his “Easy To Master” series. Many folks thought he disrespected the craft by saying these classic plots were easy to master. That’s not what he meant by the name and anyone that has that series knows the work you have to put into those plots.

This DVD set was a fun challenge that he accepted to show Magicians that you can take some simple card plots and make them so entertaining that you could amaze strangers.
The DVD is about REACTIONS. Anyone that has done magic and had trouble getting great reactions would find this DVD set of interest.

Anyway, this is on my list ( so much is released these days, it’s hard to keep up:- ).
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the saddest are, "It might have been"

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Walter,Tony and ASW, I don't own this or Party Animal, but watch the demos for both. Michael is clearly not an amatuer nor a bad magician. In fact it would appear that he is excellent at what he does! That is why I think this project might be interesting.
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