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I've been a huge Bob Solari fan for years, so it was great to hear Bob was finally putting out a DVD. I pre-ordered a few months ago and it arrived last week.

The DVD starts off with a dark,creepy and FUNNY clip and then gets into the magic. It's filmed at one of Bob's lectures. He performs all the effects and then you can watch the explanations.

Even though these are marketted effects, they are easy to set up and just as easy to perform. Having used many of Bob's effects over the years ( BOB's BRAINWAVE, SOLARI'S MONTE; METAMORPHOSIS BILLS; SOLARI's IMPOSSIBLE ACES and Bob's beautiful BREATHER CARDS, I can tell you first hand Bob's magic plays big in the real world.

Here’s Bob’s site:
http://www.gmrcreations.com/bob/live.htm

Bob tipped the real work on so many of his ingenious marketed effects. Anyone that wants to fool people badly with simple, in your face magic, Bob’s DVD’s have what you’re looking for.

Having used many of Bob's effects ( BOB's BRAINWAVE, SOLARI'S MONTE; METAMORPHOSIS BILLS; SOLARI's IMPOSSIBLE ACES and Bob's beautiful BREATHER CARDS ) I can tell you they work in the real world.

Many of the effects Bob teaches on this DVD set are permanent staples of my walk around set for years. They are easy to perform and have a big impact on people.
Here’s what on Bob’s DVD’s:

COMPRESSED: Magically shrink an ordinary deck of cards into a mini deck right in front of the spectators eyes!

BOB's BRAINWAVE: An easy to do Brainwave that uses rough and smooth principal.

SIGNED, SEALED and AMAZING: A freely selected signed card vanishes, only to be found in a sealed envelope that has been in full view all along! No Palming!

"MATCH IT": A box of matches magically appears sandwiched between two selected cards. A very unique routine that you will want to add to your close up arsenal immediately!

CLIPPED: A freely selected card is isolated with an ordinary paper clip. This clipped card matches your jumbo card prediction.

BUSINESS MINDED: Instantly duplicate whatever your spectator secretly draws on the back of your business card. Great mental magic! Great way to hand out your business card!

SOLARI'S MONTE: Learn the secret behind this 3 card monte effect that has fooled and sold in the thousands!

RING RAPTURE: Visibly melt a gold ring onto a gold necklace right in front of the spectators eyes.

CUNNING CARD CASE: A deck of cards is shown in its case. Magically and instantly the card case vanishes. Great opener!

ULTRA MATCH: A three card prediction that has fooled some of the biggest names in magic! No skill!

METAMORPHOSIS BILLS: A $5.00 bill and a $1.00 bill magically change places under impossible conditions. Both bills may be signed and borrowed.

PREMONITION: The spectator has full control over the deck yet their selection always matches your prediction!

JUMBO PREDICTION: An easy prediction with a jumbo card that you will use all the time.

VISIBLE HALF THRU TABLE: Visibly penetrate a half dollar through a table. In this version, the half dollar visibly penetrates from the bottom of the table onto the table top!

SOLARI's IMPOSSIBLE ACES: My version of the famous McDonalds 4 Aces. My version uses no double face cards and no sleights.

UN-BILL-IEVABLE: Visibly penetrate a borrowed bill with an ordinary knife. Bill is returned to the spectator unharmed! This is visual magic at it's best! NO skill!

BRAINWAVE FOR DUMMIES: An easy to do brainwave that has fooled some of the worlds most knowledgeable magicians!

FOOLS MONTE: An easy to follow (?) 3 card monte routine that you will use all the time.

GIFT BOX PREDICTION: A gift box is shown empty. 10 different cards are mixed by the spectator and placed in the empty gift box. A single card is freely selected from the box. This card matches your prediction every time!

BLING BLING RING THING: Five rings are shown, each with a different color stone. Spectator freely selects any ring and places it in an ungimmicked ring box while your back is turned. The four remaining rings are hidden from view. Immediately you know which color ring is in the box! An old time tested method!

*** BONUS EFFECTS ***

Solari's Original Flotation Device: Cause a borrowed playing card to rise at your fingertips, then float in mid-air! NO threads, NO wires, NO magnets!

BOB's BREATHER CARDS: Two different styles, easy to make "breather card" are explained. (Breather cards makes forcing a card easy)
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the saddest are, "It might have been"

..........John Greenleaf Whittier
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Just got this. Bob's a funny guy... who knew? I give it a thumbs up.

Robert
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Are most of the effect going to require us to purchase the marketed effects? Or does he describe how to construct the gimmicks?
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On 2008-08-06 15:34, rowdymagi5 wrote:
Are most of the effect going to require us to purchase the marketed effects? Or does he describe how to construct the gimmicks?


GREAT question. Bob teaches the real work, so you do not have to buy the marketed effects. Bob teaches you everything you need to know to make them on your own and they are very simple to construct.
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

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I'm hoping to get these soon. I'm very excited about these. I have some of his marketed tricks which are always great and low priced. I think he's underrated in magic. He over and over puts out strong magic at low prices. Can't wait to see some of the ones I don't have. I can't believe he dishing all these on two dvds.
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That does it, I'm in. I will be making this my next purchase!
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Anyone have Bob's email? I can't get the email links to work on my computer. Thanks in advance! Smile
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"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

..........John Greenleaf Whittier
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Just got this in and here's my 2 cents on it....

First I want to say that its about time Bob does a DVD...I remember the old spy before you buy vhs tapes and if anyone has seen those they remember "short fat bobby", so yeah I knew the guy was funny. The DVD has tons of good effects and tips but what I love about it is the break down of each MARKETED EFFECT....yes MARKETED folks...I own a bunch of bob's magic tricks but its nice to see the maker himself perform it. ok here we go:

The DVD CASE: it may not seem to important to a lot of folks but it is to me....How many times have you purchased a DVD and the DVD itself is not placed on the circular insert. So many folks go cheap on this part which I consider the "front line" of the purchase. Bob didn't go cheap so you don't have to worry about getting a brand new SCRATCHED DVD. One dvd case holds both dvds safely and securely.

Picture/Sound Quality: Personally I like it. Shot professionally, you can clearly view whats going on and hear the dvd without setting your tv volume on full blast.Its shot with multiple cameras so you get a view of how bob performs and another view on whats going on or should I say what the specatator/audience see's.

Effects: the tricks are effective, visual, entertaining and easy to make to make. What I love about it is you can easily see how the audience in entertained. Bob had them laughing, joking and amazed. Christopher did a great job listing the effects. My personal favorites are "jumbo prodiction", "Visible Half Thru Table", "Clipped" and "Ultra Match". Each of these fooled the heck out of me when I seen it. I would also like to add that the tricks pack small. You don't need a big ol' briefcase or duffle bag.

DVD Settings: Well if you don't know its a Double DVD. Each DVD has the Performance section, Explanations,Bonus trick and Credits. The DVD is well orginized and easy to navigate.

Bonus Tricks: We all love Bonuses...You get 1 Bonus effect on each DVD. Bob's Floatation Device and Bob's Breather Card. He show's you what you can do with it, and how to make it...I personally love his Breather Cards.

Overall I give this DVD 10 out of 10 stars. The dvd has tons of good effects and tips. The magic is visual and entertaining. Bob doesn't hold back a thing on the explainations. Its professionally shot and affordable. The effects play big and pack small. You don't have to go "hunting" for the things you need to make the tricks. And its' not a "1 hit wonder dvd", you get 22 MARKETED tricks. Need I say more????

you can purchase the double dvd at http://www.bobsolarimagic.com for $39.95
I recommend this double dvd to everyone.

Thanks for reading, I will now crawl back into my hat.

Junior
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I've had these for several days now and have been putting off a review; simply selfish as I wish some of the things had not been put on it. Business minded is a beautiful, carry everywhere with you do anytime mentalism piece limited only by what you choose to do with it.
His Metamorphosis Bills and Impossible Aces are a couple more that I wish he hadn;t gone and put in the hands of everyone.
But though I have purchased a few of these items over the years from him, it is nice to see those, plus so many many more all in one compact "digital" library to add to my collection.
If you don't find something on here for you - magic may not be your thing!
The price is right in my opinion; I'd rate the quality about the same as most other magic dvd's however I am glad that he took a different approach with his beginning - very creative.
Get this - you'll find at least a few items on this that will make it more than pay for itself.
Thanks Bob!
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There is some really strong, practical magic on these dvds. A terrific set. All of it is very easy to do but will play great for lay people. I was fooled by a couple of things. Of course, once I watched the explanations for said effects, I immediately slapped my forehead and shouted "Doh!"

Anyway, great stuff.
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This is practical magic with a capital "P"...Bob has given us some real gems for the real world. Great two (2) DVD Set!

Definitely recommended.

A.J.
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I love "Match It". One of my favorite effects on the dvd set.
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I Highly recommend this also.

I was fortunate enough to see Bob at a Covention many years ago so I was very excited to hear that he was putting out a new dvd set.

Watching the dvd's brought back many memories for me of when I saw Bob working as a dealer all those years ago. Everyone always hung out at his booth. He's very personable and his Magic both amazing and easy to do.

I'm sure that you will find something you will use. Plenty of material available for you and great value for the money !

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I have been fortunate enough to meet Bob several times and I have to say, when it comes to his material, not only do you get quality stuff, but you get the man behind it. What I mean by that is that Bob is always willing to help anyone, at any time, especially when it comes to his material. Are you having trouble getting a certain move down ? Just ask Bob. Are you having trouble making a gimmick ? Just ask Bob.

His material is top notch and designed for working conditions. If you see his name on something, you can rest assured that you are getting something of quality

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I'm sure you all know what the word "KISS" stands for. Then you will certainly know that most of Bob Solari's creation exemplifies keeping his effects simple, but having a powerful impact on your audience. Several of Bob's effects from this tape have appeared in my stage show. I like to work smarter, not harder, and if you take a look at what Bob has to offer on his DVD "Live in Your Living Room," you won't be disappointed.
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Steve Dusheck was kind enough to give me a copy of Bob's latest DVD "Solari Live...In Your Living Room" as a gift. Little did I know that his gift was filled with some real great magic!

I am always looking for new material to try out at many of the different resorts I perform at. This past week I had the pleasure introducing into my walk around Bob's "Match It", "Metamorphosis Bills" and "Un-Bill-eivable" routines. All three were very well received.

I also do a stand up mentalism show at one of resortsI work and I was told that the owners of the resort were going to be their with their families. I did Bob's "Bling Bling Ring Thing" with the daughter of one of the owners. At the end of the routine I let her keep the ring. You would have thought I gave her a million bucks. Needless to say I scored big points with that routine as well!

I highly recommend these DVD's. The material on them is very easy to do allowing the performer to concentrate on the presentation.

As noted above, you can find these DVD's at
http://www.bobsolarimagic.com

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Bob is certainly one very nice and extremely generous gentleman. I recently inquired as to whether one of his effects could be done one handed and Mr. Solari went so far as to explain the effect in detail. He accentually gave me the effect for free. (I’m not referring to his current PSI Sulfur giveaway either.) I’m away at the moment, but when I return next week I plan on returning the favor by buying a few other things from Bob.

When I inquired as to whether or not he would have certain items in stock he actually suggested that I could construct one item myself to save money. That’s what I call putting the costumer first! Like I said, he’s one very nice and extremely generous gentleman. In short, he deserves all the money you care to give him. Smile
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Bob is always availabe for any questions or concerns and always puts the customer 1st even if its a perceived problem. I know we all cater to our favorite magic dealers and stores although a lot of magic stores are "disappearing'but I have never had any issues dealing with Bob or his websight. To email or call him and speak directly to him and not a paid employee is a plus.
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On 2008-09-06 16:08, Rizzo wrote:
Bob is always availabe for any questions or concerns and always puts the customer 1st even if its a perceived problem. I know we all cater to our favorite magic dealers and stores although a lot of magic stores are "disappearing'but I have never had any issues dealing with Bob or his websight. To email or call him and speak directly to him and not a paid employee is a plus.

He also answers the phone himself always during business hours!!!
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