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Yaniv Deautsch
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Could anyone here give a review of his show?
Like most of you i've read{most of} his books and saw his VideoMind but I've never seen him live.
It would be cool to know more about him.

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Max is a master showman. I've heard some criticize him, saying that he creates good stuff, but he can't play to lay-audiences. I can only assume that they must have seen an imposter posing as Max. He absolutely KILLS lay-audiences. He's very entertaining, and, believe it or not, is quite funny as well. he has total control of the audience and treats his participants respectfully.

I enjoyed his show thoroughly, but more importantly, so did a pretty large audience of "regular people" who were completely mystified and entertained. This show was at Cactus Pete's Casino Showroom in Jackpot, Nevada.
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Simply put, if you ever have the opportunity to catch a show by Max Maven, do so.
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Max is the maven not to be missed!
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Max will be appearing at Monday Night Magic in New York this Monday the 29th. Tickets are still available. You can check their site at http://www.mondaynightmagic.com/ Also appearing are Puck and Alex Feldman. Tickets are only $29.50 through Ticketmaster.

If you go, intorduce yourself. I'm the guy with the hearing aids and the gray beard.

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My memory of Max Maven, after seeing him a few times in the past, is that of a brilliant man and a fair performer.
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MichelAsselin wrote:
My memory of Max Maven, after seeing him a few times in the past, is that of a brilliant man and a fair performer.


This mirrors my opinion as well. I have seen him perform in places like Lake Tahoe, and he was underwhelming. "Smarmy magician doing card tricks" would better describe what I saw than "mindreader". He was also very condescending towards an audience member he had onstage to assist, with rude put-downs of the poor guy's inability to shuffle cards like Max. Put me in mind of the "Hold out your hand... no, the clean one." sort of magician.

Too bad, as the technical aspects of what he did were brilliant. But the audience didn't know that, and gave him a lukewarm reception.

Nonetheless, a brilliant thinker, technician, historian, writer, etc. Not bad for one guy!

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Ddyment : I am very surprised ! Do you really speak about Max Maven-Phil Goldstein ?
I thought he was respectful toward spectators ?
I can't believe it !!!!!!
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I've seen Max perform in Atlantic City at the Tropicana and at Carolines in NY. Both times for mainly muggle audience. Though the NY audience, had scattered people sitting , around their tables, doing card tricks. You can dress em up ,but you can't take em anywhere
Both times, he got a standing O.
His act is well structured, opens with comedy, closes with blindfold. Lot of card tricks. It is only ,my personal opinion, that this plethora of cards is what has held Max back from being a house hold word
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Both DDyment and Ford Kross are correct in their observations. His humor is dry and a little caustic (not everyone's cup of tea); and on the occasions I have seen him, the participants were visibly uncomfortable.(mind you, it was a Comedy-Club-type audience).

Some of it has to do with the erudite wit; but the biggest obstacle is that he does not come across warmly - and that is difficult, considering his chosen stage persona.
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I've now seen him perform about a dozen times... yes, at times his humor and style come across as a bit cold or highbrow, but in all those shows he won over the audience with his incredible effects. He comes across as "Hey, I'm great, but I can prove it" and he does. I've seen him devastate audiences. He had a Tuesday night show running in the summer in Hollywood. I attended every one and he put in at least two different effects in each show... it was worth ten times the cost to see someone perform his craft so flawlessly.
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He didn't do too well at the Edinburgh festival when he was here, I'm afraid. Wrong style of presentation for the Scots! A bit of humilty and "I'm just one of you" goes a long way over here.
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Drew-

Was that for an audience of magicians or laymen? I've seen him be less than overwhelming with magicians in the states, too, but it's been a different story (in my experience) with "real people."

He IS a bit arrogant, not unlike Muhammed Ali. However, if one could actually read the thoughts of others, surely he WOULD be a bit superior, would he not? Further, while he is not particularly warm, I don't see him as coming across as a creep, either, but that may be personal preference, or maybe he just had a bad night, etc.
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Hi guys,
Some of you Guys must have seen A diffrent show then I did! I saw him take A lay Audience In the Palm of his hand And just Kill For And Hour and A half. Just great showmanship!!! I lurned A lot Just watching him. Well that my two cents.

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Scott, it was for lay-people, and over its run the show just went downhill. However, I blame our Scottish outlook for that. If anybody makes themselves appear superior, we draw our swords and start a war with them!

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He IS a bit arrogant, not unlike Muhammed Ali.

Hmmm... I belive the comparison to Mr. Ali is unfortunate - isn't it Muhammed Ali who is known for doing magic and exposing it immediately afterwards (for religious reasons)? Doesn't sound very arrogant to me. Smile


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Actually, I think the comparison was to Ali's non-magic profile. If you've ever seen or read anything about him, he was VERY arrogant (as a fighter), and acted like he was the greatest thing since sliced bread. I don't think Scott meant to compare Ali's magic to Mr. Maven's, but I could be wrong.
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Jeff, I have to assume you're right - I don't doubt Scott was referring to mr Ali's boxing, but it is a bit ironical that this very person also did magic, don't you think Smile

(...and as a side note - Mr. Ali's cockiness was of benefit to him... I would guess...)

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Once, during his period of retirement before his eventual comeback. Ali appeared on a talk show and let down his hair quite a bit. His was personable and funny and told the story behind his arrogant persona.

It seems that as a kid he happened to be in a town where professional wrestlers were coming for a match. One of the wrestler/peformers was Gorgeous George. This guy was one of the great forerunners of todays wrestling "bad guys." He took arrogance and conceit to the max. Young Cassius Clay, as Ali was then named, saw how everybody hated this guys guts. They despised him. And they came out in droves, shelling out money for tickets in the hope of seeing him get wiped by whoever the "good guy" of the match was.

Young Ali looked past the drama and took notice of the ticket sales and thought "What a great gimmick!" he put that into his own personna to good effect.

Notice how the same gimmick that worked so well for a pro wrestler and a pro boxer can easily backfire when used by another form of entertainer. People will pay money to see somebody they dislike get clobbered, but not to see somebody they dislike fool them or "read their minds."

The fact that Max plays so well in the US and other areas testifies to his performing skill at walking the line of arrogance without being disliked. Apparently, the line is in the different place in Scotland, and he didn't adjust properly.
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If you get a chance to see Maven, do so, and then make up your own mind. Yes, a lot of card tricks are in his material, but what card tricks! And he has published and performed much, much more than just card effects. Every time I've seen him work laymen, he has been cosiderate of assistants and absolutely kills them, along with the rest of the audience. He does create a love/hate relationship but who dosen't? And he does get the bookings.
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