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I'm considering picking up John Bannons 2 DvD's over at MagicProShop but I've never encountered any of Bannon's material. From what I hear it's good, but some people exaggerate. On the other hand, Osterlinds DvDs deserve every bit of compliments with 4 great DvDs. So to those of you familiar with Bannon's stuff, are these 2 DvDs worth it ?

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John's Impossibilia book is fantastic and these DVD's are awesome. John is kind of a corny performer, but a brillaint performer/inventor. There's something for everyone on these.

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Smoke and Mirrors is arguably a better book than Impossibilia. If the I DVD has the same material as the I VHS video, then it has material from both books, it provides a better presentation for Return of the Magnificent Seven than the one in the book, and is quite good. I've never seen the S & M DVD, but it seems a good risk actuarially.
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Bannon's stuff is terrific.
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From my little knowledge about Bannon, his materials are so good! Get both of them and you will enjoy learning and performing them!

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Both of the tapes are very good. The otherone, that has also close-up material is slightly better. the other tape has just card tricks. The only problem with these tapes are the spectators. There is just two spectator and they are magicians wifes who are totally bored seeing tricks and they don´t have any reactions to any tricks, really... The tricks are very very strong in real world situations.
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I liked the S&M DVD better than Impossibilia. Tattoo You and New Jack City seem worth the price on their own.

Bannon is a good developer of tricks, but his performing style is... laid back, to be generous. I'm a David Regal kind of guy who appreciates energy and enthusiasm in the patter.

If you're still considering whether to buy, I would suggest buying one and seeing if you like it first.

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Let's just say that Lee Asher's favorite video is "Impossibilia". 'Nuff said. Smile
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Go for'em.
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I have both tapes and both books. I am thinking about buying the DVDs and selling the tapes.

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Good solid card magic,"Timely Departure" and "Play it straight" are my favorite Bannon effects!

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Yep, me too! Got both VHS, and would buy the DVD's in a heartbeat...classic stuff done his way, plus Tattoo's reason alone to carry a d/b, if ya know whudda mean... Smile

Vacuum Packed...great one...New Jack City...well, just get 'em, and you can be sure you won't waste your money!

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Impossibilia has my favorite Triumph routine.
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I agree that Bannon comes up with great material. Most (if not all of his stuff) is very strong, practical material for the real world. I own both VHS tapes and both of his books (when is he ever going to come out with another?). Personally, I like the element of variety that is found in Impossibilia (both the tape and book), but Smoke and Mirrors is also good. If you prefer more focus on card material then try Smoke and Mirrors (31 effects, of which 27 are cards).
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Now if they could only reprint smoke and mirrors!
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Bannon's DVD's contain KILLER material. Don't hesitate to get them.
"Of all words of tongue and pen,
the saddest are, "It might have been"

..........John Greenleaf Whittier
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The best thing that I can say about Impossibilia is that it was the first video I ever saw where I finished watching the material and thought to myself- "I want to perform every trick that I just saw".

To be fair, I was somewhat dissapointed with Smoke and Mirrors. I loved the book, and the video was mostly solid, but I couldn't help feeling a little let down considering that Mr. Bannon had recently railed against the overabundance of sandwich routines in the into to the book, but then proceeded to include TWO sandwich routines on the video. There is still some killer material on the set, but I feel like Impossibilia is the true 'must-have'.
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Killer stuff !
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I have seen Johns videos and they are full with quality card magic.
Johns web:

I hope he will release a new DVD with effects from his new book:
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