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JHodgeCMI
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Okay, I'd like to know if any of you out there have seen this 'Definitive Collection' by Gerry Griffin on Penguins site
http://www.penguinmagic.com/product.php?ID=769

What's your input? It's hard for me to remain positive or should I say 'neutral' when in Volume 7 I read the 'Browery Reversal' when it should be the 'Braue Reverse'.

Let's see what others have to report.

thanks,

Jay

PS I've ordered $100's of dollars from Penguin and I have no complaints with them, Jason or Desiree--they've been great.
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I think it is telling that all of the quotes come from Penguin magic employees and the owner of a company that has an interesting reputation for making a living off of others ideas and products, without permission.
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I received the set this morning and I am currently watching it as we speak. The tuition on the DVD's is top notch and so far I have already learnt a thing or two.

Most of the sleights and flourishes can be found in books but as one that likes to watch this is more helpful, actually combining the two together means I have no choice but to get it right!!! hehe

I will put together a review when I have completed watching them all.... unless someone gets there first...

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Truthteller. It takes time for quotes to come rolling in. Complete Card Magic is brand new, so it makes sense that only people associated with shops have had a chance to evaluate it.

Soon you'll see reviews and quotes from others. If you ever do get a chance to watch the DVDs, I think you'll agree that they're an excellent value and one of the best ways to learn a tremendous amount of card magic.

Best,

Maxwell Murphy
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Complete Card Magic has effects ranging from beginner to expert. I believe it will be of good use to those interested in starting card magic or adding to their routines. Gerry Griffin has a reputation of being a super nice guy and a great teacher.
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Maxwell,

I made fun of the first DVD with the "21 Card Trick". There are young folks who will benefit from the first DVD, and I'm sure that all can benefit from the others.

I would like people to know that I have done business with Penguin Magic for a long time and Maxwell and staff have given me the best customer service I have had from any other magic company.

Keep up the good work Maxwell.

Jeff
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I'm going to give you my honest opinion about Card Magic from someone who has tons of magic DVD's. I bought two of the DVD's from Gerry this past weekend -- the advanced and the shuffles, forces and flourishes DVD. I plan to buy the rest at pay day.

Before I break it down, I'm just gonna say, I think it is a great buy.

First off, the flaws of it are minor. For example, the audio isn't quite mixed right so the intro music is quite a bit louder than Gerry's voice so you might have to do constant volume change. And the women while attractive aren't the most enthusiastic. Still these are very minor.

Nevertheless if the reason you are buying these DVD's is to learn magic, I think Complete Card Magic is a fantastic buy. From an education standpoint, Gerry's instruction is fantastic.

These tapes avoid the two major pitfalls that I feel a lot of Magic DVD's get into. First, the tricks on the disc I got are all practical and something I could imagine doing. For me at least, I see these tricks on some DVD's and I say to myself, `That's great, but would I really do that for an audience.''.

Second, you aren't short changed on the instruction. Even though Gerry has done the trick hundreds of times, and could do it with his eyes closed he explains it slowly, methodically and thoroughly. Honestly I feel his teaching style and patience rivals Michael Ammar's video's.

Let me give you a concrete example. When he teaches the Hot Shot, Gerry spends nearly three minutes on how to do this move. In contrast, Daryl on his Encyclopedia of Card Magic only spent half the time.
Gerry talks slowly and since the camera shot is over the shoulder tight of his hands, you can literally match your hand and movements to his. What I'm saying is you never feel like he is cutting corners just to get an explanation on the DVD.

On the Zarrow Shuffle he explains it again in detail and shows the difference of using the Zarrow to keep a full deck stack and how to use it to keep the reds and the blacks separated.

After watching these DVD's, I really feel like I will come away a better magician.


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Hey guys,
Gerry is a great guy. I personally know him he runs alocal magic shop right near my house. I think the DVDs look awesome. Im gonna pick em up when I get more money. I just bought his Lucky Sevens DVDs and those were pretty good. Anyways, that would be great if you could put up a review for Complet Card Magic salsa_dancer. Smile
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On 2004-01-21 02:05, holytoledo36 wrote:

I'm going to give you my honest opinion about Card Magic from someone who has tons of magic DVD's. I bought two of the DVD's from Gerry this past weekend -- the advanced and the shuffles, forces and flourishes DVD. I plan to buy the rest at pay day.

Before I break it down, I'm just gonna say, I think it is a great buy.

First off, the flaws of it are minor. For example, the audio isn't quite mixed right so the intro music is quite a bit louder than Gerry's voice so you might have to do constant volume change. And the women while attractive aren't the most enthusiastic. Still these are very minor.

Nevertheless if the reason you are buying these DVD's is to learn magic, I think Complete Card Magic is a fantastic buy. From an education standpoint, Gerry's instruction is fantastic.

These tapes avoid the two major pitfalls that I feel a lot of Magic DVD's get into. First, the tricks on the disc I got are all practical and something I could imagine doing. For me at least, I see these tricks on some DVD's and I say to myself, `That's great, but would I really do that for an audience.''.

Second, you aren't short changed on the instruction. Even though Gerry has done the trick hundreds of times, and could do it with his eyes closed he explains it slowly, methodically and thoroughly. Honestly I feel his teaching style and patience rivals Michael Ammar's video's.

Let me give you a concrete example. When he teaches the Hot Shot, Gerry spends nearly three minutes on how to do this move. In contrast, Daryl on his Encyclopedia of Card Magic only spent half the time.
Gerry talks slowly and since the camera shot is over the shoulder tight of his hands, you can literally match your hand and movements to his. What I'm saying is you never feel like he is cutting corners just to get an explanation on the DVD.

On the Zarrow Shuffle he explains it again in detail and shows the difference of using the Zarrow to keep a full deck stack and how to use it to keep the reds and the blacks separated.

After watching these DVD's, I really feel like I will come away a better magician.


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Holyto... when you have tons of DVD´s I assume that you have the CardSleightSeries from Daryl Vol. 1- 8

It will be helpfull when you can tell us, whats the difference to the Daryl DVD´s?????

cybercardmagic
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Since Daryl's DVD's don't get into tricks very extensively with the exception being the trick breaks, it's best for me to compare the flourish dvd of Gerry's with Daryls.

I think the biggest difference is that Daryl gives you so many different slights many of which you might not ever use, but comprehensive just the same. I goto Daryl's DVDs when I need to learn a specific move or an alternative move to a trick I'm doing.


For me at least I felt Gerry's much easier to learn to because he doesn't seem to be rushed. Granted there aren't as many slights taught on Gerry's disc, but he teaches you the essentials.

The other difference is with Daryl he uses the super practice session but it is played to just music. Gerry does his tight shot through the whole explanation and talks through it so it is just easier to follow.

Also, Gerry's has the Zarrow shuffle and the Farro shuffle (sp?) which Daryl's does not.

Does this help?
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Yep

thank you

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holytoledo36
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I'm picking up the other dvd's this weekend, so I'll review them when I get the chance.
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Gerry is definitely a wonderful teacher. he doesn't rush or anything. he really goes slowy and makes sure it is easy to understand.
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After all this good talk about these dvd's , I'm going ot have to consider picking these up Smile
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I'm glad to see that these are not just a 'rush-to-market' equals cash endeavor.
I look forward to reading more comparitive and comprehensive reviews.

thanks

Jay
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Let me see...Daryl...or Gerry? Hands down, I'll take Gerry. See that was easy!
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Thanks, Steve!
Are you basing that statement on the the tapes or is this a subjective accessment based on style?

thanks,

jay
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I'm basing this on style and the content. Gerry has a easy going laid back style that I like, with material that I can learn and will do for my friends. Daryl's material is good, but I feel it is too rushed for my taste, and I personally feel his tricks are geared more for magicians than spectators.
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For those who don't know Gerry Griffin, take these words, ``Gerry's true passion is for crystal-clear moments of pure astonishment.''

They aren't mind, they are from Paul Harris. Those who have Paul Harris: The Art of Astonishment Vol. 1 can find these words and Griffin Under Glass on page 251.
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Good afternoon, good evening or good morning, whatever time zone you happen to be in. A quick note and hello from Gerry Griffin. I really enjoy reading all of the posts about Lucky Sevens and Complete Card Magic here on the Café. If you are enjoying these DVDs, I am very happy and if you don't like them, well I tried my best to please.
I put together a collection of what I hoped would be some very usable card magic, 62 mysteries in all. I've done a lot of performing over the years (mostly tablehopping magic and private parties) and this material has served me well (I do other mysteries as well, not just card magic). Everyones taste is different when it comes to the material they perform, so I hope magicians will find a good variety of card magic on these DVDs. There is certainly a lot of thinking that must go into choosing magical effects for a paying audience and since the audience gives you an instant critique about your material by their reaction, you must choose carefully. So I hope you like my choices.
I always enjoy discussing the thinking that goes into magic and welcome any questions or thoughts about these DVDs, Lucky Sevens and Complete Card Magic. In the mean time. . .
Best thoughts to you,
Gerry Griffin
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