The DVDs arrived from Vernet.
The production values are excellent. Michel has a wonderful speaking voice, in English. His polish as a performer shines through in every frame.
You could easily manufacture your own hold out and adjust it to fit you with the information on the DVDs. I don't see the Vernet Hold-Out listed for sale on their website. I suspect they're churning them out. If you need one, email Michel at Vernet. His command of the English language is complete. He can tell you if they plan to stock them again. I simply have no idea.
It really takes very, very little to rig one up on your own. If you're completely inept the least expensive, yet completely functional HO available is still available from John Rogers at:
His video, showcasing his HO is also great!!! Get it too! (Smokin' Candies)
The routines on the Vernet DVDs are mostly Michel's with a few twists on standard routines. There is significantly more material on these DVDs than come with the Perfect Hold Out DVD. The fact Michel is speaking in English instead of being dubbed over is a significant plus.
I'm a hold-out nut. I was entranced by the background information. They have some pictures and video of some varied hold outs. I found it fascinating. You mileage may vary.
With Antonio Romero's package you get 3 routines that are fairly complex. You also get a very advanced and completely functional hold out. With Michel's package you get three beautifully produced DVDs with many more applications.
Overall, I have spent far more time with the Romero DVD. What Antonio's DVD lacks in production values, for me, it more than made up for it in seeing a true master use his very refined hold-out. I think Antonio Romero's skill with the hold-out is just a thing of freakin' beauty. Smooooooth baby, smooooooth.
I think Antonio Romero's product is a great bargain. Google for it. I'll bet the best price you find is here:
http://www.madhattermagicshop.com/magic ... t+hold+out
50 bucks less than anywhere else. They shipped very quickly and have an excellent and friendly staff.
BUT . . . I had found or discovered much of the information Michel puts out. For sheer quality of information delivered. The Vernet DVDs are unmatched by everything under 2000 dollars.
The information that comes with the F/K model is on an entirely different level. You get what you pay for.
If you have little previous experience with a hold out and are wondering if it provides enough pop or pizazz to add to your arsenal. Get Michel's DVDs from Vernet. It will answer any question you could have for practicality or level of difficulty.
If you are a long-time Hold-Out user. Get it anyway you know you have to have it.
My own experience is with a model much more refined than the model Michel uses. He is very, very talented with the model he uses. He has an excellent product for any and all who want to learn how to use a gravity hold-out. He also provided me a wonderful model of how a professional magician could use this device.
Best guys ever with this toy remain Mssrs. Fitch and Kohler. If you have the dough, send uncle Bob or uncle Bob some long green and get the real work.
I have zero economic connection of any type of with any of the products I recommended. They all have provided me some great toys though!!!