I just received the first DVD installment of John Carney's new project, The Master Sessions and it is absolutely fabulous. The first "session", not the first DVD, but the first "session" on the first DVD, is worth the entire cost of the project for me, because I have a routine using the same props. My routine is not near as strong, but this material will enable me to improve upon it to make it much more magical. There is so much good information that John gives you if you just listen to what he says.
Mike Skinner and I were close friends and some of his very important thoughts and ideas, along with other magic greats, have been molded by John into some very magical moments. That's the key to this DVD. John has been a serious student of magic all his life and his assocations with the greats have made him one of the very top performers in the world. He reached this position not by copying what they did, but by incorporating what he learned from them into his own ideas and unique presentational traits. He thinks hard about this stuff. The challenge here is to take this important information and work it into your own style and effects. And a challenge that is, because you wonder how it could be possible to improve on what John has put together. It would be so easy to exactly copy what he has done, but one would miss the point.
If you enjoyed the challenges John put forth in his Book of Secrets, you will enjoy working on this material. It is so practical! I'm really glad he is doing this in 4 installments rather than as a set, as it gives you time to work on this without being overloaded, which in my case leads to important information being overlooked.
The entire 4 volume series is $99 if you order before Jan 31. I've received my money's worth already. It's that good.