U F Grant history and lecture DVD set...

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Postby Carroll Baker » 09/08/09 08:34 AM

Looks like MAK magic is putting out a 3 DVD set on Grant's magic and his inventions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp9jN2foA1Q

What was /is your favorite Grant effect?
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Postby Philippe Billot » 09/08/09 08:44 AM

Only DVD, no books and tricks reprinted like Al Baker?

I appreciate his Misdirection Pass
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Postby Brad Henderson » 09/08/09 02:27 PM

I would prefer to see this as a book, but I would still get this. I grew up reading my MAK magic catalog every day and night.

Besides I hope they will finally explain how they came up with the idea of a paint job that looked like someone took a piss all over the product.

I loved the yellow and white squiggle paint!!!

Good times.
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Postby Carroll Baker » 09/09/09 08:39 AM

I would have liked a book as well...
here is what I found on MAK's site www.mak.magic.com

looks like to different versions one normal with these features;
Included on the DVDs:

Rare lost film lectures
Original drawings of Grants illusions
Vintage film footage with Gen Grant Jay & Francis Marshall and other greats
Interviews with people who knew Grant
Color film footage of Grant demonstrating his creations

Experience the history of this most amazing magician, inventor and teacher.

There are also a host of special features you will want to see including downloadable copies of Grant's most popular manuscripts & a slide show tour showing how the effects came to be.


and a special collectors addition limited to 100 copies;
Special Edition Collectors Exclusive
Limited to 100 numbered copies

All the great features included in the 3 DVD disk set
Booklet of U.F. Grants unpublished personal creations, limited to 100 pieces.
23 by 34 inch poster for your magic room.



Best of all a portrait of U.F. Grant burned into a piece of solid oak. sample can be found here http://www.vermontwoodburnings.com

I can't wait to get a copy for me as I also drooled over the old catalogs myself....
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Postby Steve Bryant » 09/09/09 09:15 AM

There is some excellent footage of Grant lecturing on the Mystic Craig dvd from Miracle Factory. I suspect it will overlap what is on this set, but that's ok. Great stuff though, very practical ideas, presented very fast and succinctly. (There is also HORRIBLE footage of a young Bro Hamman on this dvd, horrible because Craig kept panning away from the magic trick.)
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Postby Brad Henderson » 09/09/09 12:34 PM

Caroll,

is it just me, or is there no way to access the preorder link or price?
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Postby NCMarsh » 09/09/09 02:16 PM

from the MAK site:

"Mak Magic is a wholesale distributor. So unfortunately, we do not sell retail. Please contact your favorite magic dealer for prices on any of our merchandise."
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Postby Brad Henderson » 09/09/09 03:14 PM

yes. I would have assumed though that with a limited edition item they would handle that themselves. Otherwise it seems rather chaotic.
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Postby NCMarsh » 09/09/09 03:49 PM

On a side note, I'd be interested to see the response to the limited edition DVD. Do people have the same sentimental attachment to DVDs-as-objects that they do to books-as-objects?

Digital media are so non-tactile, that it seems an odd product to try to make a collector's edition of...it may be wildly successful, but has me curious...
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Postby Brad Henderson » 09/09/09 03:53 PM

To me the difference is between printing out the pdf myself (which I will never get around to doing) and having the books. Depending on the cost difference it may be worth it.
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Postby Carroll Baker » 09/10/09 08:23 AM

Not sure about the price either, The 100 DVD collector sets comes with the print out but also not sure if it is the same as the pdf that is on the DVD.

I feel the same about having a book in hand but the DVD is supposed to feature some "lost" lecture film that would be lost in "translation" to book form. I hope that they put out a book soon as well.
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Postby Carroll Baker » 09/10/09 10:09 AM

Talked to Jim Sr. (Grant's Son-in-law) about the collector set.
He said that the booklet that comes with the Collector only set is different from the pdf's on the DVD.

Also, the Mystic Craig DVD footage from Miracle Factory should be different but he hasn't seen the actual DVD to compare.

He said the footage he has is original lecture films and home movies converted to DVD for the release.
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Postby Doug Thornton » 09/10/09 10:14 AM

Just wanted to point out a typo in Carroll's post.
Here's the site:

http://www.makmagic.com

And here's the info:

http://www.makmagic.com/search.asp?filt ... btn=Search
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Postby Brad Henderson » 09/10/09 12:48 PM

Is there a MSRP yet?
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Postby Carroll Baker » 09/11/09 08:40 AM

Thanks Doug! Jim sr. said they don't have a price set yet.
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Postby Carroll Baker » 09/25/09 09:01 AM

It looks like the retail prices for the regular set is $79 and the collectors edition is $199.

Jim sr said that they will be posting more video clips of performance only stuff on the site as well as you tube!

I will keep you posted.
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Postby Carroll Baker » 09/28/09 08:27 AM

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Postby Carroll Baker » 11/06/09 10:07 AM

I guess the first set of Grant DVDs were released on November 1st.

Anybody seen them yet?

I am waiting on mine now and am anxious to see what everyone thinks!
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