mormonyoyoman wrote:You might consider tossing in another $20 to obtain the unlimited-for-a-year e-mail support, in which case you could learn a lot of side lessons that Richard learned during his six-month study.
As I am not in the habit of tossing my money I must respectfully decline your recommendation. Corinda's book is all the additional support I will need.
I did however spend the weekend watching the rest of the discs and would like to share my observations:
First of all I believe my original post was premature and I should have watched ALL the discs before passing judgment. My close emotional attachment to Zarkamorta II may have clouded my vision of the rest of the material. Mr. Osterlind is very knowledgeable about the techniques in the book and his explanations are thorough and concise. Although I do not always agree with his implementation and performance of all of them his teaching ability is apparent on the rest of the discs. It is obvious to me now that his intention is to educate not to entertain with these discs.
When viewed strictly as a teaching aid the discs do have plenty to offer. I do recommend that they be used in conjunction with Corindas book however and not as a stand alone curriculum. Mentalism being a heavily performance driven art form I tend to lean more towards the theatrical side of things and sometimes forget that the methods themselves are often simple and mundane. I only wish I could have been around to see Mr. Corinda perform: I am quite jealous of Mr. Mark Lewis.
All that being said I would recommend these discs to anyone unfamiliar with the methods in Corindas book. If you are not a reader and prefer video as your only method of learning magic and Mentalism then these discs are a decent substitute for Corindas original; text. I however believe you are really missing out if you do not read the 13 Steps and all the other great books that are out there. Videos tend to color ones presentation of the effects whereas books allow you to see your own personal vision of how you would perform them. But that is a different thread altogether.
I will now slip on my flame retardant underwear and go back to playing with green fire and flash paper.