Ive received a bunch of e-mails requesting updates on what is new and the status on some of the items previously mentioned. There are 3 new items just out or just about to come out: 1) 2 new David Regal books 2) a new Simon Aronson effect and 3) a new video by Jon Allen.
I just received an advance copy from the printer of the 2 new David Regal books, Constant Fooling. They came out GREAT and Andrew Pinard did a SUPERB job on the layout design and dust jackets. The material is exceptional some of David strongest material to date. Its amazing how David just keeps coming up with such heavy hitters. David did an unbelievable job writing the book. These are shipping to us tomorrow or Monday so watch for them at your favorite dealer soon.
Also at the printer is a new Simon Aronson effect called Side-Swiped. I believe this is Simons most commercial and one of his strongest effects by far. It is also one of Simons favorite creations. It is super easy to do with only one sleight if you can even call it that yet it is quite strong and will fool most anyone. It leaves the spectator with a permanent, personalized impossible object (and no memorization is required LOL). I believe this is one of the most commercial card effects to be released in quite some time.
If you havent heard about the Jon Allen video contact your favorite dealer and buy it! Most of you are already familiar with Jon through the many awards he has been honored with by his peers over the last several years including: the Ron MacMillan International award, the IBM Close-up Champion award, the IBM British Ring Close-up Champion award, the British Magical Championship award, The Magic Circle Close-up Champion award, and several others. Here is your chance to see this award winning professional and learn some of his bread and butter routines and insight into performing through years of work for real people.
The video opens with Jon performing for people who are not primed, with no rehearsal, and with no re-shooting. This gives you a chance to see the interaction, the participation, and the reactions.
Jon then goes on to teach several of his favorite working pieces. These are items that make a good living for Jon. It's rare that one sees the actually bread and butter routines of a working pro on video nowadays but we talked Jon into spilling it all on this video. "Ghost" is an animated bill routine that John had previously sold as a separate item. Of particular interest to many will be Jon's insight on thread work. Next is Jon's coins across routine with two powerful ways for the all important last coin appearing in the spectator's hand. Jon then goes on to explain his rubber band routine. Small touches can make all the difference in the world and Jon's routine is a heavy hitter for lay audiences. Jon then discusses his ambitious card routine and his signed card to box routine entitled "The Destination Box". This may well be the strongest card to box in existence. Many top performers, including Jamy Ian Swiss and Marc DeSouza, have raved about Jon's clever handling of this classic effect. Jon then goes on to teach his thought of card to signed envelope and, as a bonus, includes his thought of card on ceiling. Both of these are extremely strong pieces particularly with the audience believing that they merely thought of a card. Finally, Jon teaches his wonderful version of the "Professor's Nightmare". Jon's handling, entitled "Freddy's Dead", has fooled even well posted magicians. All of the effects are practical, within the ability of most, and concentrate on involving the spectators. Along the way, Jon imparts valuable knowledge gained from years as a professional including how to approach a table, deal with interruptions, make routines more "viewer friendly", and involve the whole group. Jon stresses breaking down the "us" verses them "barrier" often encountered when performing. This allows for a more memorable and much stronger experience for audiences.
This video introduces wonderful touches and variations on a few classics as well as introducing some new, strong ideas. We tried to make the video fun to watch while at the same time focusing on real world routines and ideas used by an international professional and top award winning magician.
Hope that information is helpful and answers the questions asked.
BTW... Magic Smith has just released a new DVD by Paul Green entitled "In the Trenches". I have seen all of the material and this is REALLY strong, usable, practical, great magic. Paul, in addition to being one hell of a nice guy, is an extremely busy worker and he USES this material. I believe the DVD is just shipping out but I have already placed my order. Don't pass this one up. Paul will be at the Magic Smith booth at IBM so stop by and say hi to him and get his DVD. This, BTW, is an unsolicited post as I have no personal interest other than knowing how solid Paul's material is.
Also, check out the new video entitled Ivory Connection It is Steve Dobson and Reed McClintocks handling of the Sacks dice routine but is quite different. Reed and I hung out recently when we were both in LA and Reed got an unbelievable reaction with this routine. You cannot do any better than to study this and the James Lewis video Doctor Sacks Amazing Dice Trick. Jim is a master at making routines so clear and magical and hes done that with his handling of the Sacks routine. With these two videos youll have all you need. Ivory Connection offers a super idea to open the routine which is worth the price of the video. Reed will be at IBM also so you should ask him to do this for you it will fool you. James Lewis may be making a rare appearance at IBM as well as he has been extremely busy working on a new show. Again, no personal interest other than its a great item.
I will look forward to meeting some of you at the IBM National convention as Ill be there from July 2 to July 7.