Writing about another topic in the "Light from the Lamp" Forum, David Oliver listed one of the criteria he uses to determine whether a trick will get a review:
"Has an item been heavily advertised in the industry? If so, I think the readers deserve to know if the item lives up to its' advertising, or if it's just hype."
So here's my quandry: I've made a determined effort to find videos for review which are "off the beaten path," including an anonymous video on the Bottom Deal, a self-made tape by the Buck twins on fancy cuts, a video of a cable show on "Tricks Old and Seldom Seen," and in the March issue a $60 video from a guy most of you have probably never heard of in England (Derren Brown). By the way, contrary to what you might think, I paid for that last one myself.
Does this make any sense? I try of course, as does Joe M. Turner, to cover the videos by "mainstream" publishers including L&L, A-1, Meir Yedid, Houdini Magic, Murphy, Joe Stevens and others. These are the videos which you see in the ads and, as David Oliver mentions, they are the videos about which readers probably want to read some opinions.
What do you think? Is it worthwhile taking precious column inches to review a video that's hard to obtain from someone you've probably never heard of?
[ March 06, 2002: Message edited by: Matthew Field ]