How to do Street Magic was the least credited video of ellusionist's. I made a mistake with our initial effort because I thought the video would be going to people who had never touched magic before and they wouldn't really care where the magic came from. My mistake - I should have added credit just for credit's sake irregardless of who bought the video or WHAT I thought. Boy, I've paid for that mistake ten fold and learned a lot from it too.
Last year the video was completely re-mastered to reflect credit and proper naming to all effects.
You will always see credit where credit is due in ellusionist products from this point on although we occasionally make mistakes.
I wrote a letter to Richard Kaufman regarding Joe's review of Crash Course - which was not responded to by Richard. I'm going to copy it here because I think it answers several of the issues above (or at least MY standpoint on them).
I'm just writing to say that I saw the review of Crash Course in Genii and didn't appreciate it. I felt Joe Turner didn't look much further than his preconceived notions about ellusionist. The review was more opinionated and judgmental than an honest and researched look at ellusionist and the video.
If Joe HAD looked a little deeper he would have found hundreds upon hundreds of thrilled and excited owners of the video who are now able to do some excellent magic where they couldn't before. He would have found a protected discussion forum built just for the owners of Crash Course (as with ALL our videos) where both paid and volunteer expert tech support answers all questions pertaining to the material and moderate the flow of ideas. There is no question that we have some of the most advanced and most helpful forums on the net and that to GIVE unqualified support and back up with the sale of each video is something you simply won't see in magic. At least I haven't.
Our marketing and web site may be what it is... we have a certain style and as a business we go after a certain market group. But that doesn't discount the fact that the product is fascinating to watch, teaches extrmely well and is simply, well... exciting for people. We get a RAGE of letters every week telling about one success story after another, and how they finally "got" the move they've been struggling with for years. And most of these don't come from 14 year old "wannabe" Blainsters. I'll include a few of them at the bottom of this mail so you can see it.
It's pretty clear that Joe took the low road with this one. Given that we're a new advertiser with you I would have hoped he'd at least give it the benefit of a little research although I wouldn't expect a good review JUST because we pay for space (just some research and a little less judgment).
I wouldn't give another video for review to Genii - not if it's going to be reviewed by Joe Turner. I think he's ineffective at presenting an unbiased view of ellusionist's work and I wouldn't put any more of it into his hands.
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Please take it off the market now that I know it."
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"King Rising might just make your reputation." - Ford Kross, reviewer, Psychic Entertainers Network
"Phenomenal - improved my magic skills 300%. There isn't anything on the web that has proved better."
- Jesse Worbington, FL., USA
"I have been to college and law school and can honestly say I have learned more, in a shorter time, from your videos and suggestions - than from any other instructor I've ever had. Your (teaching) methods are almost flawless. Why did I wait so long to get it? N2 is fantastic, a must have."
- John M. Crockett, Esquire
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"Undeniable class. Effectively changed my perspective in card magic."
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"In my opinion the vast majority are mediocre at best. It is always a pleasure dealing with the few in the right tail of the bell curve. You're doing a superb job both as a technician and as a teacher. Thanks."
- Bill Vazquez, Florida
"Material in the video is absolutely first class. I'm glad to see that you took the time to include things mentioned in the N1 forum. It shows us that you really care. The Ellusionist team is, in my mind, definitely on the forefront of innovating the way we learn magic"
- SajidSurve - NJ, USA
"In a matter of days Brads descriptive teachings have brought me to a level far beyond what took me 7 years to accomplish through 5 (not so cheap) books."
- Chris Wiegand, OH, US
"I have been doing magic for 6 years and I have made more improvement since I bought these videos two weeks than I have in the past 6 years. These videos are unexplainable... you have to buy them to understand."
- Willie Matsko, PA, US
"These tapes: street magic, ninja, and ninja2 should be required viewing for anyone who is interested in pursuing the realm of magic. I have benefited more from these tapes than any other book, tape or DVD I have purchased."
- Thomas A. Williams Jr., NY - USA
"I have been using Daryl's Ambitious Card Routine for years, but now I think I'll use yours - I like it THAT much."
- Tyler Waugh, GA - USA
"I own Daryl's complete Encyclopedia of Card Sleights on DVD and I still learn new techniques and sleights in all Ellusionist's productions, from CC1 thru N2. Please stop making Videos; It's the only way I can stop buying them!"
- Randy Isely, WI
"It's amazing what you can learn just by watching a master do something. I have N1 and N2 and I still learned things in Crash. Just a fantastic video."
- Jebediah Paige, Grundy Center, Iowa
"I learned things that I never knew - about moves I thought I knew perfectly. Ellusionist has by far the best instructional videos I have found anywhere."
- Michael Davenport, Mooresville, NC
"Brad's video's have taken my magic skills with cards far beyond anything I've learned in the past 20 years."
- James Smith, MN
"Increased my skills with cards at least 100 fold."
- Jeff LaDouceur, Huntington Beach, CA
"Tricks that get HUGE reactions - unlike other beginner materials that don't give you squat."
- Brian Mattson, Roseville, Minnesota
"I thought hard before getting C1 because I'm already pretty advanced at cards. I don't regret it. AWESOME!"
- Leo (Lee) Turner, Lynnwood, WA
"If you've never picked up a deck of cards, you can get this video and do amazing stuff after watching it. If you already know several sleights, you can still watch this video and come away from it with a complete education. You just gotta see it to understand. I hate to say it, but if someone put a gun to my head and said out of all the videos ellusionist sells you have to pick one, I would pick Crash Course without hesitation. It really is that good."
- Chris Lundstrom, SF, CA.
If you've read this far I apologize, but this is just the tiniest fraction of what we receive constantly.