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Gemstones

by Jeff Stone

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(Based on 4 reviews)
Category: Close Up
Media Type: DVD
Publisher: Stone Cold Magic

Product Description

13 Rare Magic Gems by Jeff Stone

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It's official: Jeff Stone is unstoppable. His newest project, Gemstones unleashes a string of visual yet practical magic. These are indeed rare gems, and best of all: they are well within the reach of every performer.

No pipe dreams here. Even experienced magicians will be fooled by some of the material on this DVD.

You'll surprise your audience with:
  • A card box utility for vanishing or changing cards, bills, slips of paper and more! This will take you a whole 5 minutes to make!
  • A super little effect using a folded card and a roll of film. So simple, so minimalist, but their mouths will hang open!
  • A coin effect using a candy sucker that plays as well for a roomful of professors as it does a roomful of 6 year-olds.


Every magician is constantly looking for that newest little subtlety that looks and feels natural but makes their magic look professional. This DVD is loaded with 'em! How about leaving your Top-it Laden jacket hanging on a chair? Learn the S.S. Vanish and you'll have a utility at your disposal that will allow you to completely and cleanly vanish and/or switch any small item that you can fit in your hand.

You'll see how Jeff uses classic moves in unique and different ways that will catch even the most well-studied magicians off guard. Plus (and don't overlook this added bonus): you'll have access to a special website full of extras and additional effects... specifically created just for those who purchase this DVD!

Gemstones features a wonderful variety of commercial magic and powerful images, and I wish to heck I had created 'Under My Skin.' I'm CRAZY about that effect! - Jay Sankey
Date Added: Apr 5th, 2009
MLA SKU: Z4ACcn2IXXavfb0

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Official Review

July 17th, 2009 7:16am
Rating:
Reviewed by Christian
Gem Stones is a well made DVD, easy to navigate and good quality. I found the videography a little irritating with the strange angles and clumsy zooming but overall it was good and you should have no difficulty understanding what is going on.

The array a tricks is pleasing. Jeff has a nice mix of card and non-card effects. He states that there are 13, but there are more in the bonus section. Do not miss this section.

He has an interesting card box utility that will intrigue many close up magicians and get thing thinking in some new ways. He also demonstrates a “small object vanish” that leaves the hands totally clean. He fooled me with that one.

I enjoyed Visa 2.0, which is a reworking of Joe Diamond’s Visa Card. It is fun and has lots of possibilities to make this your own personal effect.

Synchronicity has a nice visual look to it.

Jeff has done a lot of thinking here and his explanations are very clear. I would like to see him develop more compelling... [Read More]

Official Review

March 25th, 2015 6:07am
Rating:
Reviewed by Doc Johnson
PROS

This is a collection of a dozen effect plus some bonus ideas. It includes some gems and a bit of rubble.

There is likely to be a nice little routine that you might enjoy. I particularly liked the Miser’s Nightmare. This is a very nice routine with multiple phases and several easy methods.

I also really liked All For One. A very nice card production.

All routines use pretty simple moves. Some may take a bit of practice.

CONS

Some of the effects are from another century, using extinct props. Photographic memory uses an old camera film case and an old roll of camera film. Really!? Who has these laying around any more? I would NOT recommend doing this routine, unless you follow it up with an effect involving an eight track cassette. However, this routine does involve a nice gimmicked card box that could be used for a routine that does not involve extinct props.

One of the effects, VISA 2.0, is a multiple out. While there are some clever outs, I... [Read More]

Official Review

June 28th, 2015 5:40am
Rating:
Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
Gemstones is a DVD brought to you by none other than the prolific reviewer himself, Jeff Stone.

On this DVD you will find some clever ideas and effects that you may be able to put into your own sets. Jeff gives you the background of each effect and where it came from, so his crediting is also very good. Some of the effects use rather archaic items (like a roll of film) and others use techniques that are often misjudged or misused by many magicians (such as equivoque). Even archaic props can be justified with the right kind of presentation but you, dear reader, are the one that must come up with those ideas.

The production quality of this DVD was good - the lighting and the video quality were top-notch. There were a few spots where the microphone gets overpowered by the sound of ruffled clothing but nothing that affects the learning process. The menu was easy to navigate.

The overall videography was a little frustrating because just as you started too focus your eyes on a... [Read More]

Official Review

February 27th, 2016 6:27am
Rating:
Reviewed by Stuart Philip
Gemstones is Jeff Stone’s follow-up DVD project to his debut DVD, Stone Cold Magic. It could have been named Stone Cold Magic Volume II because like the former project, it has a ton of magic (over an hour and a half), it is all well-taught in a magic lesson format, and contains something for everyone. Unlike Stone Cold Magic, Gemstones does not contain just card tricks. In Gemstones, you will learn tricks with cards, but also coins, keys, and a Twinkie....yes, a Twinkie. This is a fantastic project.

The DVD has over a dozen effects, tricks and routines. The performances are recorded with Stone in a studio setting behind a table. The explanation and instruction tracks immediately follow each performance, which makes this DVD very easy to watch. There are portions of the DVD where Jeff touches upon various magic techniques such as coin vanishes, back palming, ditching and card splitting.

Although the DVD was filmed in Jay Sankey’s studio in Canada, sometimes the camera... [Read More]

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