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Pockets Full Of Miracles DVD Review

Official Review

May 6th, 2008 6:15pm
Reviewed by David Acer
The magic community as a whole has had few opportunities to see Diamond Jim Tyler perform and/or lecture, not because he’s elitist, or reclusive, or insecure about his fingerpalm, but simply because he’s busy. The reason for that becomes abundantly clear upon viewing Pockets Full of Miracles, a rich collection of tricks, stunts and routines he uses regularly in his professional work. It’s also worth pointing out that there are 23 items on this DVD, a generous offering in an era when many DVDs of the same price confer fewer than 10 tricks (I’m not suggesting that quantity is necessarily bad, just that Miracles contains more than twice the norm).

The contents range from simple bar bets routined for maximum entertainment (such as the fun and funny “Nimble Cork/Three Burnt Matches” combo), to sleight-free one-off tricks (such as the so-suspenseful-the-audience-has-to-laugh “Cat & Mouse”), to lavishly constructed, multi-phase showpieces (such as the very pretty “Pieces of Eight,” a coins-to-glass routine that features a powerful, cups-and-balls-like series of climaxes).

Jim also has an eye for commercial quickies, like “Burning Impressions,” wherein the image of a selected card burns itself into your business card, and “Birthday Bill,” in which a hole puncher is waved over a folded bill that’s been borrowed from someone who’s celebrating a birthday, whereupon green hole-punchings suddenly fall from the bill. The bill is then unfolded, showing it to be full of holes that spell out HAPPY B-DAY.

In addition, this DVD features mental magic (i.e., “Whatever It Takes,” an unusual prediction of three free choices on the part of a spectator), p.k. magic (e.g., “Animated Cardbox,” essentially the Haunted Matchbox with a card case), and escape magic (i.e., “The FBI Trick,” a basic thumbcuffs routine). And anyone looking for a streamlined borrowed-ring-and-rope routine might want to investigate “Ring & String,” which, despite being comprised of five phases, only lasts a crisp, tight 90 seconds. I also liked “Fireball,” a dynamic burnt-and-restored paper effect that will surprise your audience, while at the same time exterminating any nearby mosquitoes.

Diamond Jim would be the first to admit that he doesn’t create magic for magicians, but so much of his material fools them nonetheless. More importantly, laymen are consistently blown away, which brings us back to why Jim has so little time to perform at magic conventions. If you’re looking for more of that kind of material, this DVD is well worth your attention.

Product info for Pockets Full Of Miracles DVD

Author: Diamond Jim Tyler
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $39.95
Manufacturer's Description:

This DVD contains the original volumes 1&2, cramming in 23 of the routines from Diamond Jim's "sold-out" book. The performance shots were filmed impromptu in a restaurant and at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA. This DVD will teach you some of Diamond Jim's best work, audience tested, mind blowing effects!

Routines included:

  • Baseball Diamond
  • Nimble Corks
  • Three Burnt Matches
  • The FBI Trick
  • Soaring Straw
  • Invisible Thumbscrews
  • Animated Cardbox
  • One Armed Aces
  • Burning Impression
  • Trapdoor Coins
  • Diamond’s Dazzler
  • Whatever It Takes
  • Cat & Mouse
  • The Gunslinger
  • Comedy Shuffling Routine
  • The Birthday Bill
  • Ring & String
  • Pieces of Eight
  • Fireball
  • Paperweight
  • Frog Hair
  • New Age Spellbound
  • Mathemagic

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