February 22nd, 2010 7:04am
|I've sampled bit of various Reel Magic discs, and watched issue #12 in its entirety. In this issue, the feature piece is a 25 minute interview with Eugene Burger. It's a typically thoughtful and entertaining discussion. (And is apparently continued in issue #13.) Also included is the real work, by David Kaye, on the break apart wand. Talk about a study in contrasts! But both segments are interesting and valuable in their way.
It's fantastic that video interviews like this are available, and I think their value will only increase over time. Imagine, for example, if today we could watch magician-to-magician interviews with the luminaries of magic's past. As a legacy, Reel Magic is providing a great service for us all.
Overall the production value is very high, if perhaps a hair under slick and stylish. I did find myself tiring of the repetitive interstitials between pieces, but if that's all I have to criticize, that's not so bad. Reel Magic calls itself "TV for Magicians," and that accurately represents its essence, but I'd add that it's more like "Local TV Morning Show for Magicians" in its style and energy, complete with perhaps too frequent commercial breaks. One very nice touch is that the "Play All" menu item will skip almost all of the explanation sequences, so if you can persuade a non-magician to watch this with you, perhaps by tying them up, they won't have to sit through the esoteric details.
I'm not sure how Kosmo is making any money at the price he's charging, but far be it from me to talk him into asking for more. Next time you're in a magic shop, throw a little support towards both Reel Magic and the shop by tossing a ten spot out for any issue that catches your eye. You'll get your money's worth in entertainment value, and you might very well learn something too.
Product info for Reel Magic Episode 12 (Eugene Burger)
Average Rating: (1)Retail Price: $10.00
Manufacturer's Description: Features: Andrew Pinard - Continuum
Continuum returns with Andrew Pinard talking to Eugene Burger about making your magic important and more Columns: Jon Armstrong - Small Things, Big Difference
The finer points of the Hindu Shuffle and the Hofzinser Spread force Garrett Thomas - Try This At Home
Discover the magical moments within your magic David Kaye a.k.a. Silly Billy - Kid Show FUNdamentals
Ways to handle a broken wand Simon Lovell - Simon Said It!
How magicians do - and do not - connect with audiences David Regal - Tricks of the Trade
Tricks that make him go WOW! Wayne Kawamoto - Choice Cuts
Reviews four comedy magic DVDs; one of which he doesn't recommend Bonus Tricks: James Prince - "Strike 3"
From Menu of Miracles, The Main Course Vol. 3 published by RSVP Magic Reel Retro - Gary Kurtz "Signed, Sealed, Delivered"
From Lets Get Flurious! published by Murphy's Magic Supplies Jeff Prace - "No More Card Tricks"
A ReelMagic Exclusive Move Monkeys: Troy Hoosier
Breather Card Control Johnny Blaze
Blazing Color Change Eric Jones
Every Cloud Has a Silver Zoso Running Time
Approximately: 2hr 16mins