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Reel Magic Quarterly Episode 4 (Bill Malone) Review

Official Review

May 19th, 2010 1:32pm
Reviewed by Joe Diamond
These DVDs are hard products to review individually. It’s like reviewing an episode of 20/20, or a particular issue of a magazine. Overall, I think these are filling a much needed gap in the magic world. It’s the closest thing magicians have to a TV Channel. It has it’s flaws, but it also has it’s achievements. I’ll go over the format in general, then I’ll go over my highlights of this particular issue.

The production quality is top notch, and many of the columnists are very natural on camera. People like Garrett Thomas, Jon Armstrong, David Regal, and even Simon Lovell really made a connection to me through the TV screen in each episode I’ve watched.

That said, several interviewers come across as insincere, goofy, and seem to be just going through the motions. One person I’ll mention by name here is John Lovick. He doesn’t look the person he’s interviewing in the eyes, and you sometimes get the sense he’d rather be somewhere else and that he’s doing this interview as a favor. I honestly got this sense from every interview I’ve seen him do. I’ll admit, working on camera is HARD. However, after watching yourself on video once or twice you should start to clue into things like this.

The music in between each segment is the same, and gets old real quick. The entire program is always well put together, and I even like the commercials for various DVDs, tricks, & websites in between the main segments. It’s a nice break from the longer segments, and even if a commercial gets on your nerves, you can hit the skip chapter button.

The two highlights for me on this particular disk were the interviews with Mark Wilson, and Todd Robbins.

Watching the Mark Wilson interview, you get to see him so relaxed & real on camera. Wayne Kawamoto comes off as unnatural & acts a little goofy on camera at several points. That aside, it’s great to hear a guy who’s been involved with magic on TV from the very beginning talk about where it’s been and where it’s going.

The Todd Robbins interview is the gold mine on the disk. He obviously gets what makes a performance work. He talks about things we magicians should really pay attention to if we want to be great performers.

If the Todd Robbins interview is the gold mine of the disk, then Jon Armstrong’s work on the Mercury Card Fold in his column is a nice golden nugget. If you do the move already, check this out, it’s worth the price of the DVD!

I hope this is a project that continues for many more years, and Kozmo should be very proud of the work he’s doing. I just hope he’s asking people for their honest advice about how to make it better, and that he’s following it!

It’s very good, but has plenty of room for growth! I can’t wait to see how it grows in the future!

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Product info for Reel Magic Quarterly Episode 4 (Bill Malone)

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John Lovick - Bill Malone on his Life & Magic
John talks to the CEO of Comedy Magic, Bill Malone

Andrew Pinard - Continuum
Todd Robbins, performer and Deen of the Coney Island Sideshow school, talks about the workd of the Sideshow, how to make performances meaningful and expresses his concerns about the future


Jon Armstrong - Small Things, Big Difference
Little things that will make a BIG difference in your magic

Simon Lovell - Simon said IT!
Flourishes: magic or juggling?

Garrett Thomas with Try This At Home
The Effects of adding emotion to your magic


David Regal - Tricks of the Trade

Wayne Kawamoto - Choice Cuts
A conversation with the legendary Mark Wilson including a look at his new DVD set The Magic Circus

Bonus Tricks:

Bill Malone's "Thinking Main;s Sponge Ball Routine". from the new three DVD set Bill Malone: Here I Go Again! published by L & L Publishing!

Lonnie Chevrie's "A Stab in the Dark", from the DVD set that includes Wanted!: The Outlaw Magic of Lonnie Chevrie published by KozmoMagic

Justin Millers' "3 Card Melody" - A ReelMagic Quarterly exclusive

Cameron Francis' "Cagey" - from the DVD set The Omega Mutation published by Big Blind Media

Running Time Approximately 120min

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