March 4th, 2011 12:05pm
|This is a DVD on how to make a wonderfully genius card box that allows you to peek information inside. It can be used in conjunction with a stacked deck, or as a straightforward peeking device.
Marc Spelmann goes over everything from the construction of the case, to the routines you can do with it. However, he tends to repeat himself many times throughout the project. For example, he keeps repeating the same book and DVD recommendations throughout the DVD. He also tends to go overboard with explaining every little thing he does in the presentation. His script and this DVD need a serious edit. Like many mentalists, he goes on and on about justifying every action and explaining what he claims to be doing. The length of the DVD is an hour and a half, and it easily could have had 30 minutes cut out without us losing out on any important information.
The DVD is also in this sort of black and white, grayish kind of tone. It gets quite tough on the eyes at points, another negative for you to be staring at the screen for this long. Why they decided to do this is beyond me. Peter Nardi also stands in for the performances and most of the explanations. He adds nothing to the proceedings. That said, none of this makes it impossible to learn the information, it just gets in the way.
And once again price come into the mix. This is thirty-seven dollars and fifty cents. For that much money you should at least get a gimmick included. Whether this is worth the money or not I’ll leave up to you. In my mind, I can think of several mentalism DVDs that cost less and offer more useful information. I’m not saying the gimmick is useless, I’m just saying it’s a little overpriced.
I’m giving this product Two and a Half Stars. While the gimmick is four star quality, the price and DVD brought the rating down.
Product info for Glimpse 20 20
Author: Marc SpelmannAverage Rating: (1)Retail Price: $37.25
Glimpse was originally released back in 2004 as a small manuscript. On this exclusive DVD running for over an hour Marc Spelmann will guide you through each stage of construction, giving hints and tips that didn't make it onto the original release due to space constraints. You'll also see Marc use Glimpse for various routines previously released, along with additional ideas and developments that have evolved since it's first release. Marc also tips an incredible card to card box under test conditions as well as tips on stack work. Glimpse is an amazing device that is suitable for Magicians and Mentalists in any environment, Close Up, Cabaret or Stage. The possibilities are endless, from the simplest close up routine to an amazing feat of memory on stage! It has the bonus of also being very easy to use! Here is what the pros have said about Glimpse!
"Marc Spelmanns Glimpse is really a thing of beauty! It is entirely practical, deceptive and useful. If you want clean then Glimpse will give it to you. I give this product my wholehearted recommendation!"
Richard Osterlind - Mentalist and Creator
"I think Glimpse is brilliant, Its instant and easy to do. The possibilities are limitless."
Richard Webster - Author and Psychic Entertainer
"A clever innovation workers will use. Anyone who uses cards in magic or mentalism simply must have this."
Kenton Knepper - Author and Magician
"Fxxxing Deadly! It flew straight passed me. Great!"
Andy Nyman - Actor and Mentalist
Running Time Approximately 1hr 46min