February 24th, 2011 2:26am
Ok many of you probably know that Jay Sankey and I are good friends and that we've worked together on a project or two in the past, and we also are consultants to one another.
I get feedback from him on my stuff, and he gets feedback from me on a lot of his stuff. Additionally, I do not receive any sort of compensation whatsoever for reviewing or "pitching" his products (I was involved in this project quite a bit. I offered my help in crediting, history, alternate handlings, feedback on every effect that was planning on being in the video . . . some were left out based on my recommendation).
I tell you that up front just to sort of clear the air and to let you know that when I give Jay feedback, I'm brutally honest with him. I tell him if I think he has a crappy idea or a good idea. He wouldn't have it any other way, nor would I. So I want to make it clear that Jay's products get the same level of scrutiny as any other products I review.
On to the review:
Random I-Tunes Song of the Moment:
Stairway to Heaven (Live) By Rodrigo y Gabriela
Man if you want some seriously killer acoustic Spanish guitar . . . Look no further than Rodrigo y Gabriela! If you want over 3 hours of killer new close up magic, look no further than Jay Sankey's Kaleidoscope. Jay really brings some killer material on this DVD. This material is as amazing as Rodrigo Y Gabriela. Some of the material is so visual that it looks like real magic.
Imagine burning a match. Then you blow it out. Then you magically and as visually as you can imagine drag the burn mark from the head to the center of the match. In a similar fashion, drag the sharpened lead point of a pencil down the shaft and to the center of the pencil
The production quality of this one is very cool. The DVD and Casing have absolutely no branding or labels or words whatsoever . . . just a cool image of a Kaleidoscope. The music and editing on this project is funky fresh as well - I keep telling my kids that I'm hip, but they don't believe me.
There's a clever 2 card transpo that's a bit freaky and in the spectator's hands. You get Jay's take on card in ice block. You get his super smooth punctured and restored sugar packet, his super clean one coin vanish; compress sugar into a sugar cube; transfixed . . . one of THE MOST VISUAL torn and restored cards ever. Or how 'bout this . . . grab a piece of ice from the ice bowl and shove it through the bottom of an unbroken plastic water bottle. Should I go on?
Although $35 is a little steep, consider the fact that you're getting over 3 hours of material. Compare that to Regal's one trick wonder, Red Streamlined Convertible where you get an ace assembly and nothing else for $25.00 bucks. Trust me folks . . . this is a must have for your library and your repertoire . . . GEM!
Product info for Kaleidoscope
Author: Jay SankeyAverage Rating: (1)Retail Price: $35.00
Over 3 HOURS OF BRAND NEW EFFECTS!
A SUPER-FRESH collection of ingenious sleight-of-hand stunners with pencils, cocktail swords, matchbooks, ice, borrowed bills, playing cards, sugar packets, keys, wooden matches, coins, sandwich bags, drinking straws and more!
The creative magic event of the year is HERE! Featuring 22 BRAND NEW sleight-of-hand creations from one of the most innovative minds in magic.
Stunning new routines for close-up, walkaround and stand-up repertoires. And the incredible collection of BONUS FEATURES includes bonus effects, alternative handlings, multiple performances and more!
LEARN HOW TO:
Slide the point of a pencil down to the MIDDLE of the pencil and immediately hand it out for examination!
TRANSFORM a photograph of a quarter into a real quarter!
Cause a selected card to disappear and then reappear TRAPPED in a block of ice!
Break, chew and RESTORE a plastic cocktail sword!
Stab a pencil through the middle of a sugar packet and HEAL the packet!
Visually penetrate ANY coin with ANY pen or pencil without any switches! (Read that again.)
Vanish a borrowed bill and have it DISCOVERED inside a paper wrapped drinking straw!
Make a borrowed coin melt inside an ordinary plastic baggie, not once by TWICE!
STEAL all the matches from a matchbook held in a spectator's hand!
Slam an ice cube through the bottom of a plastic water bottle and hand out the bottle for close examination with the cube STILL INSIDE!
AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!
This is sleight-of-hand magic that LOOKS LIKE REAL MAGIC. All accomplished with Jay's signature 'real world' practical methods you will really use!
Experience the detail and depth of instruction Jay is famous for, including insights into performing conditions, audience psychology, spectator management, and so much more!
"Sankey's new DVD is jelly packed with fresh new PRACTICAL material that ROCKS!!! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!"
- DANIEL GARCIA
"Kaleidoscope is evidence that Sankey is pushing his work further than ever before. You'll see new plots, a wealth of non-card material, and several extremely clever card tricks. What every trick in this collection has in common, though, is that they are short and VISUAL routines. I watched the whole thing with delight."
- JOSHUA JAY
"Jay Sankey's 'PIGGY BAG' is a fantastically visual and practical routine that would work beautifully in any close-up walk around situation. I also love Sankey's 'REMAINDER FORCE!' It's an exciting principle with many diverse applications that apply both to close-up magic and parlor magic. This principle can be used to create a fun magical effect or a very powerful mind-reading experience."
- WAYNE HOUCHIN
"Sankey's 'TENFOLD' is one of the sweetest Hundred dollar bill transformations I have seen in a long time!"
- RICHARD SANDERS
"This is a hard-rock DVD. Turn it, shake it, squeeze it. Out jumps devilish miracles and creative flash-points."
- JON RACHERBAUMBER