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Bravura Review

Official Review

July 16th, 2014 8:59am
Rating:
Reviewed by Bryce Kuhlman
Just as in North America, the UK has had its own succession of “TV magic stars.” We remember watching names like Mark Wilson, Doug Henning, David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, David Blaine and Criss Angel. The UK has Derren Brown, Barry & Stuart, Wayne Dobson and, of course, Paul Daniels.

I can’t imagine what it’s like to produce the amount of material it takes to put on a regular TV show (or even a series of specials). It takes me months just to get one piece good enough to show, even to friends and mentors.

“Flight Time,” as Penn Jillette calls it, is what makes a great performer. Behind all of the made-for-TV effects, each of these people has a core set of routines that have been honed over years of constant work.

That’s what you’re getting with Bravura: Paul Daniels’s “workers.” As with all professional routines, what makes them great is the performance, not the method (actually, this can be said about all magic, in my opinion).

Disc 1 contains a full show. Notice how little of it is Paul doing “the trick.” It’s everything that surrounds the magic that makes him a great performer.

Disc 2 contains the explanations and commentary. Again, forget the methods. They’re solid, but you don’t buy this product for the methods. Listen to the why of everything he’s doing.

Disc 3 contains Paul’s thoughts and work on “the basics,” including card forcing, impromptu magic and his “Backup Tricks.” Keep in mind that while they may be “backups,” each one is a fully developed routine that you could drop right into your show.

Disc 4 contains the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s full of tips, advice and theory on everything that makes a great performer, from taking applause to adding humor to operating your business. This disc, alone, is worth the price of the whole set.

As usual, each disc contains a series of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. In addition, you receive an insert with instructions on how to receive even more material from the EMC folks.

This is definitely a “must own” product for every magician!

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Bravura

Author: Daniels, Paul
Publisher: Essential Magic Collection
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $150.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

PAUL DANIELS REVEALS THE ACT THAT MADE HIM A STAR

Paul Daniels is one of the world's leading magicians. A star of stage and television. Now he reveals his professional act in a DVD set that will be a landmark in magic publishing history. This is essential viewing for anyone wanting to become a professional magician. All the details are here, including his famous Electric Chairs. This is the expert's guide on creating a working act and how to have a career in magic and succeed.

DISC 1
PROFESSIONAL ACT
SPECIAL LIVE PERFORMANCE AT CASINO ESTORIL (PORTUGAL)

DISC 2
THE ACT EXPLAINED
INCLUDES CHOP CUP, ELECTRIC CHAIRS, EGG, LEMON & WALNUT, ETC..

DISC 3
CARD FORCING
IMPROMPTU WORK
BACK UP TRICKS
SHUFFLE ROUTINE

DISC 4
VENUE, PREPARATION, SHAPES, APPLAUSE, ETC..
MAKING EFFECTS FUNNY
THE BUSINESS

ENGLISH DVD BOX SET SUBTITLED IN 4 LANGUAGES:
ENGLISH, FRAN


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