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Unreal Review

Official Review

April 1st, 2015 6:08am
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Reviewed by Joe Diamond
I've seen Joshua Jay lecture once before, and we have corresponded via email since. He has published a few of my effects in his Talk about Tricks column in Magic Magazine. That said, the majority of the material on this DVD set I had never seen before. I enjoyed every second of it.

Each disc covers different aspects of Josh's work. He covers the process behind his one man show, his parlor work, and close up work. While there are a lot of effects that some may complain about being unpractical, there is plenty of practical, usable material that instantly resets that the average magician will instantly add his repertoire. Josh is not afraid of making a trick slightly less practical if the effect is worth it. And let me tell ya, every time the effect is worth it.

Josh is a rare breed in our art. He's smart, charming, and can fool the heck out of almost anyone. This is a master class in structure, misdirection, and how to express yourself through your magic.

If you are a fan of Josh's work, this is a must have. If you aren't familiar with Josh and are on the fence, I'd say this is a worthy investment in your money, time, and magic.

Five Stars

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Product info for Unreal

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

THE BEST OF MAGIC FROM THE MIND OF JOSHUA JAY

Joshua Jay is a performer, writer and creator. In Unreal he performs and explains some of his finest effects. Practical, tried and tested routines that amaze audiences and confound magicians. The album also includes his professional theatre show recorded at the San Bernardo Theatre in Coimbra, Portugal. For the first time you'll see how Joshua puts together a full evening show. Advice, performance and explanations from one of magic's greatest teachers.

DISC 1 - LIVE SHOW
ONE MAN SHOW PERFORMED AT SAN BERNARDO THEATRE COIMBRA, PORTUGAL

DISC 2 - PARLOR MIRACLES
ROUTINES DESIGNED FOR LARGER AUDIENCES EVERY DETAIL EXPLAINED IN FULL

DISC 3 - CLOSE UP MAGIC
JOSHUA'S FAVOURITE CLOSE-UP EFFECTS INCLUDING PRISM, TOTALLY TRIUMPH, SIGNS AND BLIND MAN'S BLUFF

DISC 4 - MISCELLANEOUS
MORE EXCELLENT CLOSE UP CARD AND COIN MAGIC PLUS TECHNIQUE

The DVDs include an extensive interview with Joshua Jay about his life, his magic and his career as a performer. Plus more Extras.

UNREAL is an English language production. Four DVD Box Set. Subtitled in 4 languages. English, Spanish, French and Japanese. Total Running Time: 9 Hours. Shot in HD in Portugal by Luis de Matos Productions.

WHAT THE GREATEST ARE SAYING...

JEFF MCBRIDE

"Joshua's magic is thoughtful, practical and powerful."

MICHAEL AMMAR
"This is a must-have in any magic library."

SHIN LIM
"An amazing and influential magician."

DAVID BLAINE
"I consider Joshua an important, emerging voice in our art."

LENNART GREEN
"He scares me because he is so good."

ROBERTO GIOBBI
"One of the most talented, intelligent and influential magicians."

PIT HARTLING
"Original, practical and very strong material."

GREGORY WILSON
"Josh is a massively accomplished talent. It's been great watching the student evolve into the teacher."

SIMON ARONSON
"Unreal is a very real display of Josh Jay's many talents: deceptive magic, amazing technical skill, and engaging his spectators warmth, human interest and humor. Very few one-man magic shows rise to the level of sophisticated, dramatic theatre-"Unreal" is one of them."

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 09h00m

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


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