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The Vernon Seminar (2 DVD Set) Review

Official Review

August 23rd, 2015 3:52am
Reviewed by Stuart Philip
For students of magic, this is an excellent addition to your DVD library. This Vanishing Inc. project is entitled "Roberto Giobbi's Dai Vernon Seminar." And, that is exactly what this double DVD set is; a lecture, taught by Giobbi, on Vernon.

Giobbi in his own right is a masterful magician know for his Card College book set. He teaches all about Vernon, his life, his personality, his obsession with perfecting technique and how Vernon vastly improved various tricks and routines. This DVD instructs on Vernon's philosophy, theory and thought process on his way to perfection.

Giobbi, a scholar on the topic, plays various clips of Vernon performing on various television appearances. Giobbi also demonstrates Vernon's tricks, what Vernon did to improve them and why Vernon did it better. The theory and philosophy, to me, is the most important part of the lecture. It is about understanding how and why, not just how to do it. This DVD makes you think about your magic and your performance.

The quality of the DVD is excellent and I had no problem watching this 3 hours captivating lecture. During the lecture Giobbi references and recommends various books written by Vernon.

Also included on the DVD is a 79 page PDF which further details Vernon life and work. It is appropriately entitled "Homage to Dai Vernon: Life and Work." In the PDF, Giobbo details Vernon's Routines, including Cups and Ball, Vernon's Dice Routine, the Mental Card Miracle and others. The PDF also includes a reprint of a portion of the 3rd version of the Expert Card Technique which teaches Dai Vernon Magic and also contains a reprint of 28 Card Secrets.

If you wanted to master the magic taught on the DVD and in the PDF, it will take you years, but I do not think this DVD was produced to teach magic. It was made to teach Vernon, and that it does, excellently.

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Product info for The Vernon Seminar (2 DVD Set)

Author: Giobbi, Roberto
Publisher: Vanishing Inc.
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $45.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Dai Vernon is, arguably, the most influential magician of the 20th century. Yet the man and his material remain largely misunderstood. In this unprecedented two-disc, three-hour seminar, Roberto Giobbi explores what makes Dai Vernon's magic so special. Recorded live in the UK, Giobbi will discuss Dai Vernon's tricks, techniques, presentations, theories, and how they have changed the way magicians look at magic. Along the way you'll learn more about the personality of Vernon through amazing and amusing anecdotes. Studying Vernon is a fascinating and enlightening way of studying the essence of artistic magic. With The Dai Vernon Seminar, you will look through the eyes of the kind of figure who comes along once in a century and changes the way magic is understood and performed. This set also includes rare footage of Vernon himself, with commentary by Giobbi.

Who better to take us on a journey into the mind of Dai Vernon than Roberto Giobbi? Giobbi, greatly respected for his incomparable Card College series, is also a truly erudite lecturer, who has become one of the most sought-out voices on magic in the world today. This live Vernon Seminar is the culmination of a lifelong study, and has been delivered to magicians around the world for over 15 years. This is your chance to step into the front row.

Also included: an 80-page PDF of Dai Vernon: Life and Work, a full-length book on the magic and life of Dai Vernon.

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