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The Treachery of Tricks

by Menotti, Francis

Product Rating:

(Based on 4 reviews)
Categories: Close Up, Stage, Mentalism
Media Type: DVD
Publication Summary: 2012, 171 mins
Format: DVD

Product Description

For the first time ever Francis Menotti has released some of his most coveted secrets on DVD. On this DVD set you will be taken on a journey into the world of meaningful, powerful, and artistic presentations of magic effects. Not only does Francis teach how to perform some of the routines that have made him a feature performer at the Magic Castle but he gives great advice on how to take your own presentations to the next level. You will see Francis perform for a live real world audience and Francis takes you behind the scenes with a very informative audio commentary. If you're looking for effects, you will be pleased. All the effects on The Treachery of Tricks are extremely commercial and will fool magicians and laypeople alike. If you looking for more than just the standard magic DVD then this is it.

This 35 minute performance includes many signature presentations that have never appeared anywhere else. While some of the effects are taught in the tutorial section, this is much more than just a series of tricks; it is a full experience, included to demonstrate how to create a memorable show.

Audio Commentary:
Francis reveals the nuances and motivation of his show.

Menotti shares his thinking on magic theory- call backs, foreshadowing, theatrical anchor points, scripting, & character development.

Taught Tricks:
effects with unique presentations that Menotti uses in his professional working repertoire.
  • vivid- the audience accurately "predicts" the type of coin and its date
  • wyrd- turn predictions on their head, anytime, anywhere
  • pieces of nothing- a completely new premise for coin magic
  • two sides of every coin- a quirky 3 coin routine for any situation
  • imaginary coins- a clean 3 coin vanish with devious new moves
  • sync- cards find their mates, in increasingly more amazing way
"Francis Menotti is a clever, clever man and I will eagerly devour anything that he is willing to share."
- Kevin James

"Francis always has the knack to twist my brain... A pure joy to any creative lover of our Art."
- Gaetan Bloom

"Francis Menotti is the rare performer that knows exactly who he is, and every moment on stage reflects this knowledge... This video is a true treasure."
- Todd Robbins

Running Time Approximately: 171min
Date Added: Mar 19th, 2012
MLA SKU: 4f6773408c5b2


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Official Review

June 16th, 2014 12:05am
Reviewed by Jeff Stone

For forty bucks, you get to learn some excellent tricks, killer ideas for presentations and building a show from an above average (but still rough around the edges) magician.

I really only have two minor complaints on this project. First, during the explanation portion of the effects there was some background . . . er . . . scratch that . . . Foreground music that made it really hard to focus on the education I was attempting to gain.

The second minor complaint was exacerbated by the first. Mr. Menotti is kind of an excited and frantic guy, and so he's a bit "all over the place" yet at the same time (almost paradoxically) his enthusiasm is not as contagious as enthusiasm usually is.

Couple those two things together, and the first DVD was very hard to watch at times. The second did not have the same issues.

In short, the first DVD is 6 effects performed in front of an audience and taught in extensive (sometimes painful)... [Read More]

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Official Review

September 30th, 2012 5:43pm
Reviewed by Bryce Kuhlman
I've met Francis Menotti several times and always enjoyed his company. He's a very creative and thoughtful artist. In fact, he has come up with several premises that I really wish I had thought of. Luckily for us mere mortals, he has chosen to release quite a bit of this excellent material, both in print and now on DVD.

Treachery of Tricks is a two-DVD offering. The first DVD contains performances taken from a full show in front of a live audience, along with the explanations. You can read one-line descriptions of the effects in the product description, but they really don't do justice to the amount of detail in each routine. Francis presents us with fully-developed routines, not just a collection of tricks and ideas. Furthermore, he explains the reasoning behind all of the little touches that make these routines great.

As someone who has put a lot of work into what started as Max Maven's Positive Negative, I was particularly drawn to vivid. Francis has... [Read More]

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January 9th, 2013 5:15am
Reviewed by Brian J. Hatcher
When I first saw Francis Menotti perform razor blade swallowing, where he hung a flat-screen TV "X-ray machine" around his neck so that the audience could get an "inside look" on how the trick was done, I knew that he was someone who was a little different. In a good way. This two DVD set gives us an inside look at this unique performer and the performance-tested effects he teaches on this set. The effects can be adapted to just about any style of performance. Menotti teaches four coin effects, two card effects, (included the bonus effect Schrödinger’s Card), and a clever prediction effect with a surprise ending that uses a spectator’s iPhone.

What I found interesting about the first effect Menotti teaches, Vivid, is that it is a risk effect. In other words, it is an effect that has the possibility to go wrong. Most beginning magicians tend to avoid such effects, and with good reason, and most magic DVDs only teach “bulletproof effects”. But what I have discovered from... [Read More]
June 16th, 2014 12:05am
Reviewed by Josh Burch
Francis Menotti is an artsy guy, he has a way of making each trick unique and intriguing in a different way. This DVD is so much fun to watch and you really get a good rang of things from stand up magic to close up and mentalism.

This project is a two DVD set. DVD 1 is your basic format of here’s a trick here’s the secret and so on. DVD 2 is a mostly a performance DVD with some thoughts on theory, they have even included a commentary for the performance which was so much fun to watch. There’s a rumor going around that Francis was mentored by Teller, as in Penn and Teller. I don’t know if that is true but there is definatly a left of center vibe to his style that is reminiscent of some one like Teller or Paul Harris.

The first effect taught is Vivid. Basically an object is named by the audience and it is found inside of an envelope held by an audience member. This is a very bold piece of mentalism that will fry laymen and most magicians. He teaches this in depth and in a... [Read More]

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