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Red Mirror Review

Official Review

July 21st, 2011 2:00pm
Rating:
Reviewed by Joe Diamond
“The routines performed and explained belong to Helder Guimaraes. They are from his working repertoire and are offered for study purposes only. It is Helder’s wish that you take inspiration from these ideas and create your own routines rather than just perform them as is.”

These are the words that open these DVDs. Some have complained that this is telling us we can’t use the material we paid for. I feel this is simply a call to action to put work into your magic, and not just use the effects as we saw them. While I feel it could have been worded a bit differently, I found it inspiring to see a DVD that wasn’t encouraging us to copy the performer and his work. With that out of the way, let’s continue with the rest of the review…

This DVD is simply fantastic. Helder is definitely the new face of card magic. His style is engaging and casual, his magic is strong, and his methods are devious. His way of thinking kind of reminds me of Tommy Wonder, in that everything looks so clean to the point of near perfection.

Helder shows us his killer card to wallet closer, where he reaches in his back pocket with his EMPTY hand, and removes four signed cards. I watched this effect three times trying to catch the method, and I still had to watch the explanation. I was floored. While it may be ‘unpractical’ for the table hopper, it was an education to watch and learn.

Helder understands structure. He knows how to pull focus, how to use the end of one effect to set up for the next one. His performance was completely original, but if I had to describe it, I’d say it was like a blend of Juan Tamariz, Tommy Wonder, and Lee Asher.

There are also sections of Helder’s lecture included, as well as a section that discusses theory, creativity, and theater. This is where the real gold is. A world class professional showing his true love for the art and sharing it with us.

The DVD is beautifully shot and packaged. Dan and Dave Buck have continued to be devoted to products that are beautiful inside and out.

It does not matter whether you’re a card magic fan or not, you will learn from this DVD.

Five Stars

Product info for Red Mirror

Author: Guimaraes, Helder
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $39.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

Learn premiere card magic from a master and gain invaluable insight into the art.

Red Mirror is a look inside the mind of a world-class performer and FISM champion who many consider the most important magician of his generation.

Helder Guimarães is a studied practitioner of both magic and theatre with an experienced understanding of the arts. Offered on this volume is a collection of ten original card routines, but more importantly, his creative process and thinking behind each.

Featured is Helder's signature card act, a formal routine developed and refined through years of performing. This act includes the following routines:

4 For Four
Helder Skelter
The Sculpture
Sloth
An Invisible Thread
Aberto Court
Cardesian Coordinate

Over 3.5 hours featuring a live performance at The Magic Castle, an interview, studio performances and explanations shot with multiple HD cameras for superior picture quality and coverage, effect commentary, bad English and more!

Each routine has been broken down into its own segment and includes a separate studio performance and explanation. Helder then provides commentary after each effect, in which he discusses its development and offers ideas for you to take it further.

Besides the many sleights Helder utilizes to achieve his effects, the Ascanio Spread, Stuart Gordon Double Turnover, and Elmsely Count have their own special segments and offer detailed instruction on their technique.

Interview
In this one-on-one interview, Helder discusses his background in magic and theatre, why he specializes in card magic, his thinking process, how he constructs routines, practices, and so on. Full of wonderful advice and an inspiring look into one of the most important magicians of his generation, you won't want to pass this up.

2010 Lecture
Excerpts from Helder's 2010 Los Angeles lecture includes discussions about magic and a performance of an impossible Cards Across routine that will leave you in wonder.

Credits
A reference of both sleights and effects is included as an aid for further study.

Extras
In this section of the DVD you will discover a fun bonus effect, credits and if your lucky a couple more routines that have been hidden. Yes, these are the Easter eggs you've heard about. Happy hunting!

About Helder
Helder Guimarães is an international award-winning magician and has been named World Champion of card magic at FISM.

Born in raised in Portugal, Helder has been a magician since he was three years old. Ever since, he has thoughtfully studied, practiced, performed and loved magic. As a result, Helder truly understands the art, craft and business of conjuring. Helder holds a degree in Theater and has had several very successful theatrical shows in Portugal and Spain.

He is a brilliant technician and a diabolical thinker. His magic is elegant and profoundly well constructed. Helder also happens to be a fantastic performer. He is funny, smart and relevant.

Extra Features

Merry-Andrew's
Interview
Lecture
Credits
Easter Eggs

Running Time Approximately: 3hrs 30min


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