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Geek Magic DVD Review

December 7th, 2004 4:29pm
Reviewed by Brian J. Hatcher
Children love to gross each other out. Most grow out of it. For the rest of us, there is Tomas Medina’s "Geek Magic" DVD.

First of all, all of the effects are simulations. You won’t actually be eating glass or drinking motor oil. I was strangely surprised by this. Apparently, that weekend with Todd Robbins at the Inner Circle of Bizarre Magick’s 13th Annual Gathering damaged my fragile sanity more than I realized. Of course, there are performers that do these stunts for real; but if you want to learn how they do it, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

Secondly, these effects, for obvious reasons, will not play for everyone. In fact, the Human Spittoon will very likely bring your love life to a screeching halt. Tomas makes the point several times that you have to carefully choose your audiences. If, for some reason, the viewer doesn’t realize that swallowing balloons at a kid’s show may result in a child or two choking themselves, Tomas gently takes them by the arm and leads them back to reality.

Thirdly, although these effects are meant to be safe, there is a measure of risk in some of them. In the glass-eating stunt, you are dealing with real broken glass, which can mean a lacerated hand for the careless. Tomas points out what a performer needs to look out for when doing these effects. Some of his safety tips may seem like common sense, but in this litigious society one cannot be too careful.

These effects won’t have the audience asking “How did he do it?” as much as “Why did he do it?” With the right mood, setting, and audience, these effects will hit people right between the eyes. On the DVD itself, many times during the explanations the scene would fade out before Tomas finished speaking, but this was only a minor annoyance for me. Tomas’ explanations are thorough, and there are no difficult “moves”. With practice and attention to details and presentation, people will believe, with all their hearts, that you are truly insane. And that’s what you want, isn’t it?

Product info for Geek Magic DVD

Author: Tomas Medina
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $29.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

You’ve heard of people with uncanny, unimaginable abilities. Personalities like Serpentina the snake charmer, Wee Willie the 400 pound fat boy, Bobo the human pin cushion and Tessie the Tattooed Woman. Their incredible feats of body manipulation, bloodless wounds, bug eating, and sword swallowing have astonished audiences for hundreds of years. Imagine joining their ranks and performing the following feats of bizzareism:

  • Swallow and Maninpulate Razor Blades
  • Produce Live Bugs
  • Become a Human Spittoon
  • Ingest an Inflated Balloon
  • Drink Motor Oil
  • Chew on Broken Glass
  • And Much More!

These Stunts are explained in excruciating (and often far too great) detail on Tomas Medina’s Geek Magic DVD. This magic is not intended for the faint of heart - or stomach.

It’s all live, on film, for your viewing and learning pleasure!

WARNING: This DVD is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. Performances and explanations are for entertainment and informational purposes only. Buyer assumes full responsibility and shall not hold the producers, performers, or any other parties involved with the production and/or distribution of this DVD responsible for any ill effects resulting from the viewing of this DVD. If you have any doubt in your ability to safely perform the mindless, silly, downright, insane stunts explained herein, DO NOT ATTEMPT THEM.

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