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Visions of Wonder Library (Vol 1-3) Review

Official Review

July 22nd, 2005 9:07pm
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Reviewed by Bryce Kuhlman
The goal of our star-based rating system is to provide the viewer a quick synopsis of the quality of our reviewed products. Sometimes this simple rating system simply can't do justice. Such is the case with these DVDs. I seriously considered making a special "6th star" just for these videos.

Why am I so excited? Sure, the material is excellent. But that can be said of other videos (though not many). What strikes me about Tommy's work is his attention to detail. This man really thinks about what he's doing -- everything that he's doing. In fact, I've long said that the one thing any magician can do to make their magic better is to just stop and think. Really consider what your audience is seeing, hearing, and thinking at every moment during your performance.

The value in these videos is not learning the effects, but learning how to think about your magic. Seriously, if you don't own these videos, you might be missing one of the most important lessons we can learn.

This is the first set of videos that I watched from beginning to end, every moment, for fear that I might miss some amazing new revelation. Among my favorite topics were:
  • Timing and misdirection
  • Dramatic structure
  • "Erasing" movements
  • Risk-free direction
  • Failure effects and (the performer's) surprise


Just in case you think I might have been paid to write this review, I do have one criticism and one warning to add.

The criticism goes to the producer. All three DVDs had more than their fair share of "video fluff". It was cool the first time, but got old very quickly.

My warning is that a few of these effects require custom-made props. If you seriously want to do some of these routines, you'll need experience with metal fabrication or know someone who does.

Now go out and buy these videos!

Product info for Visions of Wonder Library (Vol 1-3)

Author: Wonder, Tommy
Publisher: L&L Publishing
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $99.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

Tommy Wonder is a living legend in magic. The routines, philosophy, creative process, and thinking detailed on Visions of Wonder are why he is hailed by his peers as one of the top performers and thinkers in magic and why many consider him one of the most important magicians of our time.

These videos will demonstrate a master at work, a performer who so thoroughly understands magic and his audiences that he has people question whether they've seen the real thing. You will learn how to apply these lessons to your magic and thus make you a better magician. You will see how an audience can be devastated and deeply touched by a magic performance and you'll be inspired to bring your magic to a whole new level.

If you have not seen Tommy Wonder, you are in for a treat-an experience like you've never had before. Even if you have seen Tommy Wonder, you are in for a treat. You will see new items never before taught, you will see the incredible routines you have only read about, and you will see and learn how to make audiences believe they have seen real magic.

In addition, on all three volumes, Max Maven will guide you through some fascinating discussions with Tommy Wonder where you will get an insight into the psychology, thinking, and creative process that have made Tommy Wonder a living legend in magic.

These videos are unlike any other project L&L has created. Not only is Tommy Wonder's magic unbelieveably brilliant, but the editing and candid behind-the-scenes footage take these videos to an entirely new level. That's a promise!

What’s more, there’s a special treat on the DVD “ an easter egg with fifteen minutes of extra bonus footage on each volume. To get to the special Easter Egg on each of the Tommy Wonder Visions of Wonder DVDs, follow this procedure:
From the Main Menu, click on “Other DVDs from L&L Publishing.” Then, click on the right arrow until you get to the screen that displays Max Maven’s videoMind series. Click your remote’s Up Arrow button, which will light up Max Maven’s name. Press Enter and “ Eureka! “ fifteen minutes of extra bonus footage!


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