Review from the Magic Cafe
Watched the DVD and examined the props last night. This package delivers exactly what was promised. The routine is very well thought out, providing maximum motivation and cover for the load, and there’s a nice time delay between the dirty and the first magical moment. The script is fun and respectful to the spectator. It’s very interesting hearing Mr. Leventhal’s detailed explanation concerning why he wrote the script and routined the effect the way he did. There’s plenty of room to modify the script but still use the basic routine, though. The use of a zipped wallet also adds a layer of deception a step above an ordinary ring flight.
As to the props, the wallet is very well made of quality leather, and the zipper is sized correctly for reliability during the routine (Mr. Leventhal explains the importance of zipper size on the DVD). It’s not too big or small – right in the Goldilocks sweet spot. You also get a nice stash of (easily replaceable) coin envelopes to get you through several shows. As stated in the advertising, you’ll have to supply your own ring flight. Mr. Leventhal has traditionally used one that is currently off the market, but he identifies one that he feels is the best that is currently available – luckily, it’s one of the ones that I already purchased.
Along with the DVD, you receive the complete script, with action cues, in written form. Mr. Leventhal’s teaching on the DVD is thorough and detailed, so you’ll have no question as to how and why he performs every aspect of the routine. He explains his approach to the selection of the volunteer and an appropriate ring, which is very helpful and obviously the product of his extensive performance of the routine. He even walks you through his approach to changing clasps on a ring flight. The DVD closes with approximately 1/2 hour of footage of Mr. Abbott interviewing Mr. Leventhal concerning the development of the effect. There are some terrific insights in that section.
I purchased this because I already have a few ring flights, and was intrigued by the idea of using one in a stage setting. I’ll definitely be using this routine, and am quite happy with the purchase.
Now appearing nightly in my basement.
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