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Jonathan Levit: Ahead of the Game - Black Rabbit Series Issue #5 Review

Official Review

November 17th, 2014 9:47am
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Reviewed by Doc Johnson
REVIEW

What an amazing performer and what a great set of DVDs! He shows his entire Magic Castle Act, not once, but twice. It is really educational to see two sets of performances where you see how he reacts to different audiences. His set is masterfully crafted, the magic is very strong, and the audience entertainment is tremendous!

He presents a series of card effects and ends with a coin matrix. In all his routines, you can see how he has thought them through and created effects that draw the audience in. You can see how he has worked on his character. He talks about how his character is the person he “wishes he could be” in his day to day life. What a wonderful way to build a character! His routines are mostly classic routines like ACAAN, Triumph, Matrix, etc. However, he has worked them out to the point where you either don’t recognize them for what they are until the end, or you see just how entertaining a classic effect done by so many magicians can be in the hands of someone who has thought them through creatively.

CAUTION

I really wanted to give this a five star rating, but… His act consists of five routines. Of those, you don’t get the full explanation for two, the everything changes routine and the Un-Matrix routine. You get a partial explanation and they are sold separately. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, when I’m watching a DVD, I would like to be able to take everything that I have seen and learn how it is done. On the other hand, it was really nice to see his entire set, even if a couple components are sold separately. One item sold separately is the card box color change. It looks awesome! On the matrix, he just teaches one move as the entire routine is sold separately. The move he teaches is very good.

VERDICT

This is an awesome glimpse at Jonathan’s entire set at the Magic Castle with very detailed descriptions of every move and motivation… with the exception of two biggies not explained because they are sold separately.

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Product info for Jonathan Levit: Ahead of the Game - Black Rabbit Series Issue #5

Author: Levit, Jonathan
Publisher: Anthony Asimov Magic
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $39.99
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Manufacturer's Description:

In this 2-Volume set, Jonathan Levit introduces you to the secret he uses to craft clean, jaw-dropping magic. He calls is being "ahead of the game". Learn the secret, use it well... guard it with your life!

Jonathan is a magician, actor and television host. He has appeared on Fox's "Masters of Illusion," was the host of VH1's "Celebracadabra," and has been the magic consultant for many television shows and films.

Over 5 hours of content! Includes:2 live shows filmed at The Magic Castle 2 feature commentaries by Jonathan Professional magic routines that Jonathan has perfected over thousands of performances Detailed explanations 40-Minute interviewQUADROREVELATION - Jonathan's opener is a spectacular 4-card reveal. A real fooler with maximum audience involvement, this one trick is worth the value of this DVD set.

EVERYTHING CHANGES - An epic blue-to-red color change they never see coming and brings the house down.

DRAW A BLANK - Jonathan's Any Card at Any Number (ACAAN) has an ultra-clean presentation and a killer ending.

LEVIT TRIUMPH - This brilliant handling of the classic Triumph effect is an instant showstopper that always generates thunderous applause.

THE UN-MATRIX - Jonathan's signature matrix is famous in the magic community. Jonathan performs it for two live audiences, then shares its background and explains one key move to accomplish the routine. Performance-only.

Packed with dozens of valuable lessons and tips, including: The advantages of being "Ahead of the Game" Connecting with an audience Staying in control Time misdirection Psychological audience management Jonathan's method for loading a card onto a chair under a spectator Building your character Building the "moment" of an effect Creating realities for an audience Using a signature prop Jonathan's approach to mentalism Structuring an act Jonathan's Fan Forcing and Deck Switching Techniques Enhancing an effect by moving the moment of magic Challenging yourself Handling technical difficulties"Frankly, I'm surprised Jonathan has released the very routines he's taken years to perfect. Masterful, amazing routines I have quietly coveted since I first saw him wow an audience with them. Now, the 'wow' can be yours too."
- Bruce Gold

"Jonathan's show embodies roll-in-the-aisles comedy and jaw-dropping magic. This combination is exactly what is needed to leave your audiences with the feeling they've witnessed something completely impossible. Studying his comedic timing alone will enhance your show greatly. Learning the tools he uses to create his mind blowing magic will raise you to a whole new level as a performer."
- Suzanne

"Jonathan is a perfectionist. It shows in his pure sleight of hand and the way he thinks."
- Dean Dill

"After having given many Performance Workshops, it was a real pleasure for me to watch magic through the performance of a real actor. Is there a difference? You bet. Jonathan's performance is clear, focused, intelligent and professional. (Note: Like magic should be done.) The magic is well served by Jonathan's audience management. He knows how to tell a story, engage his audience and sell a trick. The effects, while different, are in everyone's reach, yet his style and presentation make them memorable. Do yourself a favor, watch this DVD."
- Bob Fitch

"Jonathan really 'gets it' when it comes to magic. Not only does he fool everyone with his magic, but he makes a real connection to the audience. More magicians need to think this way. More magicians need to see this DVD."
- Dan Garrett

"Jonathan Levit has put the time and thought into his magic to make it great, now he is willing to put time and effort with his fellow magicians We can now all benefit from his efforts."
- Stephen Bargatze

"I have seen Jonathan's live show numerous times at The Magic Castle and the audience reactions to his most powerful effects simply have to be seen to be believed. Jonathan is a highly skilled magician who is opening the doors to his repertoire on this DVD. If you want to become a better magician, watch this and learn as much as you can from a true master of the magical arts."
- Anthony Asimov

"Jonathan Levit: Ahead of the Game" is ISSUE #5 in the Black Rabbit Series, which features outstanding professional magicians from around the world who perform full shows for live un-coached audiences.


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