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The Quest for Mastery (Limited Edition)

by Vincent, Michael

Product Rating:

(Based on 2 reviews)
Category: Close Up
Media Type: DVD
Publisher: Alakazam UK
Publication Summary: 2012, 4 discs
Format: DVD

Product Description

It's finally here. The forth installment in our fantastic and enlightening voyage with Michael Vincent. Join Michael & Chris as they guide you along your journey in the Quest For Mastery.

The Classic Magic of Michael Vincent Volume 4

The Quest for Mastery Collectors Edition (Limited To 1000 Units)

*The Collectors Edition comes in the same beautiful style case with sleeve as Michael's other volumes in this series. When the Collectors Editions have all sold out the DVD's will be produced in a standard 4 disc DVD case.

On this new 4 Disc DVD set from Alakazam Magic, Michael Vincent brings his passion for Magic and his expert showmanship to a brand new conversation. This project explores how Michael thinks about taking the classics of magic and breathing new life into them.

With a set that runs for over 6 hours The Quest for Mastery is all about elimination - removing the inessentials until all that is left is an elegantly crafted mystery - this process can take years to arrive at. Inspired by the philosophy of Robert Houdin, Dr Hofzinser, Dai Vernon and Darwin Ortiz, you have an opportunity to discover 'The Vincent Touch'. This is Michael's unique perspective on classical effects and how to make them relevant for today's modern audiences. This is a master class in magical construction, design and artistic performance.

Disc 1: Performances

Live Show at Eastwell Manor
2 Hands - Three Coins
My Rope Routine - 'Humble Beginnings'


In Memory of Hofzinser
Stand-up Triumph
Stand-Up Twisting The Aces
An Ace Problem aka 'Grown Up Hofzinser'
Card at a Number
Remember and Forget


Disc Two: Performances

Prologue: The Secrets of Conjuring and Magic

The Legendary Conus Aces


Vincent on Conus - Complete Explanation with a mention of 'The One Shuffle Finale'.

The McDonald Aces with 'The Vincent Switch'


Disc Three: Performances & Explanations

Close-up Card Magic: Set One

Look an Illusion.

The Vincent Revelation with thanks to Larry Jennings - The Interlaced Vanish meets The Jennings Revelation.

The Invisible Palm - A re-examination.

Close-up Card Magic: Set Two

The Swing Beat Aces.

The Vincent Combination with thanks to Darwin Ortiz.

Cy Endfield's 'Gambler Out-Gambled'.


Disc Four: Bonus Goodies

Conversation with Chris Harding - Life after the first 3 Volumes with updates and revisions:

Kismet Updated.

Vincent's Aces Version II.

4Play with Foursome 'The Out'.

Pandora's Paradox-Additional Finesse.

The Vincent Set-up for The Zarrow Shuffle.

Bonus Performances:

My Favorite

The Devilish Miracle - Tribute to Marlo (Performance only).

The Progressive Revelation & Explanation.
Date Added: Dec 8th, 2012
MLA SKU: 50c2f3889523e


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Official Review

April 6th, 2013 7:02pm
Reviewed by Jeff Stone

I've just finished watching Vincent's latest DVD, and one thing you cannot deny the man is that he truly performs Straight From the Heart (Thank you Bryan Adams). That's one thing I really admire about him and his work. I also admire his desire and efforts to continue to grow and improve himself as a performer as well as the art itself.

I love his knowledge of magic history and how he incorporates it into not only his performances but his personality in general. There are a lot of things to like about Mr. Vincent and his magic, and many of those things are present on this latest DVD set. However . . .

There are a few issues I feel need to be addressed. First, 4 disks was a bit excessive. I think the material as it stands without cutting anything out could have easily fit on less than four disks. Further, I felt that there was enough stuff that could have (should have?) been cut that the whole project could have been 2 disks and less than the steep $80 price... [Read More]

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Official Review

April 6th, 2013 6:44pm
Reviewed by Joe Diamond
I have not seen anything by Mr. Vincent before. I say that because there are references on this DVD to his other DVD sets, and although I did feel lost at first during those moments, pretty much all of it became clear as the explanations went on.

The first disc includes a stand up set, and includes the best material in my opinion. His stand up handling of Triumph and Twisting the Aces are fantastic. The methods are elegant, simple, and look pretty in a stand up situation. Also, he has a version of Hofzinzer’s Ace Problem that I actually liked! I’ve never liked this plot, I think it’s confusing and too convoluted. However, Vincent solved pretty much all the problems to make this trick a clear series of magical moments! That said, there was a weak coin routine with some moments that were not as clean as they could be.

I felt the other discs were just standard close up material. Nothing horrible, but nothing stood out to me either.

Overall, I’ll say the first disc gets... [Read More]

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