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The Magic Of Suzanne: The Castle Act (2 DVD Set)

by Suzanne

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(Based on 4 reviews)
Category: General
Media Type: Trick
Publisher: Anthony Asimov Magic

Product Description

"A joy to watch! From her opening to her closer, Suzanne's thinking and personality are on full display. Suzanne's magic is proof that strong magic powered by personality will deliver exceptional results! Watch... Listen... Learn."
- Paul Gertner

"Suzanne is a magician who has studied, worked, and walks the walk. Her routines combine a sure knowledge of technique with a gift for construction. On top of it all lies her searingly unstoppable brand of showmanship. She is, simply put, a powerhouse."
- David Regal

"For a long time, no one had ever heard of Suzanne because she had been working all the time. I met her 30 years ago and have been tracking her career ever since. She has the kind of chops that one gets after doing this 10,000 times. Now, as Close-Up Magician of the Year, she has decided to share some of the real secrets of magic... Not only the how but the why... sign me up for this information!"
- Doc Eason

"Yes, she has the skill, the showmanship, the energy, and all those other things that make for a great close-up performer. More than that, Suzanne shows her human side. This is what makes an entertainer stand out, more so than what he or she does, because it forges a bond, an emotional connection, that turns spectators into fans -- and performers into stars. And that's what Suzanne is: a star."
- Ariel Frailich

"The Magic of Suzanne: The Castle Act" is ISSUE #4 in the Black Rabbit Series, which features outstanding professional magicians from around the world who perform full shows for live un-coached audiences.

Suzanne is the only woman to win the coveted "Close-Up Magician of the Year" award from the Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle). In this 2-DVD set, you will learn Suzanne's valuable secrets on how to properly structure a magical performance to create a standout show, as well as some fabulous magic. If you want to become a better performer of magic, get ready for some serious note taking!

Volume 1
Filmed live at The Magic Castle, you'll be captivated by the same show that consistently earns Suzanne standing ovations, and ultimately won her the prestigious award. Suzanne performs her most famous effects: "Let's Play Together," "Coming Home III," "A Mother's Love," and "The Journey." Also included are three commentaries, each one taking you further inside Suzanne's thinking as she analyzes and discusses her own performances. Alternate live performances of her favorite routines, a 30-minute interview in which Suzanne talks about her unique magical journey, and footage from her acceptance of the "Close-Up Magician of the Year" award, are also featured.

Volume 2
Go behind the scenes with Suzanne and guest host, Matt Marcy, as they explain step-by-step how to perform "Let's Play Together" and "Coming Home III," Suzanne's workhorse card routines that she's relied on for decades. Suzanne even discusses her unique deck switcher in detail, a device she uses in every performance. You will also be inspired by thought-provoking discussions on how to create a signature trick, how to find the perfect story for a routine, and how to incorporate archetypes into your show to craft a dynamic character-driven performance.
Date Added: Jun 28th, 2014
MLA SKU: 53ae67f8b74d8

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Official Review

February 6th, 2015 9:42am
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Reviewed by Joe Diamond
Suzanne: The Castle Act

I host a weekly radio show and Suzanne was a guest on the show last year. I've had several conversations with her since then, but I had never seen her work. I bought this DVD and was surprised to find that this was one of the best DVD sets I had seen in years.

It is a breakdown of her castle act with her teaching the card routines, but not teaching her signature Band-Aid routine or cups and balls routine. More on that later.

A while back I reviewed a DVD were Franz Harrary did a live commentary of his illusion show. Even though I may never do an illusion show I found this extremely entertaining and insightful. It really opened my eyes to the complexities of an illusion show. This DVD does the same with a close-up show.

You see the complete 20 minute Magic Castle act, and then you can watch it back with Suzanne doing an audio commentary breaking down how she handles spectators, misdirection, and the creative process. I know I may be in the minority... [Read More]

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Official Review

March 14th, 2015 3:49am
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Reviewed by Doc Johnson
PROS

This is an excellent set of 2 DVDs. Suzanne shows her 20 minute Magic Castle close-up act and then explains the routines and effects.

She explains her deck switching device and handling in detail. This is a tremendous deck switch! I think this alone is worth the price of the DVD.

However, her explanation of her set really gives you what you need to understand the elements involved in how to develop a truly wonderful entertaining close-up set.

CONS

OK, she comments, but doesn't fully teach a few routines like the Band-aid routine and her cups and balls routines.

She didn't teach the handling of her Band-Aid trick because the handling is Joe Givens routine. You may be able to purchase his lecture notes.

Her cups and balls routine is also based on others who have taught this before. What is unique about her routine is the storyline she uses. You won't want to use her storyline, but perhaps it will serve as inspiration for your own.

VERDICTS

Excellent... [Read More]

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Official Review

August 27th, 2015 1:48pm
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Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
I was pleasantly surprised, quite frankly, when I saw this video. I knew before seeing this that Suzanne was a great performer, having seen various video clips of her performing in the past couple of years. What I was surprised about was how long she has actually been doing this act - and it shows!

The characters that she presents on stage were very distinctly different and it was apparent as the show progressed. I was very entertained by everything she was doing from the get-go!

When she first comes out and starts the show, she is that high-energy, playful character that is having some fun with the audience, kind of poking some fun at situations, etc. The second character was more subdued, one that held some mystical inner power without overstating it and at the same time, the character and the effect connected with the volunteer because it was centered around something that every single human has experienced at least once in their lives. The last character was still further... [Read More]

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Official Review

October 8th, 2015 11:59am
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Reviewed by Stuart Philip
The Magic of Suzanne is a two DVD set starring Suzanne, the 2010 Academy of Magical Arts Close-Up Magician of the Year. The DVD starts with a performance of her 24 minute Magic Castle act, in the Magic Castle. It is phenomenal. This DVD is well worth the purchase to watch an award winning magician do her thing, discuss it, and even teach some (but not all) of it.

Suzanne’s Magic Castle show consists of three basic segments. First a very strong and well-thought out multiple card routine (which is fully taught on the second DVD), followed by a Sharpie marked band-aid transposition trick (recently performed on Fool Us in which she fooled Penn and Teller) and finishes with a really fantastic Cups and Balls routine. The two latter tricks are not explained.

First off, let me say that Suzanne’s card routine is several routines built into one. In the card routine she has a marked card disappear and reappear in her pocket several times. She has a completely double-sided... [Read More]

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