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Dan Tong: FINALLY! - 50 Years of Magic Volume 1 Review

Official Review

January 4th, 2007 3:07pm
Reviewed by P.T. Murphy
Who is Dan Tong? And why haven’t you purchased these DVDs?

Oh, you were waiting for a review…I see.

“Finally!” Volume I and II are Dan Tong’s gift to the magic community. On this two volume set you will learn real world magic for real world situations.

“Finally!” Volume I contains a great Sponge Ball routine and a very surprising Ring on Stick/ Ring Flight routine. Other classics on this volume include Dan’s handling for Card to Wallet, Matrix, and the Benson Bowl routine.

On Finally! Volume II Dan shares his work on the Malini Egg Bag, Chop Cup, a wonderful version of Card on the Ribbon, Thompson’s Aces, and a very deceptive Cut and Restored Rope routine.

Dan’s magic is very practical. His routines have been audience tested over the last 50 years! I added his Cut and Restored Rope routine to my kid’s show repertoire as soon as I mastered the handling.

My only gripes are that Dan’s performances on these volumes only hint at Dan’s devilish sense of humor. The performances utilize lay people, but these people seem to know that they were being taped and their responses aren’t as organic as they might be under a different situation. My second gripe is that Dan relies on some pretty stale one-liners throughout his work. These one-liners are unnecessary as Dan Tong is a genuinely friendly and likable character with a quick wit.

Nit picking aside, “Finally!” Volumes I and II are full of some very practical magic that I guarantee will find its way into your act.

Who is Dan Tong? Buy the DVDs and find out. You will be glad you did.
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Product info for Dan Tong: FINALLY! - 50 Years of Magic Volume 1

Author: Dan Tong
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Retail Price: $35.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

"If you want to learn magic that is practical for performing in the real world, Danny Tong is the magician to look to. If you want to entertain the audience as you fool them, Danny Tong will teach you to do that too.

There are a lot of great magic tricks out there, but the majority of them cannot be used when performing close-up in a restaurant or at a cocktail party. Perhaps that is why so many magicians all perform the same close-up tricks. Danny Tong stands out among real world, working magicians. After viewing his DVD, you will see why Danny is held in such high esteem by his peers and why I am a fan of his magic."
-Steve Dusheck

"What can I say about Dan Tong? I have known Dan for several years and I must say, Dan is one of the best kept secrets in the magic world and HE SHOULDN'T BE!"
- Ray Goulet (Owner/Creator, Magic Art Studio - Mini Magic Museum)


Card To Wallet:
A simple no palm approach to get sign "card to wallet" effect.

Bill Matrix (coin assembly): This simple method not only produces the coin assembly effect, it provides two additional effects. (That of a color change and production of a large coin.) However, its main function is to get money on the table. One simple adjustment and you are reset.

Sponge Balls: With 2 visible balls you will perform several effects, including the classic in the spectators hands.

Ring Flight/Ring on Stick: A very strong combination of two classics that make a great closer.

Matrix (additional)

Bills & Bowls: It's the classic Benson bowl routine done with borrowed bills and a sugar bowl. Like Bill Matrix, the routine was designed to get money on the table.
Running Time
Approximately 1hr 11min

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