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Underground Jam Review

Official Review

April 29th, 2007 6:15pm
Reviewed by Gordon Meyer
Watching Underground Jam is like going to an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant. There’s lots of interesting things to sample, some old favorites that you know you’ll enjoy, and a few things you can’t imagine who in the world would even consider. You pay a reasonable price, have some fun, and leave feeling slightly satisfied, if not over-full.

There’s so much on this DVD that Sankey doesn’t even try to list them all in the ad or, unfortunately, on the DVD jacket. By the time I was done watching the disc, which runs over two hours, I wanted to go back and watch a couple of things again, but had a hard time finding the pieces again. The cutesy-clever names don’t help in this regard, either. I suppose there are worse problems to have.

Don’t be confused by the word “underground” in the title. Usually it refers to closely-guarded, new, and often revolutionary material. That’s not really what you’re getting here. Since Sankey doesn’t catalog the entire contents for potential or actual purchasers, I won’t either. But suffice to say that a gamut of card and coins effects are covered, with a few quirky things thrown in for good measure.

The handful of items that Sankey contributes are the best and are better explained, but all of the material has a definite Sankey-esque slant to it. If you’ve read Sankey Unleashed, it’s all very much in the same vein. I mean that in the positive sense that the material is visually interesting and workman-like in approach. But I also mean that in the negative sense that the material is, to twist a phrase, “magic without meaning.”

Don’t get me wrong, despite the uneven sound levels that will have you constantly adjusting the volume, this DVD is a good value. It is often entertaining and will almost certainly give you a few things you’ll sample again. Like the buffet, not a bad way to spend an evening, as long you know when to put down the fork.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Underground Jam

Author: Jay Sankey
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $25.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

In the spring of 2005 Jay sent out a world-wide request for audition videos featuring original material from unknown magicians. In response, performers from more than a dozen countries submitted more than 200 tapes and DVDs! From this mountain of submissions Jay and his team unanimously selected Joe Diamond, Eric Leclerc and Jeff Stone.

A few months later, Jay, Joe, Eric and Jeff met up in Toronto and over a couple of days taped an outstanding collection of close-up magic and mentalism including 20 effects with matchbooks, coins, playing cards, keys, film canisters, wrist watches, chewing gum, water bottles and magic markers. Here are just a few...

    The torn corner of a playing card and a marked coin impossibly change places!
    A disposable razor visibly transforms into a book of matches!
    One of the cleanest, tightest color changing deck routines you will ever learn!
    An initialed coin vanishes and reappears in a just-examined film canister!
    A marvelously practical "rising card" handling!
    A super visual, lo-tech "Twisting the Aces" routine. You'll learn it, you'll do it!
  • MAGI
    A sandwich effect with a mind-blowing surprise ending!
    The spectator's signed card appears folded-up under the magicians wrist watch!
    The "last word" on cap-in-water-bottle effects!
  • T-BONE
    A widly visual torn and restored card effect that starts and finishes absolutely clean!

Running Time Approximately 135min

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