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Simply Psychic Review

Official Review

February 6th, 2008 3:31pm
Reviewed by Gordon Meyer
Ross Johnson's DVD "Simply Psychic," in many ways, is really quite impressive. Not only does it stand out for the way it is produced, its price and the quality of the material are notable too.

Most magic DVDs these days seem to forget that their primary purpose is to instruct, and their secondary purpose is to professionally represent the performer and publisher. Too many either go overboard with "street-style" techniques and lose the instruction, or they're so poorly produced that they make the average YouTube video look like a Hollywood extravaganza.

Simply Psychic, on the other hand, not only showcases Ross Johnson—a perhaps under-appreciated working mentalist—it serves as a good model for how video instruction can be done without using gimmicky extras. It's a simple formula, really, film a polished presentation with multiple cameras that show the correct angles at the correct time, and have the performer rehearse his explanation so its cogent and complete. Simply Psychic is shot in a home, and the trick discussions are filmed in a nice outside setting. The lighting is good, and the sound uniformly excellent.

I have to say, however, that it's not perfect. The audience for the performance segments consists of several apparent teenagers who probably couldn't be less interested in the show. Johnson's audience is the polar opposite of the stereotypically over-enthusiastic audience seen on L&L Publishing's videos, but they're no less annoying.

But you might be wondering about the material. It's solid, standard mentalism. The type of tricks that can easily form the basis of a whole career. No fancy gimmicks, just reliable methods that Johnson explains in detail; often discussing the reasoning behind his choices, too. Exactly the kind of thinking and advise you'd expect from someone who has spent years as a professional mentalist. And, inexplicably, it's all available for only $15. If the topic interests you, the value of this disc far exceeds its price tag.

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Product info for Simply Psychic

Author: Ross Johnson
Publisher: Fun, Inc.
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $14.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

Simply Psychic is the finest introduction to mental magic on DVD, from the art's finest practicioner - Ross Johnson.

Imagine reaching inside someone’s head and discovering his innermost thoughts. On Simply Psychic, Ross Johnson performs and explains impossible and explains the unexplainable.
The effects on Simply Psychic are as evocative and thought-provoking as they are entertaining -- no mere magic tricks. Best of all, they’re aimed at the beginning mentalist, require few, if any special props. Ross’ clear and concise teaching makes every effect easy to understand. Each explanation is peppered with carefully considered, professional advice, hints and tips - salient points that professionals will find invaluable. Watch Simply Psychic, learn the material and perform. It’s that simple.

On this DVD you will learn:

- How to interrupt the thought and speech patterns of an entire audience - psychically!
- To predict the outcome of future events, including the flip of a coin and the selection of a card!
- What a spectator will do before even he knows!
- And much, much more!

Voted the top psychic entertainer in the world, Ross Johnson’s uncanny abilities have taken him around the globe. With over 25 years as a professional mind reader, he brings a wealth of
knowledge and experience to Simply Psychic. He knows what you’re thinking.

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