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Thumbtips (World's Greatest Magic) Review

Official Review

February 22nd, 2008 5:04pm
Reviewed by P.T. Murphy
I really enjoy the DVDs in this L&L series. I have yet to view one that I was not crazy about.

I am a big fan of the compilation format. I enjoy watching several different magicians performing back to back. I love listening to different schools of thought and I love hearing about how a routine was developed.

On "Thumb Tips" you get up close and personal with Michael Ammar, Richard Osterlind, Roger Klause, Alexander De Cova, Ted Lesley, Al Schneider, Fernando Keops, Jeff Sheridan, Paul Diamond, Steve Dacri, Paul Wilson and Dan Harlan.

When was the last time you sat down with that many great performers to discuss thumb tips?

If this effect interests you I strongly recommend this DVD. The performances are culled from the vast L&L video library. The production of these DVDs is great, the format is easy to navigate and the talent is top notch.

“The Secrets of Thumb Tips" is just one volume of the multi volume “World’s Greatest Magic by the World’s Greatest Magicians” series by L&L. Each volume is dedicated to a single magic effect. Each volume contains a multitude of legendary performers, performing and explaining their version of a classic piece of magic. These DVDs are an excellent introduction for those just starting out in magic. The older dog looking to bone up on the classics will find that these DVDs are a wonderful reference tool.

If I could have just one set of magic DVDs, WGMBTWGM would be it. L&L offers the best of the best in “World’s Greatest Magic by the World’s Greatest Magicians”. And they are offering it at the best price!!!

If I invited you to a lecture where the masters of magic were going to teach their handlings of classic magic effects, would you show up? Gosh darn bet you would!

Especially if I told you the lecture was only going to cost you 20 bucks!

(For a full list of titles in this collection please visit the L&L website.)
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Product info for Thumbtips (World's Greatest Magic)

Author: Various
Publisher: L&L Publishing
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $19.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

Imagine the best magic, the best magicians, and the best producers all in one place.

Imagine no more...

The Secrets of Thumb Tips
Learn a classic of card magic that your audience will remember forever.

If you could have one set of magic DVDs, this would be it! This benchmark collection features just about all of magic's most enduring and classic effects and routines. It's a fabulous compendium with many of the top masters in the world of magic teaching their handlings and routines for some of magic's classics. Linking rings, sponge balls, metal bending, cups and balls, thumb tips, Zombie, color-changing knives, and many, many more topics are all gathered in this one terrific DVD reference set. Each volume covers a specific subject and features new, old, and sometimes rare footage by some of the top video producers in magic.

The thumb tip is one of the most utilized and valuable gimmicks in magic but it also wins the title of perhaps its most badly used. However, the thumb tip, despite repeated exposures, can still create miracles when used properly and judiciously.

On this DVD, you'll see ways to use a thumb tip that you've never dreamed of. Michael Ammar presents a poignant story with just a few coins that your audience will always remember. Richard Osterlind tears open a signed packet of sugar substitute and miraculously restores it while Roger Klause conjures silver coins from thin air with just a borrowed dollar bill. If you think you know the traditional vanishing handkerchief, you're about to be badly fooled by Alexander de Cova and Paul Wilson. Jeff Sheridan offers his versions of two classic thumb tip pieces while Ted Lesley and Dan Harlan demonstrate effects suitable for a stand-up performance. Larger stage tricks like 20th Century Silks and Blendo are turned into powerful close-up effects by Fernando Keops and Steve Dacri and Al Schneider performs a quaint mystery with nothing more than a borrowed dime. Rounding out this set is Paul Diamond with a post-graduate course in thumb tip work with finesses that will vastly improve your own handling of this marvelous tool.

Don't be misled by those who dismiss the thumb tip as "old school." There are a dozen performers and 14 performances and explanations here that provide conclusive evidence that there's still a lot of magical life left in this wonderful utility gimmick.

Michael Ammar
41-cent Miracle

Richard Osterlind
Sweet and Low

Roger Klause
The Miser's Cornucopia

Alexander de Cova
Purse Swindle (Courtesy of Murphy's Magic Inc.)

Ted Lesley
Coin Through Sleeves

Al Schneider
Vanishing Dime

Jeff Sheridan
Cigarette in the Coat

Alexander der Cova
Blank Cheque Transpo (Courtesy of Murphy's Magic Inc)

Fernando Keops
Mini 20th Century

Jeff Sheridan
Vanishing and Reappearing Water

Paul Diamond
Thumb Tip Lecture

Steve Dacri
Mini Blendo

Paul Wilson

Dan Harlan
World's Saddest Trick

Running Time
Approximately 1 hr 40 min

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