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The Classics DVD Review

Official Review

March 15th, 2008 8:33pm
Reviewed by P.T. Murphy
“Notorious” is the first word used to describe George McBride on the packaging of Big Blind Media’s release “George McBride “ The Classics”.

Well who the heck is George McBride? And what makes him so “notorious”?

Searches online did not yield a website for Mr. McBride. There is nothing touting him as a “wonderful addition to your child’s next birthday party”, nor references to his skills “as a great corporate entertainer”. All I could find were tales of a Glaswegian conjurer whose skills with a deck of cards were legendary.

Where in the (not so holy name) of Brian “Robbo” Robertson have I been?

If you have not been introduced to Mr. McBride through his self-titled DVD by BBM, then this second release, “George McBride - The Classics” is a perfect place to start.

What you get on “The Classics” is a well-produced instructional DVD. The effects are presented in a clear manner and there is a minimum of fluff. The feel of the DVD is that of a late night jam session in the back room or basement of some illegal hipster gambling parlor. Mr. McBride is short on chitchat, but long on chops. McBride is a tough looking character whose close-cropped hair and black suit make him look like a character out of “Pulp Fiction”.

Mr. Black or Mr. Pink? You ask.

Mr. McBride thanks very much!

“The Classics” is a no nonsense introduction to magical plots that have stood the test of time. Some of those effects include: Coins Across, Spellbound, Slow Motion Aces, Merlin’s Lost Ace Trick and a great Two Card Transpo.

McBride executes his moves with precision. Watching him work, you instantly know you are in the presence of a master.

I don’t think that this DVD is a must have for everybody’s DVD library. By now there are a few of us old farts that have our favorite handlings for many of these effects. However, if you are just getting started and are not familiar with these classic plots or if you are a fan of notorious Scotsmen with formidable skills, then “George McBride “ The Classics” is a very good purchase.

Are the legends surrounding this mysterious Scot true? From what I have seen, I would say yes.

Is Mr. McBride as notorious as we are lead to believe?

Why the heck do you think I have been referring to him as MISTER McBride!!!
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Legendary Scottish magician George McBride has put down on film his very favourite handlings for some of magic's best loved plots. Covering cards and coins, this is a veritable masterclass in magical excellence.

The DVD features nine routines and a false cut...

The Classics DVD features:

  1. `Slow Motion Aces`

    The four aces are dealt to the table. Three indifferent cards are added to each ace. One by one the Aces leap from their individual packets to join the 'leader' Ace on the first packet. Ok - you might be familiar with this plot, but George's handling is a veritable FEAST of magic. You are learning sooooo much more than a routine. Master this and you'll be learning multiple palming, second dealing, the push off double deal, the pushoff move and the gamblers cop!!

  2. 'Purse Frame Coin Production`

    A 'bagless' purse frame reveals itself it to be home to four coins. This routine will teach you move after move and is the PEFECT lead in to any four coin routine!

  3. 'Coins Across'

    One at a time four coins mysteriously travel from one hand to other. As the fourth coin appears to jump over, your audience will be left shellshocked when it transpires that the other three have rejoined their erstwhile colleague!

  4. `2 Card Transpo`

    An impromptu masterpiece. A borrowed, shuffled deck is taken and the top card displayed. It is cleanly cut, face-up, into the centre of the deck. The bottom card is now shown. With nary a move the original top card is shown to be on the bottom of the deck, and the original bottom card is now face up in the centre of the pack.

  5. 'Spellbound'

    A copper coin repeatedly turns silver and then back to copper. This is a beautiful routine, carried out at the fingertips, which ends clean and will leave your audience slack-jawed!

  6. 'The Bounce Change'

    A copper coin, displayed at the fingertips, is cleanly bounced from hand to hand. Apparently in mid-air it transforms into a silver coin!! This looks like REAL MAGIC!

  7. `Coins to Glass`

    Four coins and a glass are displayed. One at a time the coins leap impossibly into the glass. This is pure visual magic and a masterclass in routining.

  8. `Thinking of Koran`

    A genuinely unknown card is 'oh-so-fairly' lost in the deck. The magician can have NO IDEA what it is or where it is. Yet after simply weighing the deck for a second, he announces a number - the position the thought of card lies at in the deck. This is in the miracle class!

  9. 'Merlins Lost Ace Trick'

    The four aces and twelve indifferent cards are cleanly displayed. The aces are dealt face down onto the table, and the spectator adds three indifferent cards to each ace. The spectator then chooses one of the packets. In a flash all four aces have jumped to the selected packet.

  10. 'George's Favourite False Cut'

    An amazing, full deck control false cut. It's easy, it's beautiful, and it will go straight into your repertoire.
But let's make this clear - if you're watching George McBride The Classics, you're not just learning nine fantastic routines. You're getting expert tuition on moves and sleights like:

- Second Dealing
- Push off Double Deal
- Multiple Palming
- Gamblers Cop
- ER-Aced (Vernon)
- Top Card Cover Pass
- Ovette/Kelly Master Move
- Double Deal (Merlin)

- Multiple Coin Vanishes & Moves
- Pinch Steal (Baker)
- Coin Pass (Vernon)
- Revolving Coin Pass (Carney)
- Bounce Change (Dingle)
- Coin Vanish (Leipzig)
- And loads more!

So you are not just learning another set of routines here - you are getting expert tuition in numerous sleights, the art of misdirection and audience management. This will really help you take your magic to an entirely new level.

"Although I am not a DVD guy, this is one of the best teaching videos I have ever seen."
- Larry Horowitz

"Having read and admired George McBride's material in places like Five Times Five Scotland, it is a real pleasure to see him in action. He is the Scottish Underground Man. There are several of his routines I'll be working on. His 'Twist Shift' and tips on the Second Deal alone are worth the price of the DVD."
- Matthew Field - Editor, The Magic Circular

"This is a must have video. I can hardly wait for George's second DVD."
- Harvey Rosenthal

"I loved this collection and can hardly wait for more!"
- Richard James, Connoisseur Conjuring Forum

"The only other DVD this year that made me sit up and bark was David Stones'... this is as good, but without the pretentious or poncey attitude."
- Seige

Running Time Approximately 71min

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