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Magic of the Pendragons #2 Review

Official Review

September 9th, 2009 10:13am
Reviewed by Christopher Carey
Volume two of THE MAGIC OF THE PENDRAGONS is perhaps the most eagerly anticipated volume because it's dedicated to one illusion, Metamorphosis.

As usual, Jonathan gives the viewer a long history lesson, starting with Houdini, stopping off at Doug Henning and ending where we are today, with John Gaughan's beautiful suede and chrome trunk.

Jonathan and Charlotte go into great detail here, describing what trunk works best and why. They go over the lock, the foulard, the trap, the bag, and how to do a quick costume change. There's much talk about safety and those of you who are thinking about doing the Sub Trunk should watch Charlotte over and over. She's been doing it the smoothest and fastest for many years and she's still been hurt many times. Jonathan said he's even been knocked unconscious during the transition!

But for all that's made over the props used, it's the performers that make this. When you see the way the transformation (notice I didn't say switch) takes place, you marvel at the thinking and athleticism here. When you watch Jonathan and Charlotte perform an exposed view in real time on Louis Falanga's deck outside, it feels a little....dirty....and thrilling.....and dirty. It really feels like you are being let in on a secret that you have no business knowing.

Part two of the interview with Jonathan is on this disc as well and it continues some of the same themes; mainly the history of the act and the advice many shared with the Pendragons along the way. Highly recommended.

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Product info for Magic of the Pendragons #2

Author: Charlotte and Jonathan Pendragon
Publisher: L&L Publishing
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Retail Price: $35.00
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Stage illusionists historically have been extremely secretive about their craft. Not just about the secrets to the illusions themselves - the mechanics are just a small part - but about the real secrets of what turns a stage illusion into a breathtaking moment of pure magic.

Now, for the first time ever on video, Jonathan and Charlotte Pendragon, the "First Couple" of magic and perhaps the greatest exponents of grand illusion ever to grace a stage, lift away the veil and show you the real secrets of stage illusion - the insider information that could only be gained by performing in over 50 countries for the last quarter of a century.

  • History
  • Trunk Props
  • Foulard
  • Trunk
  • Costume Change
  • In And Out Of Bag
  • Trunk Switch
  • Hourglass
  • Split Foulard
  • Safety
An in-depth interview with Jonathan Pendragon by Patrick Martin (Part 2)

When the history of magic is written, Jonathan Pendragon will be remembered as one of its most creative performers."

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