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A Life In Magic - From Then Until Now Vol.2 Review

Official Review

January 14th, 2011 10:02am
Reviewed by Christian
I will review all three DVDs with this one review as I believe that these DVDs are meant to be purchased as a set.

There are probably a great deal of American magicians who have no idea who Wayne Dobson is, and that should be rectified by these DVDs. Wayne Dobson was an enigmatic performer in England during the 1980’s and 90’s. He had a successful television series during the 90’s before he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Today, although bound by a wheelchair he still creates magic and mayhem at various magic conventions.

These DVDs are a look back at his career, showing excerpts from his television performances, demonstrating some of his tricks, and explaining how to perform them. He his assisted by Matthew Dowden, Mark James, and Michael Fitch, who will also perform the effects in a live environment and they will also help with the explanations.

The tricks are all good, as you might expect from a top working professional. What I find to be really fun are the stories and teach ins on subjects that many times get overlooked. Wayne talks about methods for selecting volunteers from the audience. This can be unbelievably valuable information to any working magician.

Wayne’s style was comedic and fast. His ability to connect with his audience is legendary. You will find it difficult not to laugh out loud as Wayne can turn any situation into surreal comedy fun with his disembodied voices.

Since all the tricks on the DVDs are solid and fun, I can’t really give you the one or two that spoke to me. I almost think that would be unfair anyway, since we all have different styles and personalities. I can say, I think you will thoroughly enjoy these DVDs as you sit back and watch and laugh with them.

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for A Life In Magic - From Then Until Now Vol.2

Author: Dobson, Wayne, RSVP; Dowden, Matthew; James, Mark
Publisher: RSVP - Russ Stevens
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $29.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

Rsvpmagic are very proud to release this 3 DVD set by our long time friend Wayne Dobson. This is without doubt our largest project to date with all three DVDs running in at just under SIX HOURS in length, featuring some 17 routines that can now be performed in either stage, parlour or close-up situations.


NOTE IN WALLET - The Classic routine that made Wayne Dobson a star! Learn his techniques with hints and tips and then see it performed in close-up by Matthew J. Dowden. Funny, strong magic!

SILK IN CIG/CARD BOX - Want a fast and snappy piece to perform mid-set? Watch Mark James' close-up version of Wayne's routine, perfect for bar, club or restaurant. Instant reset too!

FOURSEEN - Watch Wayne's TV version and then sit in with Matthew & Wayne as they teach a streamlined routine that's perfect for stage or close-up.

RING ON ROPE - A borrowed ring jumps and vanishes from an examined rope, finally appearing inside the magicians wallet, inside a SEALED envelope!

LUCKY CARD - Wayne's new take on the classic Dai Vernon plot. Perfect for close-up workers... even use a borrowed deck if you like. Stunning magic!

Bonus Material includes:

MARK JAMES LOGICAL SPONGE BALL ROUTINE - The perfect follow on from the silk in Card Box

MATTHEW J. DOWDEN'S MST - The perfect signature transposition routine

Running Time Approximately: 1hr 45mins

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