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A Life In Magic - From Then Until Now Vol.1 Review

Official Review

January 14th, 2011 10:01am
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.1

Author: obson, 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.



Welcome to Volume 1 of Wayne Dobson's "Life In Magic". Join Wayne and his special guests Matthew J. Dowden, Mark James and Michael J. Fitch as they all perform and teach some of Wayne's signature routines that made him a world magic star. See these classic routines performed on stage by Wayne and then watch as they're performed in bars and restaurants to a whole new audience.

5 CARD REPEAT - Wayne's superb take on this classic piece of magic. Super fast, snappy and the perfect opener!

RINGFLASH - Watch as Mark James takes this great piece of magic into a close-up setting and wows the crowds. Fast set-up, practical, spectacular and instant re-set... what more could you want?

BANANA DRAMA - Wayne's classic Bill routine that was the original forerunner to his famous Note In Wallet Routine. Watch both the stage and close-up versions that get equally huge reactions.

NAILED - Wayne's simple and easy-to-do routine that packs a killer punch. When you see the reactions YOU WILL add this to your working set.

GUESSTIMATION - A superb card effect that's tipped here on DVD for the first time. Easy-to-do, but oh so clever in both effect and impact.

Bonus Material includes:

Running Time Approximately: 2hrs

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