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David Stone Live At FFFF Review

Official Review

September 24th, 2004 4:49pm
Reviewed by Bryce Kuhlman
This video seems to be the exception to the rule with magic videos today. Now that everyone has a DV camera and editing software, the market is saturated with new DVDs. I find that many of them are well produced, but lacking in content. David Stone's DVD is quite the opposite -- interesting material with a less-than-perfect production value.

I found most of the material to be visually interesting and generally within the technical expertise of the average magician, including a number of nice card and coin moves. There are also a number of good lessons in (mis)direction for those that are paying attention. There's also a very stunning thought-card vanish and reappearance under the performer's seat.

My favorite part of the DVD was a short talk on motivation in performance -- a topic that should be seriously considered by anyone in the performing arts. Stone also spends quite a bit of time discussing his theories on how to approach a table. On a personal note, it was interesting to hear that other people had come up with ideas that paralleled what I was thinking during my restaurant career over a decade ago.

Potential owners should note that the discussion of "Splash Bottle", David's appearing bottle, centers around a gimmick which is sold separately.

As for the production problems, I found three that really annoyed me. First, there were very strange cuts between scenes. This could have easily been fixed during editing and DVD mastering. In addition, there were promo/trailer clips stuck in various places that had to be repeatedly skipped to get to the main content.

Unfortunately, my worst criticism is of the audio quality. David has a noticeable accent (at least to my Midwestern ears). By itself, this would not have been a problem. However, the quality of the audio capture was terrible. It was filled with background noise, which made it difficult to understand David's speech in quite a number of instances. Luckily the convenience of DVD navigation meant that I could easily go back, but it was still annoying.

If this type of material interests you, I say this DVD is worth the price. Just have the remote handy!

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for David Stone Live At FFFF

Author: David Stone
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $29.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

Sneak into one of the world's most exclusive close-up conventions, Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic, and watch David Stone present the lecture that won him the Most Valuable Person award in 2003! Learn all the sleights, subtelties and finesses that have made each one of these routines a mainstay in David's close up act.

Routines included:

* Splash Bottle: A flash appearance of a bottle, for close up or stage.

* The Mulberry Production: A startling, no gimmick production of four coins!

* Double Flip: An original double-lift flourish for the card fanatics.

* Stone Change: One card, held at the fingertips, visibly changes into another! This is David's striking approach to Ed Marlo's Snap Change.

* Cacoon: The magician puts a coin on the table., picks it up again to play with it, then returns it to the table, whereupon the spectators see that there are now actually four coins on the table! A powerful lesson in misdirection.

* Flash Card: A selected card flies out from the center of the deck during a rifle shuffle.

* The Opening Trick Theory: David shares his discoveries based on years of work at some of the most prestigious restaurants on the Cote d'Azur. This is entertaining, funny, and extremely valuable advice!

* Self Worked: Despite the fact that the magician does not appear to handle the deck in any way, a thought-of card vanishes! This is absolutely diabolical!

Over 80 minutes of magic, without cuts, as if you were there, plus an incredible Bonus Section featuring 3 more tricks and Surprises!

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