Marc Paul Lecture Video

By Marc Paul

New from Dynamic fx Limited is this 60 minute video featuring clever stand-up/close-up magician Marc Paul. The video was shot live at a lecture Marc gave at the Hen and Chickens Theatre in London. Because this was a live shoot, the video suffers from some lighting and distance problems. Two cameras were used, however, and there was nothing which was unclear. The emphasis is on close-up and mentalism, and most of the routines use a deck of cards. Marc does a fine job performing and explaining the material.

Marc begins by explaining a card routine which he regularly uses as his opening routine. While there is nothing new as far as techniques are concerned, Marc explains his (very valid) reasons for using this routine. Other card effects include: the "New Encore Card Stab," which uses a familiar stratagem in a clever way; "The Miracle Pack," which allows you to locate a mentally selected card; "Universal Consciousness vs. the

Individual," which combines some tough sleight-of-hand with a gaff to produce an impressive "card at any number routine"; and "Secrets Monte," a three card monte routine which uses a Michael Weber concept to add a strong kicker ending. The cards necessary for this routine are provided with the tape.

The non-card item in the lecture is quite strong. This is a Linking Finger Ring routine which does not use a Himber ring. The routine uses a simple gaff combined with a marvelous visual scam to produce an excellent result. This routine cannot be used in all situations, but if the conditions were right, it would be a killer.

The tape concludes with a demonstration and explanation of the techniques of dice stacking. If you've ever wanted to learn this, you'll probably find that the information given here is helpful.

I enjoyed this tape a lot. The downside, unfortunately, is the price. An NTSC version will cost you 30 pounds, which at current exchange rates is about $50. That's kind of high for a 60-minute video.

Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

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