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Sankey-tizedII, from the Magicians' Video Network, is the second video featuring the close-up magic of Canada's funny and creative Jay Sankey. The tape begins with a discussion and explanation of the Tenkai/Goshman Pinch. (There is an error in this discussion. The "over the fingertips" method for doing the Pinch is the method described in The New Modern Coin Magic by Bobo. The "through the fingers" method is Scotty York's.) Jay demonstrates and explains two routines which use the Pinch: an elaboration of the original "Tenkai Pennies," and an easy one coin production.

"The Mexican Jumping Coins" is an intriguing routine which uses the "one behind" principle. The underlying methodology is worthy of further study. The "Cartesian Coin Production" uses a shell coin in an offbeat way.

Three card routines are explained: "Cardboard Contortionist" involves tearing and restoring two signed cards; "#@X!" is an off-beat effect in which a folded and paper clipped card ends up being the spectator's signed card; and "Airtight," which is Jay's famous deck in balloon effect.

The tape ends with a discussion of the Classic Pass.

All the material is top-notch and is well performed and explained. The production is fairly spartan, consisting mainly of Jay standing alone in front of a camera doing the tricks. (Insert shots are used to clarify technical details.) The performance aspect of the tape suffers from the lack of any assisting spectators. Since on several occasions Jay begins a trick by discussing the gaffs necessary for performance, we never really get a chance to see the routines in action without knowing the methods. This is too bad, because often a magician's enthusiasm for a particular effect tends to be directly proportional to how badly he was fooled by it.

These minor quibbles aside, this is an excellent tape, and it provides the viewer with a strong selection of Jay Sankey's material.

When I was in seventh grade, I had a Woodshop teacher named Mr. Brown who had a limp. There was a great deal of speculation as to the cause of this limp, and at lunch my classmates and I would argue whether Mr. Brown had used his woodworking skills (which, if they had indeed caused the limp, were obviously not that good) to fashion an artificial limb. I mention this because ever since that class, power tools and I have had absolutely nothing to do with one another.

However, if you are a home craftsman and you've got a desire to build your own illusions, you'll probably find the first installment of Rand Woodbury's Illusionworks Video Workshop to be a useful aid. The title of this first volume is "Steps and Bases," and in it Rand takes you through the construction of a utilitarian illusion base and a set of illusion steps.

The tape begins with an overview of useful books and manuscripts and then lists some of the tools and supplies you'll need for the various projects. This is followed by the step-by-step construction of the base and the steps. Rand moves pretty quickly through these projects, and I think the underlying assumption is that the viewer has some experience as a craftsman and some knowledge of illusion construction. There are some valuable hints offered, and watching Rand work can definitely help you with your own projects. Recommended for do-it-yourself buffs.

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Fundamentals of Magick

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