The Dungeon Video

By Anthony Owen

On page 63 of the January 1997 issue of MAGIC you'll find a picture of a bunch of smiling Brits, several of whom make an appearance on this smorgasbord video from Dynamic FX Limited. Anthony Owen was the editor of The Dungeon (see the review in the same issue), and on this video Anthony, John Lenahan, and Marc Paul offer a wide variety of close-up and stand-up magic. Many of the items explained can be found in other Dynamic FX publications, including the Sticky Blue Book (reviewed in September 1996), Caravan Site (a small 11 page manuscript which sells for 7 pounds and which US magicians can obtain from H and R magic), and The Dungeon magazine itself.

I found four of the routines on the tape to be really excellent: "Miracle Monte," which is a monte routine greatly influenced by the work of Michael Weber and Chris Kenner; a Mutilated Parasol routine of Marc Paul's which uses the small umbrellas which come in foo-foo drinks at bars; John Lenahan's variation of a familiar card location which ends by the giving the spectator some very personal information; and an "almost impromptu" match routine which takes only a few moments to set up.

There are other card and coin routines explained, all of which are geared toward the magician of average ability. These include a no palm card to wallet, an easy "Open Travelers" routine, and a Matrix routine which uses an interesting gaff.

Daniel Buckler also appears on this tape, but he is not presented effectively, which is a shame, because he is a very funny young man.

The production values are not fancy, and a few of the routines could have benefited from more close-ups, but the material is performed and explained well. There is good magic on this tape, and it makes an excellent introduction to magic from The Dungeon.

(I should mention that the easiest way for US customers to order from Dynamic FX is to use a credit card and telephone the order to 01727-821717, or to visit the website at www.totalweb.co.uk/dfx. The cards for "Miracle Monte" are available for five pounds.)

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