"A Session with John Mendoza" (3 Cassettes price £7 each U.K., £7.50 Europe and 15 dollars U.S.A.). Available from Martin Breese.
Ninety-five per cent of the material on these three tapes is card magic. There are a couple of coin items, both of which are first class but the tape is primarily angled towards the card worker. Being an enthusiast for this type of magic, I naturally had a lot of fun playing around with the various items described. This is purely a teaching tape, where the mechanics of the trick are explained and very little advice given as to presentation. In other words, it is orientated towards the student, who wants to learn to do some new tricks.
It is very difficult to analyse Mendoza's work. Much of the material is not new and yet he does seem able to give it that extra something. Perhaps his talent is for _
streamlining, that is simplifying the mechanics and getting straight to the effect. Most of the effects are very direct and to the point and the mechanics are pretty basic (a good Zarrow Shuffle and Double Lift will see you through most of the items). As Mendoza says on the tape, most of his magic is not difficult but it only works effectively if it is done well.
I was a little surprised by his continual assertion that the magic on these cassettes is suitable for commercial situations. It is certainly not the sort of material generally associated with that kind of work. However card buffs at all levels should find something of interest.
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