Creator: Roberto Giobbi
Publisher: Vanishing Inc
DVD Run time: 3 hours
Type of effect: three hour lecture on Dai Vernon
Manufacturer's Write Up:
Dai Vernon is, arguably, the most influential magician of the 20th century. Yet the man and his material remain largely misunderstood. In this unprecedented two-disc, three-hour seminar, Roberto Giobbi explores what makes Dai Vernon's magic so special.
Recorded live in the UK, Giobbi will discuss Dai Vernon's tricks, techniques, presentations, theories, and how they have changed the way magicians look at magic. Along the way you'll learn more about the personality of Vernon through amazing and amusing anecdotes. Studying Vernon is a fascinating and enlightening way of studying the essence of artistic magic. With The Dai Vernon Seminar, you will look through the eyes of the kind of figure who comes along once in a century and changes the way magic is understood and performed. This set also includes rare footage of Vernon himself, with commentary by Giobbi.
Who better to take us on a journey into the mind of Dai Vernon than Roberto Giobbi? Giobbi, greatly respected for his incomparable Card College series, is also a truly erudite lecturer, who has become one of the most sought-out voices on magic in the world today. This live Vernon Seminar is the culmination of a lifelong study, and has been delivered to magicians around the world for over 15 years. This is your chance to step into the front row.
What's in the box? 2 disc DVD box set
Also included: are an 80-page PDF of Dai Vernon: Life and Work, a full-length book on the magic and life of Dai Vernon.
How are the production values: It's like you're actually there, watching the lecture live
Is it well made: Strong production values, beautiful packaging
Is it well taught: The lecture is well taught, Roberto Giobbi has studied Dai Vernon's material and in this highly acclaimed lecture (which has only been delivered a few times worldwide), Mr. Giobbi will speak about Vernon's life, the Vernon "touch," and how Vernon thought through his best ideas.
Giobbi will then perform and teach rarely-seen gems from Vernon's vast repertoire, and break down the construction of his classic Cups and Balls routine.
This gripping, life-changing seminar is your chance to spend time with one of the most celebrated living magicians, and at the same time gain an appreciation for THE most celebrated close-up magician of all time.
The DVD contains full live performances from Dai and other greats that he influenced, but for the most part Roberto performs most of the effects, some are explained rather quickly but he always tells you which book to find them in if you are interested.
Some of the tricks that are covered are:
- cups and ball routine
- the mental card miracle
- variations on a coin and a glass
- the banana trick
- triumph effect
- a dice routine
- plenty of card handling tips and tips on the second deal
- a poker demonstration and the linking rings
...but it's more than just "how to" most of it is "why" in other words the lecture is heavy on magic theory (in other words the principles on which the practice of magic is based) The watcher gets an inside scoop on how Dai crafted his routines to get the most punch.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching this and would recommend it to any Dai Vernon fan.
Overall score: 10/10
+ If you want to see my full review with even more of my opinions and ideas you can visit this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0rtb2T8yG4