I recently had a chance to briefly view Bob White’s most recent DVD, Card Magic – A Practical Approach. I like him and his magic.
His earlier works have been seemingly well received. Personally, I thought his work on the Malini Egg bag was exceptional and the Torn and Restored Tissue DVD can be considered the definitive work on the subject.
I’m not so impressed with his current effort. The theme of the DVD is uniformity of action. An unquestionably important and somewhat overlooked subject, but not ground breaking. Bob teaches his work on multiple lifts, the Elmsley count, the Gemini Count, false counts and a one handed Tilt. It’s OK and I thought the work on the double lift was the best, but when it was over I found my self saying so what.
The tricks using the sleights taught are less than inspiring. Bob’s not a showman and the tricks for the most part are pedestrian. There are about 10 of them. Others may find them better than I did.
Bob is one of the magic untouchables, so I don’t think the reviews I’ve seen are particularly honest. It’s difficult to criticize nice guys – especially underground legends.
Also, these are premium priced DVDs and this is not a premium product. Cut the price in half and it would be OK – at $50 bucks? No way!