This DVD has some useful information and intriguing effects, but it should have probably been sold with Mesika's Loops DVD set.
Under a Different Light
An effect that was demonstrated on the first disc of the “Loops” DVD set and not explained there, Jon teaches his Jumping Cigarette. Here a cigarette is laid down on the table and mysteriously jumps up on its own, tumbling through the air. After the “jump,” spectators can immediately pick up the cigarette and examine it.
It’s probably unfair to refer to “Spinning Bulb” as an effect that’s taught on this DVD. While there are some great ideas, Jon appears to come up with this effect on the spot to explain a few key points. From what I can tell, it’s not an effect from his repertoire that he is tipping on this DVD.
Back At Ya
This one is so well known that I think it’s difficult for serious magicians to perform it. I’ve seen magic kiosks where this effect was ineptly performed and the demonstrator ended with a card mysteriously dangling still from his fingers, exposing the secret to all.
In the Secret Loop Move,.Mesika explains his “get ready” move that is effective and surreptitious. This one is good.
"Loops" Versus "Reflections"
There’s an effect that is demonstrated on the “Loops” DVD set but only explained on the “Reflections” DVD. The bigger problem lies in the fact that if this DVD explains how to reduce reflection problems, wouldn’t all users who purchase the Loops DVD set be interested in this information as well? Fifty bucks is expensive for a single DVD.
While Mesika is free to price his DVDs at whatever figure he thinks the market can bear and many will probably feel that the information they receive is well worth the price, I can’t help but feel that this DVD is overpriced.
If all three discs were sold in a single DVD set for $99 and with the loop-carrying gimmick, I would recommend them with no reservations. When one considers all of the loops that Mesika can sell as a result of this DVD, it seems as if he could offer it at lower prices.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
MSRP: (US) $50
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