Royal Road to Card Magic 4 DVD Package
Most internet ads for the Royal Road to Card Magic four DVD Set Royal Road to Card Magic just show the Magic Makers description, which doesn't really tell you much about the product. I decided to do this review because I think you need to know out this awesome product. It is not about getting you to buy something that you will not enjoy. I want you to know what you are buying. Does The Fun Shop offer this product for sale? Certainly. But, I think that you should know about Rudy Hunter's DVD, if you hadn't already heard of it because you are a member of the magic community.
What is this? It is a good thing you wanted to know. This fabulous product is classic card magic knowledge that was originated by Frederick Braue and Jean Hugard. Rudy Hunter stars in this Royal Road to Card Magic 4 DVD set. You have probably already seen some of his work, either in print or his DVD appearances. He starred in The Hunter Shuffle, which is related to the Zarrow Shuffle. Another popular DVD of his is Draw Me A Tree. He has penned numerous books, including many on mentalism.
I actually decided to get this set for my own collection. At first, I was just kind of curious about it. After seeing it, I knew that I had to have it in my collection.
The Table of Contents is easy to read. In fact, it virtually parallels the one in the book on which it is based. It begins with simple exercises, like "The Overhand Shuffle" and increases through to expert moves in "Platform Tricks." Because of the amount of content, the menu on the DVD has been sectioned off into easy to understand groups so that anyone can quickly find the information they are seeking. The style is similar to a tree so that a person can quickly work their way through more defined branches to find exactly what they want. How convenient is that?
Did I hear you say that you have never seen the book? That is a crying shame! It is only the most popular book in the modern world of cards and has been around since 1949, likely far longer than you. It covers all types of sleights and flourishes in those magical pages. Not only does it explain each one, there are also examples on how to use each one.
In the video, Rudy shows the moves and controls that are in the book. The shuffles and flourishes are thoroughly covered even though he does not perform every single trick. Considering what is not covered, it is no big loss. In fact, the inclusion would have been redundant. It is likely they chose to exclude them because they were old or too similar to other tricks that were better. However, it was really awesome that he included some materials that were not already mentioned. It is his original stuff or explanation of classics. There is absolutely no filler in this fabulous product. These are already things that Rudy uses as a professional.
Three different digital cameras were used to record this wide screen footage. The lighting is focused on Rudy and the table. No distractions exist, including the sounds of others in the room. The quality of the sound recording and the focus of the lighting is incredible. There are no cut-away shots that are a common way of withholding certain information. Rudy is pleasant and easy to understand, with a professional air to his performance. He is able to keep the material focused at all times. He knows how to interact with the camera and what information is vital for viewers. His performance is direct and simple to comprehend. Though he provides all of the needed information, he never rambles. He understands and is able to articulate his knowledge with ease.
Don't get me wrong. This is not the only thing you will ever need to understand card magic. However, I cannot say anything bad about the set. It is based on an expert composition and performed professionally. It is everything promised on the package. Because of this, I can easily give this product a score of 10 out of 10. This is because it gives absolutely everything the title and star are ensured to deliver.
I need to let you know a couple of reasons that you and everyone should have some DVDs in their collection. Now, I have always been able to read about magic and apply it. In fact, my very first book was Tarbell, the first volume. I found the magical instruction enticing. I felt like part of a special crowd that was able to reach out and grab this amazing information. However, as I have gotten older, I have begun to see things differently. I realize today that the sharing and assimilation of information, no matter the means, is an important thing that can be done in many different ways. After all, one of the things that makes us human is our ability to communicate all types of information through words and actions. I have begun to see how videos can really benefit people who learn better from being able to see what is happening. Now, I kind of wish that these types of materials had been available back when I was first learning. There are those who do not have an easy time learning just from reading a book. If you fall into this group, you should definitely check this out. Even if you enjoy reading, you will probably want to add this to your collection so that you can use them together.
Now, you are probably wondering about the price of this great program, the Royal Road to Card Magic. The suggested retail price that the manufacturer gave me for this set is $39.95. When you think about it, this is a real bargain. The book alone costs $19.99. I am not trying to sell you anything, I am truly just trying to get people like you the best deal possible on this great product. I really believe that if you want to learn about card magic that this DVD set is something that will benefit you in that endeavor.