Unless you’ve been living in an isolation chamber for the past 20 years, you are well aware that Bill Goodwin is one of the finest card magicians on the planet. He is creative, has superb chops and is a scholarly student of card magic’s history. He has the enviable, kid-in-the-candy-store position of Magic Castle librarian. With Gordon Bean, he edits and publishes the marvelous Penumbra.
In this DVD, Mr. Goodwin teaches a number of his pet effects that have served him well for many years. He is well prepared, relaxed and he does a very good job of teaching this material. He diligently provides attribution for all of the effects.
The DVD boasts first class production values. It was shot in high definition with multiple cameras and is well edited. In addition to shots from the crowd’s perspective, you can also view the handlings from the performer’s point of view. This is a very helpful feature.
A nine page companion booklet written by Mr. Goodwin is included. It cites the history and credits of the sleights and effects taught on the DVD. This is a very informative booklet and provides much additional value.
All of the effects require an intermediate to advanced level of technical proficiency. And they are worth it!
This DVD sets a high water mark in terms of the quality of material, level of instruction and production values. All DVDs should provide this much bang for your buck. I applaud Mr. Goodwin and the Buck brothers for creating the best product that I ever reviewed.
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