Ahead of the Game by Jonathan Levit - DVD
Jonathan is a magician, actor and television host. He has appeared on Fox's "Masters of Illusion," was the host of VH1's "Celebracadabra," and has been the magic consultant for many television shows and films.
Over 5 hours of content! Includes:
- 2 live shows filmed at The Magic Castle
- 2 feature commentaries by Jonathan
- Professional magic routines that Jonathan has perfected over thousands of performances
- Detailed explanations
- 40-Minute interview
EVERYTHING CHANGES - An epic blue-to-red color change they never see coming and brings the house down.
DRAW A BLANK - Jonathan's Any Card at Any Number (ACAAN) has an ultra-clean presentation and a killer ending.
LEVIT TRIUMPH - This brilliant handling of the classic Triumph effect is an instant showstopper that always generates thunderous applause.
THE UN-MATRIX - Jonathan's signature matrix is famous in the magic community. Jonathan performs it for two live audiences, then shares its background and explains one key move to accomplish the routine. Performance-only.
Packed with dozens of valuable lessons and tips, including:
- The advantages of being "Ahead of the Game"
- Connecting with an audience
- Staying in control
- Time misdirection
- Psychological audience management
- Jonathan's method for loading a card onto a chair under a spectator
- Building your character
- Building the "moment" of an effect
- Creating realities for an audience
- Using a signature prop
- Jonathan's approach to mentalism
- Structuring an act
- Jonathan's Fan Forcing and Deck Switching Techniques
- Enhancing an effect by moving the moment of magic
- Challenging yourself
- Handling technical difficulties
- Bruce Gold
"Jonathan's show embodies roll-in-the-aisles comedy and jaw-dropping magic. This combination is exactly what is needed to leave your audiences with the feeling they've witnessed something completely impossible. Studying his comedic timing alone will enhance your show greatly. Learning the tools he uses to create his mind blowing magic will raise you to a whole new level as a performer."
"Jonathan is a perfectionist. It shows in his pure sleight of hand and the way he thinks."
- Dean Dill
"After having given many Performance Workshops, it was a real pleasure for me to watch magic through the performance of a real actor. Is there a difference? You bet. Jonathan's performance is clear, focused, intelligent and professional. (Note: Like magic should be done.) The magic is well served by Jonathan's audience management. He knows how to tell a story, engage his audience and sell a trick. The effects, while different, are in everyone's reach, yet his style and presentation make them memorable. Do yourself a favor, watch this DVD."
- Bob Fitch
"Jonathan really 'gets it' when it comes to magic. Not only does he fool everyone with his magic, but he makes a real connection to the audience. More magicians need to think this way. More magicians need to see this DVD."
- Dan Garrett
"Jonathan Levit has put the time and thought into his magic to make it great, now he is willing to put time and effort with his fellow magicians We can now all benefit from his efforts."
- Stephen Bargatze
"I have seen Jonathan's live show numerous times at The Magic Castle and the audience reactions to his most powerful effects simply have to be seen to be believed. Jonathan is a highly skilled magician who is opening the doors to his repertoire on this DVD. If you want to become a better magician, watch this and learn as much as you can from a true master of the magical arts."
- Anthony Asimov
"Jonathan Levit: Ahead of the Game" is ISSUE #5 in the Black Rabbit Series, which features outstanding professional magicians from around the world who perform full shows for live un-coached audiences.
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