This episode’s got it all: great beer; a discussion on the ethics of magic demo videos; product reviews; and yes—even really, really crappy beer too. All of this presented in an episode we proudly call “Poo Poo Farts.”
Things start off right with the Pennsylvania Brewing Co.’s Nut Roll Ale, brewed in Pittsburgh, PA. This winter season brew was enjoyed by the fellas for its nutty flavoring.
The first item of discussion deals with a lecture by Marty Martini that the guys attended at their local S.A.M. Club. Both Seuss and Eric felt the lecture demonstrated theft in teaching other practitioner’s effects—which were presented in a very mediocre manner, at best.
This topic of ethics shifts from theft to presenting marketed effects in a way that slights (pun intended) possible consumers of the effect in question. The guys both believe that demo videos should include an angle that allows the viewer to see an effect from the viewpoint of a possible spectator. Additionally, both feel asking magician friends about a product is fair game. This discussion briefly touches on past controversies with demo videos, including Shin Lim’s video in which he used a duplicate card. The guys also bring up a recent controversy in which people believe a demo video by Alan Rorrison used a fake—claiming the effect achieved was impossible using the method he had prescribed. But, Alan shut up the naysayers in a TinyChat session in which he taught the move and made believers out of the mob. The fellas are super keen on a call for continuing to revolutionize magic product—but not the overly slick marketing surrounding it.
But the guys would love to hear what our listeners think. Let us know what your three demo video rules would be that you’d like all magic marketers to follow. Give us a call, email, or twoot us—we’d love to hear from you on the topic.
Then there’s a brief 4F-envy disscussion and the fellas talk about upcoming conventions that they’re excited about. Eric also tips his hat on cross-country roadtrip plans to hit both destinations of magical and non-magical properties.
Next, the guys talk about Paul Wilson fantastic short film, The Magic Box. This is a real heartstring-tugger. Just talking about it made the fellas thirsty, having them reach for another cold one. They crack open a St. Saltan beer by Magic Hat. This farty, farty beer is brewed with coriander and sea salt. Again, this one is farty and therefore was clearly not enjoyed by the fellas.
Seuss talks about the recent Woody Aragon & Dani DaOrtiz lecture he attended at Marc DeSouza’s house. There were many powerful little nuggets gleaned from the lecture that Seuss discusses. Also, if you’re heading to one of these lectures soon, be sure to heed the spoiler alert warning.
Lastly, the guys discuss several recent purchases including Legacy, Jon Allen’s Connection DVD, Completing The Cut by Ryan Schultz, The Usual Suspect by Tony Cabral, All In by Jack Carpenter, and Steve Reynold’s DVD.