Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Video Rant - Splinter

Are you really selling a coin split? Splinter by Michael Eaton. Seriously?

Edit: I should add, that Michael Eaton had nothing to say in the decision that Splinter would be a paid download. He intended it to be a free download.

36 comments:

Michael Jay said...

I think that the best part of this rant is your obvious inability to fully express yourself. You are so outraged that you are at a loss for words and that speaks louder than any rant you could have given. Funny stuff, Bro - a superlative rant in so many ways. I simply cannot thank you enough or tell you just how excellent this video really is because words just don't suffice.

Just off hand, what do you think about the "Eye of the Tiger" download (which is nothing more than "Threading the Needle" found in Wilson's encyclopedia)? If you watch the video footage, you'll see that the loop twists when the eye is threaded. So not only are they selling published material, but they are teaching it wrong to boot. That can be had for $5.95.

cirrus said...

Much of their material isn't new... The professor's nightmare was a download also.

But look at their public. Their public are young men that are just starting in magic, whom haven't read any magic books, which have access to their parents credit cards and like heroin addicts want a quick magic fix, nothing that would make them think to long or make them practice very hard.

It's very sad indeed, but I even figured it out, while watching the video. It isn't that difficult to figure out. Anyone that even would pay for this deserves to be ripped off.

I think more magic rip-offs should be exposed. That way magic dealers might think twice of endorsing a bad product, and "inventors" stop bringing out morronic material.

Magnus Asbjorn said...

I'm more annoyed at the ads that keep showing up for it in my blog reading. They are hyping the heck out of this download, and quite frankly I don't know what the download will teach you that some basic knowledge and a once through of the trailer hasn't already told you.

Marplots said...

That Eaton guy looks eerily familiar. Roundish face, goat beard, portly...

One of you two should start wearing glasses.

Magnus Asbjorn said...

Just finished watching Roland's routine and explanation. Very good, better than a lot of the videos I've seen from Penguin.

Marplots said...

Me too. Roland's "playing around" was a great example of how sleights can be mixed and matched when you have them down pat. I'm am extremely envious of Roland's retention vanish.

Really good stuff, and I'm stealing the purse within a purse idea.

Charlie Pugsley said...

I have seen a (full) lecture from Mr Eaton which was good, although I am surprised that anyone would think of releasing this as a single download.. Modern times I guess.

Very generous of you to share this Roland, you should watch magic that offends you more often!

I agree with Marplots, the retention vanish is excellent. The whole routine makes an excellent coin 'work out'. As with a lot of Rolands stuff, there is much here (beyond the actual routine) which gets you thinking. Thank you for sharing.

Marco Lippolis said...

Thank you. Good as always!

The Frodocat said...

Agreed with the above comments. Some great ideas in Roland's FREE video, and a good way to practice various sleights and timing with coins. Love it.

Shame, I like a lot of Penguin's stuff - this is not one of them.

steve t said...

Thank you Buddy good one

Cheryl Ng said...

Damn, do more of these stuff. More routines that good could be a bonus to the rants too.

Tom Pilling said...

Thanks for sharing, Roland: top notch!

Binderdondat said...

Thanks Roland...nice routine. Sad how things have changed from multi effect DVD's to one off single trick download and DVD garbage.

Bobcat Magic said...

Very nice routine by Roland if you haven't requested it yet. Made me want to get my kennedy's out of the drawer and practice.

DP17000 said...

Roland, thanks for sharing your routine. Also thank you for your time and the entertainment you provide in your blog. Dominique.

Trickster said...

Thanks for the share, very nice routine!

Javatari said...

Thanks for sharing your routine. Some nice ideas in there and in the true spirit of magicians helping magicians.

Brian said...

Hilarious. Thanks for the coin video!

Zane Kinkade said...

Thanks for the video link. I'm practically a novice when it comes to coins -- I can only do the French drop, classic palm, and a knuckle roll. This has given me some ideas.

BJM Magic said...

Love the routine! Love WMF! I look forward to more of your product reviews.
Thanks!

Kenneth Hayden said...

Thanks for sharing, great stuff!

石榮狼 said...

That routine is nothing short of awesome.
I loved every single phase of it.
I'm not going to do it of course; that would be a pretty poor way to reward Roland's professional altruism; but it definitely got my magic grey cells rolling.
The idea of using a purse instead of a card as the screening implement for a matrix sequence, alone, was worth every penn... oh wait, it didn't cost anything.

Seriously, thanks a lot for sharing it, Roland. People like you are the reason why hope in the magic community isn't entirely lost.

Alan said...

Nice elements - I particularly like the click pass. You have a very patient teaching style.

石榮狼 said...

By the way, Roland, I - like Marplots - like your retention vanish a lot.
May I enquire where it comes from?
I don't recall seeing it in Bobo's Modern Coin Magic...

Roland said...

Well it actually is from Bobo: "The Illusive Coin Pass" page 29.

Yann said...

Very good routine. I like it. Great job. Thank you.

石榮狼 said...

Ah, indeed, thanks for the pointer.
I had interpreted this vanish in a slightly different manner; that's why I didn't recognised that rolling-around-the-fingertips motion of yours.
Mkes me want to re-explore it, as well as the subsequent Vernon coin vanish.
Thanks again! ;)

Romo said...

Hey Roland
Very nice coin work my friend , love your click pass, will have to put that into my practice session , once I have my 'Gallo Pitch ' down (having trouble with the
rhythm .

Cheers
Paul

Alon Hoffman said...

it is so nice seeing something of true value on youtube.
thanks alot, i allready started performing some of the phases.

Chris said...

Got to join in with these other people, it's a really, really solid routine and definitely well thought out. I tip my hat. This, this you could feel confident selling.

Mike Kmiec said...

Great routine, thank for sharing, Roland.

I'll need to dust off my coins (and, uh, buy a coin purse) to try to practice this. 'Try' being the key word - my coin work is rubbish. Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, &c, &c.

Jack said...

Thanks for sharing the routine - really interesting and entertaining!

Jack

barthez36663 said...

Thanx for your routine, so much better then some stuff we see these days

Bizzaro. said...

Haven't seen Roland's video but he is a smart thinker so I assume it must be good.

choctawgh said...

Thank you for the link! Really looking forward to spending some time going over it.

Ron said...

Whats the email address?