Dr. Joaquin M.
Josh and Andi have unearthed (via their original source of this video) a real and absolute treasure for cardicians!
If you watch the video about how this came to be, they tell you like it is - this video is not at all up to modern standards and was a one-camera shot, from a set distance. The lighting is good and the sound is great, especially when coupled with the pop-up text for references and when people asked questions that may not have been heard through the microphones.
The camera was likely of a very early generation of VHS camcorders, which means that the quality of the video is okay, but it is certainly clear enough to see what is going on. There are also a few spots where the film was chewed up a tad or damaged in some way - if you are familiar with VHS tapes and have ever watched them, you have experienced this before (we used to say that the tape "got chewed up" or "eaten" by the camcorder/VCR). This is all to be expected from earlier recording equipment In that aspect alone, one might rate this as a "pretty good" or maybe even "sub-standard quality", especially if one compares it to modern digital quality technology, but that would be foolish.
The real value in this, as Josh and Andi point out, is being able to see an absolute master - probably the greatest cardician across all generations, perform and demonstrate various techniques in his prime. Unfortunately a few times the table was a bit out of frame as he was demonstrating some move or another, but most of the time you could get the idea by combining what he was saying with looking up the references given, if you have them on hand. If not, it gives you a good excuse to find them and add them to your library!
There were some fun stories and anecdotes that Eddie told as he went along, many of them were related to the effect/move/sleight that he was talking about/demonstrating at the moment.
Perhaps one of the funniest things in the whole half-hour long video, to me, was when someone asked him to talk about the Bluff Ace Assembly, which is quite well-known these days among lovers of the Assembly plot. Eddie had to ask what that was before he remembered! With as much as he published, one might wonder if he sometimes forgot what some things were over the years - this shows you that it was a possibility!
That said, as pointed out by Josh and Andi, there are no close-up shots of any of the techniques, and most of what you see in this video is more like a Q&A lecture than a detailed teaching lecture. Attendees would ask to see a certain technique or ask him to talk about a move and that is what you get. This is where the pop-up text references come in and those are where you would find more detailed descriptions. IF you are relatively well-read in regards to Marlo, as I said earlier, you might even be able to follow along a bit by combining your previous knowledge with what he is saying/describing.
Overall the quality of this video is not the greatest, but the contents of this much-too short video shine through all of that and carry the true value of this footage. Any serious student of card magic or fan of Marlo and his work will truly appreciate being able to see him in his prime, demonstrating various items from throughout the literature. For those of us who never got to see him in person, this is an absolute treat.
For that last reason alone, I very, very highly recommend this video!