Magic on Tap

By Denis Behr
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Magic on Tap

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DVD or download by Denis Behr (DVD $75.00 or download for $75.00)

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Denis Behr is a superb card magician--one of the world's finest by any measure. He exhibits extraordinary skill, creativity, and humor, packaged in a uniquely German character.

There are many, many reasons to immediately invest in Magic On Tap, but here are four good ones:

1. New Material. There is new material not found in his fantastic books, Handcrafted Card Magic 1 and 2.

2. How to structure a show. The DVD is structured around a full show performance, so you will gain unique insight into not only the individual tricks, but how Denis designs each one to flow into the next.

3. It's important to witness skill of this level. You know, part of loving magic is simply appreciating the superhuman skill Denis possesses. Watching his effortless palms, false deals, false shuffles, and estimation is a pure joy, and whether or not you intend to learn the techniques or not, any magic fan will enjoy watching these performances.

4. You can see the most gorgeous venue for close-up on Earth. In Germany there exists a place that is as close to ideal conditions for close-up magic as we are ever likely to see. The Krist and Münch Theatre is where Denis performs his evening shows, and we were given exclusive access to this unbelievable, raked 80-seat theatre.

You receive four volumes with Magic On Tap, and each one is an in-depth exploration of Denis's card magic. There is an emphasis on memorized deck magic, transpositions, and commercial magic that elicits strong reactions from real audiences.

The contents of each disc are:

DISC ONE - Theatre Show

  • Brute Force Opening
  • The King Thing
  • Shuffled ACAAN
  • Herbert - The Trained Rubber Band
  • Mating Season
  • Magic Monthly
  • Oil & Water
  • Photographic Memory (performance only)
  • The Tantalizer
  • Expanded Gambling Demonstration
  • Encore: Stop It (performance only)

DISC TWO - Explanations 1  

  • Brute Force Opening
  • The King Thing
  • Shuffled ACAAN
  • Herbert - The Trained Rubber Band
  • Mating Season
  • Magic Monthly

DISC THREE - Explanations 2 

  • Oil & Water
  • The Tantalizer
  • Expanded Gambling Demonstration
  • Stack Management
  • Messy (performance and explanation)
  • Strip-out Shuffle
  • Transitions
  • Encore
DISC FOUR - Beer Hall Magic 
  • Another Trick for Allen Kennedy
  • Routined Arith-Mate-ic
  • Packet Trick
  • The Green Card
  • Plop
  • Brute Force Opening
  • Herbert - The Trained Rubber Band
  • Oil and Water
The first time I saw Denis I got fooled… the second time I was fooled again. After the fourth or fifth time I begged him to do a DVD and damn, did he deliver.Chris Kenner
In Denis Behr’s live shows, he's smart, funny, skillful, and very tall. On the Magic on Tap performances, you get everything but the tall part. Instead, you also get clear explanations of his großartig card tricks.Max Maven
"Denis is a good friend, so you might say I am biased. And I absolutely am: I very much enjoy intelligent, artful, funny and original card magic. And that‘s why I love these DVDs. Just watch them — I bet you will be biased, too!"Pit Hartling
If you like clever card magic, you’ll love Denis Behr’s latest project Magic on Tap: get ready for sophisticated pasteboard prestidigitation, and a full mass of beer, too!Roberto Giobbi
"This set of DVDs offers excellent performances, followed by detailed explanations, packed in a superb production. But even better, it gives us an opportunity to see how the brilliant mind of Denis Behr works."Asi Wind

4 Discs. English language with German Subtitles. Available as a DVD or download Running Time: 5 hours 46 minutes approximately.

 
 
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Customer reviews for Magic on Tap

Andrew Healy

I never write reviews. This will be to the point. Anybody who has studied Denis Behr, knows what they’re getting into. This DVD set is everything I could’ve hoped for. Amazing.
None of the content is beginner material. Furthermore, the explanations are very fast. However, if you know who Denis Behr is, and you’re familiar with any of his material, you’ll have no issues.
This is the best DVD set I’ve invested in in years. I couldn’t be happier.

 

Martijn Spaepen

Denis Behr’s Magic on Tap is elementary. The collection of well thought-out pieces reaches in my opinion two peaks; Herbert the Trained Rubber Band and the multi-phase oil & water routine. But it doesn’t go without saying; this is in no way beginner material. If you’re not a friend to the faro shuffle, my advice is to not invest your time in this dvd. But any dedicated memdeck worker will find an oasis of practical and audience-tested card wizardry.

 

This set of DVD is absolutely great. If you haven't read Mr Behr's excellent books and you are a serious card student, you shouldn't wait and get these DVDs. Mr Behr is a master card magician, he is obviously very clever and his tricks are very well constructed. Even if you know the books, there is a lot of new material, and you might re-discover some tricks that you might have overlooked. The discussion on stack management on its own is very inspiring. This is the kind of DVDs you'll often come back to, and one of the best I ever purchased.

 

BoardGameGeek Reviewer EndersGame

Summary: Four amazing DVDs from one of the best card technicians in magic

OVERVIEW

Magic on Tap is a set of four DVD length videos, in which we get to watch German magician Denis Behr perform an entire show more than an hour long, then enjoy him explain these routines carefully with another three hours of instruction, and finally spend another hour with him in a beer hall where he performs and teaches even more effects. It's brilliant stuff, and an opportunity to see one of the finest magicians in action.

Denis Behr is a gifted magician, and has been widely applauded for his remarkable technical skill with cards. But he's not only extremely talented as a performer, but also as clever thinker. He's already produced two small books (Handcrafted Card Magic Vol 1 & 2), but Magic on Tap is easily his most impressive work yet, and is a series of four videos available as a DVD or as a digital download.

WHAT YOU GET

You get more than five hours of material here, so naturally this isn't cheap, nor should it be given the amount and the quality of what you get. You can choose to get this either as four DVDs, or as instant digital downloads in four sets of videos. I opted to go with the digital download, and found myself with almost 8GB of videos, as well as a carefully organized PDF document listing all the effects and the exact time on each video where each can be found.

There are four videos in all:
- The first video is an hour long performance featuring 11 tricks, performed in a live theatre show.
- The second and third videos are teaching sections that contain explanations of how to do most of the tricks shown in the performance.
- The fourth video shows performances and explanations of another five tricks to four spectators in a beer hall, plus another performance of three of the tricks already seen in the theatre show performance.

THE VIDEO

The video footage is outstanding. The video can be downloaded in normal resolution or high resolution, so I opted for the larger size files for optimal quality, which looked outstanding on my wide-screen monitor. Unlike large scale stage magic, close-up magic can be more difficult to film well, but the filming is of the highest calibre, with cameras showing different angles, and the best possible views of the performance and teaching, with close-ups when necessary.

The lighting is also excellent, with the performer clearly and well lit, while the audience melts into the background under appropriately more dim lighting. Interestingly Denis has chosen a somewhat unorthodox deck for most of his performances: a green Bicycle rider-back, although it looks fine against the blue table backdrop. The audience is well-dressed, polite, and provides regular and polite applause at regular intervals, which at times becomes very loud applause at the often stunning finales of his routines. The sound is clear, so that everything Denis has to say comes across very clearly.

THE PERFORMER

Denis Behr is the real deal. In his book Designing Miracles, Darwin Ortiz points out that several elements are necessary to produce strong magic, including good design, good technique, and good presentation. Denis is tremendously skilled in all these areas. He also has a charming persona, and I especially appreciate how he gives good and unusual motivations for his abilities - e.g. it's pure physics that causes heavier cards to descend to the bottom, or it's a result of a clear memory from drinking beer; or it's because he is the "inventor" of a game that he has an advantage and so can't lose; or it's because he's studied how poker cheats operate; or it is pure "luck". As a result he comes across humble rather than arrogant, and you feel entertained rather than fooled. Rather than feeling like a frustrating puzzle, the presentation feels like genuine magic. People new to the craft of magic, and even some old hands, would do well to learn from Denis in this regard.

While Denis is German, and speaks with a noticeable accent, this never becomes a barrier - he speaks clearly and confidently, and is easy to understand, and he has a genuinely pleasant and warm manner that comes across as a true gentleman. I also really appreciate the variety in techniques he uses, for example, when losing a card in the deck, Denis doesn't resort to the same handling every time (which could otherwise draw attention to itself, or give away the method). But more importantly, his skills with cards are amazing, and it's a real pleasure to see a skilled card-man like him at work.

THE TRICKS

There's a lot of material here, and the teaching material alone includes 16 full routines. Note that two of 11 effects from the theatre performance video aren't taught in the explanation videos (Photographic Memory and the wonderful encore Stop It). However the teaching section does have a bonus effect called Messy, which is a stunning Triumph style routine, and there are 5 more effects taught in the beer hall video. Herbert The Trained Rubber Band is easily one of the highlights, as is the beautiful Oil & Water routine.

Each of the tricks has its own development and build-up, and is easily the kind of thing that working pros could fit into a professional show. They are all strong routines, that are well constructed, typically consisting of several phases, each more impossible than the last. They are a fine example of the principles underlying good magic construction, and illustrate what well designed magic effects should look like. They're also very strong, and the audience's reactions speak for themselves. I also appreciate the variety in effects, and there's different kinds of presentational ideas that Denis uses, which means that most performers should find something here that will suit their style.

DIFFICULTY

This is not material that the beginner magician will be able to learn and perform, and many of the tricks do require very good card skills, including some use of memorized decks, and consistent faro shuffles. But that doesn't mean that this material isn't of any benefit to those who aren't yet at an advanced level with cards.

First of all, there's the sheer pleasure of watching a skilled performer at the top of his game, performing some true miracles with cards. Secondly, there are many presentational ideas that can be applied to all kinds of other tricks, and there are many valuable lessons in showmanship that can be absorbed by watching Denis perform. Thirdly, these tricks are wonderful models of good magic design, in how the phases of a routine are well connected and build up. And finally, you might just find a few tricks that you will challenge yourself to learn, although advanced magicians are the ones most likely to be able to bring some of these routines into their own repertoire.

TEACHING

I have no complaints here at all, although Denis does go through the material fairly quickly. Denis is a clear thinker, and it shows in how he teaches and explains his material. He also is careful to discuss the source of his ideas, and often produces the original books as part of his explanations. He makes the fair assumption that students of his video already have mastered the fundamentals of card handling, and focuses on the details of his handling and performance. Also very helpful is the attention he gives to resetting the deck at the end of many routines, making it possible to seamlessly move to a new effect that relies on a similar stack or memorized deck.

RECOMMENDATION

Strong magic is a combination of different elements, including good design, good technical skills, and good showmanship. Denis really excels in all aspects of the craft of magic, and it's a real pleasure to watch him at work given his expert technical skills with cards, which is accompanied with engaging patter and many moments of warm humour.

Every magician can learn something from this high quality set of videos, which feature a high class performer, and high class videography that matches the high calibre of the material we see performed and taught. Much can be gained by learning from the best, and after spending several hours with Denis Behr with the help of Magic on Tap, there's no doubt that he really is one of the best. - BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame

 

Jorge Betancourt

The quality of the DVD’s is really great, Vanishing Inc’s team always do a great work releasing outstanding products.

Denis’ explanations are very clear. The first DVD is a full show performance in a close up theater, including magic that will fool you, and the rest of the DVDs are explanations (the last one includes additional performances in different conditions). If you are into memorized deck magic, watch carefully the PLOP.

Pay attention to all the details, not just the explanations, Denis teaches the why’s of every move, everything is completely justified in a very subtle way. I have to say that this is not for beginners, but don’t let that comment scare you.

What else can I say that has not been said? Stop reading and buy this DVD set.

 

Jordi Narpati

i heard of Denis Behr but never got the chance to get his books. his material got many praises from my colleagues i bought the dvd set of their recommendations and it did not disappoint! The routines here are amazing, and super entertaining! Denis and Herbert just got a new fan!
P.S materials here are not for beginners, but you can learn a lot from watching Denis performs!

 

Shahrul Nizar Ismail


This is my first review. The 17 routines and 6 hours of magic taught to you by a master of card magic are so great. The excellent performances, followed by detailed explanations.This make we will find so easy to learn.
Mr Denis is so smart, funny, skillful, and very tall.The tricks that he teach us are so great.

I think this is a must-have for any serious card magician.Because all you need are in this dvd.This set includes a full evening show in a theater with live audience.

Congratulations also to vanishing Inc.Because make a great video, great lightning,great audio all that so great to this video.

For me

 

Shahrul Nizar Ismail

They are 17 routines and 6 hours of magic taught to you by a master of card magic. Thats are so great . With Excellent performances, followed by detailed explanations. This make you will learn so easy . A Denis is smart, funny and skillful . I think this is a must-have for any serious card magician. Because all you need is already here. 

       Produced with Vanishing Inc, this set includes a full evening show in a theater with live audience. As we know Vanishing Inc always select a great magic for us .


            Over all i think who will like card manipulation and card magician , they should buy this dvd. Because the price for this dvd are so reasonble , and the knowledge inside this dvd are so great. Always great thats become from mr Denis behr , and here one of that. 


      So buy this dvd. And you will get the great.

      Tq.

 

Shahrul Nizar Ismail

They are 17 routines and 6 hours of magic taught to you by a master of card magic. Thats are so great . With Excellent performances, followed by detailed explanations. This make you will learn so easy . A Denis is smart, funny and skillful . I think this is a must-have for any serious card magician. Because all you need is already here. 

       Produced with Vanishing Inc, this set includes a full evening show in a theater with live audience. As we know Vanishing Inc always select a great magic for us .


            Over all i think who will like card manipulation and card magician , they should buy this dvd. Because the price for this dvd are so reasonble , and the knowledge inside this dvd are so great. Always great thats become from mr Denis behr , and here one of that. 


      So buy this dvd. And you will get the great.

      Tq.

 

If you want to move your card magic to the next level this is for you!! Alot of the trick need pratice and your sleights of hands need to be on point to make them look good. Its worth the price and the time and effort practicing the effects. I would not recommend this one for a begginer.