The Essential Aldo Colombini - Volumes 1, 2, 3
Never having seen Aldo Colombini perform before, I purchased this DVD set on a whim. In all honesty, I couldn’t have chosen more wisely. What a wonderful performer Aldo is! His magic is simple, direct and above all, amazing. As for the contents of the set, there are plenty of card tricks and just about all of them are excellent. My personal favorites are Apache, Fast Food, Elevon and One For All. All of these are effective and simple to do. Grand Prix (Volume 2) is worth the price of the entire set. Card tricks however, are a dime-a-dozen and it seems these days it is difficult to find direct, simple-to-perform effects using things other than cards. This is where this DVD set really shines. I had never been a fan of rope magic—until now. Aldo’s ring and rope routine and his jumping/vanishing knot routines are both outstanding and won’t take years to master. In addition, there is a beautiful sponge ball routine (with a few twists I never expected), a routine with rubber balls, a coin routine anyone could perform—including beginners (which finishes with a jumbo surprise), and a fantastic two-cup and ball routine which fooled me several times. All of these are excellent routines. The explanations had me smiling at how effective something so simple could really be. I predict that anyone purchasing this DVD set will find at least a dozen effects that will jump to the top of their list of performance pieces. The production quality is excellent (something L&L is typically known for anyway) but this set had a little something extra in the way of class and elegance. I believe this “something extra” is Aldo himself. His personality is charming and magnetic. This set has something for everyone regardless of technical skill level or performance experience. Highly recommended. Bravo L&L Publishing and Aldo Colombini.
Date Added: 10/02/2005 by Brett Fitzer