Max Maven is easily one of the most prolific and influential mentalists in modern magic history, and an upcoming DVD box set will let viewers in on some of his longest-held secrets.
The set is called Kayfabe, a word that loosely translates to 'secrets' or, as used in other professions, the staging of fabricated events or actions that are treated as honest or genuine. It's a four-disc set produced by the Essential Magic Collection with over nine hours of some of Max Maven's most memorable routines, complete with presentations on method, staging, and performance.
Sample tricks include:
SPY STORY, in which a spectator joins you in an adventure in espionage as a location, time, an amount of money and a shape are chosen. All four have been predicted in the mission instructions given to your spy. You'll love the finesse that Max brings to this item.
RORRIM is a stunning coincidence effect, a stage routine in which you become the spectator's doppelganger. Under test conditions, he chooses two cards and places each in one of his pockets. Despite the utter freedom of the procedure, you reveal not only the cards but also which pockets he placed them in.
ABOUT FACE is an applause-pulling psychometry routine in which you correctly guess which spectators made which drawings. A direct method, entertaining premise and smart staging have made it a strong item in Max's repertoire for many years.
Also included are interviews with Max Maven himself, as well as Fabulous Monster, a documentary about the storied life and career of the mentalist. The set also features subtitles in English, French, Spanish, and Japanese.
Kayfabe is currently available for pre-order on the Essential Magic Collection website for €125 with a worldwide release of November 24. It's also available for pre-order on Penguin Magic, Vanishing Inc., and wherever else magic products are sold for $150.