Window by David Stone The Official Spam- What You Get- When you get Window, it all comes in a DVD case, which is nice, because there isn’t a lot of excess packaging and crap like that. Also, do not try to cut the plastic wrapping off the DVD case… it may feel exactly like a plastic wrapping, but it’s actually part of the DVD case. My bad… Inside the DVD case is the DVD (duh…), the gimmicked card, and two of the items that make the effect possible (a smaller one and a bigger one). Everything apart from the gimmick (we’ll get to it later) was exceptional quality. On the backside of the DVD case wrapping (the one with the pictures and title on it and everything) there are brief printed instructions for the effect, so you can see them through the plastic of the DVD case on the left hand side when you open it up. I liked this. The Video- Meh. Before purchasing this DVD, I obviously watched the demo, and I did so on numerous different websites, simply because the video quality of them all looked like crap and I was trying to find one that I could actually watch and see detail. Well, the actual DVD looks like the demo video does on the internet. I expected a higher quality picture for this. I believe they look like this for a reason, which I will explain later. If the quality was higher, the DVD would be very nice; the graphics are good and the menus are easy to navigate. The only audio on the DVD is music, but the music really isn’t that bad. Nothing annoying or anything like that. On the DVD, there are a few different videos to watch, or you can just watch them all in order. He teaches the silk version, envelope version, etc. But really, I think I could have figured out how to accomplish these, but I digress. If you notice in The Official Spam, it says it includes six complete routines, but honestly… I don’t think showing different items to cover the card with as it changes counts as six different and complete routines. The Teaching- Like I said, the only audio on the DVD is the music, so the teaching is done silently. It is not hard to learn this way… in fact, it’s pretty easy. That being said, I think it almost seems lazy on David Stone’s part to not actually teach the effect. It seem like when the teacher talks, I get a better understanding of the little nuances of the effect, and they don’t have to show the move like 20 flippin’ times. Literally, they would should a move, and show it over and over. Which is nice, because I don’t have to rewind if I didn’t catch something, but it would have been much better with actual talking; in fact, it probably would have saved time on the DVD in the long run. I think when you’re paying $70 for a trick, they should at least speak to you in the DVD. And even if he didn’t want to speak English, he could have added subtitles and I would have been just as happy. Anyway, I know I’m being a baby about it, and it isn’t even that big of a deal. IMHO, the DVD seemed a little brief for a trick that has so much potential and so many possibilities. The Gimmick- Again, for $70… meh. I’m not sure if mine was manhandled a bit during production or what, but there were a few minor separation type issues with my gimmick when it’s taped to a piece of glass. For one, the bottom end of the card tilts away from the glass a bit, so it looks a bit suspicious hanging there. However, I have noticed that as I have been playing with it more, it’s gotten better. Mine does have a tiny line in the middle after the change, but it really is unavoidable for this particular gimmick, and nobody should notice unless they’re right up on the gimmick. And I think just because of the shock value of the card on the other side of a window, nobody’s going to be paying too much attention to the details of the card. The ends of the card were a little bit warped on some parts (again, I think from being manhandled a bit), so it took some bending and coercing to get it to look like a normal card hanging on the window, and even then it wasn’t great. However, I did realize that it helps a TON if the card is hanging at eye level to the spectator and/or yourself. If it’s below eye level and they’re closer than 3 ft or so, they might notice something that you probably don’t want them to notice. I think the gimmick is nice, and it should last a long time if taken care of properly, but mine took a little tweaking to get it to look like it does in the demo. Actually, that was the other thing: I think the video looks like crap in order to hide some of the slight angle issues and defects in the gimmick. Or maybe they just made a crappy looking video, because the rest of the instructional DVD looked the same. The two items that they included to make the effect work it’s magic (see what I did there?) are actually very nice, but I couldn’t get the smaller one to work. Which is fine; maybe the glass I was using was too thick. :S I originally was going to purchase a PK Ring with this effect, but I’m glad I didn’t. Once you get the effect, and if you have a good comprehension of how a quality PK Ring actually works, you’ll see why the two are not compatible. Well, I guess the odds are 50/50 that it will work, but I’m not going to wager $25 on a 50/50 chance. Angles This trick is very angle sensitive. Meaning nobody can be right beside you or on the other side of the glass (that angle limitation should have been expected, though, so if you were surprised by that…). Honestly, though, the side viewing angles can be greatly expanded by using a silk or hand towel. My hand are pretty small, so I really don’t see me doing this without the cloth unless the angles are just absolutely perfect. So probably never. I don’t really mind that, though. I hung up the gimmick on our front door (all glass), and asked my stepmom to watch just to get a feel for it. I didn’t do the whole effect; I just forced a card and transposed it with the card behind the glass. I just wanted to do a quick test run with an extra pair of eyes. Afterwards, I was just chatting with her about it, and I told her that it was possible to do it with just your hand, but I thought that my hands were probably too small for that (yes, upon re-reading this review, that sounded a lot dirtier than I originally intended… so I’m gonna keep it). She actually thought the effect would look way better with the towel. Why? I have no idea. But she liked it better that way, so I’m going with it. Anyway, if you have small hands, I would advise you to be prepared to use the cloth or only perform this when you have complete control of angles. You have been warned.