Miracle Material

by Michael Kaminskas

I've never met Michael Kaminskas, but I'm afraid that his book and I got off on the wrong foot. Several times throughout the book Mr. Kaminskas refers to Erdnase as Erdinase. Now, don't get me wrong, I have made some major, bonehead spelling mistakes during my writing career, but this is like reading a book on Zen and having the author refer to the founder as "Boodah" - it makes you doubt the credibility of what you are reading.

There are a couple of good items here and one really terrific idea, but for the most part I found the routines in this book to be uninteresting. I don't think this is a bad book, but I have seen so many of these types of variations (or rather personalizations) of standard plots that they all begin to look alike. The variations on "Triumph," "Strangers Gallery," Ray Kosby's "Raise Rise," and Alex DeCova's "Flash Restoration" neither improve nor strengthen the originals. And do we really need another routine where a coin grows into a three-inch size coin and then returns to its original size when the big coin gets heaved into your topit?

Crediting is very sketchy, and the names of some major people are omitted. (Why no mention of Carney and Williamson in the write up of the bottle routine?) And I wonder if permission was granted to tip the hook up for the Fearson cigarette levitation, since it is a marketed item.

Now, let me balance all the negative stuff by saying that I liked the funny "Cards to Pocket" routine (based on a Roger Sherman routine) and the rope routine is an interesting combination of various elements. There is also one really terrific idea in this book, and it uses an M&M package. It's a fine, seemingly impromptu trick, and the kind of thing that Michael Weber would love. I just wish the rest of the material were of this caliber.

The routines do not require a great deal of skill, and are suitable for real world performance situations. But, considering all the books that are out there right now, I think there are better ways you could spend your money.

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