Shell Shocked

By Barry Taylor

Magic dealer Barry Taylor has put together a video demonstrating and explaining 10 routines using one of magic's most versatile and deceptive gaffs - the Expanded Shell Coin. Routines include: "Foreign Exchange," in which a half dollar and a copper coin change places under a card and then go through a series of transpositions between hand and card; "Invisible Extraction," in which coins are invisibly removed from under an inverted coin box; "Half and Half," a classic effect (see the Bobo book) in which two half dollars turn into two quarters; "Translocation," an absolutely superb effect of John Kennedy's, and one of the best Shell Coin routines; "Shadow Coins," the popular "hands above the coins" matrix effect created by David Roth and made famous by Michael Ammar; and "Illusionation," an original effect of Barry's in which one coin multiplies into five, then back to one, then instantly back to five. This is a very visual effect, but you will need two shells to accomplish it.

If you have no knowledge of shell coin routines, this tape would certainly be a good value. Barry's explanations are clear and you'll be able to learn from the video. Be aware, however, that these are not "effortless" coin routines. You will need to be able to palm, switch, sleeve, and pinch coins. Also, many of the routines require the use of a soft performing surface such as a close-up mat.

One criticism of this tape: I find Barry's coin handling to be less than sterling when he classic palms coins and when he sleeves. If you mindlessly imitate what you see on the screen, you will be imitating bad technique. If you have no experience with coin magic, and video is your learning medium of choice, I would suggest that you first purchase the David Roth Expert Coin Magic videos (available from A-1 MultiMedia) to make sure that your technique is solid. Then use Shell Shocked as a source for further routines.

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Fundamentals of Magick

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