Coinrotsuke

On the first volume of Max Maven's Video Mind videotape series, there is a simple but intriguing effect called Kurotsuke. That was the inspiration for this routine. Anyone who has even the mildest interest in mentalism should add these tapes to your library immediately if you don't already own them. They are a mother lode of information, not just on powerful effects, but presentation, staging, construction and more. Effect You introduce a small, plain brown paper bag and five coins four of...

Stacked Waxed HiJacked

Leipzig's Pride, the Stack of Coins The Cap and Pence although this classic effect has had many different names down through the years, it has always been a powerful close up effect and a real audience-pleaser. More recently, it has seen a bit of a revival, thanks largely to routines by John Carney and Johnny Thompson, as well as Roger Klause's Whisper (which uses a modified gaff). There is an old and seemingly overlooked book co-authored by Al Koran and Jack LaMonte, Mastered Amazement. They...

No Fooling

As any of my regular readers know by now, I'm am not afraid to speak my mind or to get on my soapbox when I feel there is an injustice being done to magic. I take a lot of flak for this sometimes, but I meet enough people who tell me they enjoy my articles, or that something I said made them think about their magic that it is, at least for the time being, worth the angry emails and lack of popularity I have to endure. One of things I feel most strongly about is something that seems to be...

Shelled Folded and Hooked

John Ramsay's Hanging Coins plot is one of the neo-classics of coin magic. Here is my very simple and straightforward handling of this effect. Requirements and preparation You will need a folding coin (folder), an expanded shell to match and some double-stick scotch tape. You'll also require three matching regular coins, a banker's clasp, some electrical tape and a large safety pin. If you do not like or have the ability to sleeve, you'll need a topit. Put a small piece of the tape in the...

Peking in on Boston

I'd been working on the concept of this routine for quite some time, without a satisfactory result. Then I came across Troy Hooser's Touched Twice in The Silver Surf 2 and there was the answer a Flipper Coin. (According to Wesley James and David Roth, Bob Swadling created the concept of the coin, and a fair number of applications for it, in 1970.) The rest of the routine fell right into place. This is a fun routine to perform and the audience always really enjoys it. Effect You display a small,...

UN Coins Thru Table

here are many coins through the table routines in existence. There are not so many that can be done standing. There are even fewer that don't require sleeving or topiting. And I have never seen one that is performed standing, without topiting or sleeving, where the coins are picked up one at a time and passed through the table. (Curtis Kam, in Harry Lorayne's Best of Friends II, has a routine called Lonely Coins Through Table in which the coins are passed through individually, but it makes...

Your Repertoire

I've been talking about getting booked to perform magic regularly in a restaurant. Obviously before you even go about trying to get the job, you'll need to have mastered a repertoire of tricks and routines you can perform in this venue, and that will play well. So what types of effects work best in a restaurant environment In The Complete Guide to Restaurant and Walk-Around Magic, Kirk Charles gives a list to define the material best suited for restaurant workers Workable on any surface or with...

Kung Fooled

his extremely entertaining stand up coin routine is based on one of the phases of Sheepish Thieves, from my book, Great Scott It's (Coin) Magic I've added a nice kicker here (from David Roth's Expert Coin Magic) that never fails to garner laughs, gasps and applause. Effect Per the standard Thieves and Sheep plot (see The New Modern Coin Magic by JB Bobo), several duplicate coins are placed in a row on the table with two matching odd coins, one on either side of the row. One odd coin is taken...

Simplex Multiple Spellbound

Nultiple Spellbound by John Mendoza was one of the installments of his The Mendoza Series of Personal Instruction. I use a move shown to me by Dan Fleshman to produce the coins initially and then do the Mendoza effect with a much easier handling. This is an excellent effect for restaurant workers. Effect Four American half dollars are magically produced from one playing card. Then, one at a time, the coins magically change to English Pennies. Next, all four coins instantly change again this...

Joined at the Flip

Featuring moves and ideas from Bob Hummer, Roger Klause and Michael Rubinstein, this is a routine that definitely qualifies as off the beaten path. As a bonus, you can do it in short sleeves no topiting, vesting or sleeving is required. Effect You remove a penny and a quarter from your pocket. Both coins are very fairly and openly placed in your left hand, which then closes into a fist around the coins and turns palm down. You shake your left fist so the audience can hear the coins jingle. You...

Profiles in Coinage

Put a tiny amount of Blue-tac on the center of the face of the remaining KH, at his belt. Press very firmly to get good adhesion and to spread the Blue-tac out flat. The busy design of the king and the location and color of the Blue-tac make it blend in as part of the overall pattern (photo 168). Stick the normal side of the gaffed coin gently but firmly to the Blue-tac (we want the coin to come free of the Blue-tac, later, leaving the adhesive on the card, not the coin). You will see that if...

Scott F Guinn Page

When the right hand finishes turning over, the coins are in the opposite positions of where they should be, but the colors are in the correct positions, creating the illusion that you have merely turned your hand over to show the reverse sides of the coins (photo 134). This is a very convincing display. Reverse the move as you turn the hand palm up to the starting position. Take the upper (C S) coin with your left hand and place it on the table. Then bring the left hand back to right and pick...

Interviewing for Corporate Gigs

Hello again It's a new year, and maybe you're thinking that this is the year you'll break into performing for the corporate market, either for banquets, sales meetings or trade shows. As someone who makes all of my living from magic and the bulk of my bookings from corporations, I feel qualified to proffer some advice to those of you who would like to be hired for corporate events. I'll start by relating a true story that happened to me just last week. The Boise office of a major insurance...

Oki Dokito

he Okito box is one of the classic props in close-up magic. While the following routine does not present any groundbreaking or earth-shattering new moves, it does contain a couple of subtleties that I believe are original. I think it is well constructed and it plays well. It is also somehow very satisfying to perform. While tinkering with my Okito Slot Box, I stumbled across something mighty interesting. I may not be the first to discover this, but I've never come across it anywhere else, nor...

Copper Silver Redux

his is my routine for the standard copper silver coin theme. It combines time-tested, standard phases by Thomas H. Beardon, Bobo and J.G. Thompson, Jr. with avante garde techniques by Mark Jennest and Jay Sankey, as well as a finale that is (I think) original. This is a hoot to perform for lay audiences, as you get a ton of magic out of one gaffed coin I hope you enjoy it Although it will read long, it only takes 2-3 minutes to perform. Requirements and preparation You need a copper silver...

Flying Turtles

In Great Scott It's (Coin) Magic , I included my handling and presentation for Eddie Fechter's Flying Eagles. I have since developed a handling of the same routine with a shell coin, which makes the displays cleaner. I refer you to the above book for the presentation, which was highly praised by no less an expert than Larry Jennings. Ideally, you will come up with your own presentation. Effect Six quarters are shown in two rows of three. Three are then taken in the left hand. One by one, the...

Scott F Guinn

Method and performance Bring out the mirror and set it to your right on the pad (of course, with the coin on the bottom ). Next, place the box to the left of the mirror. Open the box, concealing the finger palmed coins via Ramsay Subtlety. Dump the coin out of the box and close the box. Meanwhile, let your left hand drops into your lap. Take the other box at the left fingertips and hold it just below the edge of the table (photo 38). You will switch the boxes with a reverse Imp Pass. The right...

Twilight Passage

He coins through the table is one of my favorite plots. U.N. Coins Through Table is the routine I do when I'm performing standing. This is the version I do when I'm seated at a table in a formal close up performance. The Silver Passage by Gary Ouellet is a wonderful version of the coins through the table. In his book, Close Up Illusions, Gary described a kicker ending for the routine. (Both of these books are published by the Camirand Academy of Magic in Quebec, Canada.) In The Silver Passage,...

Self Abuse

I have seen many, many magic acts, both those that claim to be comedy magic and those that claim to be straight magic that use insult humor. More than one has been so bad that I (and several others) have walked out in the middle This kind of act may have a place magic conventions for magician-only audiences or comedy clubs but there are far too many who use insults and abuse to try to obtain humor in their shows. NEWSFLASH Bad idea, gang While you may gain a few cheap laughs, you will lose the...

Many Happy Returns

As you may have noticed by now, I enjoy taking a move or concept and going in a different direction with it or trying to wring more magic out of it. That's what I have done with this effect, based on a move of Jay Sankey's. It is likely that the two required gaffs are already in your performing case or lying in that drawer of magic stuff your wife keeps asking you to clean out oh, wait a minute that was me Sorry . Effect You begin by mentioning that people often ask you if you can make any...

Drawn and Quartered

Ldo Colombini has probably had more influence on my magic than any other single magician. Besides being creative, entertaining and much more skilled than he gets or takes credit for, he is also just one of the truly greatest people you will ever meet. One of Aldo's strongest routines is Draw a Blank aka Shuttle in his book, Impact . This routine uses my minor variation of Draw a Blank as its starting point, and then, under cover of a stupid gag, it goes on to be a shocking production of four...