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Victorian Coins and Glass (DVD and Gimmick) Review

Official Review

October 3rd, 2015 9:50am
Rating:
Reviewed by Doc Johnson
PROS

Kainoa developed this routine so he could do a coin routine for a small OR large audience. The benefit of doing the coin routine with a glass is it add the audio quality that plays to not only small audiences, but larger audiences as well.

It comes with a glass that is the perfect size and design. It is a small 4.5 ounce glass, so it could fit easily in a jacket pocket. It has designs that make coins appear to disappear in the glass. The quality of the glass is very good. While this isn't the first application of this sort of glass (A rocks glass), this particular glass has some very good properties and the perfect size.

The instruction is very good and very thorough. He teaches some really good moves. The moves are not particularly difficult. With a bit of practice, they are not difficult to master.

The product is true to the ad copy. The ad copy is very specific about how it comes with instruction and a glass. You provide the coins and a certain common magic gimmick. In watching the DVD, I came to the conclusion that you could do similar routines with a couple different types of coin gimmicks.

At the end of the DVD are two wonderful bonus effects:
The first is a coin production. This is an excellent way to produce four coins to start the routine.
The second is a two-coin routine. This is a very nice copper silver routine. It involves a silver coin, a Chinese coin, and a silver coin gimmick that fits over either of the coins. It is very nice.

One more thing Kainoa talks about is how the glass can really be used as utility device with a lot of potential. In the suggestions section, I share a few ideas.

CONS

While the glass is small, the routine is designed for this specific glass. A couple points to consider. Either you need to carry this glass with you, or you might be able to do the routine with a different rocks style glass, but this particular glass works very well. Kainoa’s reason for having the glass routine is so it plays bigger, given the sound of the coins dropping into the glass. So, the con of having to carry the glass with you is the pro of having the added impact of sound.

VERDICT

A wonderful routine, well taught, and with a great glass prop.

Suggestions from the Reviewer

The glass is really excellent, and I now see how much it really adds to the magic through sound. I have played a bit with some of the coin routines I do, using the glass. For example, I do a routine with Mark Mason’s Double Deception coins. These are very different gimmicks from the ones used in this DVD, but I can see that the Double Deception coins could be used wonderfully well with the glass, given a coin under the glass virtually disappears. I have road-tested successfully a few times the following routine: I place the glass with a coin underneath on a participant’s hand, drop the double deception gimmick into the glass and ask them to place their other hand on top of the glass. After a bit of a magic gesture, I ask them to remove their hand and ask another participant to take the glass from the first participant’s hand. One participant is left with a single coin in their hand and the other has a single coin in the glass. I started the routine by drinking a bit of tea from the glass and wiping it with a handkerchief. After the routine with the glass, I went into one of the Double Deception routines with the same handkerchief. It works stunningly!

Another idea I have played with a bit comes from the quality of this particular glass where there is a recess in the bottom. I created half circles of clear tape using a quarter as a template. I use several of these to give it some support. I then cut a larger half circle of clear tape and stick it to the small half circles. This whole thing is stuck to the bottom of the glass. The result is a “ledge” on the bottom of the glass. Placing a coin on this ledge creates a sort of slotted boston box effect. I can show the glass empty, take three coins including a s***l gimmick coin, drop them in the glass, give the glass a shake, and one drops out the bottom. I remove the tape gimmick as I hand the glass to a participant to examine.

I haven’t tried this yet, but I would think that some of the ideas in “Imagination Coins” might also work well with this glass.

One more idea I thought of but haven't tried is to drink some liquid from the glass, perhaps tea would work well, perform a bit, secretly refill the glass, drink some more, and perhaps get away with this a third time.

I really think that if you think about any coin routines you currently do, there is a chance you might be able to incorporate the glass and some of Kainoa's ideas into your routine for greater impact.

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Product info for Victorian Coins and Glass (DVD and Gimmick)

Author: Harbottle, Kainoa
Publisher: Kozmomagic Inc.
Average Rating:  (3)
Retail Price: $30.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

This is Kainoa's pet routine, and it is a real-world wonder. If you've seen him lecture or perform, chances are you've seen him do it. Whether tablehoppingor on stage, performing for three people or 300, Victorian Coins and Glass is strong, interactive coin magic at its finest.

Includes instructional DVD with the complete routine as well as additional ideas and live performances (1 hr 22 min). Also includes the glass. You provide the coins and that extra something special.


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