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Acting Naturally - Elemental Coin Magic Review

Official Review

January 6th, 2008 7:09pm
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Reviewed by Bryce Kuhlman
I think this DVD should be a prerequisite for anyone who wishes to label themselves as a “street magician”.

Have you ever noticed that the most deceptive close-up magicians create (or tailor) sleights to match their natural actions? If not, you should watch more performance videos and fewer teaching videos.

Luckily I had the opportunity to see many of the pros early in my magical development. Albert Goshman has always been my favorite close-up performer. He was a master of understanding his own body and its relationship to the props, the “stage” and his audience.

Zingg promotes the ideas of using open actions and doing less. The most deceptive moves are the ones that never happen (at least in the audience's mind). Fewer movements, all of which seem natural, is the key to moving from “tricks” to “magic”.

As with the teachings of Slydini, Zingg focuses quite a bit on tension and relaxation. He also talks about letting gravity to the work whenever it's convenient to do so.

I didn't give this a 5-star rating because there were a few issues with the production. Zingg openly admits to the issues in a segment on the DVD. I think instead of apologies and explanations, I would have preferred better editing and/or camera work.

I have now added this DVD to my small list of items that I've watched from beginning to end (along with Tommy Wonder and Juan Tamariz).

Available at your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer

Product info for Acting Naturally - Elemental Coin Magic

Author: Allen Zingg
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $35.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Allen Zingg: My intent on this video is to share my passion for real coin magic. Being a master of producing money, moving it around, and vanishing it at will, gives you a magical power that is both mesmerizing and amazing. Too often we get caught up in the manipulation of money and forget just how impactful these basic magical events are. My goal is to teach you how to perform simply, easily, and naturally so that you can create powerful magic with coins, anywhere, anytime! While my main goal is to give you the tools with which you can perform, you also get:

ROUTINES:

  • The True Princess
  • Right There-Twice Three!
  • Kenton's Disintegrating Coin
  • Real Magic
  • No Weighting!
  • Coins From Flame
  • Mini Misers
  • Moonlight and Starlight
  • Five Bonus Handlings

NATURAL AND EASILY LEARNED:

  • Vanishes
  • Productions
  • Hand-to-Hand Transfers

PLUS!

  • Empty Hands
  • Misers Play
  • Body Language & Movement
And Much More...To Put Magic Into Your Coins!

Running Time Approximately 1hr 53min


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