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Coins Across (World's Greatest Magic) Review

Official Review

February 22nd, 2008 4:09pm
Reviewed by P.T. Murphy
I am going to start sounding like a broken record…

“Buy these DVDs, Buy these DVDs…”

On “The Secrets of Coins Across” Johnny Thompson, Michael Ammar, Al Schneider, Jay Sankey, Paul Diamond, Fernando Keops, Michael Skinner, Alexander De Cova, Michael Close and Ross Bertram share their routines and handlings for this NO GAFFS needed version of the Coins Across plot. There is enough Coins Across material on this compilation to keep you flicking your fingers into infinity and beyond.

I really enjoy the DVDs in this L&L series. I have yet to view one that I was not crazy about.

I am a big fan of the compilation format. I enjoy watching several different magicians performing back to back. I love listening to different schools of thought and I love hearing about how a routine was developed.

If this effect interests you I strongly recommend this DVD. The performances are culled from the vast L&L video library. The production of these DVDs is great, the format is easy to navigate and the talent is top notch.

“The Secrets of Coins Across" is just one volume of the multi volume “World’s Greatest Magic by the World’s Greatest Magicians” series by L&L. Each volume is dedicated to a single magic effect. Each volume contains a multitude of legendary performers, performing and explaining their version of a classic piece of magic. These DVDs are an excellent introduction for those just starting out in magic. The older dog looking to bone up on the classics will find that these DVDs are a wonderful reference tool.

If I could have just one set of magic DVDs, WGMBTWGM would be it. L&L offers the best of the best in “World’s Greatest Magic by the World’s Greatest Magicians”. And they are offering it at the best price!!!

If I invited you to a lecture where the masters of magic were going to teach their handlings of classic magic effects, would you show up? Gosh darn bet you would!

Especially if I told you the lecture was only going to cost you 20 bucks!

(For a full list of titles in this collection please visit the L&L website.)

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Product info for Coins Across (World's Greatest Magic)

Author: Various
Publisher: L&L Publishing
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $19.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

Imagine the best magic, the best magicians, and the best producers all in one place.

Imagine no more...

The Secrets of COINS ACROSS
Learn a classic of card magic that your audience will remember forever.

If you could have one set of magic DVDs, this would be it! This benchmark collection features just about all of magic's most enduring and classic effects and routines. It's a fabulous compendium with many of the top masters in the world of magic teaching their handlings and routines for some of magic's classics. Linking rings, sponge balls, metal bending, cups and balls, thumb tips, Zombie, color-changing knives, and many, many more topics are all gathered in this one terrific DVD reference set. Each volume covers a specific subject and features new, old, and sometimes rare footage by some of the top video producers in magic.

Of the various plots that make up the world of coin magic, Coins Across has always held a special place in the heart, and repertoires, of close-up magicians. Audiences always seem to be intrigued by the idea of coins traveling invisibly between the performer's hands, which accounts for the enormous popularity of this very magical effect.

On this DVD, you'll see ten different takes on the Coins Across effect. The approaches are different but the main thing they all have in common is that there are absolutely no gaffed coins required for any of the versions presented here. You'll see Johnny Thompson perform Dai Vernon's Winged Silver, perhaps the version that started it all. Michael Ammar demonstrates why his Incredible Coins Across is appropriately named as the coins travel into the spectator's hand - and the last one appears visibly in his open hand! You'll find easy-to-do versions such as Alexander de Cova's Chinese Money Mystery and Paul Diamond's Flying Eagles to more technically-demanding versions such as Jay Sankey's Mr. Clean Coins Across, Michael Close's Too Ahead and Ross Bertram's Passing the Buck.

From classic handlings from Michael Skinner and Al Schneider to interpretations with a surprise ending, such as Fernando Keops' offering, there's enough material here to enable you to pass coins back and forth between your hands for a lifetime.

Johnny Thompson
Winged Silver

Michael Ammar
Incredible Coins Across

Al Schneider
Coins Across

Jay Sankey
Mr. Clean Coins Across

Paul Diamond
The Flying Eagles

Fernando Keops
Coins Across

Michael Skinner
Flying Eagles (Courtesy of Meir Yedid Magic)

Alexander De Cova
Chinese Money Myster (Courtesy of Murphy's Magic Inc)

Michael Close
Too Ahead

Ross Bertram
Passing the Buck

Running Time Approximately 1 hr 20 min

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