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Miser's Miracle Review

Official Review

September 6th, 2012 4:48pm
Reviewed by Jeff McBride
If I had only one magic routine to perform, it would be my Sorcerer’s Apprentice act, commonly called “The Miser’s Dream,” or “Aerial Treasury.” It’s my favorite routine, ever. Many magicians have put their own touch on it, and many versions, gimmicked pails and coins exist to help the beginner to get a feel for the routine.

Bob Solari has created a simple and elegant solution to an almost sleight of hand-free version of the miser’s dream. In Solari’s version, the magician picks up a small can, about four inches tall, and three and half across, reaches into the air and apparently produces a number of Kennedy half dollars that are placed with a clink into the can. At the end of the routine, the little can is turned over and a jumbo Kennedy half dollar appears; the smaller coins seemingly vanished or melded into one giant coin.

My student, Rick Silver, showed me his presentation of Mr. Solari’s method many years ago at one of our Master Classes. Rick had worked out a fun routine to a pop song about money. The routine worked, and was short and sweet. When Rick showed me the method, I laughed with delight at its pure simplicity. I also encouraged Rick to learn a more classic sleight of hand method. My favorite one is found in Bobo’s Coin Magic by J. B. Bobo.

I realized it was important for Rick, and other students like Rick, to have an easily accessible version that gave them confidence and results. Solari’s version of the Miser’s Dream fills a place in the world of apparatus magic. This is an excellent beginner’s version of The Miser’s Dream. A beginner will gain confidence, and even a skilled sleight of hand worker will have a fun off-beat version of this timeless classic. What you get: small pail, coin production gimmick, jumbo half dollar and one page of instructions.

Product info for Miser's Miracle

Author: Solari, Bob
Publisher: Bob Solari Magic
Average Rating:  (3)
Retail Price: $24.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

Supplied with a stainless steel cup 4" x 3-3/16" in diameter, a giant size half dollar coin 3" in diameter and a normal half dollar incorporated into a special gimmick. The illustrated instruction sheet explains the routine and walks the performer through the two 'moves' involved in working the effect.

Performer is seen holding a stainless steel cup in one hand. Performer reaches in the air, plucks out a half dollar which is heard when thrown into the cup. This is repeated 6 or 7 times. Performer makes an upward toss motion with cup, out comes a 3" half dollar. Performer ends clean. Simple to do. The gimmick does the work, No sleight of hand, Learn in minutes, Can be performed close-up or on stage, Used by professionals world wide.

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