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Profile & Skewer Review

Official Review

January 1st, 2014 6:26pm
Reviewed by Bryce Kuhlman
I started training kung fu almost a decade ago. Once I had decided that I was going to stick with it, I began looking for routines that could be worked into a kung fu theme. One obvious trick was the "kung fu coin." I remember playing with it when I was a kid, but it didn't appeal to me much back then.

This product comes with two effects. Skewer is a version of the one I remember, where you push your finger through the coin. I remember everything being fast: the coin is tossed in the air and you "puncture" it with your finger in one shot.

Skewer takes a slower approach to the performance. The finger is pushed through slowly, stopping several times during the process. One of the things I like about the included feke is that the hole is off-center. This not only looks a bit more "natural," but it also allows you to get some interesting visual displays that aren't possible if the hole is centered.

Profile is a similar, but different effect. Instead of sticking your finger through the coin, you "warp" the coin, turning Kennedy's face into a 3D extrusion. Again, the moves to make this look great are completely explained in full detail.

Of course, neither of these routines would be workable without very good methods of switching. Luckily, Garrett covers four very nice switches that can be used, some of which I'm guessing you've never seen.

If you do the kung fu coin, or have ever wanted to, I highly suggest picking up this product.

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Product info for Profile & Skewer

Author: Thomas, Garrett
Publisher: Kozmo Magic
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $39.99
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Manufacturer's Description:

As the art of magic evolves, we find that a single amazing moment is often stronger than an entire entertaining act. Coin magic, focused almost entirely on transpositions, is in particular need of something to make it "stand out" and give it more "depth."

With PROFILE and SKEWER world-renowned sleight of hand expert, Garrett Thomas, brings you two amazing moments of strange that will give your audiences something very different to talk about.

These extremely powerful, reality-twisting moments break through the expectations of the typical coin trick and force your audiences to ask themselves, "Did that REALLY just happen?"

PROFILE In Garrett's new coin concept, you slowly press your finger into a Kennedy half-dollar that amazingly melts, shaping a deep impression into the metal of the coin. PROFILE includes an optional twist ending, as the portrait of the president can be shown to have been pushed out in 3D.

SKEWER Garrett has reworked the classic Karate Coin into an illusion that allows you to slowly push your finger completely through a half-dollar and make it look as though it is melting in every direction through the face of the coin. This is definitely NOT your Grandmother's finger through coin trick!

Included with PROFILE and SKEWER are two amazing new tools, made from Kennedy half-dollars. Garrett explains how to use these tools in two real-world routines and includes four options for performing each of the effects (ranging in difficulty from novice to expert).

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