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Victorian Coins and Glass (DVD and Gimmick) Review

Official Review

January 8th, 2016 9:50am
Reviewed by James Sanden
Kainoa Harbottle is known for his sophisticated and difficult sleight of hand with coins. Breaking from that trend, in his latest release, “Victorian Coins and Glass,” he shares a routine that requires minimal sleight of hand, but which has a great deal of magic built in to it. Much of this “sleightless” magic comes as a result of adding an ungimmicked (though specially designed) glass to the routine.

The origin of the effect stems from Mr. Harbottle’s desire to have coin magic play to a larger audience. The use of the glass furthers this goal dramatically, as it adds not only a visual, but an aural, dimension to the performance. In addition, as he points out in the introduction, the glass also makes the routine more practical, easier to perform and makes it significantly more interactive than the majority of coin routines one sees performed.

The effect taught is a multi phase coins across where the coins disappear from the included glass, held by a spectator, with the first two coins appearing in the magician’s hands, the third appearing in a spectator’s hands, and the final coin disappearing from a spectator’s hand and appearing in the hand of a second spectator. The structure of the routine is elegant and escalates naturally. The vanish of the final coin does require one of the spectators to play along, which may intimidate some performers, but Mr. Harbottle discusses the script he uses to induce cooperation, as well as how he designed the phase so that the spectator is motivated to keep the secret.

Three performances for real world audiences are included: one for a couple, one for a full restaurant table and one at a bar. As always, the inclusion of full performances for actual people is a welcome addition.

The method is not self working, but does not require extremely sophisticated sleight of hand. It’s efficient with a very elegant design that, when combined with the glass, makes for quite a magical routine. Mr. Harbottle’s experience as a teacher is apparent in his explanations. The instruction is complete, well thought out and clear. Each section begins with a live performance of the corresponding phase of the routine, followed by the explanation. In addition, sections dealing with specific moments in the routine and audience management are included. Two bonus effects are also taught: a coin production ideal for opening the routine, as well as a copper/silver effect. The coin production is lovely and takes advantage of both the theatrical and secret aspects of the glass. The copper/silver routine is also excellent, though it’s of note the glass isn’t needed when performing it. It should also be mentioned there is one interlude effect seen in one of the performances that isn’t explained on the DVD, though most basic coin workers will be able to work out the handling. In addition to the glass, one other gimmick is necessary, though it’s a common one, and in all likelihood the buyer will have one in his or her prop drawer.

The included glass is extremely well designed and allows not only for the coins to disappear from a glass held by an audience member, but also has another feature that allows the magician to be clean at several key moments during the routine. The isolation of the coins in the glass throughout the performance changes the feel of the entire effect, dramatically increasing the magical nature of the routine, making it play larger and feel more theatrical. It’s beautiful to watch. Whether or not the viewer uses the routine taught on the DVD, the glass in and of itself is worth the price of the release.

“Victorian Coins and Glass” takes a standard coins across routine and elevates it dramatically, making it play bigger, appear more magical, feel more theatrical, all while making it easier to perform. If Mr. Harbottle were just selling the glass for $30 it would be a bargain. With the addition of his practical, effective and powerful routine, this is a no brainer. I give it my highest recommendation.

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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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