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Coin Patriot, The Review

Official Review

January 24th, 2004 8:24pm
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Reviewed by Bryce Kuhlman
Cool tattoos, man!

It's so nice to see a performer that knows how to work slowly. Reed McClintock's coin magic is beautiful. It is not rushed. He allows time for his audience to appreciate each moment (and there are a lot of them). What a breath of fresh air!

With that said, this DVD needs a disclaimer. If you know Reed's work, that's enough of a disclaimer, but if you don't you'll probably get in over your head. This is for advanced coin workers only! Let me put it this way: if you can't classic palm seven half dollars in each hand and allow two to fall together and soundlessly to your fingertips, stick with Bobo for a few more years.

In terms of moves, there's not much new here, but that's not the point of this video. McClintock has other, more important things to teach. For instance, he relies heavily on subtleties (Ramsey, Malini, etc.). This allows him a very open handling of the coins even when he's got nearly a dozen palmed!

The most exciting part of the video for me is "Freedom Flight," his version of 3 Fly. Reed has finally made the leap that this routine needs. Every routine I've ever seen always has that awkward moment after the second coin where you make the coin go back or do some stupid joke or some other such thing to get ready for the final coin. Reed has eliminated that move for a clean, clear coins across routine.

While most of the work on this DVD is purely visual, there are some nice verbal introductions to a couple of the routines.

My favorite routine, "United We Stand," was not explained, but the careful observer will get a lesson in close-up choreography. It reminded me of watching Goshman as a youngster.

The end of the video contains some bits of wisdom on performing, eye contact and pacing. All good lessons for any performer!

I have only one criticism of the video. There was way too much of what I call "the headless magician." Since most of the magic happens on the table, the viewer is faced with this ugly crotch shot and never gets to see the performer's face.

If you're experienced with coins and want to learn some beautiful new routines, this DVD will serve you well.

Product info for Coin Patriot, The

Author: Reed McClintock
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $29.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

Despite all the dice, moving tattoos and twisting cards, Reed McClintock's loyalty will forever remain with coins. His Knuckle Buster series embodied Reed's philosophy that magicians shouldn't just do coin tricks, but rather should perform what looks like real coin magic. The elegant and fluid style of the work in Coin Patriot raises the bar even higher still as Reed strives to elevate his coin work to the realm of moving art. If you have ever wanted to handle more than four coins (say, up to twenty), then this is the DVD for you. Coin Patriot not only shares the work that has earned Reed a reputation as one of magic's most skilled and innovative coin workers, but also reveals his growing mastery in the art coin magic.


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