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Baxt, a Boy and a Bucket by Robert Baxt

By December 11, 2012

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A true standout, Robert Baxt is a comedy magician who is as brilliant a comedian as he is a magician. And when Baxt tips one of his routines, in this case, miser's dream, you know that the results will be hilarious as well as baffling.

Of course, miser's dream is the well known stand up routine where a magician appears to pull coins from the air and from an on-stage volunteer. The routine is a signature piece for many artists that include not only Baxt but Jeff McBride, Chris Capehart, Andrew Goldenhersh and more. Baxt's strong routine is well paced, features lots of interaction with a spectator and is very funny.

Baxt eschews the difficult sleight of hand and keeps the moves basic. As a result, the technical aspects of this routine are approachable to beginners who have not yet mastered coins fundamentals. Baxt relies on no gimmicks and it's a routine that you can perform at almost any time as there's practically no setup. The DVD features three performances so you can watch how Baxt adapts to each situation and volunteer. And the DVD also offers lots of step-by-step instruction to learn the moves and sequences. The sound quality could be better and more consistent, but the material is valuable and strong.

If you've been wanting to learn a miser's dream routine to add to your show, I highly recommend this DVD. And while you're at it, check out Chris Capehart's excellent DVD on the same subject (you can read my review here). With these two sources you can learn the fundamentals so you can write a script and make a winning miser's dream routine of your own.

More Reading:
DVD Review: Miser's Dream by Chris Capehart
Tickling The Mind #2 by Mel Mellers

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