I was completely wrong.
Great Material for Walkaround and Strolling Performers
For Table Hoppers
With a nod to David Roth,” in “Copper/Silver Flurry,” Kam combines a copper-silver transposition with Roth’s well known routine. It’s another practical routine for walk around situations. An add-on to a coin routine is Kam’s “Table Hopper's Jumbo,” the addition of a jumbo coin. Here, Kam offers useful technique as well as thoughtful philosophy on the use of a jumbo coin that can benefit all walk around performers.
My favorite, “Table Hopper's Trio,” offers a non-linear, eclectic set of three effects with each of three coins. Kam says that he likes coin effects where the magic doesn’t repeat, for example, as in typical “coins across.” When audiences know what’s going to happen to subsequent coins, the routines often turn into challenges and puzzles.
”Table Hopper’s Trio” is a definite winner. And since I already perform with three coins in my standard close-up sets and already had the moves, I immediately put this one to work in my restaurants.
Doesn’t Leave You “Hanging”
The bonus effect, “International Silk & Silver,” by Reed McClintock, offers a variation and enhancement on an effect that was published in an earlier “Palms of Steel.” I wasn’t all that fond of this one that involves the production of coins into a handkerchief and then passing them through.
Throughout, Kam offers thorough explanations and in-depth psychological insights, which shows his extensive experience with the material and real world venues. In the end, I found that “Palms of Steel 5: Pirates of the Rising Tide” offered practical and entertaining routines. There’s definite treasure here for walk around and restaurant performers.