“Profile” and “Skewer” are actually two stand-alone routines that come in a single kit. While you can combine and use the effects together, Thomas says that he chooses the effect that he will perform and how he presents it based on his immediate audience.
In “Profile,” you slowly press your finger into a Kennedy half-dollar that seemingly melts and creates a deep impression into the back (reverse/tails) of the coin. At this point, you can simply reveal the coin to have the deep impression and change it back to its original, normal state. Or if you like, you can turn the coin around and reveal that the impression is actually a relief of President Kennedy. His face is pushed out into a rough, 3D sculpture.
“Skewer,” on the other hand, is more like Thomas’ reworking of classic “Karate Coin.” Here, you take a half dollar that’s been examined and then slowly push your finger completely through the coin. Unlike most presentations of “Karate Coin,” Thomas makes the process of penetrating the coin a slow and methodical process. Most “Karate Coin” routines are performed in a fast and forceful manner.
The accompanying DVD is thorough and instructive. The trick itself (both “Profile” and “Skewer” require similar handlings) is actually not all that difficult and only requires fundamental sleight of hand skills. On the disc, Thomas teaches four moves for making the effect happen that range from easy to advanced. There are also several performances for real audiences as well as a studio performance for the camera. As you can always expect from Thomas, his handlings are completely thought-through and his approach to magic is brilliant and rock solid. In all, he provides you with all of the tools to learn, practice and perform the routines.
I think that Thomas “Profile/Skewer” has lots of potential to create some magic moments for your close-up audiences. I recommend that you watch the promo video to determine if it may work for you.
Other effects that fall into the genre of mangling a coin and restoring it include: CoinFusion (click here to read my review), and “biting a coin,” which relies on a specialized (and well known) gimmick. David Blaine performed a version of “biting a coin” on his first television magic special. These effects are not to be confused with those that involve bending a borrowed a coin which is a branch of mentalism and fall into a category called “metal bending.” In these effects, a coin is seemingly bent with one’s mind and there’s seemingly no way that the magician could bend a coin with his or her hands. Also, in these effects, the coins are not restored to their original states.