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DVD Review: Miser's Dream by Chris Capehart

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DVD Review: Miser's Dream by Chris Capehart
Chris Capehart is a master magician and his version of Miser’s Dream is extremely entertaining. Not only is his routine fun, Capehart has honed his technique so that coins seem to materialize out of the air and fall into his bucket. The DVD shows Capehart performing for an audience of kids and his routine gets a huge reaction.

Coins Everywhere

Interestingly, in his explanations, Capehart talks extensively about the bucket and his technique, but doesn’t walk through the routine step-by-step. Despite this, he offers all the information that you’ll need to perform the effect--the technical foundation of Miser’s Dream. This may be the only instructional magic DVD that I’ve reviewed where the performance routine is almost as long as the accompanying explanation.

I regularly perform Miser’s Dream in my family shows and learned a few things from Capehart that I’m going to try out. In particular, Capehart’s immaculate technique displays almost no perceptible movement-something that all magicians should strive to achieve.

Coins Across

In addition to “Miser’s Dream,” Capehart performs and explains an excellent, non-gimmicked, table-based, “coins across” routine that relies on a Han Ping Chein-style move. Here, a series of coins mysteriously travel from one hand to the other, one at a time. In the course of explaining the routine, Capehart also teaches a flashy continuous coin production where coins are seemingly produced from a single hand, as well as a total vanish that ends the routine with no coins left on the table.

Capehart gives you everything that you need to know to build a solid Miser’s Dream and perform a solid coins across. Some may expect more than two effects on an instructional magic DVD, but if you want to master Miser’s Dream, Capeheart is an accomplished performer who will teach you the powerful basics.

-Wayne N. Kawamoto

MSRP: (US) $25

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