Personally, “Winged Silver;” David Roth’s “E.Z. Coins Across” and “Shelled Coins Across;” Jay Sankey’s “Mr. Clean Coins Across” (which is on this DVD), Gregory Wilson’s “Open Palm Coins Across” and Daryl's 3 Fly III (please click here for our review) were all part of my education in coins across, an effect that I regularly perform today.
Johnny Thompson kicks off the DVD with his version of classic “Winged Silver,” which is performed on a table and uses three coins and a different one that is used as a marker. Michael Ammar’s “Incredible Coins Across” is a wonderful routine that happens in a spectator’s hands and doesn’t require a table. The ending, where the last coin suddenly appears in a spectator’s hands seemingly from nowhere is a stunner.
Al Schneider’s “Coins Across” is a table based routine that makes excellent use of the “pop out” move. This one is good and Schneider offers a high technical standard to aim for.
Paul Diamond’s table-based “The Flying Eagles” offers a good routine with six coins, three silver and three copper. Three silver coins are held in the left hand and three copper coins in the right, and the copper coins join the silver coins one by one. This one has an intriguing method for hiding the secret while seemingly displaying everything openly.
Michael Skinner’s table-based “Flying Eagles” uses six quarters, three in each hand, and the quarters arrive one by one from one hand to the other. In the second phase, Skinner uses four coins and then a different coin, an English Penny, and the coins move between the hands.
I’m a big fan of Alexander De Cova who creates baffling effects that aren’t too difficult to perform. Despite the name, “Chinese Money Mystery” doesn’t use Chinese coins. It’s De Cova’s version of a multi-coin effect that’s described in Bobo. Eight coins are counted, four into each of the magician’s hands, and they all end up in one hand.
I like De Cova’s additions and alterations that strengthen the effect. This one is fast-the magician basically counts the coins and the magic is done. This effect is also explained on De Cova’s Treasures Vol 1 DVD (Click here to read our review).
For $19.95, “Coins Across” is an excellent deal. If you’re building your own coins across routine and you’ve already studied Bobo and mastered basic coin sleights, you’re ready for this DVD.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
MSRP: (US) $19.95
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