In usual De Cova manner, the effects are baffling and he combines exquisite handling and straight-forward methods that aren’t knuckle busters.
This one is fast. The magician basically counts the coins and the magic is done. This one is also explained on the “Coins Across: World’s Greatest Magic” DVD (please click here to read our review).
Triumph and Swindle
I’ve seen a lot of Triumph effects and know the workings behind them. (While I’ve worked up such effects, I’ve hardly performed them because I can’t rely on having a table in my strolling sets.) I looked for the usual moves in De Cova’s “Super Easy Triumph” and didn’t see them. As it turns out, De Cova’s method relies on a clever trick deck and is easy to perform.
“Purse Swindle” offers a disappearing handkerchief that appears in a coin purse. In the second phase, the handkerchief disappears in the hands and then appears in a purse frame (a coin purse frame with no fabric). The effect relies on the usual gimmick, but De Cova offers a fantastic, visual method that makes the handkerchief appear to diminish in size and vanish. He explained this vanish in his recent DVD, “Examining the Thumbtip” (Click “here to read our review). This one is also explained on the “Thumbtip: World’s Greatest Magic” DVD (click here to read our review).
Switch the Deck
The second switch, called the “Stand-Up Deck Switch,” is one that you can use on a table. It has built-in misdirection that makes it quite convincing and effective under a wide variety of circumstances and settings.
I’ll admit that “Ring-O-Matic” also fried me. Here, De Cova drops a borrowed ring into a drinking glass, and places the glass into an inverted hat. By holding a rope with ends in each hand and clearly showing the ends at all time, De Cova drops the middle of the rope into the hat and retrieves the ring. This effect offers two astounding phases.
After watching the explanation, I was amazed to find out that I was familiar with the overall method and didn’t recognize it during the performance, but De Cova also introduced a gimmick that I never suspected.
Another strong effect, in “Boxed Transposition” four kings are placed into a card box and a signed, selected card is lost in a deck. The selected card disappears from the deck and the magician dumps out the kings from the card box to show the selected card. This one is baffling and requires no palming or complex moves. Another winner.
In De Cova’s “9-Card Monte Card Miracle,” he shows eight “nine-of-diamonds” and a single joker. But at the end, there are eight jokers and only one “nine-of-diamonds.” Once again, De Cova offers a first rate effect that is rather offbeat, but ends in a satisfying climax.
I found lots to like on this DVD. The close-up effects were baffling and visual and the methods were not difficult. With the exception of “Purse Swindle,” most require the use of a table.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
MSRP: (US) $29.95
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