The effect is fairly easy to learn and perform and there’s minimal palming. Also, you can hand-out the pencil with its punctured coin so spectators can examine it.
Via DVD, Sankey does a fantastic job of teaching the effect as well as explaining several variations and handlings and serving thorough background. In addition to the gimmicked coin and a regular pencil that comes with the trick, you will have everything that you need to perform the trick under any circumstance.
Middle Metal Ground?
Perhaps the only topic that Sankey doesn't address on the DVD is the fact that spectators will ask if they can keep the penetrated quarter. After all, they just saw you bust a pencil through a borrowed quarter so why can’t you do it again with another quarter for a souvenir?
This is why I liked Daniel Garcia's approach to "Karate coin" in his Daniel Garcia Project #2, where he actually gives away said coin to spectators (click here to read our review).
For visual magic, Sankey’s "Smashed" definitely breaks through.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto
MSRP: (US) $30
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