A Toast for Charon is Stones powerful stand-up opening effect that initially plays like a combination aerial treasury/misers dream style routine. The magician reaches into the air and produces three coins that are collected in a wine glass. After producing the coins, they are poured from the glass into a silk where they disappear.
The magician reproduces the coins, one-by-one, in the silk and then causes the coins to vanish in his hand. At the end, the magician removes a wine bottle from the silk. I thoroughly like this effect. Its classy and ends with a stunning production. If you can use a great opener for a standup act, this effect alone is worth the price of this DVD.
The effect uses the classic gimmick, but Stones method does not rely on a stooge. What he adds to the classic routine is a move and presentation that removes the awkward shifting that is often seen as a magician walks between spectators. This one is convincing and clean.
Two jokers are removed from the deck and a card is selected by a spectator, signed and replaced in the deck. The jokers are used to isolate or surround the signed card. In the end, the signed card is found not in the deck, but to be the card with the paper clip that resides between the jokers.
Just from my description you probably have an idea of when and where the magic occurs. However, Stone uses a bold move for the steal thats masked by strong misdirection. This one is a stunner.
A strong transposition effect, Time Operator has the magician explaining that when a card from the deck goes missing, he simply writes the name of the missing card on a joker to continue to use the deck. The two (unmarked) jokers are removed from the deck and placed into a card box. A card is selected by a spectator and signed and laid on the table. When the card is turned over, it turns out to be the joker with the name of the selected card on it. The card box is opened and the signed card is found in the box with the second joker.
The power in this effect is a writing technique that Stone uses to secretly mark the first joker as spectators watch. When I watched the effect I thought the card was forced, but it was a free choice. This one also requires a bold loading move that is performed under heat.