They say that a phone call can change your life, but for one man, its motivation to do magic. In the DVDs introductory video segment, a strange, seemingly random call prompts magician Corey Burke
to perform tricks. The collection on this DVD is a strong mix of card and coin routines for those who have a solid foundation in sleight-of-hand.
No Hang Ups
To start, theres the fun premise. Burke is walking by a payphone when it mysteriously rings. A caller tells Burke that he has to perform magic for those who are walking by. The setup isnt as elaborate as that in say, Lee Ashers Five-Card Stud video, but its an intriguing introduction to some great effects. Burke performs walkaround in lots of restaurants and the powerful routines here showcase those roots.
Burke offers two flashy coin productions: Coinfusing Production and Triclops. Both make it appear that three coins are magically produced from the air. And both can serve you well as a lead-in to a coin effect, which brings me to EKN and There is a fly in my soup.
Elbow and Knees
is Burkes version of Darryls Elbow Knee and Neck, a rapid-fire coin routine where coins vanish in the hands and reappear in various places: the elbow, knee and neck. I like this routine because most of the intriguing magic happens above the waist with the hands up.
In appearance, EKN somewhat resembles Troy Hoosers Extroydinary, which was published in his DesTROYers book. But EKN doesnt require the use of the gimmick. You perform EKN with just three coins-and theres no extra coin, which is a plus. I already perform Extroydinary, and may one day make the move to Burkes EKN to rid myself of the gimmick.
Making Three Fly
There is a fly in my soup
is Burkes adaptation of Chris Kenners Three-Fly
coin trick, but the action where the coins come together happens in spectators hands. I like this clever adaptation because the magic is strengthened by the interaction.
On the other hand, I know from experience that having spectators hold coins means that I have to deal with getting them back afterwards-spectators often like to clown around and place the money into their pockets. As a result, while I like Burkes Three-Fly, theres the negative side of dealing with spectators. However, with the right audience, this one is great.
Card to Table
Baring The Load
is the strongest of the card effects and its a winner. In structure, its similar to David Williamsons 51 Cards to Pocket, except that the cards end-up under a card box thats sitting on the table. A card is selected and found under a card box thats on the table.
In the second phase, the magician says that hell repeat the trick, however, this time, the selected card is found in his pocket and the entire deck is under the card box. This is a strong, visual trick that Im just starting to use.