I've never liked the pointing transfer. A hand that is supposed to be holding a coin, seperate from the other hand which is supposed to be holding another coin shouldn't be pointing into, or touching the other hand. The spectators know that something is happening at that moment, maybe not what exactly, but they know something fishy just went on.
We all want to have the perfect coins across routine, with no gimmicks. We want it to look amazing and impossible, and we want to do it with nothing but a mastery of sleight of hand and a good grasp of presentation style. But here's some facts that I've learned over the past 20 or so years that may or may not matter to anyone:
1. No gimmick-free coins across comes close to the level of amazement that a gimmicked coins across (perfromed well) can accomplish.
2. Non-gimmicked coins across routines invariably use a series of complex moves (multiple pinches, fingertip transfers, etc.) that require thought and technique to deliver, making it very difficult to interact with your audience on a smooth and flowing level. Using gimmicks simplifies the process, leaving the magician free to interact with spectators more efficiently.
3. Non-gimmicked coins across require a high level of trust from the audience, making it a difficult effect to open with if you want the spectators to really believe what they're seeing.
And finally, and most importantly...
4. Magic is about performance and taking the spectator outside of their idea of reality for a moment. It's about entertaining and amazing people. It is not about who can do the best pinch or pointing transfer. If you sacrifice the level of performance because you egotisically and selfishly need to do it a certain way, your way, and perhaps not the best and most entertaining way, you lose sight of what you're doing and why you're doing it in the first place. Just because you impress yourself with a perfectly executed pinch move or pointing transfer, dosen't mean your spectators know about it, appreciate it, or are entertained by it.
Spend less time on perfecting that one move, and more time on perfecting the routines as a whole.
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