When I saw that Garrett Thomas was coming out with a new release I sat up on the edge of my seat and
took a look at my finances. I just recenlty dug out my Stand-Up Monte and gave it the practice it
deserves and gave it a few performances, it won me over and now I could be what they call a
"stalker', this guy has worker material that hits them between the eyes. His stuff isn't the easiest
but it's worth the time and effort to gather all the subtleties. The intro starts off with Garrett
stating which form of gimmick he uses in certain situations. Justifying why he uses quarters in
friendly situations and why he uses something bigger in half dollars in a situation not unlike a
paid gig, and it has nothing to do with hiding the method.
Well now that I can stop acting
like a Garrett Thomas fanboy, I can get on to the meat of this review, the trick itself. I don't
think the secret to this effect is unknown but for safety sake I will call the secret something,
"the gimmick". This comes with a nice tiny purse, it feels of rubbery material which seems to only
fit the gimmick and dollars worth of quarters. Half dollars will not fit in the coin purse. The
2-Phase routine is shown in live performance at a table, even the 2 phase is hard hitting, but I dig
the practice and will go with the "4-phaser". The added phases are a coins across in the magicians
own hands, not unlike David Roth's Super Clean Coins Across. The last move from both phases are
going to take work to make look natural, and G.T.'s live performances of both are going to give you
the timing of the move. He gives alternatives where you don't even have to do the move, but it makes
for an impossible conclusion.
There are a few behind the bar performances, one kid has a
"EATCT" t-shirt so it's not fully laymen, but a mixture, I assume, more laymen than magicians.
I really enjoyed watching the "Audience Management" portion, he gives sound reasoning for
actions and how to manage his audience for this effect. And if you didn't find the important timing
of the last move of the phases in the explanation, it's found in the "Audience Management" portion,
this one really helped me out on the move."OTS" is the Over the shoulder portion which gives great
insight on all the required moves, I believe he did this in the Stand-Up Monte DVD, this is great,
thorough as can be, great for following along and practice. He gives an quick performance and
explanation to Eric Jones, small G.T. touches here worth learning but not much different than a
normal C.A. routine, great to have on this DVD though, the handling is a touch different than other
handlings I've seen. "Zero Coins Across" is a great conversation to watch between Eric Jones and
Garrett Thomas, they share their theory on the impact of coins across and natural blocking
techniques, Eric Jones showcases the way he does coins across, I believe this is on his "Extension
of Me" and boy is it great! The "Jump" ending is one to practice when you have a table and they are
bugging to ask you to "do it again". Quarters sandwhiched inbetweeen 2 pennies, that are used for a
distraction, are place on the table, the quarters vanish from in between the pennies with a wave of
the hand and appear under your other hand on the table or in the other hand, depending on what
variation you want to use. The bloopers are the guys messing around probably in between shoots, just
fun to watch.
I feel that this is a worker routine and one to really practice, even if it's
just the 2-phase routine it's sooo darn worth it.
Product Quality: 10
Packaging is small and neat, great artwork, perfectly made gimmick,
ready to go and practice, you even get a darn coin purse. You get a TON for your money.
Teaching Quality: 10
Garrett Thomas is thorough, there is an OTS view, different
variations/handlings for specific steps in the routine, You even get theory along the way I couldn't
ask for more.
Video & Sound Quality: 10
I have no complaints, great quality, sound is
Overall Quality: 10
The effect is wonderful, definitley caters to the audience
in terms of impact, I love this routine.
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All in all, this trick is amazing!
The DVD is flawless and covers more than enough.
For international buyers;
There is only one thing I can fault. The gimmick is great,
but there are no more coins to complete this trick.
As I live in Australia, our currency is
different and there is no way of getting American coins.. Real bummer when I went to banks and money
exchange places to get 4 quarter dollars/half dollars and none can be found.
I have tried
completing this trick with our currency but 8/10 notice the different coin.
With the price
I payed I expected all the coins to be included. Other wise its a great trick but unless you have
American currency, i'd think twice.
9 of 13 magicians found this helpful.
Imagination Coins is intimate coin "magic" because it happens in their hands and their minds. It's
the prefect effect for the close up worker.
With Garrett Thomas's "Imagination Coins",
coins vanish and appear in their hands. For lay people, there is only one explanation: it's magic.
There's no filler on this DVD. Garrett takes us on a 2 hr. adventure tipping the real work
on his prized coin effect. An effect he's performed thousands of times until it reached perfection.
Imagination Coins takes the coin across plot where it's never gone before and Garrett
gives his full workshop on his favorite coin effect!
7 of 9 magicians found this helpful.
This trick is, simply put, amazing. I got this trick and learned it in 1 day. It is relatively
simple slight of hand.
Out of all the tricks that I have, this one definitely gets the best
reactions. It is even better than "Vanishing Pen!" I love close-up, so this is my dream trick.
Once you learn the method and how simple the gimmick is, you can get other gimmicks and do
the trick with others.
It also comes with a GREAT coin purse!
6 of 7 magicians found this helpful.
I'll admit I hesitated on buying this trick because of the price but now that I got and have learned
it, I'm happy I bought it. The effect is explained real well and its a fantastic concept. So if you
are hesitating, DON'T!! ADD TO CART!!!
2 of 3 magicians found this helpful.
I love this effect. I was performing it last night at a restaurant for some friends and got great
reactions.The real reactions you get are pretty close to the reactions you see in the trailer. The
gimmick however is over priced. I would have felt better if this was $20.00.
The DVD is pretty
good and will explain everything you need to know about how the performance goes. There is also a
bonus routine as well.
If you don't care about the price go ahead and buy it otherwise hold out
for this to go on sale.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
This trick is one of of my favorite tricks. There is so much you can do with the gimmick. There is a
lot taught on the DVD. He teaches everything you need to know, including some other stuff. This is
awesome! You should really get this.
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All I can say about this trick is HOLY CRAP! I never doubted this trick and I just bought it hoping
that it would by easy to perform and that it really does what it says. I got it in the mail and
found the gimmick. They include a really great DVD and coin purse to keep your gimmicked coin in.
When I saw the gimmick, I was surprised. It was a gimmick that I was familiar with but didn't have.
It was simple yet so deceptive. It really does have great reactions and since the magic happens in
the spectators' hands, they even had a section on the DVD about audience management. I like that you
don't have to use sleeves and there is no complicated slight of hand. This is not for an absolute
beginner but great for novice magicians of any age. Minimal slight of hand skill required. It was a
great trick and I will be sure to use it whenever I can! I bet you all are wondering what the
gimmick is. I have the joy of knowing. If you want it, then go buy Imagination Coins. The only issue
is that they went really cheap on the packaging. There are no flaws with the routines though!!! Go
out and buy this not and stop thinking about it. It's worth the money!
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I love the DVD and the gimmick. Those are perfect. What I didn't love was the plastic case that the
gimmick came in. I had to practically destroy it just to get the gimmick out. I actually stabbed my
fingertip (this was my fault due to overzealousness) trying to pry open the case. My suggestion is
to perhaps put a small tab on 1 side to open it, or put a divet to make opening much, much easier.
Other than that, everything is great.
Out of all the tricks I do, this one gets some of the biggest reactions. I was never a big coin guy
for magic but this trick made me change my mind. I never go anywhere without imagination coins.