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Breakthrough by Johannes Mengel (DVD) Visually slam a coin through the bottom of an empty can, show the coin inside then IMMEDIATELY hand everything out! NOW SHIPPING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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"Congratulations, it's a beautiful piece!" - Wayne Houchin, creator of the bestselling effect "Sinful"
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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 10 of 50)11 of 16 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 9th, 2014
I do walk around work, this method has some angle issues that make it bad for walk around and/or large crowds. It's still a good method, but probably should have been closer to a $15 price point. Much of the DVD is wasted on the Mengel brothers backstory. I had a hard time understanding them at points, but watching multiple times cleared that right up. I've seen this effect elsewhere, just can't recall where a few years back, so the method definitely isn't new, this is just a different handling of it.
Wait for it to go on sale.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 8th, 2014
This is an amazing coin in soda can trick that will leave people stun. I watch the it so many times before I bought it to see if I could figure it out and I had no idea how it was done. I have two other soda can tricks witch are also great and this one could be a follow up of the coin in the close soda can where you pour out the soda and the coin is inside. I order this on a download because I did not want to wait for the dvd and I wanted to learn it quick. The only regret that I have is that the beginning of this video Johannes Mengel goes into unnecessary background that is boring and has nothing to do with the the trick. Besides that,the trick is great and his explanations and details are very good. The price is a bit to high but buy it and you will be amazed how simple and strong this trick is.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 20th, 2014
Well, i can understand the bad reviews... most (young) people want a quick fix, consume and move to the next best thing on earth...
If you dont want to hear about their (sympathic) backround, just skip to the explanation section. I enjoyed the little story because it shows passion for our art. A lot of thoughts went obviously into this project. (for example the last section with commented performances and hints on improvements!).
The angles are really good if you know about and care about them, nothing to worry about. If you have a mirror at home you are ready to go.
The signed coin is signed if you just see it from your spectators point of view! That is the way magic works and it ever was..
The best version is number two! Just a little hint: "borrow" the pen ;)
The mechanics are simple and the clean up (2 of 3 versions which are described) really made me smile. Just go out and perform it in the right moment and iam sure nobody will question the impact it has on spectators.
As for the price... what is right, what is wrong?! As for W.H. sinful: it should have sold for a much higher price to maybe avoid the stupid youtube kids.
If you are not able to appreciate passion, love and positive energy leading to a pure and bold effect.. simply move on! :) The demo does not lie at all, you can just perform it that way.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 9th, 2014
This effect is fantastic.
I always LOVED Wayne Houchin's effect sinful, and personally i think this takes it to the next level.
everything that the ad copy states is 100% true and i personally think it is more practical than sinful from a performing situation perspective, in terms of method it is just as practical.
a perfect mix of both audio and visual along with a nearly sleight free handling that makes this look so perfect, fair and clean.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 17th, 2014
To me this tricks fits perfectly when I'm out with friends or socialising at the bar and so on. It ticks all the boxes for what I'm looking for in a trick: It's impromptu (or at least it has that impromptu feeling), it's not that difficult, angles are good, the clean up is easy and it got that organic feel I think we magicians always struggle to find. The ad for this trick may perhaps be a little bit off to how this trick really is done, but I'm okay with that since it's one of those trick you can do on the spot and it's easy to get in to and easy to get out of.
Some reviews says that's it easy for spectator to figure out, but after been doing this a dozen of times already, I'll at least have to deny that for myself – no one has a clue of anything and the reactions are overall great.
Since the can is open in this trick, I don't want to compare it to Sinful by Wayne Houchin. But to me that's great since I now have to variations of the same trick. In certain situations I can do Sinful and in other I can do Breakthrough.
The explanations are thoroughly and clear. You'll teach everything you need to know, and some variations. As for the length of the video, I think it could've been a little bit shorter, but again, they leave no stone unturned.
This has already gone in to my casual reportoire for when I'm at parties with friends or in any situation where people drink soda or beer from can. Excellent stuff! Highly recommend!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 16th, 2014
A little bit pricey and long winded explanation but all in all a great effect. Yes angles need to be addressed but good explanation to overcome this. If your worried about angles try showing a couple of friends then gradually show to more people. I use this quite often as it's a great impromptu effect.
Best coin trick I've ever done. Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 14th, 2014
Now while I do believe that Breakthrough is a bit (just a bit) overpriced, It's a very easy to learn trick and very impromptu. Like myself, most of you will probably be a bit surprised on how exactly Breakthrough works. I'm sure many of you (again like myself) think you pretty much have the trick figured but I can assure you that their's a high possibility that you really don't.
Breakthrough is very unique, Requires small skills and knowledge of sleight of hand, if you happen to have Sinful as well it can be done right after doing that trick, and it can be done anywhere, surrounded or not.
Also, the video is 2 hours. I suggest watching the whole thing and practicing afterwards (that's what I did and soon as I finished watching I was able to do it perfect at first try on my mom and got a priceless reaction). Though it seems a bit long it's very entertaining and funny so regardless you lose track of time.
I recommend Breakthrough to anyone who's on any level of magic whether it's beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Bottom line, very great trick, simple to learn, and has already been added to my repertoire.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 14th, 2014
I perform another can penetration effect but more complicated. This one is very organic and simple. In fact even if not performed perfectly there are subtleties that convince the spectator of a miracle.
They used moves that are not actually new, but together are perfect.
The DVD was a bit long but worth it in the end. Interesting story. Johannes leaves NOTHING out. It covers so many of the ins, outs, nuances and possible variations that if you can not perform it, it not because of the instructions. He puts alot of work into it.
I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 as I thought as an Instant Download cost of 29.99 is actually a bit high as I do not get a physical DVD (adds to cost).
Visual and clever effect!!! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 23rd, 2014
Breakthrough is a fantastic effect, is very visual and easy to perform. Is very powerful to the audience because you are using everyday objects like a can and a coin. In the DVD , Johannes teach you step by step the effect and in different angles. Also there are a lot of variations and the best of all is that is impromptu. Obviously you have to practice a lot to be natural. Great effect, very smart idea and nice guy. Very recommended.
A good followup for that awesome SINFUL from Wayne! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 21st, 2014
Absolutely GOOD. And for those non-'angular' adepts... just follow this link: http://www.hogwartsishere.com/ ... :O)
Thank you VERY much Johannes for willing to share this with us!!! You could have kept this for you... I really appreciate you shared it with us! God Speed and much much more inspiration!!!! I JUST use it as a followup (and convincer!) for SINFUL (of our incredible Wayne Houchin) and i even conclude with a VISUAL penetration alà that incredibel 'Prohibition' of Charlie Justice!! :O) This is real good magic!! This is magic that is ALWAYS available and doesn't end up in a certain drawer!! :O)
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