I have a collection of inexpensive Miser's Dream buckets and instructional DVDs (Capehart, Levent,
etc.) detailing this wonderful effect. But my amateur/hobbyist "style" -and with the limited time
that I have to practice- works best when I can find good entertaining routines that are also not too
complicated to perform. That's so I can focus on having fun with my audience- whether it be with
kids or adults.
This Miser's Dream DVD routine by Robert Baxt fits my criteria exactly for
the limited children's programs that I do. It is fun, uses an audience helper in a good way, and
virtually has no set up. I (hate to admit it) right now am learning the routine on the DVD exactly
the the same way Baxt does it, maybe add more more of my patter lines later.
products first and foremost on "useability"- this DVD is not exactly rocket science or the
historical masterpieces the Levent DVDs are. But it simply fits exactly for what I enjoy doing. A+
and thanks to Robert Baxt (a fine entertainer) for sharing one of his favorite routines with us all.
I have many DVDs that I have watched once and never watch again, this definately is not one of
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A real world look at the misers dream if you are thing about putting it in your show you should get
this dvd lot of food for thought!!!
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I recently purchase Baxt, a Boy and a Bucket and all I can say is awesome. I performed the routine
this past weekend and received a great reaction. It's very easy and FUN to perform! The focus is
not on making the coin vanish or fall in the bucket (although he shares simple and effective ways to
do that), but instead on providing a routine that they kids LOVE.
Baxt's routine has
inspiration from Al Flosso. What more can you say? Al Flosso and Miser's Dream - you know this is
a winner. Baxt takes many of Flosso's ideas and makes them relevant and acceptable for today.
The reaction of the child blowing coins into the bucket, or the simplicity of a coin from the
ear, generate laughs and "what the?" responses. I had fun with this routine and I know you will
Oh, and this DVD is more than the routine. Baxt share his knowledge how-to be you --
that is, create a magical routine with your personality, not a copy of someone else.
I've seen many Miser's Dream routines, and few, if any are as entertaining as this one.
I highly recommend Baxt's Miser's Dream DVD - Baxt, A Boy, & A Bucket.
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This DVD offers a wonder overview on the Misers Dream with some very creative live performances.
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Baxt shares his experiences as a street performer/childrens' entertainer. Although he presents this
dvd as a teaching medium Baxt is NOT a teacher....just a person who once knew Al Flosso and was his
shop assistant for a while when Baxt was 12 yrs.
Everything shown and talked about is also
shown and discussed in Levent's DVD on The Miser's Dream (which shows this effected performed in a
large stage (cruise ship) conditions.
Baxt illustrates performance in less formal - small
hall, birthday party - conditions.
Since this is a effect completely reliant upon two prop
items - stacks of coins and a bucket - (+ audience member/s)it is, as Baxt, Levent , myself and most
magicians agree, crucial to BE COMFORTABLE with the props used and SEAMLESS in their use.
There IS no magic bucket, there ARE no magic coins: the magician needs to WORK for the rewards
by - yes - repetitive practice, familiarity with the props/their handling.
Both Baxt and
Levent show how to choose the bucket and choose the coins and how to manipulate each hand so as to
achieve the relatively simple sleights needed. The viewer will have to add her/his understanding of
timing, relationship with audience member, nimbleness of fingers, body position/s in relation to
audience member/s, relationship between sound and movement, acquiring and dumping the props ...and
the half dozen other understandings about performing this effect that will make successful
Levent's dvd does provide 5 hrs of demonstration and explanation of the ways T
Nelson Downs, Roy Benson, Charlie Miller, Paul Potassy and several others - in addition to Al Flosso
- performed the Miser's Dream: Levent demonstrates and explains their equipment, handling (including
sleights)of the coin/s and bucket and (some) about relationships with audience. Levent's historical
approach also discusses and illustrates the two principle hurdles facing magicians - 'getting into'
and 'getting out-of' an effect: acquiring and dumping gimmicks as if nothing untoward has occurred!
Contrary to what the blurb on the Baxt dvd reads, the Miser's Dream is NOT "easy to
do"...no sleights-of-hand are easy to do. To appear easy and effortless they require
practice....repetitions in VARYING conditions - think 5000-10,000 hours of practice to learn a suite
of different sleight. This is no less than competent/professional musicians, football players,
athletes, carpenters, electronic technicians and so forth take to acquire mastery!
dvd is a good start...he provides short teaching about the crucial sleight of appearing the coin/s
in the hand and (less so) about holding the bucket and its contents. He provides no teaching
whatsoever about much else necessary for performing an excellent Miser's Dream consistently under
multiple conditions. But, then neither did Al Flosso!!!
You may want to spend a bit more
money on the Levent approach. I think he provides a more secure, reliable, authentic basis. I bought
Neither solves a major hurdle for apprentice magicians - finding the adults and
children on/with whom TO PRACTICE this effect. For the most exhaustive and spectacular demonstration
of the effect, the Miser's Dream requires the cooperation (tacit collaboration)of an audience
member. Making coins come out of a person's nose requires some practice; likewise from his/her ear,
bum, elbow, etcetera. Practicing with a 'partner' is essential. Perhaps consider this too before
purchasing any teachings about learning to perform The Miser's Dream.
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The routine is simple but makes good fun. I think this is a great place to start if you want to
learn a misers dream routine.
This was one of the most disappointing DVD purchases I've had, especially after all the positive
reviews. I had high hopes for it since it was supposed to be 'laugh filled.'
Baxt loves to
say, 'it is up to you, you're the artist.' Well he makes some artistic choices I really question.
* He starts the routine asking a kid if he has any money, social security, credit cards or food
stamps.... I would never ask a kid if he has money or food stamps. This is lame humor that kids
don't understand and at their expense. Also, if the kid does use food stamps they will feel
ashamed. Hmmmm... make a kid feel bad, well you're the artist.
* Baxt mixes in thin
washers with the coins. Presumably nobody sees these, but if you decide to pour out the coins then
they would. Why not buy some palming coins for a one-time $20.00 purchase? Likewise, Baxt shows
some rusty tin cans he used to use for the routine. Washers and rusty tin cans...pretty classy, eh?
Well you're the artist.
* Baxt starts the routine by showing a handful of coins and giving
one to the kid to hold. No surprise production. And the audience has just seen a stack of coins
(supposedly go into the pocket). It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the stack of
coins is being used somehow. No surprise and partially tipping the method. Well, you're the
* Baxt doesn't use any sleights except a partial thumb palm and finger palm.
Wouldn't this be a great chance to put in some beautiful and deceptive moves to vary the routine and
make it elegant? Nah...You're the artist!
* Baxt ends with a jumbo coin production.
Nothing wrong with that but I've seen it on youtube so it wasn't groundbreaking to me. (I've been
doing the jumbo coin thing before seeing this DVD).
Is there any thoughts and bits of
business worthwhile on here? Yes. It is always worthwhile to see a seasoned entertainer do live
performances and watch how he handles people and their reactions. So did I get any value? Yes.
Was it worth the purchase price for me personally? No.
I've already been doing miser's
dream before this with a Penguin Magic purchase of a Chris Capehart routine that involves a
volunteer AND the whole audience (a good artistic choice, in my opinion). The Capehart DVD routine
is like elegant poetry in motion while the Baxt DVD feels very basic. The Baxt routine isn't a
terrible routine (except for initial money/food stamp questions and questionable setup) but it is
nothing special. In other words, disappointing.
This video was exactly what I was hoping for. Those who bash either the simpler content or the less
than stellar quality of the video, miss the point. Anyone who wants to add 5 minutes or so of
entertaining and adaptable magic to their act would not be disappointed. Thank you, Baxt.
Awesome training with tons of room to put your own twist to make it unique.
This step by step routine was perfect for this "Misers Dream novice"