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Baxt, a Boy & a Bucket -by Robert Baxt - DVD
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 21st, 2012
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.
I grade 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 those.
Great overview and performance Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 5th, 2013
This DVD offers a wonder overview on the Misers Dream with some very creative live performances.
What fun and great reactions! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 13th, 2013
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 too!
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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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 5th, 2013
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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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 5th, 2014
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 performance.
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!
Baxt's 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 both dvds.
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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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 13th, 2015
Basic misers dream, very doable,will be so pleased to this for the grandchildren!
PURE GOLD!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 10th, 2015
Have performed Miser's Dream for years but Bob's creativity and ideas have put a whole new spin on my presentation. Excellent DVD that no one should be without if you're serious about this grand, old illusion.
Great Routine Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 23rd, 2015
This step by step routine was perfect for this "Misers Dream novice"
Baxt, a Boy & a Bucket -by Robert Baxt - DVD Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 7th, 2013
great effect and easy method. I have been using essentially the same method for many many years. I was in an airport with Robert when he demonstrated it for some others with us. It blew them away. Great method, but in particular a great routine. I bought it just to have him on DVD, but picked up a couple of bits from his routine to enhance mine. Can't go wrong with this if you buy it AND use it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 25th, 2013
Baxt is great but for the love of god.... don't copy him. You won't do it nearly as well.
This is a routine that is very magical but not only that leaves so much room to have your own personality added in. The initial "move" is natural and makes everything a lot easier. I've tried a few other methods and this one fits me very well.
Add your personality in it! There's so much you can do with this routine.
If you liked this check out his World's Funniest Mouth Coil Routine.
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