it is ok....just ok.....in the training video you will ask yourself several times "how did this get
there?" you will rewatch it several times, just to realize it is never explained.....sure, you can
watch, rewatch, rewind, rewatch, rinse, repeat, until you have hours invested in a trick that is
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I've been wanting to pick this up (DVD format by Troy Hooser) for years as this is the type of magic
I love performing--it looks like magic! I'm a stickler for the finest props that I can afford, and
props which also are perfect for the effect/method I'm purchasing.
Originally, props were
not included with the (then) available DVD ($30.00), so one had to purchase the coins and ribbon
themselves after the initial purchase of the DVD. This became a major setback to me as I tried to
figure out from posts on magic blog sites exactly which coins were considered the "best" for this
routine. Many contributed their choice of coins and where they could be purchased, but, because of
the handling explained on the DVD, it was suggested that thinner coins were ideal for the "in the
hands climax," and that Lance Pierces "Recharmed, I'm Sure" coins were the "Holy Grail". The
problem was, no one ever had them in stock! Perhaps the $25.00 price tag for everything prompted
the incessant run on all available supplies. . .continually.
Now, along comes Troy Hooser
again with a complete package which includes the coins (dollar size), the ribbon, and online
instructions, in wonderful packaging (for those who care)for $40.00. The instructions even include
what I believe to be a different handling from the original, with other variations included as well.
Nice! No need for "thinner" coins now, as other than an "in the hands" conclusion is offered which
I like better as it's a surprise for everyone watching, instead of just the person holding the coins
(think Salt and Silver).
The dollar sized coins are absolutely gorgeous, about 2mm thick,
heavy, and very attractive. I like shiney props as I firmly believe they attract and hold attention
far better than dull, tarnished looking props--I believe spectators prefer them too (unless you do
Ren Faires, or an ancient artifacts type presentation)! I'm not sure they truly resemble chinese
coins, but I doubt the average spectator would know the difference anyway. Troy's online
instructions are easy to follow, and he offers some alternative ideas for you to ponder also.
In summary, this set is fantastic, affordable, complete, and offers much more than previous
versions, as far as I know!!! Not saying I wouldn't investigate other coins and handlings in the
future, but at this point I see absolutely no reason to search further. I don't believe you can go
wrong here. I give this set my highest recommendation!
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Props are great love the coins so much I bought 3 sets. That said the real issue with this
production is the horrible explanation of the method. I don’t know if there was a time frame they
were working with or Mr. Hooser was just “explained out” after teaching this for years.
read between the lines as it were but someone completely new may have a difficult time following.
I have been doing this routine since it was originally released through Kohler magic 10 or so
years ago and the explanation by Mr. Hooser there is far superior to this iteration.
good teaching meh.
Get the Kohler release for a great explanation and get this one for the
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Some of the reviews here led me to believe the teaching wouldn't be adequate but i thought it was
perfect. The only disappointments are in the paintwork of the coins as it is slightly scratched on a
couple of my coins. Also i'd have liked for the coins to be a little more weighty but that might
just be because im so used to the weight of my morgans. Overall very good
Just picked this up and wow, the training video is terrible. IT should have been shot over the
shoulder of the performer, making it much, much easier to see what's going on. The cuts and camera
movement are terrible and make it difficult to see what's going and where things go. Other than
that, it seems like a fun effect that happens close-up and in the spectator's hands.
While watching Troy Hooser explain his Charming Chinese Challenge I thought to myself this guy is a
genius.Never have I seen such a meticulous explanation of any effect.This is one effect I will be
performing forever and highly recommend it to all close up performance who like strong effects that
are easy to perform.Buy it, buy it, buy it.
First review at Peinguin magic shop.
5 stars for the trick : It will definetively go in my
usual routines. This trick is so elegant and can be adapted to your personality. Good job Mr. Troy
Only Bad point is the DVD-download : for this price I think we deserve better quality...
The explanation are clear but some stuffs (particulary additionals technics) must be improved and
Like it !
You can’t go wrong buying this, it really is excellent...BUT, I find Troy’s handling just a tad
awkward and suspicious. I purchased Lance Peirce’s version of this (recharmed I’m sure)with what I
feel is better handling. That being said I think this new version of Troy’s is gorgeous and I may
yet still pick it up just for the beautiful coins, although I do not know what the quality is like
or how long the smooth and glossy finish on the coins will last
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