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"As always, Curtis brings a devastating clarity to coin magic, providing visual moments of impossibility that are sometimes dizzying to behold. Fearless in his sleight of hand, Curtis also has the key quality that many technicians lack: an intelligent personality that is driven to entertain his audiences. Perhaps most importantly for those who are just starting to study Curtis's material, he is a "big picture" performer: he carefully choreographs the individual moments that make up a larger routine, he recognizes the subtleties that make such moments work, and he deploys years of psychological and philosophical ruminating that allows all of the pieces to work together as a whole and create truly amazing magic."- Kainoa Harbottle

"Curtis is my hero in coin magic. I got inspired by him a lot. He showed me his coin box routine few years ago, it changed my mind about coin box. If you want to become a "Boxer", this is the routine you can’t miss."- Max Li

"I hate coin magic. Like, I [bleeping] HATE coin magic. I hate all the stupid hand transfers. I hate all the stupid coins being pulled from elbows and knees. I hate everything about it.
I [bleeping] love Curtis Kam."- Tyler Wilson

What will he teach?

Formal Close Up, ala the Magic Castle’s Close Up Room. Also suitable for standup and parlor.

RAINMAKER: Starts with a new way to produce a coin, establishes his character and opens a creative space for the act to exist. This is Geoff Latta’s "Trick with Three Coins" melded with other effects (it’s better if you don’t know beforehand) and ending with the release of something that coin experts have been eagerly awaiting, a new and novel illusion known only as "the Drip".

PUKASTICK: A signature comedy and character presentation for Dick Zimmerman’s "Slippery Stones".

XBOX: This is it. Never before released in its entirety, the routine that energized today’s Okito Box movement. Hailed by experts as, “the best Okito Box routine ever”, XBOX not only includes just the very best effects possible with this prop, but it improves on each of them, introduces new moves, and defines an entirely new way to handle the box.

THE TEAR: Curtis’ personal handling of the classic cigarette paper effect, which closes his close up and standup shows with a smile, a tear, and flush of inspiration. He did not want to tip this, but since it was the closing moment of his Castle Act, we convinced him he had to.

CUPBORED: Simon Aronson’s brilliant conception made to play bigger and bolder for Parlor/Standup performance. This deep mystery closes Curtis Kam’s current standup act.

Who is he?

Known to magicians as the hands behind the acclaimed Palms Of Steel video series, Curtis Kam has successfully led a secret life as a professional stage performer, illusion designer, magic consultant, author, lecturer, script doctor, product reviewer, convention organizer, teacher and trial attorney. This act includes all of the material that coin experts across the country have been asking for. He's going to tip it all!


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First you'll get to watch the show, performed for a real audience, from start to finish. Then you'll go behind the scenes to learn about the routines, and the real secrets about building an act that can take decades to learn.

Many of the ideas shared have been held back for years, and you can only learn it at Penguin LIVE: ACTS!

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This product is for everyone, from the beginner to the professional and for magicians and mentalists alike. Don't miss it!

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 3rd, 2019
Whether or not you ever do any of these tricks, it's worth having just for the performance and explanations. Curtis is always creative and has put together a great act. Listening to him talk about structure and performance situations and such was super helpful too.
I love his Okito Box routine. It's certainly not a beginner routine, but doesn't seem like it would be difficult technically. It's a lengthy routine with many steps and working parts, so it'll certainly take some work to be able to do this. He tips where he got his Okito Box (I've got the same one and it's definitely the best) and other props.
Opening coin trick is great - to do it like Kam, you'll have to put together some things.
Second trick - Puka Stick - again, you'll have to make it, but it should be pretty easy if you have moderate woodworking skills. This one is easy, and you'll need to find your own presentation, but great thinking here.
The Tear - a classic with some interesting handlings.
His final trick, plays big - great adaptation. This is one that I want to do for sure!
Love how he took a table trick and made it stand up - it'll play anywhere now.

One of the great things about this video is how much bibliography he adds. All along the way, he gives original sources for everything. The great thing is it fills in a lot of back story. Downside: my "books/videos to get" has grown significantly after watching this.

Thanks Curtis for putting out a great video - as I said, just having the performance is worth it. Watching the explanations, along with hearing Curtis and Dan talking about it was very helpful.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 12th, 2019
This was a very enjoyable lecture by a seasoned professional. The variety of effects is excellent for anyone who does close up/standup walk around type performance, I bought this for the XBOX routine because I'm an Okito box geek. I will say that this is a great routine that fits Curtis very well but seems a little too flourishy for my style. That's more a comment on my lack of ability and not a criticism of Curtis. Recommended if you are an Okito box geek or just like great close up and stand up magic!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 25th, 2019
i am in love with coin magic, this act is amazing

rainmaker: a great opener, personally my favorite because of the story but to do this routine your gunna have to have lots of stuff curtis has gotten custom made

pukastick: barely goes over it so i was dissapointed

xbox: the best okito box routine, is challenging but has many surprises that is amazing

tear: simple yet effective

cupbored: i love the presentation and will add this to my repetoire even though im not a card guy

4 stars for barely any information on pukastick and how 3 things for rainmaker need to be custom made by a jeweller
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 22nd, 2019
Performance alone is totally worth it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 16th, 2019
You may not do a single effect from this act, but you should get it. The only other lecture that is David Williamson's. Both of these guys are so good at their craft that you'd be a fool not to study their acts or even just watch them perform.

Curtis shares where he acquired his props, alternatives to them, and how they're set up and staged before the show. All of the effects are attainable; however, the coin work is technical and deliberate effort will be needed. The Okito box and rainmaker routines are exceptional.

The choreography of the Puka stick/Slippery Rocks is not unique. The patter is though. You will not be able to copy his patter; however, it will spark some creative ideas.

The torn & restored cigarette paper shows the strength of a straight forward effect with a great story.

Shuffleboard is scaled up with a larger prediction and a shuffle which can be seen from the back of the room, but is the same otherwise.

Curtis does a great job crediting and referencing sources.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 13th, 2019
I am amazed Curtis Kam has chosen to publish this act. This material seems too strong, deep and rich to be released in a medium so immediate, accessible and affordable as a streaming lecture-- but now you’ve all got access to it. And it’s pretty much free when you compare the price against the content.

If you’ve seen Curtis perform this live, then you probably share my shock that he’s released it. If you haven’t, buy this and watch the performance.

Here’s a glimpse of what Curtis offers here:
Powerful, visual magic
Examples of professional, advanced, entertaining, comedic, intelligent and strong writing
A simple and honest theme that runs through the act, which should serve as inspiration
Enlightening philosophy
The best example I’ve ever seen on giving the audience a glimpse of your personality and background… in a way they might actually care about (because they usually don’t!)
Material that plays close up and stand up
The best Okito Box routine I’ve ever seen
The best version of Geoff Latta’s Standing [From the Elfin] Horde
At least two new, original effects
A great example of a Magic Castle Act that will make you realize you suck ;)

You may end up wanting to add every routine to your repertoire and you’ll definitely want to add every lesson to your work. This lecture will make you better, whether you’re a professional or an amateur.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 11th, 2019
for me the first real show and lecture i see from Curtis. i like his style and hiw coinwork is superb. love the okito box and pukastick. much to learn from this master.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 3rd, 2019
Great magic, exemplifying timing, new magic!
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