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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

"Curtis Kam is a rare combination of exceptionally creative magic and world-class technical skills. Consider me a big fan of his work!" -Andi Gladwin

"Curtis Kam possesses more knowledge of the art of magic, and its execution, in his little pinky than I do in my entire being. That's a simple fact." -Jack Carpenter

"Curtis Kam is EXACTLY what magic needs right now. He thoroughly knows everything that came before him; he's intimately familiar with everything happening now; and he has the experience, knowledge, talent, and insight to help us carry forward into the future. He's done it all: stage, platform, table-side, walk-around, mentalism, sleight-of-hand, and everything in between. This is all aside from his powerful and numerous contributions to the field of coin magic. Curtis is the real thing -- an allaround skillful magician, always delivering miracles as easily as a knowing smile." -Lance Pierce

"Curtis Kam is a man among men and a wizard among mere conjurers. His knowledge is all encompassing and you will leave this lecture better but still inadequate in comparison." -Farrell Dillon

"Curtis Kam... When I have a question about any kind of magic, or an idea I think might be good, he's the guy I call for answers and opinions. Regarding his lectures: if he has something to say, you should listen. Also, it's fun to watch him do tricks, if you like that sort of thing." -Bill Duncan

What will he teach?

STRANGER THINGS: Being a demonstration, in the form of a show and a lecture, of unseen, rarely seen, and never before seen coin magic. Exclusively new ideas about what magic with coins can look like, and even what it feels like when you can't see it at all.

The Big Silver Ball- Opening production of three silver dollars by carving them off a big metal ball with a switchblade.

RingWraiths- Easing the audience into the idea that some magic is weirder than others, we start with a simple three coins across, but done in a way that you’ve never seen, in, through, out of, and along with a magic ring.

CoinRoll- It's all downhill from here. The previous effect is repeated, but the audiences sees what's going on in our imaginations. Specifically, the coins become little silver spheres that roll across the table.

Not Unusual- The strangest take on the traditional Han Ping Chien coins across that anyone has ever seen.

The Impossible is Now- A coin, a ring, a dollar bill, and a trick in which the audience is told when the magic is happening, but they don't believe it until it's not happening anymore.

The Lawyer's Tale- A coin, which may not have existed, vanishes into a simple math problem at the center of a story of death, greed, and a lawyer who saves the day.

Coinspiracy Nuts- A heretofore unpopular and unusual instant coins across is made useable by the current political climate. Really.

Conservation- A quick silent bit concerning the conservation of momentum, sort of.

Unvisible- Recent coin releases have been touted as "visual", "extremely visual" and even "the most extremely visual". Suppose we try something else? What if the magic could not be seen, and only the evidence of it existed? You’d get this, a translation of Brother John Hamman's Magic Cards to coins.

Kekoassembly- This one is the most experimental. Where most barehanded coin assemblies rely on the illusion that you never touch the coins, suppose you did? Created by the Disclaimer crew from a longer routine by Kekoa that will appear in the magazine.

Science Project- Eddie Joseph's Shattering Silver Balls presented with a new method, and a celebration of the magician as a young nerd.

Six Cylinder- The effect Curtis Kam uses to fool magicians, routined to enchant general audiences. Six coins vanish from your hands and appear under a solid brass nut, the last one nearly visually. Then the process is reversed, with the nut gradually becoming more and more coins, and then the best part, the packing up. This is the first time Curtis has ever taught this routine on camera. If you know, you know, and you know you want this.

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.
  Kam headlined “Magic in Paradise” at the Hale Koa Hotel for 13 years, performed tableside sleight-of-hand regularly at Dave and Buster’s, Tony Roma’s, TGI Fridays, and has entertained corporate and private audiences in Hawaii for over 40 years. He has designed illusions for “The Magic of Polynesia,” Honolulu marketing and media firms, trade shows, conventions, Ballet Hawaii, and Hawaii Opera Theater. Since 1989, he has performed as one-half of the mentalism and magic team Paranormal Guys with mythical radio personality Jon Kealoha. For even longer, he has created new magic and has lectured to magicians in Milan, Tokyo, Marseilles, Honolulu, California, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Washington, Las Vegas, Hollywood’s Magic Castle and London's Magic Circle.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 6th, 2022
I'm not a coin guy, at all. (ok maybe coin adjacent).
But there are at least 2 tricks from here I will do (one of them already a few times - fooled some people with it).
So I think it says a lot.

Curtis made coin tricks new and interesting with this lecture. These are weird ideas that really work - and not super hard!

You should get it!
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Curtis Kam Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 1st, 2022
Found myself glued to this lecture, so much good content. watching Eric reactions and you can sure tell when someone is passionate about what they do .Eric coexes the lecture perfectly .Support Live Magic!
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So very clever… Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 27th, 2022
…and interesting. Magical (and magical) effects where coins are involved, but not coin tricks. This brings texture and holds interest, which could also then frame coin-trick coin tricks so they themselves stand out with more differentiation from each other (inserting non-coin coin tricks between tradition coin-trick coin tricks).

My two favorites are slicing coins off a steel ball, and coins transforming to bearings as the mechanism to move (roll) from one hand to another.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 24th, 2022
Curtis Kam is the Joseph Kosuth of our time. I could say he is the father of Postmodern Coin Manipulation. From his early works in “Professional Close Up of Curtis Kam”, through his “Palms of Steal” series, he has given the magic community many wonderful creations and expert theory on magic. His latest release from Penguin Magic “Curtis Kam LIVE 3” is a game changer in how to think about your magic creatively. His teaching style and depth of knowledge on coin magic is unrivaled. These routines will push you to become a better magician and think outside the box using new and innovative techniques and props. Over the last couple of years, if you have not followed him on social media, these routines will be brand new to you and if you have seen him do them you can finally learn the inner workings to these new coin concepts. He gives you everything you need plus the barn to get you up and going performing some very visual and strange coin magic. Some highlights for me are the Big Silver Ball, beautiful and poetry in motion. The Lawyer's Tale is a neat concept and a great and mystifying handling for this trick. Six Cylinder could be the best version of Ramseys routine put together for a real audience that has layers of magic and mystery built right into it. CoinRoll could be one of the most visual coins across routines you will ever see. The Impossible is Now is such a great handling of this effect and will baffle any person watching it. I highly recommend this video for any coin worker out there or if you looking to add something new and fresh to your show this is the resource you have been looking for.
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Coin Magic That Doesn't Feel The Same Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 23rd, 2022
It is easy for coin magic to all seem the same: Coins vanish, they appear, they vanish from here and then appear over there, and occasionally change color.
David Roth notably pushed back at that sense of sameness with his playful formal pieces that applied whimsical cartoon logic to these plots and centered other props as the "stars" of routines.
Here Curtis Kam applies his tremendous gifts to the same problem. Instead of coins just appearing, a knife is struck against silver ball and the shavings that shoot off are coins. Coins across is no longer "they were here and now they're there." We see the coins transform into ball bearings that roll into the other hand where they are again coins (there's a wonderful restraint in the execution of this, it's the kind of moment that has guests thinking "did that just happen"), "The Lawyer's Tale" is a coin vanish that feels unlike any other coin vanish you've seen.
While the clear intention is to expand the sense of what coin magic can feel like for the viewer, there is technical finesse and solid thinking that will benefit any sleight-of-hand you do (At one point host Erik Tait apologizes for a simple-seeming question that leads down a thoughtful rabbit hold, Curtis replies "It's complex because I have a lot to say about simple things" and boy does he (and it is all worth your time and attention.))
As a bonus item (I think so labelled because it is a traditional plot it doesn't fit neatly into the bigger theme of the lecture) we are treated to Curtis' masterful version of The Cylinder and Coins. Like any great interpretation of a classic plot, this is the work of someone being as clear as they can about why a classic routine is impactful and doing everything he can to maximize those factors and eliminate everything else. Kam's analysis leads to a routine where the focus is a bit different than others (and that also features far more coins than others, something I was ready to hate but -- understanding why he is making that choice and seeing the impact -- I love). His thinking on the central gimmick of the routine is surprising and imminently practical.
Highest recommendation.
Nathan Coe Marsh
Honolulu, July 2023
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Innnovative! I'm in awe! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 21st, 2022
My jaw is on the floor. Just when you think coin magic is limited to variations, somehow, in a fiercely intelligent, deep and entertaining way, Curtis Kam breaks new ground.
And again.
I feel speechless.

Okay, moment of speechlessness over.

I don’t think there’s anyone else with thinking this innovative. There’s work here where the audience doesn’t know WHEN the magic took place and THAT actually makes it MORE powerful than if they did. There's work where the audience doesn't SEE the magic and THAT is also more powerful than if they did. Consider that for a moment and remember we are talking about one of the most VISUAL genres of magic.

These routines are going to offer fresh experiences for the audience. They’re saying, “WTF?” and for completely new reasons!

And of course, the scripting is as integral as the concepts, structure, plot and execution.

Some of my favorites are, “The Impossible is Now,” “The Lawyer’s Tale,” “Conspiracy Nuts,” and the famous “Six Cylinder” but all the others are great and if you’re a subscriber to “The Disclaimer” magazine (if you’re not, what are you doing?), it’ll be a joy to see some of those routines in action.

I’ll have to watch this again and again to mine all the gems and lessons within the explanations. Thank you again, Curtis!

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 18th, 2022
I thoroughly enjoyed Curtis’ lecture. I should admit at the outset of this that Curtis is one of the people on my Mt. Rushmore of coin magic. I’ve been a fan of his for years. If I can sum this up in one word it would be “inspiring”. Curtis’ work will inspire you to do coin magic. The pieces he shares in this lecture will inspire you to think differently about coin magic. As he discussed in the lecture, traditionally people have limited coin magic to appearances, disappearances, transformations and transpositions; however, it can be so much more than that. This lecture is indicative of what coin magic can be. Are you going to perform all of what Curtis teaches here? Probably not, at least not verbatim. That said, you will use various moments from what is taught, at a minimum. For the workers, Ringwraiths, CoinRoll, and Conservation, among other pieces are completely doable, workable, and commercial pieces. The Lawyer’s Tale, for me, was worth the proverbial cost of the lecture. And, Six Cylinder is a powerhouse of a traditional coin routine by John Ramsay. I could keep going. There is a ton of stuff on this that will inspire your creativity and get you thinking, like it did for me. It will expand how you look at coin magic as being more than quick tricks and help you see that it can be thoughtful, evoke emotions, and create theater for your audiences.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 17th, 2022
Curtis shows that even a "regular guy" can be a magic wizard.
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