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Harmony Coins Review

July 6th, 2010 6:04am
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Reviewed by Thomas Sciacca
Subtle, and charming. Those are two words that come to mind regarding Harmony Coins...subtle being the first word. The cover of the instructions, which appears in ads for this effect, likewise, matches the subtlety of the effect itself. The ad copy below is true, so there were no discrepencies between what I read and what I received.
The coins are the size of quarters, nicely enameled, with raised characters.
Because they are small, this effect seems appropriate for intimate situations-which is not always the case with coins, or chips of the half dollar scale. The sleights and routine will impose no great challenge to an experienced coin worker. The effect and the bright colors of the coins, to me makes up a very commercial trick. Accessable, and pretty straight forward.
Now. It took me three read throughs of the instructions, to clarify how the audience should perceive these coins from the start. I was honestly not sure.
The clues were in 4 'shows' of different coins, all designed to give the impression that ALL of the coins have black sides, and only three have opposite sides with color. This ambiguity (which naturally points towards function) must be clarified to audience. That I wasn't even clear about it at first, was slightly unnerving. The color changes are visually surprising, and this all leads to an 'in the spectator's hand climax'. Nice, visual routine, nice structure. Subtle. Nothing ground breaking or earth shattering.
If I compare this effect ( which is based on 'Chameleon Chips' by Jerry Sadowitz) to other color changing coin/chip effects, there are stronger ones out there. Clausen Chips comes to mind. I guess that this split coin/color
feature, made me ask myself 'well-if I were going to change 4 pennies to four dimes, wouldn't I change BOTH sides of the coins?' I'm partially tempted to consider the color split as a structural weakness of this routine...which, again,
was born from another routine with chips. What I'm thinking is that FULL transitions are stronger than PARTIAL transitions, so far as what the audience sees. What WE might deal with ofcourse is a coin or prop that contains two attributes to aid in a transition, but the audience is unaware of this.
So, I appreciate the quality of the entire effect-props, instructions, routine-
I also think that there are similar effects available, which seek to accomplish the same end-that are as strong, and stronger, so far as completeness of transitions,- and because the coins/chips are a bit larger.
One last point, is how to carry the stack to begin the routine. The instructions suggest a rope, which is how Chinese coins have been/are traditionally carried...but, a small box is making more sense to me, as there is
an order to the coins which cannot be disrupted, for the routine to work properly.

Product info for Harmony Coins

Author: Merchant of Magic
Publisher: Merchant of Magic Ltd (V)
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $33.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

The Harmony Coin changes colour to match each coin it touches!

Even in the spectators own hands!

A black Chinese coin is displayed to the spectator. Then three more Chinese coins are shown, coloured red, yellow and blue.

The black coin is placed on your palm. The red coin is then placed alongside and the black coin magically changes to red! The process is repeated with the yellow and blue coins. The black coin takes on each new colour accordingly as it touches them.

Finally, you place all four different colour coins into a spectators hand, so they can hold them tight in their fist. As they slowly open their hand, everyone can see that each of the four coins have changed to the same colour!

NO MAGNETS OR THREADS

NO TRICKY ANGLES

NO COMPLEX SLEIGHT OF HAND

NO BANDS OR SHELLS

Comes complete with detailed illustrated instruction guide book, and full set of custom-made nickle plated Chinese Harmony Coins.


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