I recently ripped into a product titled Transcendence. While I thought the concept of making a coin multiply in an audience member's hand was interesting, I claimed that nobody would do it because of the complicated and touchy method.
A few weeks after the review hit, I was contacted by David Ethan, a French magician. David had just put out Pop-Coin and wanted me to review it. The effect is very similar to Transcendence, was developed independently and, he claimed, was much better.
He was right.
The method is much simpler and more elegant. You won't be handing everything out for examination, but I would absolutely feel comfortable putting it in someone's hands (assuming they're not drunk or looking to cause trouble).
In addition, the Pop-Coin DVD makes suggestions for several other uses of the gimmick.
I should note that the DVD does not come with the gimmick. You need to make it. If you don't already have everything you need, the items can be easily procured from a local drugstore and/or magic shop.
I'm still on the fence about the short films that make up the performance segments of the DVD. They're interesting and, as short films go, right up my alley. But with a teaching DVD I sometimes want something a bit more direct. I guess, if nothing else, they'll force you to use your own imagination.
Product info for Pop-Coin
Author: Ethan, David Publisher: Joke Magie Average Rating: (1) Retail Price: $35.00
An easy technique to create a gimmicked coin, even the Chinese coins with a hole! In 8 to 10 seconds, the fake coin automatically splits itself. It can be performed in the spectator’s hand, on the table or in the magician’s hand.
It allows easily performing otherwise impossible effects, or effects that require difficult manipulations: A coin travels from the magician’s hand to the spectator’s hand; A coin passes through matter; Matrix; Coin Monte, and more!
The technique is described in detail on the DVD with 9 possible applications. There are many more possible with this gimmick!