July 30th, 2012 6:07pm
Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
|This DVD is really quite unique and it has a lot of great material on it. The one big unique feature that sticks out is the explanation system. I call it a system because I cannot think of a better word to describe it, and I will get to that later. The DVD starts out by offering you the option of watching the disc in Japanese or in English.
The first three effects deal with the Al Schneider classic, The Matrix, the first of which is called Flash Matrix. This is almost like a normal Matrix, but instead of assembling one at a time, all four coins assemble together at once under one of four cards. This is a pretty clean version, although some might consider a few of the movements contrived. It is quite easy to do with some practice.
Next is Backfire Assembly. Using two cards and four coins, you place a coin one at a time in your hand and cause it to vanish, then reappear under one of the cards. When three of the coins have assembled under one card and the last one is about to go, all four coins suddenly appear in their original position. Again, this routine has a few movements that look a little contrived if you are doing this routine silently, but if you are performing a speaking routine, it is easy to "explain" a few of them. If you watch the video, you will know what I mean because it is hard to explain this without giving anything away.
The third is called Reverse Matrix, and it is exactly that. It is similar to the Backfire Assembly in plot, only it starts as a standard Matrix with four coins and four cards. One at a time, the coins assembly under one of the cards and after the fourth coins is actually shown to have vanished under its card, the cards are moved to show that the coins have returned to their original spots. If you are familiar with the standard Matrix, you will be doing this one in no time. If you are a beginner, it is still easy to understand and with practice, you can make it look good. It is very clean in its working.
Invisible Visible is a vanish and reproduction of three coins. They disappear one at a time, then at the end, they reappear at the fingertips all at once in a fan of three. This can be done silently or whilst talking and it looks very good from the spectator point of view. This is not one of the easier routines on the DVD because you really have to take care of how you handle the coins during the routine, but if you practice, you will have a nice little sequence on your hands.
3 Coin Production is self-explanatory. If you need a clean and magical way of producing three coins, this is for you, but for some it may require a bit more practice to get the handling down. Overall, it is not really all that difficult for the intermediate-advanced coins handler. This one also employs a neat little idea to "prove" the existence of the invisible coins. That is to say, you have one visible coin in one hand and an invisible one at the fingertips of the other. You then use the visible coin to "clink" the coins together, and you actually hear it!
Nude is a barehanded production of a coin, which you then vanish, showing your hands once again to be empty. If you are familiar with the Eclipse from the Metal Eclipse DVD by Tristan Mory, you will be somewhat familiar with this one. While it is not the same thing, I personally think the version from Metal Eclipse is better. This version uses two hands (Eclipse uses only one), but you will require lots of practice to get the timing down, the placements just right and whatnot. It looks very, very good when done smoothly!
International Chink-a-Chink is just that, using four coins, each one a different color and some a different size. You can actually do this one with any color and size of coins that you wish, and it looks very pretty. This is a routine that is rather easy to do as far as the mechanics are concerned, but it is better suited to a sit-down performance situation. You can actually do this standing up if you have the right equipment and the right table for it.
3 Fly. I can already hear all the groans and grunts from the coin workers out there (and even non-coin workers), "Oh come on, another 3 Fly?!" Yes, another one! BUT this one is really cool because it is not quite like the others out there. At one point, you turn your right palm toward the audience with two coins at the fingertips, cause a coin to fly - right palm still toward the audience - to the left fingertips. As you turn your right hand around again, the coin is seen to have returned to the fingertips of the right hand! This version of 3 Fly is, to me anyway, sort of a breath of fresh air. It looks clean, it can be done with the funny "explanation" or without and it is rather magical. It will take plenty of practice for the beginners, but intermediate and advanced coin workers will not have much trouble.
A Trick With 4 Coins is a really neat little routine in that it comprises quite a couple of different coin plots in it. You start by displaying four silver coins and proceeding to do a 2 In the hand/1 in the pocket sequence, but with four coins, so a 3 in the hand/1 in the pocket. After doing it twice, you place three of the silver coins in your pocket, and the fourth one is changed into a Chinese coin (you can use any contrasting coin). You proceed to do a Steeplechase (coin rolled along the knuckles) as four Chinese coins total are produced in this manner. This is a unique application of the Steeplechase in using it as a production. This routine is simple in plot, but it will take plenty of practice to get the timing and the moves down correctly. Once you get it down smoothly, it looks very magical!
Now we get to what I called earlier the 'explanation system'. This DVD features multiple angles, a slowed down over-the-shoulder explanation, a realtime over-the-shoulder explanation, 3D explanation, X-Ray views and underside views, some of them with subtitles. All explanations were performed silently for the most part and words (subtitles) help to explain some of them further. Everything in the explanation section of this DVD, needless to say, is very thorough and well-explained. I myself have never seen anything quite like these explanations, but the first one to use some of these techniques for explanations was Homer Liwag on his CoinONE DVD (and he made use of them VERY well).
The one thing that kept this DVD to 4.5 stars is the audio quality. The English dubbing was done by Kevin Tejan and when I tried listening to it twice in the performance and explanation sections, I just ended up muting the sound because I could not understand it at all, but that is coming from someone that is a non-native English speaker. It sounded like it was coming out of a very antiquated and poor gramophone. Though the quality was poor, understand that as a non-English speaker I personally had a hard time understanding any of it. I am sure that native English speakers may be able to understand it better, but it may take a few runs through to get it all. At first, I thought it was some sort of attempt at an audio effect to make it sound "cool", but after talking (or rather PMing) with Kevin about it, he tried to get subtitles put in the final product (which was originally planned), but in the end, the decision was made (by the producers) not to do that. Also, he stated that he had recorded the dubbing on his phone. The producers should have given him a USB microphone and/or enhanced the audio digitally after the fact, but they did not. In my opinion, Kevin did the best job he was able to do.
Mott-Sun is a skilled performer from what I can tell, but in my opinion his mime and pantomime skills need work. I say this as a former student of a very well-known mime instructor, and as someone who utilizes corporeal mime in my shows. Being able to mime and pantomime well helps to make the magic that much more real to your audience, especially in working with coins. I am not saying it has to be perfect, but it should be logical. Just as an example: You have a visible half dollar at your right fingertips and an invisible half dollar at your left fingertips, and you intend to clink them together to prove that the invisible coins is really there. You should not be tapping the invisible coin from a few centimeters/inches away, but rather quite close to the left fingertips.
All in all, if you want some different and new coin magic to add to your act, this is a great place to start. Some of the routines on here are advanced, and others are quite easy, so there is something for every taste on here. Another thing that I like is that most of these effects and routines can be phased-out, that is to say that certain movements/parts of the effects and routines can be changed to suit your taste, your style and your skill level. Highly recommended!
Oh, and there is a nice little Easter egg on the DVD, but that is for the viewer to find! I will say though that it is just one effect, performed and taught by Ponta the Smith, and it is pretty sweet!
Product info for Monster
Author: Mott-SunPublisher: French Drop, Ltd. Average Rating: (1)Retail Price: $35.00
Japanese underground magician Mott-sun is releasing his first DVD. There are 9 coin routines using only regular coins, and they are variations of familiar classic plots. But you will be totally fooled!
His creations are not magic, but rather miracles. Although he is highly skilled, he doesn't depend too much on difficult techniques.
He is very creative, and arrives at reasonable solutions which no one has ever created before. You can get brand new ideas which are well developed and highly sophisticated. You will be surprised that a guy who is still 19 years old made such great magic!
All the routines are not easy to perform, but worth trying. And there are lots of original and practical techniques which will be standard in the near future. Many famous coin magicians have praised Mott-sun highly. You will discovery new possibilities in your coin magic! Please enjoy his DVD.
"It's no that common to see so much youth and quality together. Looking at his hands you can see the imposible magic and to feel the evolution of magic" - Miguel Angel Gea
"In this beautifully made dvd, you will discover the coin artistry of Mott-Sun, a young japanese magician. Prepare yourself for a treat of coin magic! From visual impossibilities to clever sound effects, Mott-Sun takes you for a journey toward his amazing creativity and engaging personality. Mott-Sun is very graceful and highly skilled...such a mastery at such a young age is simply unbelievable! Highly recommended!" - Lawrens Godon
"This DVD is full of surprises and mysteries. It must become a hot topic all over the world. The Monster just emerged in Japan. I am sure that he is going to innovate coin magic." - Shigeo Futagawa
"He is the most talented magician I've ever seen. He has incredible skills. His ideas are unique and sophisticated. I think he will be world-class magician in future. " - Ponta the Smith
Routines performed and explained:Flash Matrix:
4 coins in each corner instantly assemble at one corner. Even a coin fanatic will be fooled! Reverse Matrix:
4 coins assemble in one corner, and then instantly come back to their original positions. Backfire Assembly:
Coin assembly using 2 cards. His original technique minimizes unnecessary movements. No one can guess how the coins backfire! International Chink a Chink:
This Chink A Chink uses 4 color contrasting coins from different countries. This makes the trick more visual and the moves more convincing. The coins backfire at the end. It is stunning. 3 Coin Production:
In this 3 coin production, the magician makes coins appear from nowhere. Invisible Visible:
A Hanging Coins style routine that utilizes a unique sound technique. It's based on an idea when David Williamson performed his Talking Coins routine. However in this routine, no wand is needed. A Trick with 4 Coins:
This trick is inspired by the Homing Card effect. Although the magician puts one coin into his left pocket, it comes back into his right hand. The climax will surprise you! Nude:
A clean vanish and production. The moves in this trick are very natural, and this all makes it very magical. No gimmicks. In fact, it can be done naked! 3 Fly:
A acrobatic coin trick with a humorous presentation. It's very interesting.
Running Time: Approximately 40minRunning Time Approximately
: 40min - Japanese and English audio