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Moneypulation Vol. 1 Review

Official Review

September 20th, 2012 5:15am
Reviewed by James Sanden
“Moneypulation” by Lawrens Godon is a DVD on sophisticated, challenging sleight of hand coin magic, focusing significantly on the dynamic back thumb palm. There are 10 effects taught, including a section explaining the thumb palm, as well as how to retrieve the coin from the thumb palm both secretly and as a production. (All of this, by the way, is printed on the DVD case.) Along the way additional sleights are covered briefly, including the Harada Hold and the muscle pass. Instruction is by demonstration only with no verbal explanation, though there are moments when onscreen text clarifies a part of the routine.

The magic taught on “Moneypulation” is extremely idiosyncratic. While some of the effects look quite natural, the majority of them require body language and movements that are somewhat suspicious. The performer’s hands are at times stiff, awkward and unnatural. The movements required can seem contrived and feel more like a demonstration of juggling rather than magic.

However, this style of performance is not a fault, nor is it a result of a lack of work or thought on Mr. Godon’s part. It’s clearly a choice he’s made and it’s obvious he’s put a tremendous amount of work into his magic. His approach is stylized, dramatic and theatrical, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But if one is aiming for mystery and astonishment, it’s doubtful these effects will truly accomplish that. The audience will be surprised and very impressed, but not deeply fooled. The best way to know if this approach is for you is to watch the trailer. If you like what you see, you’ll like what’s taught on the DVD.

Learning these routines will not come easily. While Mr. Godon makes it look simple, the sleights used will require much practice and precision. And while he does use multiple angles and slow motion replay, the routines can be confusing, and, without verbal explanation, the viewer will have to pay close attention and may have to replay the DVD to fully follow the method. Another consequence of no verbal explanation is that none of the finesse or fine points are explained, and with the difficultly level of the material taught, the inclusion of those kinds of details would have made a huge difference.

Along those same lines, while some of the effects are simple and direct in appearance, there are several that are complex and a bit confusing. Multiple coins vanish, appear, and travel in unexpected ways and directions, making it challenging at times for the audience to follow what’s happening.

The DVD covers both multiple and single coin routines, including a 3 fly and spellbound, as well as effects using a silk, jumbo coin and a wand. The quality of the methods used varies. In some effects sleights are highly repetitive, dramatically reducing the deceptiveness of the routine. Mr. Godon also overuses some of the sleights in order to display an empty hand, and the end result is an awkward and suspicious hand position, where a relaxed hand using the Ramsey subtlety would have done just as well and not raised suspicion. (Just because the performer’s hand appears empty will not convince an audience it is. Astute viewers know the coin went somewhere.) Lastly, many of the routines are extremely angle sensitive and can only be performed with the audience directly in front of the performer, rendering them impractical in a lot of settings.

“Moneypulation” is a specialized product for a specific audience, and for that audience it is a valuable addition to the genre. In all likelihood, if this is your cup of tea, you already knew about this DVD, were looking forward to its release, and don’t need my opinion. If, however, you are exploring different types and approaches to coin magic, know this is some of the most stylized and theatrical coin magic I have ever seen. While not absolutely deceptive in the traditional sense, it is still quite magical in appearance, the way a great dancer’s movement can be magical. If that type of performance speaks to you, and you’re willing to put in a lot of work, this DVD could be a great resource for you.

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Product info for Moneypulation Vol. 1

Author: Godon, Lawrens
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $40.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Visual Coin Techniques for the Advanced Magician

14 no-gaff, stand-up routines and techniques!

In this volume Lawrens Godon reveals a revolutionary system of coin manipulation based on a single sleight, often neglected and rarely used.With this knowledge at hand you will have a whole set of INCREDIBLY visual utility sleights and ideas at your disposal.

No-talk teaching and slow-motion sequences make everything easy to learn.

Original, deceptive and elegant, designed to be performed for larger groups as well as under most close-up situations, these coin effects are right up the alley of those who enjoy working at chest level.

Moneypulation is not a DVD for beginners, but any magicians familiar with intermediate level coin techniques will be able to learn the material taught.

Content :

The Dynamic Back Thumb Palm
The Trapdoor
A V A (Appear-Vanish-Appear)
Three Fly
Silk Contact
Fly Again (performance only)

Bonus :

Fake Drop
Continuous Production
Crystal (glass ball routine)

"The Coin Magic of Lawrens Godon is incredible! I was completely fooled. I had long awaited the release of his DVD on the Dynamic Back Thumb Palm..."
- Ponta The Smith

"I spent some time with Lawrens during the European Coinmagic Symposium in Milano and had an opportunity to see some of the most difficult coin magic look absolutely effortless. Anyone who can muscle pass a coin directly into Harada Hold EVERYTIME is someone I need to watch...closely. I recommend Lawrens Godon's work to anyone."
- Eric Jones

Running Time Approximately: 49min

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