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Hi all. Not ever having had a chance to see him work, I was wondering if you would like to share your impressions. Here is the link for the Café section on reviewing his book, or feel free to PM if you prefer.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......art=0#21

The book looks fantastic, I am just wondering about the content and volume for the price. So far, no one I know, has seen him work. Help me out guys, I have a $50.00 bill buring a hole in my pocket. Do you did these routines and moves?

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There's a lot of things you can do with $50 bucks, and I'd say if you can spare it, one of them is to buy Larry's book. It looks extremely interesting, and though I have not had the pleasure of seeing Larry do his thing, I have no doubt that he is good at what he does. He is a student of the game and has studied well. His many fine comments on this forum are a clear-enough indication to me that the guy is probably pretty darn good. So, I'd say try it...I don't think you'll be sorry. It seems like a tremendously well-done piece of work. Smile Who knows, maybe his next venture, in between being a doctor and all, will be a dvd where the Good Dr. might make a house call. Smile
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I have the book and all I can say is BUY IT!!. It is full of some great sleights and are very detailed. I have glanced through the routines because I'm still working on some of the sleights. Great stuff, It is a great investment.
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The prior thread reviewing 21st Century Coin Mechanics in the Book Review section is no longer there. Therefore the link in KirkG's post goes nowhere. I don't know if the topic was deleted. Hopefully Café staff can comment.
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Before its release I ordered this book, thinking: here's a nice coin book for reading in bed. Smile
Au contraire!
Larry's book deserves careful study with coins in hand.
Most of the sleights and effects have excellent angles which in my opinion is a great advantage.
So back to practicing Larry's devious Copper Silver by Brute Force . . . . .
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Leko, You are much farther than me. I am still working on the FCOP. Oh well. Ill get there sooner or later.
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Well, I didn't get much sleep!
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I’ve had about a week to read through 21st Century Coin Mechanics and I’ll give you chapter by chapter my impressions of the first 7 chapters. There are a total of 25 chapters. The first 14 are devoted to sleights and the remaining 11 are routines based on those sleights.

Just reading through the preface and introduction I can tell that the author knows clearly how to express himself with words. The book is beautifully done with color photos on the dust jacket and very clear b/w photos inside.

Ch1: Palms and Grips- Sharp b/w photos and clear text showing the concealments and coin grips used in the book.

Ch2: Flying Changeover Palm (FCOP)- The most important move in the book. I can do it now but it took a lot of practice. The key is in synchronizing the wrists as they turn. I still need to work at it. This allows you to secretly transfer a coin in the left hand to the right hand while placing or dropping a visible coin from the right hand into the left. It is used as an acquitment, a vanish, and as a false count. Throughout the book a shuttle pass is never used. It is similar in function to the Sylvester Pitch but there is no pitching or tossing of a coin. The angles on this are great.

Ch3: Flying Changeover Palm Vanish- Similar to the FCOP but only one coin used. It’s shown with bare hands or with a prop such as a playing card or pencil.

Ch4: Pivoting Changeover Palm- Similar in function to the FCOP but it can be done more slowly. This is a very deceptive acquitment that can be used in place of the FCOP. I found it easier to do than the FCOP. It is the key move in Coins From Vegas (Ch 18).

Ch5: Flying False Count- This is actually not that hard to do. The momentum of the coins does half the work for you. It’s used to count 3 coins as 4 or 2 coins as 3. I like it better than the Himber/Sankey False Count.

Ch6: Retention Trip Vanish- This is the first of three retention of vision vanishes. This is the easiest to learn. The coin ends up in what’s called in Ch1 the Downs Oblique Thumb Palm. Larry uses this palm quite a bit. I’ve done this with both halves and dollars and it’s almost easier getting the dollar in this grip than the half.

Ch7: Universal Retention Vanish (URV)- This move and the FCOP appear to be the core moves in the book. The URV technique is divided into slow and rapid techniques. The slow technique allows you to do an unbelievable retention vanish. His fast technique is used in a variety of ways including a number of visible coin changes (Double Helix Change). The fast technique I think is the hardest move in the book but I think it was easier to learn than the muscle pass was for me. I am still working on it.

I have peeked ahead to look at the routines but I wanted to learn or least familiarize myself with the sleights first. Four Coins to Pocket looks awesome. In the routine section before each effect he lists the sleights needed in a chemistry or physics type formula. It summarizes the routine in a pseudoscientific way. Very cool. Beneath the “formula” is a list of “mechanics required” and which chapters these sleights are explained in. I really like the style and format of the book.

Overall, I am very satisfied with my purchase. This is a meaty book which I’m really enjoying getting into to. The moves taught so far are ones that I will really use. They are very powerful techniques. I’ll update my review as I progress through the book.
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Thanks you box jumper. That was very helpful. Kirk
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Hi guys!

I just received my copy! This is unique stuff, to say the least...in fact I HESITATE to promote it, because...well...

I want this for myself...mine...too good to share!

$50? If you COULD put a price on the contents of this book, and be fair about it...it would far surpass that. Just my opinion, of course. The versatility in the stuff you learn from that...very usable. A good example would be that I've already adapted something from that book, and it's answered a years-long problem! I'd have paid $50 for that alone, LOL!

Bottom line: Is Coin Magic your thing? You must have this book.

Best,

Doug
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Support Larry AKA Count ELmsley.. buy the book ..Whats with all the questions .. I just came back from Vegas I dropped 50 bucks in the slots at the air port and got nothing in return .....
Larrys book will give you a lifetime of reading and practicing....and you will get something inreturn..pleasure......
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Agree with the above posts-- this is a first-class book.

One other thing-- the descriptions are very well written. The correct anatomical terminology is used and this results in concise, accurate descriptions of the moves. I really hope this aspect of book writing catches on.

-- Frank
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Sorry about my english guys,but whats the meaning of acquitment?I´ve purchased the Barnowsky book and found that word a lot.the diccionary didn´t help me.BTW great book,all the sleiths are new to me so it´s like I was learning coin magic all over again from the beggining.The FCOP is a hard one do learn does any one of you master it?It took long to achieve it?I´m getting nuts with that move.

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Fernando,
That word "acquitment" is an old fashioned word used in some of the classic magic texts such as Magic Without Apparatus. I believe it is of French derivation. It refers to a sleight that enables the magician to hide an object while apparently showing his hands empty. When it's done once, it may be called a changeover palm. When it's done repeatedly, some call it "handwashing." The Flying Changeover Palm (FCOP) is a not a knucklebusting sleight. It is more of a finesse sleight where timing and synchronization are the key. As mentioned in the book, try doing the FCOP with your eyes closed. This will help you get the timing down. When I do that sleight I rarely look at my hands, but rather focus on my audience. All of this will come with continued practice.
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Larry,thanks for the "vocabulary lesson" and for the encouragement regarding this new sleight.
Fernando


One more thing Larry,
The book is meant to be studied in a specific order? The first sleights are the most important and most used? And the effects (tricks) evolve from easy to complex?
What did you have in mind when you put the chapters together? Is there a criterion?
Thanks,
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Fernando,
I would recommend the book be read as written. You can if you want read a routine first. As you know the first 14 chapters are the "mechanics" or sleights needed. Chapters 15-25 are the "applied mechanics" or routines. However if you wish to read one of the 11 routines first you will see at the top of the chapter a list of "mechanics required." That will tell you which sleights are needed to perform that routine and in which chapters those sleights can be found. For example in Ch 16, Four Coins To Pocket, the mechanics in chapters 2,3, and 6 are needed. In Chapter 15, Copper Silver By Brute Force, the mechanics in chapters 2 and 11 are required. So if you wish, you can read a routine and refer back to the earlier chapters teaching that move.
The routines are not in order of complexity or difficulty. The hardest effect I think is Coins From Vegas in Chapter 18 and the easiest is Shear Force in Chapter 23.
The most important move in the book is the Flying Changeover Palm because it can be used as a vanish, an acquitment, and as a very deceptive false count. That's the first sleight in the book and I put it there because of its importance. Take your time with the book. The sleights will come with continued practice.
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Thanks Larry.Precious advices.
Fernando
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This is a continuation of my review.

Ch 8: Open Palm Retention Vanish- There are 3 variations of this retention vanish explained. All are easier than the URV. My favorite is Variation #3 which to my eye looks the best in the mirror.

Ch 9: Double Helix Change- This is hard because to do it properly you have to have mastered the “rapid” form of the URV. I’m practicing it with the “slow” URV right now because the I can’t do the other as well yet. To the audience it looks like you are just twirling the coin but it changes to another one instantly. With silver dollars it really looks nice. I’d love to see the author do this in person. Any seminars or lectures planned Larry?

Ch 10: Double Helix Acquitment- Uses a similar motion of the wrists but is generally used as an acquitment. It easier to do because the rapid URV is not needed. Again the photos are invaluable here. This one came to me pretty easily. Basically, you have one coin displayed and one in finger palm in the right hand and in the process of moving that coin to the left you secretly transfer the hidden coin to the left.

Ch 11: Ross Bertram Multiple Coin Changeover Palm- This is a fantastic move which I was aware of from Stars of Magic but never really tried (the explanation in Stars of magic was less than clear). This is a silent way of transferring a group of coins from one hand to the other.

Ch 12: Dollar Deposit Load- A funny name for a technique to load a silver dollar under a card. Works pretty well.

Ch 13: URV Toss Switch- This depends on the rapid URV which I am still practicing. This is like a Bobo switch but the switched out coin is sprung into Ramsay Finger palm as the switched in coin is tossed into the other hand. If you keep the left hand open it works as a cool visible coin change.

Ch 14: Over Easy Change and Acquitment- This move is fairly easy to learn. There are many variants of this described. You can do this with or without the URV. Combining this with the URV allows you to do “cycles” which are maneuvers that transfer the hidden coin between the hands or produce eye candy type coins changes. These could be easily incorporated into any Spellbound routine.

That ends section one of the book. Section 2 has the routines that use these sleights. I’ll update this review as I work my way through the book. So far, very original material, some easy, some hard. The Flying Changeover Palm and the URV are phenomenal moves worth the effort to perfect.
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I am really enjoying the book.

the layout is very well thought out. the photos are great and go really well with the text.

oliver
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Larry. . . I just got the book today and will be reading it thoroughly soon. I did have a chance to glance though it and it seems like it would help if one could actually see these routines in action. I've heard the mention that you might have a video of these routines and moves. Do you have them posted on the web? I think it would help a great deal to one who hasn't had the pleasure of seeing you work.

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Hi Jeff,
There are no videos of my material on the web. A DVD of the routines and sleights is a future project. However I thought in the meantime it would be helpful to provide the purchasers of the book an additional resource to help learn the individual sleights. I am working on a making a CD consisting of short video clips which will demonstate what the sleights and a few routines should look like to the audience. It won't be a teaching video. These will be MPG clips which are fairly large files. These will be available only to current and prior purchasers of the book for a nominal charge (basically my cost for postage and the media). When it's available for distibution, I'll inform you and other buyers on how to get one.
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OK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I'll just wait here in great anticipation. <grin>

Really, that's a wonderful idea and a fine gesture. Please let me know when it's
available. Thank you!

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Started to film the sleights for the CD. I expect a few weeks from now I should have the companion CDs duplicated and available for delivery. I'll keep you all posted.

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Looking FWD to seeing your routines in action Larry.

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Section Two consists of the routines or "Applied Mechanics."
Ch 15: This is called Copper Silver By Brute Force. This is very quick transposition of a copper and silver coin using the FCOP and the Bertram Multiple Coin Changeover Palm. The work is already done as you describe to the spectator what to expect. This can also be done with a coin and a second object like a ring or maybe a small ball. This is a great quickie.
Ch16: In Four Coins To Pocket the coins one at a time vanish from the hand and migrate to the pocket. Only four coins are used. The FCOP and the FCOP Vanish are needed along with the Retention Trip Vanish. It's here Larry teaches the FCOP false count which is IMO extremely deceptive. There is another false count called the Flying False Count which can be used instead but I prefer the one with the FCOP. The routine flows very smoothly and each action is covered by the appropriate patter and appears very fair. The final coin vanish is not done with a retention vanish. Instead the coin is placed in the palm and the hand closed. A tap with a wand or pencil makes it happen. This is a variant of the FCOP Vanish. It is nothing like the Strike Vanish or anything else I've seen. It's explained back in Ch. 3. This is nothing short of brilliant and so different in method from anything else I've come across.
Ch17: Boomerang Coins is a coins across effect done with four silver dollars. The first three coins travel from left to right one at a time. The hands never actually touch. The last coin never goes and instead the other 3 boomerang back to the left. A similar effect was The Travelers in Tarbell 7 and it was also used in Stars of Magic by Ross Bertram. It uses the same two moves used in Copper Silver By Brute Force and some additional handlings. I really like this routine and plan on using it alot. Larry also gives a version with five coins which allows for some extra convincers but I think I'll stick with four coins. It's great to be able to do magic with coins that are examinable and not have to hold anything out.
Well, that's what I've read and practiced so far. I too am looking forward to the CD showing how the sleights should be done.
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Thanks boxjumper for your continuing review of my book. I'm delighted that you've found the Flying Changeover Palm false count to be a useful tool. By my calculation, you should be reading now Coins From Vegas. It's the hardest routine in the book so take your time with it.
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Larry I received your book and the coin. Thank you very much. I love the coin it is my favorite now in my every day practice. The information in your book is of top quality. The title for the book is a perfect description of its content because it is really and evolution of sleights and mechanics from the 20th to the 21st century.

I higly recommend this book to the serious coin worker. If you implement this sleight in your routines or even perform some of Larrys ideas you will take your coin magic to a higher level.

Joaquin
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Update:
I've completed filming the sleights for the companion video CD. As mentioned elsewhere, this will consist of MPEG video clips that you can play on a PC. I need to have these duplicated so I estimate they will be ready to ship in about a week. For those who have the book, the cost of the CD will be $6.00 and that includes shipping worldwide. If you wish to purchase the book and the CD together the total will be $56.00 plus shipping ($3.00 US, $7.50 Canada, $16.00 Europe and Asia). If you wish to pre-order, I will ship the CD or the Book/CD as soon as the CD is available, with those pre-ordering getting the CD or CD/Book first.



...I now have a firm date for shipping the video CD and video CD/book combo. I will be shipping them Monday October 24. I have all the CDs, envelopes, mailers, stamps etc. but they are in Cooperstown, and I am in Manhattan all this week.
...There are 28 short MPEG video clips which demonstrate how each of the moves and variations of moves should look. They correspond to the sleights taught in the first 14 chapters of the book. I have also included a longer video of me performing Coins From Vegas which allows you to see many of the sleights used in performance. There is also a Word document on the CD which gives some background on when and why the moves were developed.
....As stated in a prior post, I will be accepting orders and they will be filled in the order received. And yes, I still have a supply of Chinese coins for Café members which comes with each book.
Thanks again for your interest.
Larry
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Larry,

I haven't ordered the book yet but I plan to, but where could we get more coins to match the chinese one you are including with the orders. Thank you. Cheers,

Bill
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Hi Bill,
I Pmed you regarding the coins.
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