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Dean,

Before you are out of here, I wanted to ask you one more question. Who are your top three most influential coin magicians?

I would have to say that Williamson, Carney, Kenner, Kurtz and Pace are my tops(note: more than three). However I have been studing Kaps and Ramsey lately. I have decided to go back to the classics to learn. This way I can make my own interpretations of their material.

Thank you,

Corey B.

P.S. Are you going to be at the World Magic Seminar?
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Well, that is a tough question. There are so many good coin Magicians. More than just the routines, are the styles that I like. I like routines that are crystal clean and are easy to follow. Magical of course. I am not fond of Flurry type routines. To me this is juggling with coins. You make the spectator wonder what the heck you are doing. I have seen a few of the guys pull it off, but it has to be clear and to the point. Copper silver is the same thing unless it happens once, and in the spectators hand. (The transpo, and that's it.) This back and forth stuff where the copper is here and the silver is here and now they switch and the silver is here and the copper is here and so on, OH! and now I will do it again drives me crazy. I think people are being courteous to us by not saying anything. The professor Dai Vernon said, "Confusion is NOT Magic". I totally believe that. Even coin routines that go on for ever and ever ruin the feeling of the mystery. That is why I like to do my routines very slow and allow the person to experience the moment. To watch the coin vanish, and wonder where it went. It is fun to watch the expression on their faces and to know that they have just experienced Magic. Not cleverness, or "WOW" he's fast, or he is talking us to death. Now I am not saying that there is not exceptions to the rule. Take for instance, David Williamson. He can break all of the rules and get away with it. That's because he is a one in a million who can. He can play it anyway he wants. If he goes fast he can justify it, make it funny and clear all at the same time. God given special talent... That is not to say that our audience expects more out of me just because my style is different than Davids. But, I know in my heart that the people will walk away from my show and feel the same satisfaction but in a different way.

Sometimes I feel that some magicians do this,(On your mark, get set, Go)type magic. They start, and the trick doesn't stop until they are finished. Patter and all. No inter-reaction. Just go until it is over.

So when you ask me who my three most influential coin Magicians are, it is hard for me to say. John Carney for sure. Michael Ammar is always crystal clear and pure, and Daryl is hard to beat. I have always loved the style of Earl Nelson. His hand movements are a thing of beauty.

Yes, I will be at the World Magic Seminar. God willing. I hope to see all of you there.

By the way if you do go to Las Vegas you must look up a magician named Armando Lucero. He does the most amazing coin magic that I have ever seen. A completely different style. You must see his card magic also, Dean Dill Nov,2002
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