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Tim Trono
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Today I spent some time working with Neil Tobin's Xpert. This is REALLY REALLY good... one of THE best items I have seen in a long time.

One of the first effects described in the instruction booklet instantly caught me... imagine having a spectator remove a bunch of change, having a penny initialed with the spectator’s initials and the date noted, CLEANLY put the coin in the spectators hand along with the other change (no switches here), and when they open their hand the initialed coin with the noted date is now bent and can be given away. The method is very SEXY and so cool. It is easy and clean. The one problem I anticipated was not there. When I tried this I just started to laugh and said "brilliant". DO NOT pass this item up! Murphy's just worked out an arrangement with Neil to distribute this so it will be available from your favorite dealer soon. Hocus Pocus had previously worked out through Neil to sell this so they actually have it currently. I am unbelievably impressed with this!

Xpert will undoubtedly spur many many cool ideas.

I rarely get this excited after receiving a new trick. This and the new Tommy Wonder DVDs are my absolute top picks recently (OK the Kohler/Hooser/Ogawa/Robbins Charming Chinese Challenge DVD is fast approaching and will be up there).

Neil had described this to me initially and I thought it was very clever but after getting it, it is FAR FAR beyond my expectations. Do yourself a favor and get this.

Tim Trono
Schaden
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On 2003-05-16 20:35, Tim Trono wrote:
.... The method is very SEXY ........


Smile

Is the CCC DVD going to be at my local dealer Mr. Trono?

Lee
Reed McClintock
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I agree this thing is KILLER. I recieved mine a while back and I just recently had some time to go through the manuscript with the utility in hand. I feel bad for guys who do not get this, because I can see nailing them really bad with this.I have combined this with the stars and hexes and a coin. Based on an idea from Larry d here on the Café. It is very versitle as far as usablity. NEIL HAS A WINNER. It is killer for mentalisim also. I can not give this enough praise But trust me it is cool as heck.
Excellent job Neil Smile
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Kamal
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One question though, will this work with currencies other than the U.S.?
Necromancer
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Absolutely any coin will work.

And thank you, Tim and Reed, for such nice comments. I'm glad you like it!
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Tim Trono
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Yes, this effect can be used with any coin. The bending coin routine is hidden amongst the 4 main ones taught. It is fabulous. It is also one of those very rare effects where it is so clever methodologically that you will get a certain "joy" performing it.

The signed coin to pocket effect is great also.

This is a utility device that will find many many uses. I believe Neil will eventually be releasing a booklet of additional ideas as I know Ben Harris, Kenton Knepper, etc. have been playing with it already.

I am carrying this around with me all of the time. I did the bending coin 4 times this evening and it destroyed them.

The gimmick is VERY well made and far exceeded my expectations.

Great job Neil!

Tim Trono
VernonOnCoins
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I'm going to have to order one
Thanks
Necromancer
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Thanks for your support, VernonOnCoins!

Incidentally, I thought you might want to know about the attention that another XPERT routine is receiving in the Bizarre section:
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......tart=0#7
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Tim Taylor
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Can't wait to get mine. I bought it Saturday!
Thanks Neil! Smile
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Tim Trono
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Just in the past few days I have played around with some other uses for Xpert. I know I have raved about this... I see LOTS (!!!) of material but it is pretty rare that I see something where I think "I'll USE this". Xpert is something I have been using with GREAT results. I was performing the coin bend for a VERY skeptical group and it KILLED them. It's a funny reaction- like they are almost "scared" as they have NO idea. If you ever see Dean Dill do his "Dean's Box" and watch the reaction this is similar - there is just no place for spectators to go with this, no possible explanation.

Neil teaches 4 effects but hides a few other bonus thoughts/items in the thorough instructions and the bent coin is one of them. Don’t miss it though.

Over the past few days I have described this in phone conversations with some of the biggest names in magic and in describing exactly what this is all have immediately wanted to buy this.

I can't wait to see what others come up with Xpert.

Neil has done a GREAT job with the gimmick and instructions. If it shows I am impressed by this it is because I am! This is one of those things that might be easy to overlook but if you do you will be missing out on one of the best items I've seen in a LONG time.

Tim Trono
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Mine is in a FedEx airplane with the Tommy Wonder DVD's winging their way to me now!!!

I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!
Thanks,
James
Still with the Chinese circus Smile
Tim Trono
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Two of the best purchases you could make. Enjoy these.

Tim
Xiqual
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Thanks Tim,
Actually it was your posts about these two items that clinched it.

Enthusiasm is a drug!!!!

Thanks again for the killer reviews,
James




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On 2003-05-20 01:46, Tim Trono wrote:
Two of the best purchases you could make. Enjoy these.

Tim
Still with the Chinese circus Smile
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I just ordered this, and can't wait for it to arrive...
Tim Taylor
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I got it! Smile
BUT...
I have not got to play with it yet. Smile
I'll let you know later. Smile
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To everybody with current XPERT orders at Hocus Pocus: I just sent a shipment to Hocus Pocus today, so you should be getting your order very shortly.

Enjoy it. And if you have any questions, just drop me a PM or an email and I'll get back to you right away.

Thanks,
Neil
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I received mine the other day and immediately had one of those- "why didn't I think of that" moments as I'm sure many others had too. While I like the card effect, it just isn't any better than, say, Red Hot Mama or even that old mark the x behind your back trick. It's not all that easy to use with cards either. This gimmick is really perfect for coins. And Neil has some very nice coin routines. This is going to become a utility item that you'll eventually find in every magic store. And rightly so. Good work, smart thinking, Neil. I hope you're handsomely rewarded.
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Tim Trono
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Today I used Neil's Out of Body Experience routine... wow! It SCARED them. When the initialed coin appears in the SPECTATOR'S pocket and you are a good distance away I just cannot convey how powerful this is. Xpert is one of my top 10 purchases as of late.

Tim Trono
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I guess I'll have to buy this just to find
out how a method, any method, could be sexy.

Smile
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I'm about to buy this, is it practical? How are the angles? Can I carry it around with me conveniently?
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