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I recently received an early copy of Metal by Eric Jones from Jason over at E. Since it doesnít come out for another week or so, I thought Iíd share some early thoughts.

Eric is rapidly becoming known as a powerful force in the magic world, with great skill in both coin and card magic. Iíve been aware of Ericís work for several years, and heís also an active and helpful member on the Cafť. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Eric a few times, at his lecture in NY, and at the annual Coin Seminar gathering in PA.

Metal is an interesting project, as itís not a single-trick release, nor a collection of original effects. Itís essentially designed to provide beginners with the core building blocks of coin magic, so that they can master the basics and move forward from there.

Thereís a ton of great material out there that already exists for teaching the basics, such as Boboís Modern Coin Magic, and a slew of tapes and DVDs by David Roth and others.

The first half of the DVD focuses on core sleights and moves, with a few more difficult/advanced moves as well. It covers a number of palms and concealments, productions, vanishes, and utility moves. There are a lot of individual sleights including finger palm, classic palm, JW Grip, Ramsay Subtlety, etc. Thereís also a quick section on basic sleeving techniques. This section is all done in-studio. Production value here is excellent. There are 3 different camera angles (including directly overhead), so you always have the best view of how a move is done. Ericís teaching is thorough and methodical, but not labored or boring. Crediting is excellent throughout.

The DVD then moves into a handful of full routines, including a 4-coin coins across, a quick and simple 3-fly, a quarter/penny transpo, a coin vanish using a classic ditch from Bobo, and then the ďJones SpellboundĒ which has some nice switches and changes. All of the routines are within that beginner/intermediate range. The quarter/penny transpo and full coin vanish can be done within minutes of viewing, even for a rank beginner. The other routines will require a bit more practice and dedication.

The final section is on coin flourishes, none of which are at the easy or beginner level. Eric teaches the 4-coin roll down, 5-coin star, and an arm roll, where the coin rolls down the arm, pops off the elbow, and lands back in the hand. These are cool flourishes, but Iím surprised Eric didnít include a more basic flourish, such as an across-the-knucles sort of roll, since the DVD is geared towards beginners.

Throughout the DVD, Eric provides tips on naturalness, misdirection, creating tension, audience management, angles, getting caught, etc. Itís in these bits that he really takes it beyond just teaching the moves and into teaching magic.

Overall, itís a nice and thorough collection, with a runtime right around 2 hours. Thereís a heck of a lot of material crammed in, certainly enough to keep a beginning coin magician busy for months. While thereís not as much here for intermediate or advanced coin magicians, there are some pieces thatíll youíll enjoy. I was familiar with the vast majority of the material on the DVD, but there were some nice tips, alterations, and never-before-published bits thrown in as well. In particular, Ericís variation on the Bobo switch, called the Jones Switch, and his Jones Spellbound, are worth checking out.

Iím a big proponent of learning material from multiple sources/teachers, as I think it creates a well-rounded education. For example, I initially learn most of my card fanning technique from McBrideís videos, and got pretty darn good at it. But when I studied the work of a few other people, there were some other nuances that helped me to improve even more.

So it goes with Metal. Iíd suggest that anyone interested in beginning coin magic get themselves a copy of Boboís book, and check out the wealth of other material that already exists on tape/DVD as well. But donít overlook Metal. It does cover a lot of the same sleights, but you may pick up a tip on Classic Palming that you didnít learn elsewhere, or finally nail that move that you couldnít comprehend in print. Youíll also learn some original routines that arenít published elsewhere.

Itís nice to see Ellusionist behind a DVD of this style, rather than a single-trick release. As they say, you need to learn your scales before you can create a symphony. Same is true for magic, you need to learn your basic sleights, and then you can progress from there. The modern magic market doesnít really emphasize the basics a lot of the time, and I think many beginners get thrown into the deep end sometimes. So if this DVD encourages beginners to start where the should when they otherwise wouldnít consult the classics, then so much the better.

You can tell that Eric put a lot of thought and time into selecting the material, researching the history and credits, and that heís generally passionate about magic, both in technique and in presentation. Heís got incredible chops, and is an excellent teacher.

The only negative thing I could say about the DVD if I had to, would be that I didnít really care for the style of the live performances. I felt the camerawork here was poor. Luckily, the live section only accounts for about 5 minutes of the total 2 hour runtime, so itís not a big issue.

People who are already well-versed in coin magic won't get as much out of this as a total beginner, but there is something for everyone. Definitely recommended for beginners, and recommended for anyone else passionate about coin magic.

Kevin
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Eric is an incredibly hard working accomplished magician. His teaching on "Audio" was fantastic. Clear and concise without being repetitive and pedantic.
He is a rising star in magic. I am sure this DVD will be great.
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Love his stuff, I just wish I knew if this dvd would help me all that much or if it would be a rehash of what I already know/do.
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If Eric Jones made it, I'm buying it. No reviews needed.
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Eric's a worker and great teacher. I'm sure this is outstanding.
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It is a fantastic DVD and is going to be a staple for most coin magicians...I'm going to write a very comprehensive review later, I've watched it in hand.

It teaches the high finger palm, I just can't seem to do this with a morgan. The coin won't grip. Haha. Even when ponta showed me a couple times, its very difficult to hold the coin in high fingerpalm for me.

Anyway, if I had to give one constructive critism...it would be, some of the sleights and ultilites such as sleeving are explained too quickly. Eric is a great teacher, and does a great job on 99% of the material, not only teaching throughout but also giving credits and tips on each move. I was impressed. I had to re-wind it several times to look at the mutobe palm, because it was explained too fast. The arm roll is a very nice flourish I want to learn too, but I also felt this taught too quickly.
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Excellent review Mercury.
Eric is one of the best teachers out there. This will surely be fine addition to his body of work.
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Hey guys the trailer for Metal, which is out on November 1st, is here:

http://www.ellusionist.com/metal-dvd-by-eric-jones.html
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That DVD is in my wish list... never have so high anticipation in a Coin Magic DVD since Homer Liwag's release in previous years.
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I also received a copy and posted some pics of the packaging here: http://www.bestmagicdeals.com/2010/10/me......contest/

They are giving away 4 sets of 1929 walking liberty halves by the way...
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I am gonna order right when it comes out Smile. If I don't win..well liberty halves aren't that expensive are they?
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How much $$$$$$ is this going to run us... Including the shipping???
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Salby the DVD is 34.95 from Ellusionist. Shipping? They don't quote a shipping rate. I imagine it's not much. It's worth it!

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Shipping is usually around 4 bucks at E I believe.
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Can't wait for this one to hit the other magic shops. (I donít buy anything from Ellusionist - boned me big time once...)

Anything by Eric is about the closest you will ever come to a sure thing! Smile

Thanks!

Jim
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On 2010-10-27 02:28, J-Mac wrote:
Can't wait for this one to hit the other magic shops. (I donít buy anything from Ellusionist - boned me big time once...)

Anything by Eric is about the closest you will ever come to a sure thing! Smile

Thanks!

Jim



The only downside to this Jim, is that you probably won't see this in many magic shops. Ellusionist typically doesn't wholesale to other magic shops from what I understand. The only two places to purchase this, are through me and through Ellusionist.
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I know that Fantasma and Tannens here in NYC carry E products. Can't say for other regions.

If Eric is selling the DVD directly though, I'd suggest buying from him.

Kevin
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Anytime I have the chance to buy directly from the creator, I do!

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It sounds like as always, Eric has cover all the angles. No pun intended.

Great reviw.
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I just caught this trailer, I am ANXIOUSLY awaiting the release! This could quickly become a go-to guide for coin magic right up there with Bobo's
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