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littlethumbtip
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So much fun! Original! I recently attended the TAOM in Houston and suffered through a Close Up competition that was comprised mostly of a narrative exposition of events..."and now the coin will travel from this hand to this hand"! Rather disheartening! The judges seemed to feel the same way, as there were no winners this year, due to competion standards being met. Thank you, thank you, for restoring my joy in quirky, intelligent wonder!
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I second what others have said, and agree that the routine and the presentation were great. It shows what a little (actually a lot!) of creativity will do to make an old trick new again. Also technically superb, very nice use of a Boston Box (I think) and some Slydini moves among other things, and some great misdirection, too.

Other magicians have used the basic idea of "the magic getting away from them" or being confounded by their own magic, but this is a bit different and a nice twist. The routine could even be a bit longer and should still hold the audience's attention. The basic premise is very amusing, and strikes a common chord with most folks who have been unable to follow supposedly simple instructions in assembling gas grills, IKEA furniture, toys, etc.

Kudos for the great routine and doing something a little different. SETH
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Really awesome routine. As others said a lot of it surprised me and had me watch it a few times. Really good stuff. And hey another musician!

I am curious, though, how it would affect the audience who have never seen an Okito Box performance before. They may not get caught as off-guard as magicians who know what to expect.
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Wow! Thank you guys for the nice comments!

Will, I think this absolutely translates to laymen. It's basically a demonstration of a prop, but I've diverted all the obvious Okito Box effects to be secondary effects.

In other words, when the coins vanish from the box, that's not the effect, it's the EVIDENCE of the effect. When the lid and box vanish, that too is not the effect, but the evidence of the effect.

I think the effect can be descibed as each object leaving the table and appearing back inside the bag.

I think having a second container (the bag) allows for some creative possibilities. Rather than coins disappearing or appearing in your hand, things appear to happen outside of your manipulation.
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While coin magicians would definitely get a kick out of watching this routine, I think it would be equally strong for laymen who have no clue what an Okito Box is (and could care less).

The basic concept of a befuddled magician is very strong AND entertaining --- especially in this case, where the acting is so good. SETH
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Very nice presentation... That last transposition floored me... Enjoyed this a lot...

mG
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On Oct 23, 2018, ATXTimeLord wrote:
Very nice presentation... That last transposition floored me... Enjoyed this a lot...

mG



Thank you! I appreciate you watching and glad you enjoyed it!
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Just re-viewed it, I didn't noticed the first time that you're flashing the bottom of the box... Very very nice!
Oh, all these coins on the floor, around me...
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I agree with everyone that this is an enjoyable presentation, but I will offer up a little bit of critique. The initial premise of the routine is you sharing with an audience that the instructions are a bit curious, which indicates you have tried this multiple times for yourself, but your confusion is acted as if this is the first read through of the instructions. Because you have previously read the instructions, your confusion should come from WHY the instructions ask you to remove the lid from the bag when you know full well that you already put the lid on the box in the previous step. Of course you could also change the intro instead to fix the confusion problem. It all depends on whether you want an interaction about having experienced bad instructions or a relatable play about experiencing bad instructions.
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The routine is great (your acting is good too) and the music is perfect
Rick Holcombe
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Wow! Thanks again guys for watching and glad you enjoyed it.



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On Oct 26, 2018, Eric Caldwell wrote:
I agree with everyone that this is an enjoyable presentation, but I will offer up a little bit of critique. The initial premise of the routine is you sharing with an audience that the instructions are a bit curious, which indicates you have tried this multiple times for yourself, but your confusion is acted as if this is the first read through of the instructions. Because you have previously read the instructions, your confusion should come from WHY the instructions ask you to remove the lid from the bag when you know full well that you already put the lid on the box in the previous step. Of course you could also change the intro instead to fix the confusion problem. It all depends on whether you want an interaction about having experienced bad instructions or a relatable play about experiencing bad instructions.



I agree with your thoughts here Eric. Thanks for the input.
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Very nicely done, Rick. Smile

I really enjoyed the presentation method of reading the instructions from the little piece of paper, and the crazy magic that kept happening as to it. Smile

I like presentations where a 2nd party is introduced (in this case, the instructions). I many times have used the concept but with my grandpa showing me something something that just didn't seem to make sense, which is how I like to present my sorta Gadabout version of "The 3 Coin Trick." It all allows for the specs to simply follow along sorta inactively participating at my pace of things, or something like that. Smile

Anyway, nice, fun way of presenting this, and Im sure the specs catch on to the fun fast enough...Good job, man! Smile
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Very nicely done, Rick. Smile

I really enjoyed the presentation method of reading the instructions from the little piece of paper, and the crazy magic that kept happening as to it. Smile

I like presentations where a 2nd party is introduced (in this case, the instructions). I many times have used the concept but with my grandpa showing me something something that just didn't seem to make sense, which is how I like to present my sorta Gadabout version of "The 3 Coin Trick." It all allows for the specs to simply follow along sorta inactively participating at my pace of things, or something like that. Smile

Anyway, nice, fun way of presenting this, and Im sure the specs catch on to the fun fast enough...Good job, man! Smile



Thanks MB!
I really appreciate that!
Joji Matsuo
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This is really fun to watch. Love the music too.
I love the part where you drop the lid to show the box full of coins.
Whether that was accidental or not, it sure is great theater.

Still baffled by the final transpo where the box returns to the bag.
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On Nov 5, 2018, Joji Matsuo wrote:
This is really fun to watch. Love the music too.
I love the part where you drop the lid to show the box full of coins.
Whether that was accidental or not, it sure is great theater.

Still baffled by the final transpo where the box returns to the bag.



Thank you for watching my friend.
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