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Topic: "Caplocation" by Dan Watkins
Message: Posted by: Fingers (Jan 20, 2007 06:52AM)
My congratulations to Dan Watkins for his [b]"Caplocation"[/b] eBook! I just received a copy and it is great! It is well written, easy to understand with very good illustrations. It is an excellent routine that can be done impromptu in a bar/restaurant type environment with bottle caps. It will take some practice, but the nice thing is its not a knuckle cruncher. If you guys get a chance give it a look see, it is well worth the small fee and time. Keep up the good work Dan!!
Message: Posted by: Jim Salabim (Jan 20, 2007 07:14AM)
I think it looks good too. I guess that this is to answer to "where has Dan been the last few weeks?". :)

Message: Posted by: phedonbilek (Jan 20, 2007 10:18AM)
It does look great. The perfect bar effect. What about the angles?

Message: Posted by: RevJohn (Jan 20, 2007 11:41AM)
Nice demo video, and good job. Thanks for sharing!

Message: Posted by: DStachowiak (Jan 20, 2007 01:19PM)
Holy smoke that's smooth! I just placed my order!
Message: Posted by: Fingers (Jan 21, 2007 06:01AM)
I forgot to tell you guys you can find the demo of [b]"Caplocation"[/b] on Dan Watkins web-site, [url]http://www.coinvanish.com[/url].

It depends what version you are using Phedon, when it comes to the angles. There are a few versions explained like standing or sitting. Generally speaking I would say angles are not a problem at all, however, if you use the impromptu version that is explained you will need your spectators in front of you.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Jan 21, 2007 06:13AM)
How large is the file for us snail dial-up people?.. :) ..
Message: Posted by: Fingers (Jan 21, 2007 06:29AM)
Hi joseph, I use dial-up too and it was almost an instant download for me. You will need Adobe Acrobat reader though, but if you don't have it I am pretty sure you can get a free download on Dan's web-site.....
Message: Posted by: joseph (Jan 21, 2007 06:46AM)
Thanks, Fingers....
Message: Posted by: Fingers (Jan 21, 2007 08:30AM)
No problem Joseph. I wish you the best of luck! Normally I am a coins only guy, but in the case of "CAPLOCATION" I think I will make an exception. I do tend to hang out at the local pub and this is a fantastic routine for that environment.....
Message: Posted by: phedonbilek (Jan 21, 2007 09:32AM)
Thanks a lot Fingers. If you're a bar person it seems Caplocation is THE routine for you. I'm placing my order.

Message: Posted by: magicman1 (Jan 21, 2007 11:22AM)
How long after you pay does it take to get the download?
Message: Posted by: DStachowiak (Jan 21, 2007 11:56AM)
I just downloaded it,
now I have to run out and get a 6-pack! :D

Message: Posted by: doug brewer (Jan 21, 2007 01:55PM)
This is a great routine. Dan has taken the time to really explore each and every aspect of this effect. He gives you a practice routine, then explores variations that really pushes this effect to its limits. I've already started using this in my bar sets and it plays VERY strong. It gets my highest recommendations.

Message: Posted by: Fingers (Jan 22, 2007 08:03AM)
No problem Phedon and yes I like doing 12 ounce reps or exercises once in a while LOL.....

Hi Don, I got my download just a few hours after I purchased it.....

Now that's the my man DStachowiak!.....Cheers.....!

Your got that right Doug, I found that with all the material he sells on his web-site, which I personally own and will not part with.....
Message: Posted by: Rindfleisch (Jan 22, 2007 10:43AM)
I was privileged enough to see and read the manuscript awhile back and let me just say. This is a great routine. The amount of effort Dan put into writing up this manuscript is well worth the amount he's asking for it. The nice thing about this routine was he didn't just rush into publication to make a buck he actually took the time to research everything for proper credits and make sure he was putting out a top notch product.

You did a great job on this one Dan!

Joe Rindfleisch
Message: Posted by: MagicJohnH (Jan 22, 2007 11:51AM)
Caplocation looks great. I just ordered it now. Dan always puts out a great product.
Message: Posted by: harris (Jan 22, 2007 12:03PM)
Thanks Fingers and Dan...

Reminds me of one of my earlier readings(Goshman...York) of chink a chink....

I believe he had it in a Diamond Shape.back then folks used Caps and sugar cubes...(sequee into mark on one of the cubes going to hand...hebba hebba...yabba daba doooo

these days things go across....ala wonderful work of John B.and others..

Looks like pretty eye candy...

At a bar one could produce a bottle of ????

These days I stick to coke caps and diet coke....

Side question does coke taste better in bottles or cans...

Coke bottle production vanish...then find full can of pop in shoe or other place...ladies purse....???

seque into coin into can.....or or..but I digress.
Thanks for the great video and all your great thinking....

Message: Posted by: Fingers (Jan 23, 2007 06:46AM)
I totally agree with you Joe. His work is always top notch!

You won't regret it MagicJohnH.....!

Your welcome Harris. Coke caps will work too, just not as potent LOL. Coke is better in bottles as is beer when compared to cans in my opinion.....
Message: Posted by: magiclee (Jan 23, 2007 03:29PM)
Just ordered it. How long does it take for the download to come?

Message: Posted by: Fingers (Jan 24, 2007 05:54AM)
Hi magiclee, I received my download well within a 24 hour period. I imagine yours should be about the same. Also note, even with dial-up the download is almost instantaneous.

I am on a dart league at the local pub every Thursday night, can't wait to try it out there this coming Thursday. I am planning on trying out the impromptu version, which will be perfect for the pub I attend, bottoms up.....
Message: Posted by: MagicJohnH (Jan 24, 2007 07:58AM)
I ordered it yesterday and got it last night. I read it over and can't wait to get some bottle caps to play with. It looks to be a great bar routine.
Message: Posted by: Dave V (Jan 24, 2007 10:47AM)
Can someone tell me whether this routine lends itself well to the plastic screw caps found on 1 liter bottles? I imagine it would, but wanted to check first.
Message: Posted by: Rindfleisch (Jan 24, 2007 11:30AM)
No! the genius is how Dan exploits a simple metal bottle caps so you can perform this fantastic effect.

Message: Posted by: Dave V (Jan 24, 2007 12:31PM)
No, it can't be done? Or no, you don't want to tell me? I'm seldom in a place with metal bottle caps but plastic caps are everywhere. (think Las Vegas desert... water bottles... )
Message: Posted by: Dan Watkins (Jan 24, 2007 01:58PM)
Hi All,

Thanks for all the nice words about CAPLOCATION.

Those who have asked how quick you recieve the eBook, its within 24 hours. I usually try to be quicker than that though. I usually send a batch in the morning and one later in the afternoon each day.

Dave, no you cannot use perform CAPLOCATION with the plastic bottle caps. To get into the details why they don't work, I'd have to tip the methods. But using general terms, the plastic bottle caps do not share the same critical attributes as the metal ones neccessary to the routine.


Message: Posted by: Dave V (Jan 24, 2007 02:12PM)
Thanks Dan, that's really all I wanted to know.
Message: Posted by: Fingers (Jan 25, 2007 05:49AM)
Hi MagicJohnH, it is a great routine for the bar, you will love it.....

Thanks again Dan for a great DVD and your input here on this post.....!
Message: Posted by: Angelo the Magician (Jan 25, 2007 04:05PM)

I remember a magic event in Vienna/Austria about 25 years ago, when Goshman showed this effect. But 25 years is a long time. Can anyone tell the difference between the two routines?

Message: Posted by: Dan Watkins (Jan 25, 2007 07:42PM)

What Goshman did was Chink-a-Chink with Bottle caps. It was four bottle caps put in a square or diamond, and one at a time they assemble in one corner.

Translocation is a coins across routine that uses a gaffed coin set. Four coins are placed in a column on the table and covered by one of the magician’s hands. One at a time the four coins travel from under one of the magician’s hands to his other which is also laying flat on the table.

It is a completely different effect, albiet, both are being done with bottle caps.

Here is an excerpt from the introduction to CAPLOCATION that gives some further background:

[i]...Over the years Chink-a-Chink routines (four objects placed in a square that eventually assemble to one corner under the cover of the magician’s hand) have been performed using bottle caps... While I have no doubt that the idea of using bottle caps originated not long after the introduction of the Chink-A-Chink plot and twist off bottle caps; very notable versions are in print by Frank Thompson, The Pallbearer’s Review (May 1972 issue), Scotty York, First Lecture Notes (1975), and Albert Goshman in his book, Magic By Gosh - The Life and Times of Albert Goshman (1985). The earliest citing I am aware of is in a 1953 issue of Genii Magazine where Lu Brent (of Camden, NJ) published the idea of using bottle caps. (Thank you Marc DeSouza for help on these credits). The routine has found its way into the repertoire of many a bar magician due to the ease of acquiring the props!

Performing Chink-A-Chink with bottle caps is very straightforward and harkens back to the Nate Leipzig version with sugar cubes (using objects that are easily palmed). The one ahead method is utilized with a simple hand sequencing to create the effect.

Contrary to Chink-a-Chink, adapting bottle caps to Kennedy’s “Translocation” is more problematic because the shell coin is pivotal to “Translocation’s” method...[/i]

I will stop there because the rest goes on to talking about my solutions to Translocation with bottle caps...
Message: Posted by: Angelo the Magician (Jan 26, 2007 03:38AM)

thank you - now I remember!

Kind regards!

Message: Posted by: sabitu (Jan 26, 2007 09:30PM)
I have been practicing this on a hard surface and I keep getting some "noise" when the cap jumps to the other side. Granted this will work best on a close-up mat or a soft surface, but does anyone think this noise will take away from the overall effect?

Message: Posted by: Dan Watkins (Jan 26, 2007 11:57PM)
A hard surface is not my favorite place to do it because the caps tend to move around a bit, it makes some of the moves a little harder.

Yes you will get a little bit of noise, but you are putting your hands over bottle caps on a hard surface, they are bound to clink together, people will expect some sound. I never had anyone ever say, "Wow, but I heard it go across." Who ever said caps have to magically travel over in complete silence? :)

In my experience the little bit of noise doesn't matter.
Message: Posted by: harris (Feb 5, 2007 10:40AM)
Noise can be used as magical....from the props.(like the wonderful sound from Silver Morgans or my nearly normal kazoo or harmonica music)

Things do go better with "Coke"(caps) even sounds....

Somewhere I remember hearing a spectator commenting on the whoosh being the magic sound connected to my tie to cane effect.

Message: Posted by: Fingers (Feb 6, 2007 05:26AM)
I would like to hear some of that harmonica noise Harris, I love the harmonica! Maybe you can play the harmonica, while at the same time doing "CAPLOCATION", that would be a cool feat.....
Message: Posted by: magicinsight (Feb 13, 2007 09:58AM)
I just ordered this directly from Dan's site. It looks terrific and I think would work well with Prohibition (cap through bottle).

Message: Posted by: Fingers (Feb 14, 2007 05:34AM)
Sounds like they will go real well together Michael! I think you will be very pleased with your choice. What is really nice is that the routines taught take a bit of practice, but you should be able to perform them in a very short amount of time, good luck.....
Message: Posted by: smitty (Feb 21, 2007 10:44AM)
Well, as with all of Dan's stuff, this looks awesome. However, this is one magician who simply cannot C.P.. I've tried to master this since 1977, and just can't do it.

I've considered purchasing the C.P. DVD. It's very frustrating, having to walk away from routines like this one. This one reason I gave up Coin Magic, and am now moving 'back' to cards.

For those of you who purchase, ENJOY!!!

Message: Posted by: Fingers (Feb 21, 2007 12:39PM)
Hey Smitty, you just may be lucky here. Classic palming a bottle cap is a whole lot different than classic palming a coin. The bottle caps are a lot easier, they almost jump into your hands. You do the routines with the bottle caps open end up and they almost stick to your palm with hardly any effort.....
Message: Posted by: blpprt (Mar 31, 2007 10:19AM)
I've had really good responses from doing the Chink-a-Chink found on the Johnny Thompson video by L and L Pub. but using bottle caps instead of sugar cubes.
I agree that using bottle caps makes it a breeze...even my 11 year old daughter loves doing it because it looks so magical and its still easy to do, even for her.
Bob L.
Message: Posted by: Fingers (Apr 1, 2007 12:32AM)
Hi Bob, yes the routine isn't very hard to learn, especially using bottle caps, which makes it even so much easier. I like the fact that it can be done impromtu and like you said can be made to look very magical in performance.....
Message: Posted by: harris (Apr 9, 2007 12:25PM)
Music goes well with this and other magic. I love going to Dan's sight and listening and watching his magic.

Jazz and Blues works for this guy. Would producing a glass bottle of coke be too much of a kicker..taking away from the simplicity of the magic?

Can or bottle hmmmm

Thanks again Dan...

Message: Posted by: Magic Power (Apr 9, 2007 04:01PM)
The Demo looks nice...i am enjoy this effect as I first saw Chink-a-Chink

and Caplocation have impromptu version!!!

you do a good job Dan

Message: Posted by: Bande (Apr 9, 2007 05:39PM)
Looks great. Any insight on how hard this is. I know that is a hard question as people have different deifnitions of "hard" but I am a real beginner -- can handle things like Prohibition, but 3Fly and the like currently beyond my abilities.
Message: Posted by: Dave V (Apr 9, 2007 07:31PM)
It is very easy. As said before, the jagged edges of the bottle caps make the handling almost automatic. It's a great "trainer" routine to get the moves down before going on to coins or other objects.
Message: Posted by: Fingers (Apr 10, 2007 05:56AM)
I think if you can add music to your magic work you have that much more of an ability to create a real masterpiece Harris and jazz or blues works for me also.....

Exactly what I like about the routine Richard. I am talking about the impromtu version, of course and the versatility of it.

I agree with Dave, this should not be very hard for you to grasp Bande, even as a beginner. I would just like to add the format Dan Watkins uses to explain the variuos routines makes it real easy to follow and learn.....
Message: Posted by: Review King (Feb 5, 2008 06:15PM)
WOW on the demo-Nice work Dan!!!!!!!!!!