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Topic: Coin Waltz by Alex Pandrea
Message: Posted by: solareflipz (Apr 7, 2011 03:07PM)
DVD Contents:

Performance
Gimmick Construction
How to Use the Gimmick
The Coin Waltz routine
Impromptu Coin Waltz
Coin Through Hand/Other Ideas
Bloopers

Coin Waltz is a pet routine of Alexís that he has kept to himself for a few years now. To sum it up, Coin Waltz is Anniversary Waltz with coins. The spectator signs one coin, another spectator signs another coin, and you take both coins and as you click them together, they merge into one coin and you can see both signatures on each side of the coin, all of this seemingly without any cover of the coins and in front of your spectator.

The gimmick used for Coin Waltz requires a little bit of arts and crafts skills, but itís nothing difficult. Alex provides one of the materials needed with the DVD, and youíll probably have everything else needed at home (if not, you can pick them up at your local store for a few dollars). Alex goes over how to construct the gimmick step by step and as you follow along, youíll have your very own gimmick to use for Coin Waltz.

Alex then teaches you how to use your gimmick and how to hide it when itís not in use. Thereís a few different ways to hide it, so thereís something for everyone. As far as using the gimmick, itís pretty straightforward and easy to do. I donít think anyone should have any trouble using the gimmick.

The next section is the instruction for the Coin Waltz routine. As Alex teaches the routine, he will also include some subtleties that you can use while he is teaching. The routine itself is really easy and Alexís instruction is so detailed that if youíre a beginning magician and this is the first trick that youíre going to learn, you wonít have any trouble practicing it after Alex is done teaching. For you people who arenít a fan of gimmicks (or if you just donít happen to have the gimmick on you), Alex teaches a closed-handed, impromptu version of the routine. Granted itís not as visual, but itís still the same basic effect.

Alex also goes over some other ideas that you can use with the Coin Waltz gimmick. Some of those ideas include coin through hand, using the gimmick for a switch, and my personal favorite, coin through hand/table/glass. This goes to show that the Coin Waltz gimmick is really versatile and Iím pretty sure that you can come up with your own ways to use the gimmick.

All in all, Coin Waltz is a routine that is simple, straight to the point, yet itís also very hard hitting. The gimmick that you make can be used for other routines and is easy to keep hidden in plain sight. This routine is a great representation of Alex and the way he thinks, and Iím definitely looking forward to the other products that he and the rest of the artists at The Blue Crown will come out with in the future.

Coin Waltz can be purchased at The Blue Crown and at the New York Magic Project.