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I have heard that Chris Capehart's misers dream is really good. Has he published this routine at all?

Any tips on performing the misers dream on the street?

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Hi Simon, Chris does a great Miser's Dream.
He uses a rabbit in his effect when I saw it. Quite funny.

I don't remember a whole lot about it but it was polished.


I think kozmo should do a "capehart" DVD. I'd buy it in an instant.
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Hi Frank,

A lot of people rave about his misers dream. I wish I could see it. His ring routine is great.

I agree a Capehart dvd would be great!!!
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I third on the Capehart dvd, that guy is awesome.

John Lenehan has a good misers dream that he explains on his International Magic lecture vid, at the end the coins disappear and turn into salt. He also explains the routine in his notes "Don't Work So Hard!", but I think you'll get more bang for your buck from the video. He also has some nice bits with rope and cards, and a segment on table hopping in restaurants. A good overall video.
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Thanks for the tip on the John Lenehan vid.
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Does John Lenehan have a web site?
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This might not be an ideal effect for the streets, especially if you are trying to get money put in your hat. Why bother if you can produce all the money you want?

Just a thought.

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It can be a great openner ... the coins make a great sound when dropped into a bucket. I know a magician that used to get a whole crowd of people follow him to his pitch, pulling money out of the air as he traveled. It was like watching children following the pide pipper.

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I must agree with Tony.

I always felt that the audience would say "if he can pull money trom thin air why do I need to put money in his hat?" I think it's counterproductive (pardon the pun)

But I use it on most of my non hat pass shows, you can't beat the effect.

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I used Mardi Gras doubloons and then pitch them out...then again I don't know if they would be of use outside of New Orleans.

I will admit I never tried it but I have a fear of creating money and then asking for more. Even if they know it is a show there is still the thought that if I have that many coins I'm not doing too bad. I wouldn't put it in my street show.

As with most things, I am sure there is someone out on the street proving me wrong and doing it well.

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I don't know why you have this fear, you don't need to be afraid. In my show, I pull out my wallet and take out a five, ten or even twenty and do a trick with it. And people still give me money.

Remeber, you are not a begger - they are not giving you money because you don't have any! They are giving you money because you have entertained them.

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I have been working on the misers dream for a while and I performed it at a paid performance for the first time tonight. It went really well!

I will definitely giver this a go on the street. I suspect it will go well, I would be surprised if someone was to think "well he can pluck money out of the air, why should I give him any?".

I guess I will just have to try this and see how it works for me.

I would love to see Chris Capehart perform on the streets.
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The miser's dream is one of my feature tricks. I perform it in my children's birthday party shows, I've performed it before large audiences on stage, and I perform it frequently on the street. I have seen Chris Capehart's Miser's Dream, and it is very good. I developed my routine, however, after seeing John Carney perform his Miser's Dream. His version can be viewed on his "Secrets" DVD.

As to using or producing money in your street act: I do both all the time. In addition to Miser's Dream, I perform a coins across routine with the last coin appearing between a spectator's closed hands. Both my miser's dream and the coins across have a very strong impact on the audience. I believe that performing strong magic is part of what gets you money on the street, and I don't agree with those who say that doing tricks with money makes people less willing to dig into their pockets and make a contribution. Doing strong, entertaining magic, will help you be successful in collecting from your audience. The other thing that helps is asking for the money, i.e., letting the audience know that that you do expect them to make donations if they've enjoyed your performance.
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On 2006-06-29 23:28, Tony Iacoviello wrote:
This might not be an ideal effect for the streets, especially if you are trying to get money put in your hat. Why bother if you can produce all the money you want?


My situation was a little different, but I performed Miser's Dream on the street for a charity event and I had loads of people tossing coins into the bucket. It seems like a natural, for a charity event, anyway.
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My situation was a little different, but I performed Miser's Dream on the street for a charity event and I had loads of people tossing coins into the bucket. It seems like a natural, for a charity event, anyway.


The problem I see with this is that I really do not want people placing coins in my hat. I am looking for bills. I have passed the hat for over 10 years and find that if I use my own money or produce money my hats decrease. I borrow a bill, destroy it,restore it and return it, I usually get it back along with other bills. Coins do add up but I really don't want to deal with them.
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Chris capehart is really good...his street misers routine is the best!
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Any chance of a Chris Capehart dvd$B!)(B
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We have talked about it
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That would be great.$B!!(B
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On 2006-07-04 11:25, isaacfawlkes wrote:
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My situation was a little different, but I performed Miser's Dream on the street for a charity event and I had loads of people tossing coins into the bucket. It seems like a natural, for a charity event, anyway.


The problem I see with this is that I really do not want people placing coins in my hat. I am looking for bills. I have passed the hat for over 10 years and find that if I use my own money or produce money my hats decrease. I borrow a bill, destroy it,restore it and return it, I usually get it back along with other bills. Coins do add up but I really don't want to deal with them.


That's a good point. This particular event was a children's fair and most of the donations were actually coming from kids, so it worked pretty well. I didn't exactly collect a jackpot for the charity, but every bit helps.
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