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John Sturk
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I haven't seen Chris Capehart's routine, but I am looking forward to seeing him next week at the Abbott's Get-Together!

But speaking of M.D. on the street, you may wish to look up Eric Evan's routine, "Pauper's Dream," published in his notes "The Secret Art of Crowds and Power". It gets points in my book for the extra spectator involvement.
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Where does Eric sell his notes? I've recently been reading his book.

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Just saw Chris's routine at Funarama...Great Routine. He not only pulls money out from the rabbit but from the audience as well. Very Funny Routine indeed.

The only DVD that Chris had at his table was of his 3 linking ring routine.

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Chris’ routine is basic in terms of the couple of slights and moves/subtleties necessary to pull it off (they are all in the Patrick Page booklet on the topic).

Heck, ask him and he’ll show you the couple of slights he uses. He is generous to a fault. I watched him at Funarama teaching the subtleties of his Thumbcuff routine to a young lady (girl really) escape artist. He spent some time showing me the proper technique to his speed crash link and unlink with the rings (my hand still hurts!).

However, Chris’ routine elevates itself above the mundane into the exceptional because it is a personality piece (Actually he has made each and every trick/routine he does a personality piece!). He is proof positive that it is not the tricks or slights but the presentation that sells a trick!

He becomes almost frenetic in his presentation. It starts slowly by showing his rabbit is magic and he plucks coins from it’s ears, has a spectator pluck coins from it’s ears and then he dashes around the audience plucking a coin from here and there (with a constant use of patter that keeps you laughing). He does all the standard gags in such a way that they don’t seem standard. They seem HIS!!!!

I loved his lifting the bunny’s tail end and having a stream of coins fall into the pail. Magical bunny indeed.

I’ve seen him perform his MD several times, the first time it was on the streets of NYC over two decades ago, the most recent was this past weekend at Funarama. His performance (and lecture) made that convention golden for me.

Buy the Patrick Page booklet and learn the basic routine and add a couple of the gags that fit your personality and you’re it, a hit!

As to the MD on the street? It works for some and helps get big hats. I know of one performer that only does the MD to draw a crowd (his jokes and banter keep you rooted to the spot with laughter) then he does the Cups and Balls and pitches the hat. That’s it! His whole act! Oh he has more in his bag for when he wants/needs to perform a longer act but rarely pulls anything out of the bag.

It is debatable if the production of coins psychologically hurts the hat. I’ve done it both ways (performed the MD and left it out) and the hats seem the same. I haven’t had it in a show/act for several years and don’t know why! I’ll have to rethink it since being reminded by Chris Capehart just how powerful it is.

Sorry we didn't get to hang out at Funarama George. Next year or MAES?
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Harry,
What's the name of the Patrick Page Miser's Dream booklet? Do you know where I can get it also? Thanks.

Jim
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James, the booklet is titled “The Misers Dream”. I got my copy from Pat Page when he lectured at the SAM in NYC back in 77 (I think). I watched Pat do the Misers Dream at a special midnight show. I spent about an hour the next day with him just discussing the basics of the routine and bought his booklet (a whopping $5.00 at the time).

I have seen it on the shelves in Denny’s (Denny & Lee’s) shop from time to time. I have also seen it listed on H&R books in the past. It is 24 pages of pure gold! It is typical of Page’s thinking, cut the crap and get to the meat of the effect/routine.

However, when all is said and done, the basic routine can be learned from over a dozen sources. Buckingham’s “It’s easier than you think” comes to mind and Ron McMillians “Modern Art of Coin Manipulation” is yet another. Heck, the good old Henry Hay’s “Amateur Magician’s Handbook” even gives you the basics.

When all is said and done you can build a killer routine (as did Page and Capeheart) by using the thumb palm and the Downs palm. Toss in a “reload” subtlety to get a few more coins in position or a Buckingham steal and you are home free. Frankly, as Joe Mogar once told me, if you can do a quick and clean thumb palm you can perform a Misers Dream. It’s more about timing, and visual gags than slights.
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Thanks, Harry. I do miser's dream a lot. I have my own routine, but I've lately been studying different routines, most recently John Carney's. I would love to get the Pat Page routine booklet. I will call Denny's and see if they've got it. Thanks once again, Harry, for your flawless guidedance.

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There really isn't that much difference between Charlie Miller's and Pat Page's routine. (I have seen both of them do it many times).

One of the things about Page's I liked was how he got the load of coins (right in front of the folks)... but Miller's is so easy and direct it is hard to beat. The KEY is the bits and gags and the timing... not the palming.

Another GREAT LESSON is to get a video clip of Al Flosso's routine (today Flosso's routine is what Jeff McBride has based his on).

A coin producing wand is a great add on to the routine too.
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Chris Capehart really pulls the routine of with his humour... its not the routine... its the presentation of his (if that isn't a magician stock line)
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So did anyone find any info on the Pat Page M.D. booklet? I have found it's on the "London Lectures" VHS, but so far no booklet.
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Page's "Big Book of Magic" has an MD routine in it. I don't know if it's the same one.
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OK, Chris Capehart's "Miser's Dream" has been released. I've done a short review at:
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewforum.php?forum=111
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I'll be getting my copy tonight.

I have all the kozmo DVDs and love them.
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Having watched the DVD, I can see how well it will play on the street. Awesome DVD!
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Chris has done this routine on the streets for 20 years?....it works..its all there the lines, everything
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Got the DVD, checked it out.
It's not good. It's great!

There is a lot there to work with. Chris does a great job of getting spectator interaction. The routine is not difficult so if you've been wanting to do a routine but getting yourself to practice one of the more difficult routines is keeping you from "dreaming" then this will not only get you started, it will keep you going and you can add other things when you feel like it.

The sound is great, the lighting is great, the close-ups are great, the explainations are great.
Thanks again for another great DVD Koz.

p.s. Usually the applause and other sounds are horribly EQ'd on the L&L DVDs (as well as others). They are way too loud. Why is that. It's very annoying. I keep reaching for the remote to turn down the volume during applause, etc. Then you have to turn them back up for the next trick. The Kozmo DVDs do not seem to have those issues. thanks for that too.
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Watched it again. This is a great miser's dream!!!
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Pat Page's Miser's Dream is also in his new book.

http://www.patrickpagemagic.co.uk/index.......uctId=36
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You can get the Pat Page booklet from Denny.
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